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Back in Biz

Back in Biz

Vacation ended. I’m back in business – running my language school with a 30-hour weekly teaching schedule. On the top of that come the translations I do here and there. Jumping back into real life wasn’t that bad. What helped was that I like my this year’s work plan and clients. My days are filled with different types of activities, and I have breaks in the middle of the day – thus being able to steal a jog in Central Park if I so wish.

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This year I’ll go back to zumba. I will also be doing other sports – at the top are jogging or using the stairclimber at home – aiming at one hour per day. I’m trying to find a better way for me to eat. I’ve put on some weight. I will be experimenting with more protein, more fruit and veggies. I’m basically a vegetarian, but I do eat meat group foods at times like ham in a salad or a sandwich or ground beef in raviolis or pizza.

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I’m at a pretty peaceful place in my life right now. I’ve learned a lot about my internal reactions to stress and I plan to be even more mindful about leading a more anxiety-free life. The idea I have is to sit down, so to say, when my uncomfortable, bubbling inside “I feel scared” feeling invades me. I will recognize the sentiment, yet do nothing about it. Logically in time these attacks will lessen in intensity and power.

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What thoughts do you have about the beginning new work and school year?

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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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Orchid Fashion Season…Go!

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Radiant orchid (fuchsia-purple) is the color of this year. Below you can see how Chanel plays with it in this spring’s collection. Purple means creativity and originality. It is opposed to emerald green in the color wheel that was up a lot last year.

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!source

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

This outdoor ice rink is where I have been spending my time this winter. It’s in the heart of Quebec City and so only a hop away from our downtown apartment. I love the fact that on a whim I can be out there. Get the good vibes and come home refreshed. Sometimes on my way back, I pass people who tell me that they just saw me out there.

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!source

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Dreams and creativity are important to nurture. As the chilly season draws to its end I’m contemplating the newly available pleasures – lighter clothing, longer evenings with luminosity, terrace lingering and boosted energy to go out after the working week.

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!source

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Wherever I go, I seek to find beauty. I long to bring about some, too. Beauty can be found in the smallest of gestures – listening to the person who’s talking to you. Making them feel that their story, no matter how big or small, really matters.

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!source

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Orchid Fashion Season...Go!

Come spring, come soon! Fill our days with a renewed thirst for life.

Gettin’ Crazy – Winter Ain’t Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

This year my winter has gone by a lot faster than the two previous ones here in Canada-land. I’ve done a hefty amount of winter sports – cross-country and downhill skiing, skating and snowshoeing. Could that be the reason?

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

The guy at the ice rink knows me by now. The other day they put on Metallica – as opposed to the Franco pop that they usually play – and I had a grand time swooshing away to “Nothing Else Matters”. I congratulated the ice-maker on his excellent musical choice.

The below sign just cracked me up. This is a store in Montreal.

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

I’m getting better at keeping my glamour even in freezing conditions. When I moved to Canada from Paris, that seemed to be the hardest thing. Gradually, you get more practice in decoding the weather, and also in choosing the good materials or the right combos.

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

It feels soothing to have found my place here a bit more. Canadians are good people. Very curious about other countries so that has always felt nice.

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

French Canada is an experience of its own. Well, on this continent I only know the US – so outside of my last year’s brief hop to Ottawa, I have had no experiences in the English-speaking Canada. I’d be interested to see what Toronto or Vancouver are about. And if they are similar to here.

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

My Thursday’s zumba continues to be a high point of the week. Although half of Friday goes into trying to get my groove back.

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Lately all the sportive activities have taken a toll on my coffee shop hanging time, but that can be remedied soon. We did go to a delicious Japanese restaurant last Saturday. I had salmon sushi, smoked salmon sushi and salmon maki. Someone at the table made a comment “you must like salmon”. You’re Scandinavian-born or you’re not.

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

Gettin' Crazy - Winter Ain't Over Just Yet

I’ve tried to be more mindful about what and how much I eat. Paying close attention to hunger cues. Somewhere along the line I developed a habit of eating if I got anxious about something. Then I’d regret it later when the feeling passed. Now I’ll aim at sitting down with the feeling, and then decide whether or not that is hunger or something totally different.

