Inner Voice

Many of you are writing to me about wanting to pursue life-changing dreams but your situations won't allow. Firstly, I would like to congratulate you on having discovered your dreams. Many people haven't managed to find theirs. 

 

Dreams lead you. It can become the reason you want to wake up in the morning and push you to pursue life.

 

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A good first step to your pursuance involves listening to your inner voice and discovering what the heart wants.

 

Crucial life-changing decisions depend on your opinion and those closest to you. You need to keep reminding yourself that only this matters especially when you start to receive opinions from external sources. These incoming words can either be encouraging or soul-destroying. So remember: it's nobody's business but yours.

 

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If you believe in this dream of yours and know that it will change your life for the better, don't let the negative noise affect your mind. You need to have faith in yourself and never doubt the ability and strength you possess in order to follow your heart.

 

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"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" – Eleanor Roosevelt

Paris, school of life?

Whenever I enforce the pursuance of dreams on this blog, I'm very much aware of the fact that it is only a sweep across the surface but I also want to remind you the amount of hard work and sacrifices you might have to go through before getting into the "good bits".

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Living in Paris meant I am living my dream but I never expected to gain the added bonus of understanding more of a life's journey and discovering deeper revelations about myself.

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Paris turned out to be the best "school of life" I could have ever enrolled in. So much so that it is safe to say this had been worth every single minute of my effort. What was once what I thought as impossible, impulsive and reckless, is in fact one of the best decisions I have ever made. I realize that by doing this, I have achieved one of my dreams and now I have the confidence of seeing my future goal listing as a matter of "work in progress".

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What I also treasure most is the humbling experience of appreciating everything that I may have taken for granted prior to coming to Paris. This thoroughly changed my portrayal of life which I promise to discuss further in another post.

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My fellow Paris dreamers, I hear you and to you I say, follow your dreams. May you be 20 or 50, if Paris is your dreams, pursue it. You may bring back with you something other than cultural immersion.

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I believe the good in each of us and the wonderful things you have to offer the world. Believe in yourself, your capability, every bit of your talent. To those surrounding you, you are amazing.

A note from me

Everyone of us has those days where we lose our sense of direction. Oh you don't?? Okay please skip this whole post, go straight to the comment box below and leave me some advice as to how you manage.

So.. for the past two weeks, I've been feeling like I've lost my sense of direction. Here’s the thing, everytime I came back to Paris from my holidays I feel great and that "I'm home". But somehow, something snapped a different way when I returned from Corsica and I can't quite explain as to why I feel like this.

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Aside from blaming the weather, I went to see a lot of friends, old and new and I asked many of them, "Have you ever had one of those days…?" Their answers were hilarious. I then asked, "what's been the best cure?" And my Lord, even more hilarious belly-cramping responses.

Paris has the best people seriously. Bad weather, but the best people.

I write this post today especially to remind "future me" but I hope it can somehow relate to you as well.

We may have days where we feel lost but we should always try to trust that everything will fall into place. You are at this very spot because of a reason or a purpose that you haven't figured out yet so calm down because everything will be okay.

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Here's a compilation of favourite cures/tips given by my friends:

1. Make a list of what is good in your life.
2. Stop trying to figure everything out, take a deep breath and relax.
3. Enjoy the power of the present.
4. Don't let yourself be influenced by traditional way of thinking.
5. Come at peace with it and accept.
6. Eat loads of French chocolates (Patrick Roger is the word)

So Grace, take this life's intersection as a chance to imagine how you want your life to be. Maybe what once you thought was 'the' ideal, may not work and acknowledge that it is absolutely okay :)

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Paris, At The End of The Tunnel

You know by now how much I love my strolls in Paris right? This particular pastime always lets me to get inside my head and reflect on just about everything. Well it’s time to take you back to my past, before I knew a word of French, before the idea of living in Paris even appeared, before life started to shake from the ground up.

Years ago in Sydney, I used to work as an event planner specialising in weddings. During those times a bridezilla would pop up every now and then. There was this particular one who, during a meeting to decide her menu and beverage options, pointed to an item written on a menu card: “Sauvignon Blanc”. I proceeded to pronounce it, “sawvinyawn-blank”.  The bride snapped and rolled her eyes then hissed, “it’s sovinõ blã".

A week from that moment, I was enrolled in my first French class at Alliance Française. I learnt the alphabets and phonetiques sounding of the language. When I got the basic idea on how to pronounce things and could easily quit, it was then that I became really intrigued to learn more.

Today I recalled this story whilst taking my much-loved habitual stroll and so I said a little “merci” to that woman as it was her hiss that started my journey to Paris.

Criticism and disapproval will always hurl your way. Deal with it and keep striving towards making things better for yourself. Your dream lies somewhere along this path, waiting like the light at the end of a tunnel.

Love yourself more

I saw this beautiful commercial that I’d like to share with you. Their shower foam may be a staple in my bathroom but this is not in any way a means to promote anything aside from extracting the message. The fact is more often than not we are our own harshest critics and need those around us to see how we are from their eyes. Love yourself more and give yourself credits for being who you are. Hope it will cheer your day as it did mine smiley