Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Inspirational

Inspirational

This is where I babble about my silly epiphanies, my random thoughts and my aha moments.

Three Year Anniversary Since Leaving Vancouver Canada

Eva & Alfonz Canadian Expats in France
Wow, how time flies. August 2nd was the three year anniversary of our family leaving Canada to pursue happiness in the intoxicating dream continent of Europe. I know, people still think we are a little crazy. I assure you, however, if we are crazy, we are very happy in this state of mind. Moving away from family and friends is not for the faint...

Aha! Moments

    Careful what you wish for! Working through my issues during a sabbatical, a piece of my past explains why deep down I can move to France with ease. How did we end up in France?  Of course, we are following our dreams and inspiring people to put family first. I hope we are examples of pursuing happiness. However, I am talking about...

A Promising Spark – Perhaps There is Light

picture perfect La Fount Del Bosc
  Promising Starts After crying the blues about the system, when I was nearing the end of my rope, that’s when it all falls into place. I managed to accomplish something today that made me very proud of myself. I went alone to the doctors. Over the past two years; Alfonz, Mallory or Anne would tag along to talk for me. I used...

Resolutions 2014- Strive for Perfection

Hamori, Eva singing debut Sud de France
New Years Resolutions 2014- Strive for Perfection! 'I pledge to take my fitness, gardening, writing, teaching, cooking, singing, volunteer work and photography to a whole new level.' #1 Strive for Perfection What is perfection other than an unobtainable idea, yet we all strive for it. The idea if we work hard enough at something we will eventually be the best at it....

Expat and Third Culture Kids

expats or third culture kids Multi
  Third Culture Kids (TCK)  refers to children integrating aspects of their first culture and their new culture, creating a unique “third culture”.  Kate from Flight of the Wines Poured shared with me some of her experiences as a Third Culture Kid now all grown up living in southern France. I had never even heard the term before, nor thought there was others like...

Pour vivre heureux, vivons caches

Hidden life, happy life
Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own. ~Harold Coffin   Envy is the emotion you feel when you measure yourself up to the idea of what another person may be and you fall short. Not to be mixed up with jealousy which is feeling a sense of loss when someone’s attention is turned away from...

Happy 40th Birthday – 40 Before 40 List Complete

December 14th is my 40th birthday, and I dedicated the last year of my thirties to complete a wishlist of things I want to do before turning the big four-oh! My list changed, evolved, and grew as I went through the process of completing 40 activities. I wanted to push myself outside my comfort zone to try different things,...

Do You Believe in the Super Natural?

is there life beyond the grave?
                DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE SUPERNATURAL? Definition : Supernatural - a force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature I have told this story a thousand times, usually drunk with no inhibition. Now, I am not a pusher of ideas or necessarily a believer, just open to any possibility. -- --------------------------------- A long time ago now, thirteen years to be exact, at a...

Goodbye Nagymama

say goodbye
"Earth's crammed with heaven... but only he who sees, takes off his shoes" Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saying goodbye... It is always hard to say goodbye from a distance. These are those moments that being an expat can be brutally hard. The births, the big milestones, the marriages and yes the funerals. I was pleased to have been able to go home to Canada in...

An Ode to Girlfriends – What Men Can’t Do

the importance of good friends
Men are good at many things. Changing light bulbs, opening pickle jars and wine bottles, killing insects, filling the gas tank, washing the car, playing the tough parent role, buying and lifting the heavy items at the grocery store, unloading the car, grilling on the BBQ, fixing the engine and a clogged toilet and running out for the items...