Chillin’ times are so important. I learned to love me some red wine during my Parisian years. After a long day working or visiting out and about, I need some down time. I put ny feet up and just indulge. Recently I’ve fallen in love with a Netflix series Love. I just love Gus’ funky personality. It all happens in L.A. There’s hardy partying and love-looking.
Life’s been good recently. The sun is out more and more. I take longer walks and drink my coffee on the terrace. There’s nowhere else I need to be right now. Just here and now… Looking forward to what Quebec City has to offer in the upcoming weeks. I have an English speakers meet up organized for tomorrow. I’m also hosting a girls’ Glamour Night – my thrice a year tradition now – the following Friday.
Here’s to Chicago! Together with our funky group of Frenchies. The hubs and his work buddies. It’s interesting visiting the USA with French folks. You see our country from another perspective. The pictured moments took place during our first evening, fresh off the airport. We wanted to touch base with the Windy City by catching some lake breeze a hop away from our Airbnb rental.
Naturally my indulgence wouldn’t have been perfect without some Starbucks liquid TLC. I love those first evenings at a new travel destination. You are just so boosted. Everything is yet to come. Exciting adventures ahead.
I had been to Chicago twice before – but a long time ago. The city left me with a pleasant impression. There are definitely things to experience – comedy shows, park walks, renting Divvy bikes and some shopping, too. The most memorable event for me was the Architecture Tour on a river boat. The sun treated us to a gorgeous Saturday morning. We gave Chicago our undivided attention that its beauty duly deserved.
More Chicago moments to come…
I’m more known for my glamour-loving, sparkle-subjugated take on style. But, I do admit that being somewhat of a fashion victim, I usually end up caving in to a fad or two. I try to do that in moderation. I also strive on thinking how to integrate those latest hype Forever 21 pieces into my overall wardrobe in the long haul. I hate accumulating stuff, in general, so everything that enters my condo has a precise role and purpose.
Plaid shirts have been around long enough now to catch my attention, too. This one is from the aforementioned retail chain. I love me some regular doses of Forevah most likely because their name speaks to the core of my being. I have no intention on getting beyond the legal drinking age. Back to plaids though. I have a penchant for country music – don’t ask, so unexpected huh – and so dressing up cowgirl style kicks my style butt just the right way. The bygone weekend the hubs and I DIYed my pair of jeans, as well. Boy, was that fun.
Spring is pumping in my veins. Yesterday I walked over 3 hours, from a coffee meet with a new friend to a quick sub bite before a play – polished off with a nightly walk in the city back home. My legs want to go. I have no choice but to ride along. Yeehaw!
Spring is finding its way over here. But, spring looks very different in Canada. Yesterday was a beautiful, glistening day. I took advantage of my break in between clients, and ventured out for a long walk. I enjoyed pulling out my scarf, ear muffs and gloves. Peeling off layers is like rediscovering your body anew.
Today it’s snowing. The sky is overcast. From the look of it, it could be January as well as mid March. But I’ll take the weather as it comes. I won’t try to change anything. I’ll just open my arms and mind in acceptation. That’s the best way to go about it. I’d be ready to rock peep toe booties but it’ll have to wait. Just a little longer. I can create other pleasures. I’ll take another long stroll ending at my regular Starbucks. Taking refuge there with other snow enduring peeps gives us all a feeling of togetherness.
This look is my mid March Canadian mood. Ready for travels – New York and such – yet still finding a hiding place in black. Black is good. It’s chic and a sure value. The leather slacks give me the wanted edge.
SSushiI have ended up blogging a bit less than usual. Life has attracted my attention elsewhere. Winter has been good to me. I have had fun times with friends, like the one captured in these shots when we got together to eat sushi and celebrate Valerie’s birthday.
Quebec City is an exceptional place during the wintry season. There is so much to experience just by stepping outside. I take my daily walks and enjoy daytime wonders – snow flurries or blinding sunshine. I pop into a coffee shop. I linger on for a moment. Maybe write down some thoughts. All of that gives me energy to work late into the dark nights.
Work has been good. I have found interesting subjects for my lessons. I have discussed things that left both the student and I inspired to go on. This is where daily magic happens. I invite it to happen. I am happy now – thanks to striving for excellence and love for today as it comes.
Self confidence is something I need more. As a teacher to adults, I am constantly in front of paying clients. This causes me some internal pressure at times. It depends on my general level of relaxedness to begin with. Days do come by when I doubt my capacities. I want to put in place an easy going and cool atmosphere, and end up second guessing if I could, all of a sudden, fall into momentary anxiety. This stems from my encrusted disbelief in my true value and strength.
I did some searching on the Internet on self confidence. I found an interesting read here. The article talks about at the end of day writing down three things that you liked about yourself that day. You can do that in a journal or even on your phone. It’ll be beneficial to go back to your notes after some time has passed. When you see things black on white, they sink in more.
The article also advices you to aim for good enough, not perfect. If I set my expectations too high, I am inviting uncomfortableness into my life. I am bound to grow tired and frustrated. Everyone misses the mark sometimes. We all have the right to be perfectly imperfect. I need to remind myself of that. People who don’t let you be imperfect have no place in your life anyway. That’s a healthy thought to keep in mind.
Healthy self confidence is made of kind, flexible thinking towards yourself. Pushing to excellency is great, yet knowing when to loosen up a little is equally important. Finding the balance between the hard and soft approaches is a daily task. When I find the key to be truly me, when I accept my flaws as well, when I’m able to pass onto other things after imperfections that is when I can really live a lighter life. Working with people becomes more fun and less of a performance. Being with friends will be about honesty and trust, not about pleasing others out of fear of rejection. Waking up in the morning is about beginning a new page, excitedly – awaiting to see what life offers, and what I offer to life with my unique personality.
These are simple yet powerful ideas. As any habit, they need repetition in order to be picked up by my mind. What could be more important than working on training my self towards a freer, more relaxed life?