This is the time of the year when we are all busy making money. Oops, how blunt was that. We all need some dough though, that’s for sure. I’m in a place in my life now where I find my work situation the most harmonious I’ve ever had it. I started my English-teaching business Susa English two years ago, and now my schedule is nicely full with clients that make my life sweeter. I adore the language of Shakespeare. I’m the fondest American in heart. Spreading English language as well as American culture all day long is fun play for me.
When you are your own boss, you get to set the dress code. At work, I stay true to my urban chic style with a hint of sexy. I prefer showing legs rather than cleavage. I strive for unique accessories that give the class some visuals. Often times my groups like to comment my sartorial choices. That makes my heat sing.
I work long days, and long into the night. My key is in trying to get lost in my clients’ stories and needs. I forget the time for a while. I dive into the moment. The best thank you is when my student says they didn’t realize the time go by. Every client is unique, and during class time I’m there just for them.
California is eternal summer, right? Well, the dulcet temps definitely are lingering on here in Eastern Canada. I’ll gladly take in every ray of sweet sunlight I can. Living in shorts – I found these at Target – and my sparkled tee – hunted down at my fave Canadian store Limite. As the top says “life is your glamour runway”. Making every moment of it count.
How can you make each moment of your life count? It starts by being present in what you are doing. You can train your mind to de-clutter. You can learn how to concentrate on the essential and leave the rest aside. This all starts with tuning more into who you are, and who you wish to be. You can start by pulling out a notebook and jotting down “what makes you You”.
I know I’m a person who needs to be enthusiastic. I have to feel like I’m working towards something. So, I try to fix little goals. In my work I hope to inspire students to learn more English in a class that is tailored especially for them. In my blogging I wish to get invitations to local fashion events, and to meet other fashionistas. In my jogging, stairclimbing and zumba endeavors I aim for a slim, happy body. These are my life’s building blocks – what about you?
I’m trying to get used to the idea of fall. I’ve never been an autumn person. Summer seems so much more tempting. But there’s nothing we can do. The seasons must turn. So, what could make this time of the year sweeter?
Hot drinks at coffee shops appear tastier. New color palette opens up again to you. Darker colors and layering can feel good after a break. Leggings, stay ups and patterned tights come back into your fashion choices. Nail polish can get a harvest-y hue to it – or you can go a different route, contrasting somber tones with a peachy, summery lacquer.
A lot has to do with your attitude. How do you decide to spend this fall? Negatively hanging onto bygone sunny, heat waved days, or looking forward onto new opportunities to evolve. Change pokes us hard every time, but when we are able to rise up to the occasion, greater quality of life follows.
I bought a new Ivana Trump coat for fall. It’ll be nice to sport a black coat after many beige years. We also made plans to go to New York at Thanksgiving. I will keep on looking forward.
My life has been full of activity lately. I’m busy running my company. I try to find time for sports daily – although it hasn’t been for running since I still am not completely cured from the sinusitis.
This season calls for perky colors, in my neck of the woods. Pretty hues and fabrics. Luckily the sun comes out more and more. Little things make me grateful.
Any new plans that you have for spring?
Look at my earrings in the below picture. I found them at Arden – kind of like the North American version of Jennifer in France. The lip theme has been up a lot in the fashion world recently. I have earrings that are little lipsticks, as well. Found them in New York’s Chinatown. I like to have little a bit out-the-ordinary details. Once a student’s mom got her gaze stuck on my ear. Then said, amazed “are those really lipsticks?”
The best way to fight end-of-the-winter drop in the energy level is to dress up and wear bright, vivifying colors. Red remains a faithful, sexy seduction mate. Maybe a cliche, but men do fall for good ol’ proven tricks. What woman would not want to feel desired?
I’ve practiced a good doze of patience lately. Having been sick with a sinusitis for two weeks was a sturdy test. Proudly I can say that I came out of it with quite a stable morale. This should boost my belief in my own capacity to manage my life. Not my passing emotions, but me. That makes me feel powerful – a welcomed sensation for anyone.
So, I’ve decided to be patient about waiting for spring to arrive, too. Here in Quebec City the snow can melt pretty fast. Once things get rolling, we’ll be okay. Patience is a good lesson – often very uncomfortable to learn but pays a lot later on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Come spring, come soon! Fill our days with a renewed thirst for life.