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Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking

We went thru a couple of weeks of pure gray and rainy mush. You know, the typical November tune. Now the sun’s back. The weekend is here and I’m boosted.

I stumbled upon this article and it got me inspired. The text talks about positive thinking and attitude. The key idea is that you can consciously replace your negative thoughts by positive ones. Practice makes perfect, too. I have been applying this idea and it has worked wonders. I like simple things. Life isn’t complicated unless we make it so.

When events happen in your life you can choose how to react to them. A rainy day can be a doom’s day or an opportunity to light up a yummy smelling candle and take a bubble bath. A challenging situation can be an opportunity to surpass yourself. The way you present these ideas to yourself is the key. The more you do the positive walk (and talk), the more automatic it will become. Reading more about this type of thinking, studying all you can to keep you motivated, is what you can and should do. I know my project for a constant happy life is rolling on. I’m excited to see the changes! Happiness overflow?

Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking

Transitioning to Fall

Transitioning to Fall

Fall is finally slowly starting to kick in here in Quebec City. It’s been such a great summer with lots of warm morning jogs in Central Park and coffees on the Grand Allee terrace. I’m suffering from a sinusitis. It’s forced me to slow down and take time to rest. I try to see lesson in everything so now I’m tending a listening ear to the message this quieter time can deliver me. It’s definitely about trust. Believing that my company will continue its happy life even though I’ve had to cancel a few days.

When feeling physically low I go to things that soothe me. I start wanting to take baths. I walk in the city and pay more attention on details. I write to friends that I haven’t connected with in a while. I study some Bible, pray and mediate on the verses I read. It seems that just as my body is weak, my heart is ever more open during these days. All distractions are gone. Just the essential –  the lesson in learning to accept life as it comes.

Transitioning to Fall

Transitioning to Fall

Transitioning to Fall

Transitioning to Fall

Transitioning to Fall

Transitioning to Fall

Transitioning to Fall

Transitioning to Fall

Transitioning to Fall

Quebec City Trends

Quebec City Trends

I’ve let myself be carried away by life this summer. Now that August is winding to its end, I think I’ll be more present on my dear blog. Writing out here gives me a unique kind of pleasure. Since I’m doing this for fun, I impose myself no schedule whatsoever.

I have a new idea for the blog. Since I am very active in the English-speaking community of Quebec City, I want to write more about those events, along with my personal trend experiments. I’m a very sociable person so connecting online and outside is pivotal for my wellbeing. That’s why I’ve created many events around town.

The newest of them: a free fitness class that takes place every Saturday 10-11a.m. at my church Chalmers-Wesley United Church of Canada. We had our first class last Saturday and six people came. It felt nice to be teaching aerobics again after a decade long break. The next class is on September 10. On Labor Day weekend I’m heading to Burlington, Vermont.

Quebec City Trends

Quebec City Trends

Quebec City Trends

Quebec City Trends

Quebec City Trends

Quebec City Trends

Quebec City Trends

Quebec City Trends

Hiking, Yoga Poses & Feeling Zen

Hiking, yoga poses & Feeling Zen

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.

Hiking, yoga poses & Feeling Zen

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.

Hiking, yoga poses & Feeling Zen

Hiking, yoga poses & Feeling Zen

Hiking, yoga poses & Feeling Zen

Hiking, yoga poses & Feeling Zen

Hiking, yoga poses & Feeling Zen

Hiking, yoga poses & Feeling Zen

Hiking, yoga poses & Feeling Zen

Hiking, yoga poses & Feeling Zen

Hiking, yoga poses & Feeling Zen

Hiking, yoga poses & Feeling Zen

Hiking, yoga poses & Feeling Zen

Hiking, yoga poses & Feeling Zen

Sushi Chic

Sushi Chic

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.

Sushi Chic

Sushi Chic

Sushi Chic

Sushi Chic

Sushi Chic

Sushi Chic

Sushi Chic

November Fashion Memories

I’ve been blogging since March 2007. In September 2009 I realized that I was mostly writing about fashion so that’s when my blog name changed from Susu’s World to Susu Paris Chic with a clear focus on trends and my personal style. I thought it would be fun to boost a month that is often gloomy and dark by walking down the memory lane of with its bygone outfits and bygone life. So here we go… Back to Paris first.

