Hello, again! + A Few Words On New Year Inspiration

Boy, has it been some time since I last wrote. I've been on an unintentional hiatus as I haven't really felt the inspirational ignition to write. And not only that, but I've been putting more focus and energy toward my YouTube channel. I sort of, often times, find myself in this predicament - do I write about something or talk about it front of the camera? How do I choose what goes on the website and what goes up on the channel? And since I've been having so much fun over in the YouTube world, I've kind of neglected the blog a little bit. But let me tell you something, I miss writing! I miss providing you with weekly bits of inspirational motivation on minimalism, self care, eco-friendly living, and beyond. While I can't make promises, I can say that I really want to start putting out more content again in this little corner of the internet. Life will gradually speed up and grow busier over the next few months, leaving me with even less time to prepare blog posts, but I'll definitely make an effort. 

A little under one month into the new year, I hope you've all been feeling motivated in some aspect of your life. Whether it be more positive, frequent exercise, make healthier choices, or anything imaginable, now is always the right time. You don't have to wait until the beginning of the year and if you haven't started yet, it's never too late. I think it's always good to look for ways to improve oneself. No one is perfect and there's always room for growth. Just know that if 2018 started off crummy and on a down note for you, that doesn't reflect the remainder of your year. You are the writer of your own story and if you're unhappy with something your life, you most certainly have the power to change it for the better. I have a video going up within the next few weeks sharing some extremely simple healthy habits to adopt this year so keep an eye out for that if you're interested in learning more! I love you all! xx

How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are

Bonjour, mes amis! So, there's this book I've had my nose in on and off for the past year and a half. It's called, "How To Be Parisian Wherever You are" by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, and Sophie Mas. Four inspirational ladies from France. Let's be honest, I'm obsessed with the French. One of my many dreams is to take trip to Paris and soak in the culture. Drink red wine and eat baguettes and macarons at all the best local cafes. Speak fluently in French with the locals. I draw a lot of fashion and beauty inspiration from Jane Birkin and Jeanne Damas, and I've been teaching myself the language, little by little. This book is written in a more humorous tone and while it's more of a "coffee table" book and not meant to be taken too seriously, there are little tips and stories scattered throughout the book that I absolutely adore. I thought I'd share a few of those tips and just write a quick overall review on the book for you...

1. Find "your" perfume before you turn thirty. Wear it for the next thirty years.
2. Not too much makeup, not too many colors, not too many accessories...
3. Drink at least one glass of red wine between 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
4. Treat yourself to some flowers to brighten up your apartment.
5. Aspirin in the water makes your roses live a little longer. 
6. Read the newspaper by yourself on your lunch break. 
7. Promise yourself you'll spend next weekend in the countryside. 
8. Go to the theater, to museums, and to concerts as often as possible: it gives you a healthy glow. 
9. Make it look easy. Everything you do should look effortless and graceful. 
10. (A few things you won't find in her closet): Logos, you are not a billboard; A skimpy top, you are not fifteen anymore; Blingy jeans with embroidery, they belong in Bollywood. 

Overall, I think the book is so cute. It's silly, shamelessly snobby and sarcastic, and downright Parisian. There were a few inappropriate parts of the book and a few curse words sprinkled around. Once again, this book shouldn't be taken completely literal, but if you're at all interested in the Parisian lifestyle and looking for a light-hearted book to laugh along with, I think you'll find this quite enjoyable.  I'm always looking for similar books to this one if you know of any, please let me know in the comments! Reading is something I find a lot of joy and peace in, though I find myself making less and less time for it - something I'm trying to change! I hope to start reviewing and discussing books more and more in the future so keep an eye out for that!

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