Friday, December 28, 2012


I heard about Ali Edward's class not so long ago and instantly loved the idea. Picking one word, just one little word, to define and guide you throughout a year. How hard could it be? Hmmm, harder than i thought. It took me about 2 months to get to my final word.

I first considered IMAGINE, but even though i didn't do my one little word in 2011, i could clearly see that imagine had been my '11 word. I mean, i even tattooed it on my skin! Then, i picked GROW, which seemed perfect for me and where i am right now, but i wasn't a 100% into it, which was a big clue that it wasn't the good word for me. Finally, yesterday i woke up in the middle of the night, and there it was, perfectly clear. What i most wanted in 2013, and what all the other words i had considered led me to, was that in 2013, i wanted to be HAPPY. Such a simple, little, word, yet it means so much to me. 

So much that it's part of the next tattoo i've been planning to get for a few months. 

So much that this quote is one of my favorite ever (i kinda have a thing for John Lennon ♥). 

So much that i discovered Gretchen Rubin and her book, The Happiness Project, last November and have since decided to start my own Happiness Project (picking this word somehow was the first step). Those were big clues. Yet it still took me 2 months to find this word.
In the end, it really is that simple. In 2013, i choose to be happy.Happy with myself and my bodyHappy that i am done with schoolHappy with the job i have yet to findHappy in my relationshipsHappy with my art and this blogHappy with my life.As for documenting, i know that most of those who are taking Ali's class are doing some sort of mini album to document it, but i have already decided to tackle Project Life in 2013 along with my regular layouts so adding this would feel like to much. Instead i'm simply gonna make it part of my Project Life, starting with the opening page (of which you got a glimpse at the beginning of this post ;))Thanks if you've been reading that far, and if you're also tackling my One little word project, i'd love to hear your word!
Sunday, December 23, 2012

2012: CANADA TOP 10

Hello there! Sorry for the silence over here, i was busy moving back to another country! Home again, in Paris, for at least 6 months! But before thinking about the new year to come, let's continue with my 2012 best of, with a Canada special edition.
The last four months have been incredible and filled with little and big adventures. Here are my 10 favorite moments:

1// Making new friends. Lots of. From everywhere. My school keeps on saying that an exchange is made for studying, but i keep on thinking it is made for meeting people, incredible people.
2// Seeing whales! No matter how cold it got on the Zodiac, getting to see whales for the first time was incredible. I've always been very impressed (and a little scared) by the sea and all that's within and getting so close to some not so little whales was pure magic!
3// Indian Summer. I heard a lot about it, and i really didn't see how the beginning of Fall could be so different than in Europe. Well, i got it now. I saw leaves turning red, orange, purple, gold and a zillion over variations. One of the most beautiful phenomenon offered by lady Nature
4// Going to Washington (i'm in love with this city!) and seeing my sweet friend Josh for the first time in 2 years. Starting to make plans to go back there...
5// The Niagara Falls! It was a-ma-zing! Even though the site is very very touristic, the falls are incredible. And i once again felt very tiny
6// Canadian snow. We don't get that much snow in Paris, or at least it never last very long. Waking up to a white Ottawa is one of my fondest memory.
7// THE best night out with the girls in Toronto. Lots of fun, laughter, bad karaoke, crazy sweet people and dancing. 
8// The first road trip. Girls only! I LOVE road trips (even though i still don't have a license), and this exchange was full of them. A lot went wrong (hello Toronto traffic!) but that's what made it priceless!
9// Safari in the omega park. I fed deers! Saw baby bears, and arctic foxes. Then our windows got stuck wide open and we had to drive an hour by −5°. Lots of fun! 
10// Alice! When in Central Park, the Alice in Wonderland statue were a compulsory stop! One of my favorite book growing up and one of the reason i really really wanted to go to Central Park. It's beautiful 

My exchange is now over, but the fun is only beginning. I can not wait to start scrapping all these memories!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Something crazy happened in Canada. I started going to the gym.
And kinda liked it. A bit more everyday. So when I heard of Elise's annual challenge: Mile a day, i thought: hum why not?
If you've never heard of it, the concept is really simple: run a mile, everyday between Thanksgiving and the New Year. That's 40 days. Looks like a big number, but you know, time flies (especially around Christmas!)

