It's been over a year since I bid farewell to Paris, and wrote my last ever post in this space. Yet last week, I found myself and a special someone at Trocadéro. It's only most appropriate to publish this return here and to cordially invite you to my life-after-Paris blog, Besotted Grace. Hope to see you there. Warmest, Grace xx
I have always hated good byes, so much so that I have withheld my thoughts for the longest time since my last post. Thinking that postponing would make it seem less real, less true.
Paris was a dream come true which I cannot believe I got to live. What I brought back home with me was the best of memories and a heart so overjoyed by all the experience I have gained during my time in the city of light. I couldn’t ask for more really. I landed back in Sydney knowing that I'm a different person from when I first left and for this I couldn't be more thankful. To have had that chance to grow and develop my understanding of life a little better, it has been priceless.
My heartfelt gratitude goes to the people I met and to the few who became my friends and ultimately my source of everything. The very reason my stay in Paris was the best experience I could ever have hoped for, who taught me so many life lessons and inspired me and pushed me through when the blues came from time to time.
And to you, I thank you sincerely for walking with me through this journey. I hope you have enjoyed reading what I have shared in this space.
Now it’s time to open a fresh new page, new start.
And indeed, she loves Paris. She loves it so much that she will forever be plotting her way back *wink*
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.
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.
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.
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" – Eleanor Roosevelt
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".
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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