November Fashion Memories

This outfit is from November 2008. I was living in Paris and working as an English teacher. My mom would come visit me regularly and we’d make sure to go take a tour at her favorite museum in town the Musée d’Orsay. Back at that time I wore turtle necks under dressier tops. This fade out top served me both as a dress and a tunic. In this picture I was having fun breaking into some ballet steps in the museum lobby.

November Fashion Memories

The second outfit from November 2009 is a selfie, Back in the day, I’d shoot most of my blog pictures myself. I’d ride the subway with my tripod. I’d get my installation done and fire away. In Paris there’s so much going on, like in any metropolis, so people rarely cared. From time to time someone would try to photo bomb my shots though. This shot was taken on a super rainy Sunday. Outdoor pics were out of question, so I decided to pay a visit to one of my top hangouts in the Paris Palais de Tokyo, a modern art center with a Japanese simplistic vibe. I wore my black beret a lot during my Paris years. It seemed fitting for this American implant.

November Fashion Memories

This picture is from 2010 when my mom and sister were visiting. My mom was celebrating a big birthday so us girls made sure to make it special. We visited the sculptor Rodin’s Museum as well as had a lovely dinner at a jazz playing restaurant, that I had carefully searched prior to my ladies’ visit This shot is from the Eiffel Tower Park. I could never get enough of that place. My subway line would bring me there directly and the park was a regular part of my Paris doings. At this time I was into leopard and funky layering like this crisp dress shirt topped with a lace number initially destined for the bedroom.

November Fashion Memories

Now we are in 2011 and on the French Riviera. Sebastien and I spent six weeks there at my mom-in-law’s as we were waiting for our paperwork to clear for Canada. We had resigned from our jobs, sold all our belongings and headed to the Alps to spend a week at my brother-in-law’s. After that our drive across France continued until the Mediterranean Sea. Looking back, I’m so grateful I got to have that time. Of course because the South of France just has that magic to it, but also because I lost my mom-in-law a year and a half later very unexpectedly. I had found the sweater I’m wearing during my day trip to Marseille. November in the South was mild so I enjoyed not having to bulk up on clothes. That ended up changing drastically when we arrived in Canada December 1.

November Fashion Memories

This shot was taken in 2012 in Quebec City. I’m wearing my first Canadian fashion purchase, the faux fur vest. At that point we had been living in Canada for a year. This country took me by surprise and I was having difficulty to adjust. Coming from Paris to a smaller, less fashion-y place, discovering the level of Frenchness – spoken everywhere – and trying to find a new way to be glam in the ample snow that Wisconsin or Finland had yet never challenged me with, were the things that got to me. Luckily, I had the courage, and the support of my loved ones, to go and find help. Starbucks hangouts were the first things that I forced myself to do, because I knew that dressing up trendy and making my way out there would boost my mood.

November Fashion Memories

November 2013, posing in front of the Quebec City Hall. There was a zombie walk that day. I remember challenging my dislike of anything too gloomy by walking with the monsters. By this moment I had started feeling better in Canada. I had started my own English-teaching company Susa English and that had truly blessed my life. Being an entrepreneur has revealed sides of myself I had no idea existed. In the picture I was sporting my fave clothing item, a mini skirt with a glamorous out of the ordinary fabric. The boots are a find from Boston. All thru our living in Canada we’ve made sure to visit the U.S. whenever a bank holiday comes along. I love my country – and need regular a dose.

November Fashion Memories

The last shot is from last year. I’m wearing my faux leather pants that I spotted at Winners, the Canadian name for TJ Maxx. The earrings are lipsticks from NYC Chinatown, my go-to hood for interesting ear jewels, and the sparkly lip necklace were a find down my street. I live right in the very heart of Quebec City so shopping options are here – although it is getting more and more souvenir shop and restaurant filled.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed the trip back in time. We are today what our past has made us. That said, we can decide to keep the parts that help us to feel good today. The rest can stay dusted and forgotten. All what matters is that today we find inspiration to live a happy life right where we are.