Main reason i decided to join: i LOVE challenges. Goals to reach, challenges, that's the kind of stuff that keeps me going, and more importantly, that get me to seriously focus on something (i wont even tell you how many projects or ideas that never ever became real). I never really run before but i spent the previous 2 months going to the gym at least 3 times a week so a mile a day did not seem like to big an objective. I went for it. 20 days later, I'm halfway done. And still loving it.

Biggest issue? Elise is lucky enough to be living in California, where it's ,you know, sunny. It's an entirely different story in Canada. From the point of view of the french girl that i am, it is FREEZING. And snowy. So treadmill it is, which is a lot less fun, and pretty, than jogging outside. I really like the challenge, but i think next time I will do it during spring, or summer. But I will definitely do it again. Just so i can take more pictures of my feet!
I guess it's ok to say it now: I'm a runner!
Saturday, December 8, 2012


In 2012 I had some amazing opportunities to travel and discover new cities, countries and even continent! I truly love to travel and 'confront' my culture and beliefs to those of other people. There is just SO much to see in this world and I have spent 2012 trying to soak in as much as i could.

I spent a week in London for a seminar in June, and even though it is only a 2 hours train ride from Paris, the two cities could not be more different. When most parisians seem to always be on a hurry and sometimes so very judgmental, i love Londoner famous 'phlegm' and openness to difference and personality. Would definitely love to live there for a few years!

During the Summer, my sister bachelorette party took me to Barcelona, Spain where we enjoyed lots of cocktails and sun-time at the beach. And let's not forget about the tapas! This precious girls' time was probably the best way to kick off this Summer 2012! Weekends away with my sister always make the Top 10! 

2 months later, it was time to fly south again, all the way to Portugal for my nephew's baptism. The beach, the palm trees, and lots of sunshine in family. That was actually the first time in 5 years that i spent the summer holidays with my folks as i had been working most summers since i turned 18, and i am so grateful i got those holidays to enjoy before i start working god knows where.

Finally, with September came the biggest adventure of my life so far. I moved in to Ottawa, Canada! Almost 4 months later, i got to meet incredible people, see whales in a little city up north of Quebec, feed carrots to baby deers, sleep on the beach of Toronto's island, started exercising and loved it and froze to death when it started to get so very very cold.

Of course, once I was in Canada, going to the US became so very easy and before you knew it, i was in Washington DC! One of my dear friends lives there and i got to see him after almost 3 years living on 2 different continents! One of my favorite memories of the last 4 months! The city is absolutely gorgeous and so much more peaceful than New York, it's busy busy neighbour. Just add Broadway to DC, and I'm moving right away!

Next stop you'll ask? Paris of course! Because when it comes to Christmas, there really is no place like home!

It's your turn now: Where did 2012 take you? What was your favorite place to be this year? I'd love to read your story!
Friday, December 7, 2012

2012: the best of

I've always found December a really weird month. It's really exciting because of Christmas and the holidays but also sort of nostalgic as a year is coming to its end and making room for a new one.
I feel like I have always been more on the nostalgic side of it, thinking back to everything that happened, or did not, looking at pictures, reading through old messages... This december is a bit special for me, first because i am still in Canada, 6000 km away from home but also because it is the very last month of my life as a student
Thinking about what is coming next has been so stressful lately, as i feel like i need to decide who i want to be, what i want to do and where i want to do it, that looking back for a few moments feels very good.
I don't have any of my craft tools with me here, so any kind of DD or christmas journal is not possible, but then i figured: why not share here about this year, and what made it so special.
So welcome aboard 2012: the best of, my end of year series about everything i loved these past 12 months.

Feel free to join me, i'd love to hear what made this year so special to you! And see you tomorrow for the first post!