Montreal Mind Games

Montreal Mind Games

Honey and I spent a weekend in Montreal. The temps are really cooking in Canada at the moment. The city heat, lots of walking around town, popping in several of my usual clothing stores – and we were good for a nachos-chicken wings-sweet potato fries-wine diner experience. I love to make my Frenchie discover real America. Wide eyed and amazed.

Montreal Mind Games

I like the edginess of Montreal. Lots of bohemian vibes, artsy looking people and at the same time that modern, urban buzz. Big cities inspire and overwhelm at the same time. There are lots of things that can boost you in what you want to be, yet existing in the big mass is not a given. It’s a quest for balance. Being safe and secure, loved and supported, yet not bored or missing out on life.

Montreal Mind Games

For the longest time I felt like the place you lived in defined who you were. Parisians or Londoners were cool. Those residing in a place no one could place on the map… not cool. But is that really so? Isn’t your worth in who you are – period? If you feel confident in yourself here, you will feel that anywhere.

Montreal Mind Games

As I enjoy my less-crowded-than-Paris outdoor pool, this is what I will be meditating on. The freedom to move and breathe. Less stuff going on, for sure, yet maybe my fashions and personality get to be noticed more. Not everything has been seen yet. I can be the heroine of my story – today. Happy mind games.

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Breaking Habits

Get The Sunnies Out

Yesterday was a bank holiday in Canada, however, I chose to work. I had clients that wanted to take English lessons so I decided to play the game. Running your own bizz means making sacrifices like that. Here in Quebec City there was a big outdoor concert that lingered long into the wee hours. I stayed out and about until 2a.m. so my sleep was somewhat shortened. But with feel-good adrenaline you can swing a long way.

Get The Sunnies Out

Part of me is a true creature of habit. I have the false impression that I’m at my best when pretty much doing the same old things. Thus I sometimes get stressed when stepping out of the predefined mold. Yet when I do, it always ends up boosting my energies. Like now, I’m contented having had drinks at midnight and just going with the flow.

Get The Sunnies Out

For me one of the interests of reading other blogs is to find inspiration in my life. I see what others are doing, and that gives me ideas on how to live my life even more fully. Maybe to break those habits a bit, too. I read blogs in the evening. I watch a little TV, then take a look at blogs I have saved. I don’t follow a large number of blogs – I prefer to be more focused and really get into the ones I read. Regularly, I reevaluate my choices. I enjoy the more active role I have in reading blogs, and writing mine, versus TV.

Get The Sunnies Out

I used to impose myself a blogging regime. Nowadays I go with the flow. I blog when I really feel like it. Blogging is important to me. Having created and maintained Susu Paris Chic since 2007 is one of my accomplishments in life that I’d list if you asked. It is a space where all obligations are put aside and I can just produce what’s really in me.

Get The Sunnies Out

I come to this blog to break free. To live even more completely since when I’m open and bubbly about things that’s when I truly feel alive – and just want to go on doing more. I only read blogs that boost me. If I realize negative vibes going thru me, that’s the end of it. I fight back all sprouts of jealousy and just rejoice for everyone’s successes.

Get The Sunnies Out

Today I get to break habits since due to lesson cancellations I’m off most of the day. Now I think I’ll head back to bed for a very late morning nap – my number one guilty pleasure – then there will be some sports action happening. I’ll try to get a little cleaning done since a chic home keeps me happy. Maybe a glass of rosé on the terrace would be in order alike… What are you up to today? Does my blog inspire you? Give you positive vibes?

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Running My Company

Glamour and Artsy

I’ve made some changes happen in my working life. They’ll take action next season in August. I’ve been teaching three days, three hours at a time at a daycare center. That’ll cease now. I have enough clients to only be teaching adults. At my place. Stop being the kiddo police. This decision has freed something in me. The daycare was fun for a season but now I’m not feeling the extreme joy anymore. So new opening was due. I’m glad I had the courage to follow my heart. Luckily my loving Sweets also understood and backed me up.

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I never ever though of myself as a business person but to my great amazement along the two years that I have been operating my company Susa English I’ve grown into quite an efficient business girl. I’ve been able to grow steadily and my clients are staying. I’m the first one to be surprised by this. I’m trying to do my best in providing English lessons that leave the student excited and feeling special. I guess it’s working.

