Bonjour! And Happy Bastille Day! July 14 has officially been dubbed (by me) as Ati’s most favorite and fabulous holiday. Yes, I’ve decided to commandeer a nation’s holiday and make it my very own personal special day.
It is no secret to those who know me that I LOVE Paris. It’s a preoccupation, a second occupation, an obsession, a way to escape and my way of brining more happiness into my life as often as I can. All things Parisian and anything French seem to just magically lift my spirits and put me in a good mood, no matter what real life happens to be throwing at me.
So, it’s no surprise when I declare that Paris is my happy place. It’s where I feel freedom, passion, beauty and hope, in addition to happiness of course. It’s the place that makes every other place and thing in life ok.
So, I try to visit and be there as much as possible…without having to actually be there.
Everyday, I do something that’s “Frenchified” and Parisian-inspired. And the more I search for sources of inspiration, the more outlets I find to fulfil my goal of injecting more and more joie de vivre into my everyday life.
My favorite is my lunch times in Paris. I find a peaceful place around noon, pull out my trusty iPad and begin my voyage. I’ve found more than a dozen blogs about Paris, which I visit every midday during lunch time. There are so many beautiful ones, but a few of my favorites are: Paris Breakfast (http://parisbreakfasts.blogspot.com/); Peter’s Paris (http://peter-pho2.blogspot.com/); and the original, Paris Daily Photo (http://www.parisdailyphoto.com/). Carol, Peter and Eric, the creative proprietors of these blogs don’t know me from the next person. But, I feel like their my personal friends and appreciate being able to have lunch with them in Paris on most days. Merci! No matter how busy the day, for just a few minutes, I sit peacefully and find myself transported to my happy place.
I also try to incorporate as many French and Parisian elements as I can into my life in Los Angeles. I try to lead a simpler life, enjoying the small joys and beauties of each day. I’ve taken up biking, especially when I go to my local farmer’s market or to the beach. I eat macarons whenever I can. I journal in my cherished Clairfontaine notebooks. And I’m even trying my hand at French cooking. Let’s not talk about the dozens of books I’ve read, re-read or have plans to read about French living, French women, French history and all sorts of French topics. I can talk about those books for hours.
So, I’ve found my happy place and I visit it as often as I can. Do you have a happy place? If not, what are you waiting for? Get yourself a happy place and visit it often.
Have a great Bastille Day!!