So British

My district’s, the gorgeous Old Quebec City, Business Owners Association SDC Vieux Quebec organized an evening of all things British. This comes to show that the English language and culture is well alive in this Francophone city.

  • There was an introduction lesson to swing dancing, David’s Tea and delicious Queen Elizabeth cake from Quebec City’s best French bakery Paillard. I often takes students to Paillard for a fun lesson around a cup of steaming coffee.

Quehec City’s heart, the Old City is well alive and a fun playground both for tourists and locals alike. When you take lessons with me, we tour the intriguing streets and learn hands on. Whether it’s with me or not, come check out the summery glow. Dress up and be “so British”!

Hugs, Kisses and Ballet Misses

This week has been so intense. My business is running so smoothly that I had work up to the point of going thru a couple of days of not having time for anythng else than work. Literally, I didn’t even get out of the house. But I made it, and everyone seemed happy with my services. That’s entepreneur life right there, you’ve got to show up when you’re called. Slower times shall follow. They always do.

Today we had friends over for lunch, after which us girls headed out to the Grand Theater of Quebec City to see Cinderella. The National Ballet of Ukraine was in town. The show was magical. We had seats in the box. First time for me. I loved the ambiance. Following the ballet, we went to Starbucks. Our rosebud tea and Americano were just what we needed to top off the awesome day.

Pink Sneakers Dancing

Spring is slowly venturing in. To be honest, April is my least favorite month in Canada. But if I can be happy then, I can be happy at any time. I ditched all winter gear and pulled out this bag that I got from a client. She totally hit my style spot.

The honey and I had a nice day going to the local fashion sale. Then we checked out the indoor market place since they had an event going on as well. The outing ended with coffee and cool buddy time in the afternoon pink light. Now we’re getting ready for a movie and sushi. 🍣

Yoga for 2018

I love new beginnings. Of course they can happen at any time but the dawn of a new year feels sweet, every time. Maybe also because here in the Northern hemisphere that is when we all need a boost. Parties have been partied, and winter is now really kicking in. Luckily we have the chance to focus on new goals. Focus is what keeps us going. I’ve seen that so many times in my job as an English as a second language teacher. Clients that have a clear goal, and who regularly re-evaluate it, reach the best results, and also stay the longest.

My goals for 2018 are divided into three categories: work, sports and internal growth. This January is a landmark for me as for the first time in my career, I am going full time entrepreneur. My English teaching business Susa English┬áhas been growing steadily since I launched it in 2012. I’ve developed my own method. I have a 10-level study program. My clients learn in environments that suit them the best – be it the classroom but also the cafe, park, taking a walk or visiting the nearby stores. We learn hands-on and everyday vocabulary. My future goals for Susa English are to find a couple more clients and also some more translaing jobs. I greatly enjoy translating (from French to English), or revising (English) text. That gives me a sweet change from teaching.

My second goal is around sports and body image. I’ve had my share of weight shifts within my 43 years. I’ve been too high as well as too low. It’s been a process to find the real, good-for-me weight after all that. I feel that I’m there now. I’ve maintained my current weight without too much effort for a long period. I have energy to do all that I want. I still feel slim and light.

My sports goals are: enjoying the Canadian winter by cross-country skiing and skating. Both of these can be done within a 5-10 minute walk from my place. I have also planned snowshoeing with a friend. I want to continue using my stepper. It’s a great back up when the temperature drops too low outside. Sometimes I get up and head straight to the stepper to get my workout in before breakfast. I plan to continue with my zumba and yoga teaching. I lead a Quebec City fitness community online and the class is connected to that.

I keep enjoying my regalar yoga lessons with Boho Beautiful. I just adore her style. I will also get something new and exciting this year – a ballet barre and a mirror. I can’t wait to reignite the ballerina spark in me. Pointe shoes here I come! I danced ballet from the age of nine thru 22. I got a ballet teacher’s training. It has always remained my love.

My third goal is finding growth and peace within. I’ve struggled with anxiety and panic attacks recently. I’m not enchanted to tell you about them here, yet I’ve never believed in hiding things. Mental challenges aren’t people’s choice, nor do they mean that someone is weird or antisocial. I’m a very bubbly, life-loving person when you meet me. I have a big heart and I feel life strongly. I care. I really want to listen to others. I want to be that one person who brings you a ray of sunshine when you most need it. I’m in the process of learning to deal with anxiety when it takes over me. I need to gather positive evidence on the moments when I acted calmly and enjoyed life without fear. I’m rebuilding my internal me. I’m using two books to accompany me on this journey. I plan to share them later with you.

What about your goals? I’d love to hear from you. Or any other subjects that you’d enjoy reading?

Dress Up for Fall

Today is the first day of fall. Are you ready for the new season? I think that we never really are. As humans, our forte is maintaining things the way they are, not welcoming to change. Yet change is everywhere. It’s easy to feel pumped when the sky is blue and the sun caresses our cheeks. The need to dress up, to boost and beautify comes with gloomier weather and tougher temps.

This fall I will take things one day after another. I will find excitement where I can. I will welcome the calmness of nature and the lessons the turning colors offer me. I will trust that I will be OK – that I will find joy even when all the leaves will be gone.

Peachy Cheeks n’ Yummy Treats

Peachy Cheeks n' Yummy Treats

Rue Saint Joseph in Quebec City has some yummy bakeries and interesting bars and city culture in general. We took a stroll and savored some yummy French style delicacies along with Starbucks coffee. I love hanging out with the hubs. First we take a long walk, use up all those calories, then reward ourselves with something warm and comforting.

It’s been a long time waiting for spring to arrive. Yesterday it seemed to have finally appeared, today we’re back to rain-rain-rain. I was able to squeeze in a morning run though. I’ve kicked off the season – and boy, does it feel good.

We’re heading to Boston on Friday so next time I’ll hail from there.

Peachy Cheeks n' Yummy Treats

Peachy Cheeks n' Yummy Treats

Peachy Cheeks n' Yummy Treats

Peachy Cheeks n' Yummy Treats

Peachy Cheeks n' Yummy Treats

Peachy Cheeks n' Yummy Treats

Peachy Cheeks n' Yummy Treats

Peachy Cheeks n' Yummy Treats

Peachy Cheeks n' Yummy Treats

Peachy Cheeks n' Yummy Treats

Peachy Cheeks n' Yummy Treats

Peachy Cheeks n' Yummy Treats