Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Birthday

November is here and I get to celebrate one more year of living in France....no claps here and my birthday!Claps here!!!! Birthdays are the best. I love celebrating it and so?
Aging is part of life and I've got zero problems with that. I look at the mirror and like what I see, I know I'm taking care of myself and do my best to be the girliest version of myself. That's how I like it.

With every year passing I work more on being the best version of myself and spend my time wisely with those who count. And yes, one more year, so any physical changes are just part of the transformation. 30,40,50,100 all awesome.

One more year full of achievements and new goals to reach. One more year to be able to look back once in a while and realize that I've come a long way yet still feel the urge to do much more. It's exciting to see what happens this new year around. I will certainly make a special wish this year!
xoxo


Happy Brithday to you all Scorpios and Sagitarius! 


Friday, October 7, 2016

I finished school!

This week I presented the memoir for my diploma. Not just any, but a diploma from a Business School in France. After one year of studying and so much work, I am done. All those weeks of preparation for the final presentation are behind me! I've made it.
Why school ?
I've been working in France since year one. On year 7 I decided I was going to get another diploma, this time a European one.Going to French Business School is another element. It would have not been possible during my first few years here. The good level of french is essential in order to take advantage of going through this process.My objective was to surprise myself that I could do it and succeed.
I prepared a year ahead in order to ask permissions from work, prepare scholarship documents and I was lucky I got over 95% of my studies paid for thanks to all the effort I put in. I used the FONGECIF and I am one of those that got accepted.
The Experience
School started and I met 12 great classmates. All from different backgrounds and various sectors of business. During the year we got to work together and share some very enriching moments behind all the work we put in for each project and case study. Colleagues became friends and classes became valuable experiences which allowed us to get inspired. Worthwhile moments in and out of class.
Inside class, I met several interesting teachers and learned a few things I am already using at work. And the vocabulary and terms ! I've got so much new stuff in this head of mine. Yep, I'm frenching it a bit more now!

With this chapter almost closed, I wish my colleagues all the success in their futures.

What other goals will be coming my way soon?

I leave you with this inspirational video. 

Happy Weekend everyone!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Two homes separated by one ocean

How many people share the sentiment that there are two places to call home? Two very important places where you find yourself happy you're there yet so far apart and so different one from the other.



How many times we are caught referring of HOME yet we talk about two distinct places which are clearly located on different sides of the planet?

PARIS & HOME 2
On the plane back home to Paris, I thought about that place where I am building a life and where someone who loves me dearly awaits for me. This other home is Paris. Yet, the last two weeks I spent home in the Caribbean where I go to feel whole and revitalize, the trip already seemed so far. The balance I've created to manage two sets of lives always seems to be in danger when I return to my Caribbean home. 

THE GOOD & BAD
My voyage came and went like a wave which disappeared into the ocean, quickly, sweeping with it all my emotions of peace of being somewhere where the daily topic was not about refugees, terrorism and the European Union mess. Yes, it has its own set of problems but I felt they were not of the same gravity. They all seemed more manageable.

In my time home there were countless friends and family to visit, errands to do, bank appointments and somehow I got so many things done yet I wanted more. Being in my Caribbean home, in that small island was a cure to my soul. The cure was borderline addictive. When will I get to go back? Every time the return gets harder and harder. 


When I left New York for Paris years ago I had essentially already gone through the same prepping process of moving elsewhere although it was a city I loved and I enjoy visiting it was not a place I could call home.

EVERYTHING CHANGES
What is curious is that home is not the same as when I left many years ago. Things have changed and I as well. Still, the things that remain, the friends who are making their lives there, my family and the possibility of me creating and living there is captivating to me.

Things change and plans transform as well. Maybe I will move back, one day, or not. Who knows? The unexpected in life is what keeps us curious to want to continue. The melody of change is never ending and unpredictable. 

"Patria son tantas cosas bellas"
- Ruben Blades