Anxiety continues to slather its unwanted colors on my otherwise happier days. How much of it should I just accept as “part of me”? And when can I decide that “that’s not me” and I have to fight it, or better yet chase it away?

Spring Colors – Blue and Orange

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange This was my fashion blast of the week – my fave store in town Signatures Quebecoises (at 560 rue Saint-Joseph Est, Quebec City) organized a trendy event. A sneak peek into spring… check out for all-around tangerine, with hints of blueberry!

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

I would wear this combi at any time.

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

The perky pants and oh wow, the shoes!

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

B&W movie elegance.

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

Ladylike, me likey likey.

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange Bubbly and snacks. With good conversation. Always a very cozy and welcoming atmosphere. Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

Long skirts aren’t my personal strong side but I could give this one a try.

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

A Bag love-bag lady selfie.

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

Refreshing stripes.

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

There’s omething sweetly sixties and Audrey Hepburnesque about this bag.

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange I ended up getting this necklace for a friend as a birthday gift. She loves her new, handmade in Canada piece of jewel. Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

Chic silhouette.

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Interesting wrist candy, take one.

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

Pretty pouch.

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange My heaven – fashion, bubbly and two dark chocolate-covered caramel bites with salt crystals on the top.

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

A selfie with a side order of a cute furry bag.

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

Mmm… travels à la vogue – smooth and shiny leather.

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

Party time top?

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

Awesome fashion fun – the glowing models!

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

The store launched their photo shop. Along with their e-commerce.

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

Chillin’ in Jeans land. I still have to get my pair of Canadian-made yoga jeans.

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

Sweet pinky pink, come to mama!

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

For the tough side in all of us. Edgy makes everything tastier.

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

Wrist candy, take two.

Spring Colors - Blue and Orange

For the moment, here in Quebec City cute pompon-ed winter hats are still on the program, though. Dreaming of spring has started, nevertheless!

Funky Snow Ballet

Funky Snow Ballet

Winter is pretty much at its peak now. In Canada the temps go way down and you have to adapt… not like my bygone Paris days when a sturdy trench pretty much did the February trick. The good attitude is the key, too. Getting funky with glamorous apparel. Just layering it up when outside.

Funky Snow Ballet

Crisp winter air has its positives. Oftentimes it renders things fairy-dust coated and tale-like. It can give you a boost of energy. This year I’ve gone all out – literally – with winter sports. I’ve been to the slopes twice, cross-country skiing twice as well, one snow-stormy snowshoeing hike and lots of ice-skating.

Funky Snow Ballet

Now I’m also doing “the squat challenge”. The idea is to start by 50 squats a day, upping it by 5 every passing day, until 80, and then increasing the reps by 10 until you get to 200 squats a day. I can already feel the super efficient toning effect. I get a kick out of sore muscles. Well, in moderation of course. They make me feel contented with my efforts to keep a chic and sexy silhouette.

Funky Snow Ballet

Funky Snow Ballet

Next weekend will be action filled. We’ll launch the festivities on Valentine’s Day with my Frenchie with cocktails, and more… just the two of us. For the French, the Lovers’ Day really is an important celebration. I love the pampering I get from my Sweets every year come mid-Février. Like last year.

Funky Snow Ballet

Saturday will be downhill skiing in Stoneham. Followed by a raclette – an Alpine dish based on melted cheese – dinner at my hubs’ boss’s. Shall be interesting to get to know her more. I’ve just met her briefly.

Funky Snow Ballet

Funky Snow Ballet

Sunday my friend Valerie and I are hosting a tea party at our church. Dress code is hoisted, four different teas, salty and sweet treats will be parading on pink-clothed tables. I’ll be busy pouring tea, but also babbling with funky folks. I adore the mix of people we have. Hopefully new faces, too. The very core idea of a church, non? Valerie loves any an occasion to dress up. I totally follow her delirium.

Funky Snow Ballet

Funky Snow Ballet

Funky Snow Ballet

These are my current winter pleasures… a colorful ballet of little things sparkly and precious.

Funky Snow Ballet

Funky Snow Ballet