Birthday Girl

August 9th has always been a special date for me – it’s the day when I was born. Summer heat baby! A zealous lion with a passionate, big heart. A personality that can be hard-working and ambitious at its best, and addicted and easily convinced (maybe even taken advantage of) at its worst. Today I celebrate my 44th birthday. I feel much younger though. I feel energetic and excited for life. I have lots of good things as it is, and an excitng new work perspective coming up.

In my forty some years, I have lived in four different countries. That is something I am proud of. Finland, USA, France and Canada have all left their mark on me. I feel connected to all of them on some level. Yet in each, there are also things that I do not adhere so much to. But that is wisdom that my 44 years have taught me: nothing is perfect, yet there’s beauty and enjoyment in imperfection and giving grace, to ourselves and others. I am the unique mosaik of my experiences. So are you. We each have value and a story to tell. We just have to pause and listen. Listening is so important. That is where we learn and are changed, from the inside out.

Below are some pictures of my past year. I wanted to share these highlight with you.

Camping on Cape Cod.

Camping trip continued to Connecticut.

Summertime glamour where we live, in the old town of Quebec City.

Yoga in the fall.

Taking a walk and enjoying the cooling temps and the beautiful Quebec foliage.

Exploring Austin, Texas, at Christmas.

Striking a dancer’s yoga pose in front of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

Celebrating the arrival of spring at the Ottawa Tulip Festival.

That’s been my year. Thank you for having been a part of it, in person or thru here! I value each person who pops in to read my posts. This blog is my creative outlet and it’s been my faithful companion since the start of it in Paris in 2007.

Cheers to the new year and our continuing adventures together!

Thanksgiving Tango

Thanksgiving

I’m hyped since this year I’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving at a real dinner party. The Canadian Thanksgiving is way earlier so up here we rarely have American Thanksgiving festivities.

So far November has been mild. It’s actually a month that I enjoy. Life seems to be calming down to essentials. We do our daily work, go to our activities, meet those morning commute folks – all the real stuff that really matters. There’s beauty in being contented in simple ways of life. It’s empowering. If I can be deeply happy now, I can undoubtedly be happy when the weather and other things cooperate even more.

Thanksgiving

I find it pivotal to trust in my capacity to be OK come what may. If I have that deeply-rooted conviction, I have what it takes for me to feel strong. Life is like tango – you go up and down, twist and turn. Once you’ve been able to create that unshakable trust in your own self, nothing is too big. I’m not saying that I myself have the strength but I do have places and forces to go to for that. My trust is first and foremost in God. I believe in Him to help me. After that, I also believe in doing my absolute best.

So, I’ll be cheerfully celebrating Thanksgiving and looking forward to another year of happiness that flows from the inside and shines – and touches lives and hearts – on the outside.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Sexy Skin That Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Summer is for leisurely strolls with your sweetheart in your Central Park. That’s exactly what my Sweetheart and I did. We took off in the evening glow and let time flow by.

At this moment I’m in a dulcet place in my life. My work schedule is pretty full, yet relaxed – leaving me with cherished Starbucks dreaming time. That place symbolizes so much more than just consuming mass production java. It is a place where I often go alone to write. I take time to slow down and meditate on life’s small sweetness. I blog and plan new projects. I write out why I should be happy right now. These kinds of times leave me encouraged. I see my day from a refreshed angle.

La Senza top
La Senza bra
Sirens jeans
Sirens platform sandals

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

Sexy Skin that Shows

New York Pink

New York Pink

We al have our key words. The ones that we bounce around the most often in our talks with friends and such. You know, the word cloud that you can see in the side bar of this blog. The key words of our lives define us, and they also change throughout time. When you get a grip on your key words, you can gain precious information about being the unique you.

New York Pink

So what are my key words? I’ll try and list up some sweet things that make my heart throb… New York, pink (duh!), Starbucks, dark chocolate, red wine, champagne, latino music, coffee shops, deep discussions and Jesus. These all coexist in unorganized harmony.

New York Pink

I need New York in my life because it symbolizes a place for dreaming. I need pink because it boosts me and lets my soul free – to be who I really am inside. I affectionate Starbucks since I love the concept of it. When I used to browse Paris, on those solitary walks I’d pop in a Starbucks and get a cup of American sweetness. When at the beginning I had tough times here in Quebec City, I’d rejoice over the proximity of a Starbucks. I’d dress pretty  and make a trip over there, journaling in my magazine and gathering my strength to make it one day farther.

New York Pink

New York Pink

New York Pink

New York Pink

New York Pink

New York Pink

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Do you have a bikini butt? Of course you do. We all do.
My title is a dash provocative, I know. Call it my rebellious side. Or maybe the desire to stir up conversation. Or to empower us, wo-men. Or simply to steal a soupcon of attention in this crazy info era of ours.
So, you got that bum or not? It’s all in your head, grrl.

Bikini Butt

I used have a complex because my skin tone. Too white, pale… Blanche Neige – Snow White – a guy once yelled after me in Paris. I considered answering back garcon au chocolat – chocolate boy, but since that ain’t the classy style how I strive to roll, I restrained myself.

Bikini Butt

Being at ease in your body is a process. My philosophy: I do my best in taking care of my shape by eating clean and doing sports daily. I’m actually teeny weeny proud of the fact that at 40 I’m still able to rock rather slim a figure. It takes a little work but not that much either. The more veggies and fruit I eat, the less I candy crave. Doing sports – be it galloping on that stepper of mine or heading out for a cross-country ski spree always ends up lifting my energy levels. By spending energy I get more in return.

Bikini Butt

Talking about bikinis, here’s the newest from Victoria’s Secret. Go on, take a peek and daydream of summer.

Bikini Butt

I watched on TLC a new show called  My Big Fat Fabulous Life. The star of the show is Whitney, a courageous girl who got sick and because of her illness gained a lot of weight. She’s always loved dancing and now she’s back teaching it. Whitney said in an after the first season interview, aired last week on TLC, that she gets contacted by obese and anorexic women alike. These issues all derive from the same root – do I love and accept my body or not? I’m proud to say that I do a lot more than a couple of years ago. No one’s perfect but if you work hard at it, you’ll get closer to a calm internal place when you can just rush off to the beach… and simply enjoy life!

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

Bikini Butt

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.

Back in Biz

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.

Back in Biz

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.

Back in Biz

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

Back in Biz

Back in Biz

Back in Biz

Back in Biz

Back in Biz