Some of you have not seen your family for some time and look forward to spending time with them for Easter. The subject of this week is then found: Happiness!
Especially because some people recently asked me how I was doing to be so madly and openly happy. Well, life is too short to be wasted being bored or complaining. Go out, explore, discover, be curious, adventurous. Happiness is everywhere and closer that what you think, just open your eyes and your mind.
Despite hardships and a broken heart, I’m trying to enjoy every moment of my life. I can’t talk about happiness with a big H because I’m still broken and rebuilding myself, but every day there are little things that make me smile and laugh. These things make me feel alive and put all together, yes I am happy. There is no room for plans or doubts in my mind, one moment after another I take what life gives me and I smile it back.
On March 20, it was the International Day of Happiness and many events took place around the world. This day was created by the United Nations in 2013, which sees the pursuit of happiness as an essential human goal. Do you know that Bhutan uses a different index than Gross National Product (GNP) to measure the standard of living? They have been using Gross National Happiness (GNH) since the early 1970s. So, what are you waiting for being a part of this wonderful international effort??
For my part, here are the little secrets of my happiness:
My happiness is made of little things, find yours and share them in the comments!
I wish you all a Happy Easter and don’t forget to be happy!!!
A very appropriate song: Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin
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Pieces of my life, shameless outpouring on the pixelized surface of a screen. I’ve never had Facebook, twitter, instagram or other social network, it's the first time I want to share widely these very intimate episodes of my life. I’m usually very secretive and discreet regarding my private life but I feel ready and I think this turnaround is necessary, a kind of shock therapy.
My fiancé broke off our engagement 3 months before our wedding ceremony, it was a year ago. It leaves permanent scars. To avoid being engulfed by my grief and drowning in my own tears, I’ve coped with my own weapons, I’ve created a survival bubble, I’ve refocused on myself and as usual I’ve shaken up standards. I’ve organised a solo wedding or self-marriage on a paradise island. I always do crazy and unconventional things which is certainly my main personality trait.
It will take time to be able to swallow, to turn the page properly, to forgive also.
I’m like a phoenix, I reborn from my ashes at every hardship but sometimes we must admit that we are weak to be stronger.
That's why I’ve created this blog. I could evacuate my anger and sadness, highlight my passions and my actions.
To let myself go, to accept the support of my friends, one shoulder to cry on is sometimes all that we need.
You have to know how to forgive to move forward and I'm not ready yet, but everything starts here with you. People tell me that I am strong and brave, that I am a fighter, and if for once I lower my defences for a few seconds, if I accept my defeat to better get up later.
I’m not here to shout to the world that I’m unhappy, I am here to demonstrate that each of us can realise his dreams and be happy without following a pre-established pattern. Shake up standards, get out of the stereotypes, create your life, surprise the utopians, convince the detractors!
Many people were touched and inspired by my experience, that’s why I’ve decided to share my story.
I like the idea to inspire people and change their lives positively. Just as so many people inspire me every day, I also wish to pay homage to them in this blog.
Writing is my means of expression, my safety valve; I let go, I let off steam, I lay on paper what I dare not say.
Maybe you'll recognize yourself in my stories, maybe not.
In this blog, of course I will tell you in detail my solo wedding, but I will also talk about my mood, my favourites and all my follies! A book is also in preparation ...
Thank you to everyone who encouraged me in this project, expressed their reservations and gave their wise advice.
Here is my blog, it's my life, my dreams, my inspiration ...
A very appropriate song for this article: Burden down by Jennifer Hudson.
When a woman feels depressed, she goes to the hairdresser. As if to see herself in the mirror with eyes puffed up by tears, dark circles of fatigue, dull complexion for lack of sun will give her a smile. To be honest we rather want to cry even more. I don’t understand why we see so much of our flaws in the hairdresser’s mirror. Do you have the same impression as me? The poor eyebrows, that huge black spot on the cheek that I had never seen before, and when did this deep wrinkle next to the right eye appear? And how many more white hair since the last time?? I'm sitting in this terrible chair because of course I'm depressed; winter is not my thing, the cold, the slippery sidewalks, the overheated shops. It's not for nothing that I lived in Queensland! During winter time, 7 degrees in the morning and it did not last more than two months. Anyway, I need a boost, an exciting thing to cheer me up, I like to be very sophisticated in the winter because with all these layers of clothing I find it hard to express myself. And since I do not work for the moment, I have the right to all the eccentricities. So today it will be a colour and a very special one: navy!
My hairdresser is Jenny from Un Brin de Jenny in Reims, France. She’s my hairdresser for almost a year now. She’s great, very professional and answers to all my current whims. For the technical part, she will apply a blue-black colour base all over the head, and a few blue highlights to boost everything and to give relief to my haircut.
First, bleaching, 2 precisely, my hair must be very white because as Jenny told me, if we mix blue with yellow, the result gives green! You obviously knew it. However today, I do not feel the soul of Shrek or Bob Razowski so I am blonde for a few minutes…
For sure now I will have to pay attention to what I wear, all the colours will not necessarily go, clothes and makeup, I will have to adapt. Better to avoid turning Gothic wearing too many dark colours for example. At the same time, I could be spotted for the musical The Addams Family! Small bracket, this show was terrific!
Finally, after 3h of care, I’m looking forward to seeing the result.
Magnificent!! Yes I’m shining, that’s why we go to the hairdresser. I feel good, a more sparkling me. I look very sophisticated, be careful gentlemen I'm going to use a horsewhip hahaha. Can’t wait to have reaction of people and your comments…
Message of the day: be true, be you, be colourful!
Song of the day: a beautiful old song, True colors by Cindy Lauper.
Santorini, officially called Thira, is well known for its whitewashed cubiform houses and blue accents. It is perched over 300m onto the cliffs and overlooking the sea and a sea-drowned caldera (crater).
All photos are mine.
Santorini is a Greek island from the Cyclades Islands located in the Aegean Sea. Santorini has been devastated by a volcano eruption in the 16th century BC giving it its actual shape.
Santorini is attractive in so many ways: breath-taking scenery, sunset, winery, food, beaches, excavation site, museums...
Why Santorini for my first travel article?
It was the place of my solo wedding!
More to come…
Love & Joy,