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In all areas of my life, I try to live generously and doing my absolute maximum. Sometimes my mood swing challenges get in the way, but the goal is always to give my all. Be it eating healthily, keeping my home pretty or making a person feel unique, I feel like I have to go full speed. That’s how I am – passionate and sensitive.

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This weekend we will be throwing a house warming party. It’ll be nice to have all our Canadian friends around us. The Sweets wants to watch soccer during the party. Let’s see what we the girls will come up with…

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Self Love

Self Love

I get days when I feel fat. That irritates me. It makes me feel like I’m a failure. Yet I do know that I’m doing my best to eat just the right amount – a balance between proper energy and being thin. When I have my “yucky body day” I try to eat less, and do more sports until the feeling eases out. Sometimes I feel very deeply horrible and yet even a small reactive measure can put things back in the rosier mode. I try to keep this in mind during the darkest moments. A lot of the anxiety issues I face are about internal focus. Do I get fixed on something or can I manage to get my mind off of that thing?

Self Love

Yesterday I realized that what I need is to love myself and body the way it is today. No plans of loosing weight. No alterations convincing me that then things would be better. If I can really appreciate who I am – physically and personality wise – then many of my issues should be solved. I lack confidence in me. I think others have it better. They look better and feel better. Their lives are more interesting and they are less shy than I am.Their blogs are more successful and they earn more money. The list goes on and sounds, yeah, petty. Yet, these are the very thoughts I use to beat myself up when that kind of days rolls out.

Self Love

I eat healthily and mindfully. I do sports every day. I work hard at giving my clients the best. I try to be a good friend. I now also try to take care of myself by not letting family members or other people close to my heart walk over me. Logically when one does one’s best, one can be happy with that. Not more is possible. So, I can be confident. I can love me, the whole of me. This goes for everyone of us. I’m just using my life as an example.

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I know that pouring out my innermost thoughts like this, in a public space, can be risky. But this is the way I live my life. With my whole heart. By showing the example of talking about things that put a shadow on my life, and searching solutions for them, I hope to encourage others to step out to express their true feelings, too.

Self Love

So the initial question was about self love. That firm base of confidence that will accompany you wherever you go, and will be your best friend and source of power. I could start by telling the girl in the mirror how pretty she looks today. A strange thought yet worth of a try. Liking what is now is not letting yourself go. It is freeing energy for a positive approach.

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Susu – you are interesting, beautiful and loved. Feels weird to write but I’ll leave it here… as a reminder.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about the theme… Allie, I read your comment with a big smile on my face and will write more about my past life between Finland, USA, France and Canada!

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American Dream

American Dream

I have really decided to stop dwelling in the past. My life in Paris is finished. Over and done with. So I ain’t letting this crazy mind of mine ruin my life here and now. Paris was a passage, a phase… an era. It will always stay with me, in the core of who I am. But now it’s history, as far as I can see. Forcing yourself to like and to focus on something that doesn’t naturally come out so is not a given.

There are days when liking Canada comes easier – and then there are those when I’d rather leave this French-speaking territory. But I have my American dream and I am going after it. If need be, I’ll create my own reality – root beer flavored and jelly bean coated, country music ho-down hollering and corn field wide. What ever it takes to kill this Paris nostalgia beast – for good.

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Check me out in an American snow suit. The pics are from The Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa. Such a lovely journey through time there.

I believe in writing your own story, the way you need it to go. I came to America to find that sparkle that I once had – back in Wisconsin and Florida. I plan to continue chasing that state of mind, the Empire One. The Beyoncé bold and curvy, Katie Perry playful and energetic… jogging and rollerblading ferociously until I get there.

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An ice-cream float at the diner? Vanilla cream soda, why not… That’ll give us a chance to chat some more heartfelt stuff.

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Back in Blogland

Back in Blogland

I know I’ve been MIA for too long. Moving and settling into our new condo has gotten the best of me. It’s a whole lot of work, aside from all the regular work, to get everything looking more livable, less of a mess. I’ve also been traveling again. Here are shots from my trip to Ottawa.

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I love Ottawa for its mix of culture, political power vibes and a youthful seeming nightlife scene. I bet that city would be a nice place to live in for a while. I do that a lot. Fall under the charm of a place I visit – and then wish to move there. I get over it pretty fast, though.

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I’ve been enjoying the warmed up temps. I’ve taken two to four hour walks. Next week my plan is to go jogging post work. I’ll run to my friend’s place after I get done at 8:30. Then we’ll swoosh around in the park.

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