After traveling throughout three different countries, starting my “big girl” job, making a big move (from an apartment in Paris to one in Texas) all in one month… I think I’ve learned just a thing or two. Today, I thought I’d dedicate my details darling post to a little snippet about what I learned this month… and how I can share it with the rest of the world. Okay, let’s give it a go::
- I learned that there’s no coffee like French coffee. Yes, Starbucks—you heard me: your vanilla latte will never compare with a French café au lait (which I’m missing very badly now). (Oh and you probably already know this… but there are no croissants like French croissants. Period.)
- I learned to never judge a book by its cover. It’s hard to actually imagine a childhood hero and icon who made so many people laugh as Robin Williams did…was actually depressed on the inside. It makes you take a step back and realize that everyone is going through something deep down inside—whether that be a celebrity, coworker, or random driver who just cut you off on the road. Remembering there’s always more to a book than its cover… is always worth the chance to change a person’s day for the better.
- I learned that you just can’t do it all. August was quite the month of over-commitment for this girl right here. Whether it was blogging, working, vacationing, relaxing, catching up, or going out… I learned not to stretch myself too thin. Well, correction: I’m still trying to learn. With having to turn down the prospects of NYFW due to extreme over-commitment in September, I think I’m finally taking a step in the right direction when it comes to FOMO. Anyone else suffer from the same issue?
- I learned that waking up early is worth the extra effort. I started a morning routine this last week… and it ‘s proven to prepare me for the day ahead with both excitement and energy that I never previously had before. Giving yourself that extra hour in the morning to actually sip your coffee (not gulp), make your bed, catch up on emails, watch a little TV, and catch up on social media is definitely worth going to sleep just a little bit earlier.
- I learned that the French… are not all mean. Don’t listen too carefully to the snooty stereotype about the French. I met some of the most beautiful people (inside and out) while being abroad. If you treat others with respect (culturally), they’ll treat you with the same. If you have any plans of traveling to France in the next couple of months… here are a few tips: 1. Always, always, always start out (trying) to speak to them in French. They will appreciate and respond in English (they want to practice too!) 2. Always say hello… a simple “bonjour” or “bonsoir” is absolutely necessary when it comes to manners. 3. Use “Madame” and “Monsieur.” Texans—we all have “yes sir” and “yes ma’am” drilled into our brains for eternity; it’s an easy switch and absolutely worth it.
- I learned that I absolutely adore working. Relaxing is an extremely necessary part of life… but the best part of vacationing for me was that it created the desire to feel ready to get back at it and become a busy bee all over again. Oh yes, I will work myself to the ground (not because I have to, but because I love it).
- I learned that people are truly listening. Thanks, Austin, for nominating me for one of the best Austin bloggers (PS—you can cast a vote for me here!)
- I learned how to pair wine and cheese in the heart of Paris. Not everyone can say they learned how to pair wine and cheese in Paris. Yes, yes, I can… now if only I could remember what I learned…
- I learned how to find energy. I stumbled upon this article via Pinterest, and it’s safe to say it changed my life. I’ve always been extremely hypoglycemic, with extreme sugar highs and crashes throughout the day… meaning finding energy has always been an absolute struggle ever since I can remember. Check out the way to eat your way into gaining more energy. I promise, it works!
- I learned that social media can change the world. To all the social media haters out there—a quick read about the ice bucket challenge will be sure to change your life.
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