With these chilly winter days and being 16 weeks pregnant there is a whole lot of lounging arou...
MIDWEEK MUSIC MIX 27
Okay so this isn't the most glamorous of posts, but I have wanted to share these guy...
It's the last day of the year, so why not go out with a bang? With very full hearts and lots...
A NEW BÉBÉ IS ON THE WAY
I have never really been one to create New Year's resolutions. Sure I've started the new ...
I have never really been one to create New Year's resolutions. Sure I've started the new year saying I'm going to start exercising more, but let's be real, that never lasts longer than a few days so I can't really count myself as a resolution maker or keeper. I live a fairly balanced and healthy life so for me I never felt it was necessary to set up a goal for myself to fulfil throughout the year. But just like every other year that has passed before me, I sit here with only a couple of weeks left in 2016 and wonder what I want from my 2017.
For the past month I have really thought about how I can improve myself and what I need to hold myself more accountable for. I always think there is so much power in self reflection and even though it is not always easy to do, it can help us grow so much and I think it leads us to live better and happier lives. It is so easy to look outward and at times judge others who are potentially not living up to our standards of life. Just for a moment though, take the time to look inward and have a conversation with yourself. Being conscious of who you are and what you project is the only way to self improve.
So I have been taking this time to be conscious and look at myself a little closer, and think about what I can do to improve and enhance myself in 2017.
This year I want to create a completely realistic goal for myself that I can apply to my everyday life. In fact it's not even really a goal, it's more like a change in my behaviour and how I present myself publicly.
Ah! This is the moment when I reveal a little embarrassing thing I do, that after four years of living in France I am ashamed I still do. Here goes... I still use my expat status and lack of confidence in French as a crutch to get me out of social interactions in my everyday life.
I will admit that since having Oslo I have come more out of my shell and have definitely interacted more with strangers. I have been a bit forced into new conversations because having a new baby in a small village gets a lot attention. At first I dreaded leaving my house, but slowly I grew more confident to speak in French. But, I do still avoid many interactions because I am still so shy with this language that seems so foreign to me.
I have been very much in denial that I did hide behind my over used phrase ''Je ne parle pas français.'' With a little self reflection I came to terms with my behaviour and am now owning up to it. This year enough is enough, I am no longer a new comer to France and it's about time I integrate myself into French life that much more.
Plainly speaking and so you can all hold me accountable, in 2017 I will stop using my expat status and lack of French as a crutch. I will go out into the land of cheese and baguettes, and immerse myself in every awkward French conversation that is presented before me. I will attempt to give the lost little old lady directions if she asks me. I will continue to order my food in French even if the waiter hears my bad accent and starts to speak to me in English. Finally the hardest one of all, I will start to speak French in fun social environments with mine and James' friends, even though they love to speak English, and jokes in French are hard to make.
Phew, there it is! That is not easy for me to admit or write out to you, but it does feel good to come to terms with it. It also makes me feel challenged which always drives me to be a better person. I will begin my 2017 with this in the front of my mind and face my fears head on, and hopefully gain even more confidence. And really what's the worst that can happen?
Since I laid it all out on the line, I would love to know if you like to make new year's resolutions?
If so, what is at the top of your list this year? I would love to know and maybe we can all hold each other accountable in 2017.
Happy New Year you lovely lot!
Today I am sharing my brand new mix of songs I have only just recently discovered. Normally my mi...
MIDWEEK MUSIC MIX 26
Today I am sharing my brand new mix of songs I have only just recently discovered. Normally my mixes comprise of songs I have listened to for a while and feel I must share with you, but this week is new for you and for me. These songs had me from the first few notes, which always makes my job of putting together a new playlist so fun and easy.
I am dedicating this Midweek Music Mix to my friend Jules, the super blogger over at This is Jules. She shared my mixes on her blog and I was so touched she did that, that I wanted to make this mix specially for her. If you have yet to discover her gorgeous blog, then do yourself a huge favour and check it now!
I hope you enjoy this brand new mix as much as I do. Happy midweek you lovely lot!
I was not planning on doing a Christmas gift guide this year, but then so many lovely little...
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE LADIES
Get ready for another talented and inspiring woman that I am so thrilled to share with you for a...
THROUGH HER EYES... OLGA PRINKU
Get ready for another talented and inspiring woman that I am so thrilled to share with you for another 'Through her eyes...''. Olga Prinku is a maker through and through. The effortless beauty she crafts and creates daily is always captivating to me. With nature just at her door step she makes her home come alive with gorgeous handmade wreaths and floral arrangements. Her photos are always simple, yet so magical that it's no wonder her following is growing everyday.
Not only is she inspiring through her photos, but this Mum has recently ventured out on her own and became an entrepreneur. She put her knitting talents to great use and opened a handcrafted wool goodies shop online, called Prinku. So if you were like me and wishing you could get your hands on one of her knit blankets, stockings, or Christmas baubles, well now you can! There's nothing I respect and admire more than a Mum who has the courage to create her own worth and support herself and family through her craft. I told you she was inspiring!
Welcome to the stunning and whimsical world through Olga's eyes...
Thank you so much for such kind words dear Jules. I think we are all creative deep down, we just have to discover it. I remember as a child making little Christmas wreaths and always shifting furniture in my mum’s home to make it look cosy and find the perfect fit. My mum used to knit and sew and I’ve grown up always being exposed to it. I’m originally from Moldova and I was a child in the last few days of the Soviet Union, when there wasn’t much to be found in shops so you had to create your own beauty. Later I did a degree in graphic design and worked as a graphic designer for an interiors magazine, which exposed me to so many amazing homes and creative ideas.
Your new knitting shop Prinku is gorgeous, I really love everything you have created. Where did your love for knitting come from & what urged you to sell your goods?
When we started a family I decided to take a career break, and while I was pregnant I took up knitting again. I started with little bear hats, and my friends kept saying I should try to sell them. I thought maybe it could become a little business that I could fit in alongside being a full-time mum.
Happy Friday friends! Technicall y it's not midweek, but this week flew by for me and today...
MIDWEEK MUSIC MIX 25
Happy Friday friends! Technically it's not midweek, but this week flew by for me and today is a holiday in France, so for me that is a good enough reason to post a new playlist. With the winter weather making an abrupt appearance in the French Riviera, all I feel like listening to is a slow mix of songs to get cosy with. Every year around this time I instantly want to spend my evenings inside, warm, with a good book, possibly in the bath, with some relaxing music. I'm not one to throw on classical music to relax to, instead I prefer a playlist exactly like this. Now go pour yourself a glass of wine (preferably red), get some comfy pyjamas on, put those tired feet up, and push play....
Have a relaxing weekend!