The Canadian end of winter has been acting up. On our recent journey, we ended up booking a hotel in Montreal just to spend the night. The ordeal wasn’t planned, yet it turned out fun. We enjoyed what the bar and cuisine had to offer, along with my complementary Starbucks fix. Nothing better to paint a smile on my face upon wake up.
I’ve really been mindful of cultivating a positive attitude towards the weather, among other things. I can’t change nor shorten the Canadian winter. So I will simply accept it, work around it. I’ve been roasting veggies – mmm, the yummy smell spreading across my place as I’m writing this – and just enjoying the freezing air walks. Happiness radiates from within. It has very little to do with the temps. But finding your sparkle is the hardest.
I’ve been sick with the flu for four days now, plus outside the weather is gray and icy rainy, so it felt like a good idea to post out my last pics of Florida. These sunny shots give me the vitamin boost I need. They remind me that the sun will again be out in my life, too. When you’re sick, it forces you to build character. I hate having to cancel lessons. I take my work very seriously in the sense that I love what I do, I am truly grateful for each and every student – I take no one for granted – and I just feel my best when being an active part of this adventure called life. But when your head is turning and every joint and muscle you have aches, you cannot do what you were meant to do. So I’ve had to accept that and take each day as it comes.
I realize that the spring is a tough time for me stamina wise. That’s when viruses seem to get the best of me. Recently, I’ve really gotten into healthy eating. I’ve tried some new cooking experiments like roasting veggies in the oven or making things with beans. Eating a more plant-based way should load me up on vitamins. It does feel good to know that what you’re putting into your body is actually good for you. I find a lot of inspiration from Instagram pics. I just kind of get the gist of the dish, and then try to throw together something similar. I’ve even Instagrammed some of my creations. It feels fun to experiment with different types of images, although I think that fashion will always stay my number one.
Since I’ve had more time, well less energy to really do much, I’ve also done some soul-searching. I just feel that the more I get excited about a plan, the sweeter life will feel. I’ve wondered about the purpose of my life. What’s my goal? What do I work towards with enthusiasm? I think it is centered around encouraging, boosting and inspiring. Whether it be my job as an entrepreneur English teacher or as a writer of this blog, or even the one that gathers English-speakers together here in Quebec City, I long to bring positivity, new openings and new exciting ideas around me. There’s always something good. We just have to see it.
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?
Here’s to Chicago! Together with our funky group of Frenchies. The hubs and his work buddies. It’s interesting visiting the USA with French folks. You see our country from another perspective. The pictured moments took place during our first evening, fresh off the airport. We wanted to touch base with the Windy City by catching some lake breeze a hop away from our Airbnb rental.
Naturally my indulgence wouldn’t have been perfect without some Starbucks liquid TLC. I love those first evenings at a new travel destination. You are just so boosted. Everything is yet to come. Exciting adventures ahead.
I had been to Chicago twice before – but a long time ago. The city left me with a pleasant impression. There are definitely things to experience – comedy shows, park walks, renting Divvy bikes and some shopping, too. The most memorable event for me was the Architecture Tour on a river boat. The sun treated us to a gorgeous Saturday morning. We gave Chicago our undivided attention that its beauty duly deserved.
More Chicago moments to come…
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.
Off from Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the Chinese Theater, there’s a plaque saying “I Prefer Blondes” with Marilyn Monroe’s handprints forever caught into it. It’s been too long I last saw it, but I still remember. Marilyn Monroe was a woman of charm. She dared to wear red lips and to be herself. Her body was curvy and full of life. Men and women alike still find her beauty and lifestyle captivating.
When I wear this shirt – that I found at a small store on the French Riviera – I cannot but take in some of that Marilyn energy. It makes me proud to be a blonde. The kind that uses her head to go places, but who also is thankful for her feminine assets.
Every woman is beautiful, blonde or not. We just have to figure out our personal style, what boosts our unique personality. I love reading fashion blogs and rejoicing over bloggers that have “made it big”, that are collaborating and going to events. I celebrate their success and take in that sweetness. Their looks inspire me and give me ideas on how to enjoy life even more – in my unique blonde head.
French Riviera shirt
Le Chateau necklace
NYC Soho earrings