Europe was fun. Paris was interesting. Not the same as I used to know it. Still recovering from its wounds. Trying to go on with life. Yet not that different. I saw friends. I hung out where I used to hang out when I lived in Paris. I drank champagne. I went jogging and observed tense looking faces parade in front of me. I guess that big city makes you less smiley. Yet I now am used to smiling faces in my daily life. Just the little changes I noticed in myself as well as Paris.
I have been back to work for a week. It all went well. I love what I do. I feel there’s a purpose to my efforts. I love to inspire and encourage. Life seems very clear and clean now. I know what I want to concentrate on.
In the meantime then, I’m embracing every day. Today I’m meeting other English speakers at a Starbucks gathering that I put together every month. Summer is very much here in Canada. The dulcet evenings keep me smiling.
So my sister’s visit came and is now over. I instagrammed some bits of it. Our Fourth of July weekend in Portland, ME, was just awesome. A rock concert, a picnic by the ocean, lots of coffee and cookies for me – lobsters and cream pies for others – and a mail boat ride in the Casco Bay. I started every day with a fitness session at the hotel gym, followed by a dip in the pool. It had been long while I hadn’t touched weights. I did some upper body strength and loved seeing my shoulders get defined. (Maybe just in my imagination.)
Now I’m already thinking about my European vacay that starts on Saturday. I’ll be back in Paris, my hometown for ten years. The place where this blog started. My bags are packed. I’ve got one more workday to go. Tomorrow evening at 3pm I’ll kick off my teacher shoes and relax… Talk to you from the other side of the Atlantic next time!
Hey peeps, Whazzup? I wish we had more interaction here on the blog. But maybe those days are bygone… Anyways, I’m enjoying the summer. Quebec is such a beautiful place to live in at this season. I’m taking deep breaths and sweetly gazing into the future, and the present, too.
Work is a lot slower at this time. Peeps don’t really want to take English lessons when the temps rise, and the city is full of outdoor activities. So I’m giving all my energy to the ones that still do come. I’m also developing new ideas for fall. Hopefully then my enterprise will soar again.
Today I’m hyped up since my sister is on her way to visit us. It’s been a long haul not connecting face to face. Tomorrow we’re off to Portland, Maine, so blogging from there will definitely follow.
What would you ask me if you saw me? Let’s go…
We hiked up the Riviere Eternite mountain, overlooking the Saguenay Fjord, Quebec, Canada. It was a meditative moment. Letting the nature touch our hearts. On the top, we munched on bananas and fruit cake that one of my students had made for me. I felt thankful for the peace and quiet. Some hikers passed by, gently saying “hello”. We trekkers were in a club of our own.
Recently life’s been good. Work has slowed down a bit so I’ve had time to plan new things for next year, as well as enjoy walking outside. I’ve done more journaling and coffee shop lingering, too. Yesterday I kicked off the rollerblading season. Summer is the time to enjoy the beauties of Quebec. Flowers flourish and everyone seems to be out and about. This is when we get our energies going. We live – fully.
Sebastien and I took a long weekend trip to up North the province of Quebec. We saw the Saguenay Fjord, the city of Chicutimi and Lake Saint Jean. These outfit pics come from the lake shore that actually looks more like a sea. The below shot is of the fjord.
The landscapes were breathtaking. Such vast nature. I’m a city girl but a lovely getaway like this is always a welcomed game changer. Some relaxation was well needed. I’ve actually been MIA on the blog, because life has gotten so busy. Summer slowdown has gotten me develop my own business. Brainstorming new ideas on how to grow my English teaching activity has grabbed all my attention. It’s been a fun process. Hanging out at Starbucks – yes, I’ve kept that on the program – and jotting down possibilities to try.
Life is a journey and each period is sweet in its own way, I’m in my professional refection phase right now and I’m making the most of the ride… Sending love to y’all!
In Chicago we rented Divvy bikes and visited the Lake Michigan side. I adored getting another look on the city. It felt more of a local. I had made us sandwiches. We stopped whenever something interesting came up. Playing it all by ear. A pop into the botanical gardens crowned the fun filled day.
The biking day called for a relaxed chic outfit. So I went plaid. Layering seemed the perfect match with the windy city. Time with the Sweets. A new to me big city to roam about. A coffee stop. Relaxing here and there. That was what life needed. Batteries were loaded and sweet little memories made.