(A special message from Dr. Dravon James at the end)
And here is yet another Christmas for creating new memories and magical moments.
On that side, you know I'm the Queen, especially with my Solo Wedding in Santorini!
Because as far back as I can remember, I've always been able to enchant my world, and I'm not just talking about Christmas Gifts, which I talked about extensively last week.
The magic of Christmas is believing in an old man who crosses the planet overnight, with flying reindeers, to distribute happiness to children.
This magical atmosphere reveals the best of us and makes us dream of the impossible!
The story of my life… Which made me thought about my childhood wishes, let’s see if any of them had come true:
I must have been 5 or 6 years old so, I used to go the planetarium every week to take astronomy lessons, I was so fascinated by the stars and space and I definitely left my head up there!!
But I told you about it in my article In the Air 2 and my wish to go to the planet Mars.
And my guests have already received their invitation for my birthday on Mars in 2070 😉
As soon as I could walk, I started waddling, as can be seen from the photos below, when I was 14 months old and dancing with my teddy bear!
Although, I only took dance lessons when I was 30, this passion never really left me and grew within me, eventually leading me to compete in ballroom dancing for 2 years.
I haven't danced with a partner for 4 years, but I continue to train in my bedroom and I hope 2022 will bring me back to the dance floor ...
Beautiful and famous
Nothing very original, and yet it took me a lot of effort and time to have the confidence that I have today, to accept myself with all my flaws. Check my video below “Let’s grow together” to know more.
Above all I discovered self-love with my Solo Wedding in Santorini.
As for fame, enough has been said about me in the Media to satisfy me.
And of course, the best for last:
I've been writing with passion since I was 8 years old, and there isn't a day that I don't have some text running through my head. I think about it when I wake up, in the shower, when I do my gym, when I eat, I sleep… well, all the time.
And since my Solo Wedding in Santorini, it has become my main activity with this blog and with my book, and those to come ...
Reread my previous Christmas articles:
Dreams that continue, that evolve, and always this craziness that pushes me to want the moon and the stars around ...
No wonder my creativity is increased tenfold at this time of year!
My Christmas videos:
Thank you all for your fabulous photos!
I enjoy so much receiving your pics every year...
And I've even received a photo and a special message to share with you, from Dr. Dravon James, Author and Founder of Every Day Peace, whom I told you about in my last article Christmas Gifts.
Thank you very much Dr. Dravon James!
Let's continue to believe in Christmas magic to end this year with stars in our eyes, and allow us to dream big in 2022.
We just have to wait for Santa now and see what he brings us this year ...
No article next week, I’ll enjoy the holidays, and meditate to have a fabulous energy to start the New Year…
Next article: January 8, 2022!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Love & Joy,
You know how much I adore this time of year, there is no lack of articles on this topic and I have to admit that I’ve been lucky enough to satisfy my curiosity on numerous occasions:
Not to mention everything I post on my social media:
And precisely at this time when the pleasure of giving and helping others is increased tenfold, let's talk about Christmas gifts ...
“Give to receive. " L.
I'm sure some of you still have some last-minute gifts to buy, so I thought sharing my experience was welcome.
Certainly, I’ve already talked about it in:
Although I love luxurious and extraordinary gifts, sometimes even imaginary ones, I have the right to dream!!
This time around, I'm showing you how to create Christmas magic!
“Give meaning to your gifts. " L.
This year, I chose to create the gifts myself, I can't say more here but I'm sure there are plenty of things you can do yourself: personalised calendars with photos, knitting a scarf, painting, cooking chocolate truffles ...
Or quite simply, have a photo printed on a t-shirt, a mug, a teddy bear, there are plenty of easy-to-use websites to help you achieve them, and the ideas are endless!
And if you find that it takes too long or is still too complicated, my solution:
Last year I gave my family and friends special vouchers like cooking a dish of their choice, babysitting, catsitting, organising a birthday party, a hug ...
All those things that people often are too shy to ask.
In short, I offered my talents and services to those around me to help them during the year.
For example, my brother-in-law claimed chocolate mousse which I do very well, and my sister opted for me to decorate their Christmas tree this year (shopping included).
HELP LOCAL BUSINESSES, FREELANCES,
But you can also help your entrepreneur friends by buying your gifts from their businesses, or maybe some are gym teachers or coaches, offer sessions to your family & friends.
Maybe they even wrote a book, and precisely speaking of that, here are 3 books that I highly recommend (only available in English for now):
Stuffed by Fadela Hilali
Fadela is an incredible woman, life coach, who chose to write a book to tell about a special experience in her life: her emotional connection with food and how she overcame it.
Just like me with my book “My Solo Wedding in Santorini”, she knows that sharing this intimate moment can help so many people.
This book is truly inspirational, offer it to someone, or better yet to yourself!
Find her on her website: fadelahilali.com and on Instagram: @fadelahilali
Transformed by Remi Adeleke
Remi Adeleke is a character all by himself, a former Navy SEAL, who has become a writer, actor and filmmaker!
I discovered this book by chance and I loved it.
This is a wonderful life lesson, which shows that determination, discipline and self-confidence make you overcome adversity and realise your wildest dreams.
Not to mention the energy of Remi that shines through his writing and brings you a lot of serenity and courage.
And if you want an even more special gift, contact him on Instagram / Twitter (@remiadeleke) to request a signed book!
Freedom is your birthright by Dr. Dravon James
Okay I'll be honest here, I haven't read this book yet, I asked Santa for it, but what I can tell you is that I love Dr. Dravon James, and more specifically her Everyday Peace podcast, weekly on Unity Online Radio in the United States.
Here again, her journey is incredible, pharmacist, she became an actress and now she’s a life coach. How not to be inspired?
And by the way, she invited me to participate in her podcast, so stay tuned to find out more!
Visit her website: drdravonjames.com
Be sure to watch my video at the end of this article which sums up everything I just told you but on top of that, my gorgeous smile and Christmas energy!
Don't forget to send me your Christmas decoration photos, they’ll be published in the next article.
Let's create some magic this week!
Love & Joy,
“Art is my Lifestyle and Vice Versa!” L.
You know how important Art is in my life, how much it inspires and nourishes me, just as I love endlessly creating and revisiting my way of life over and over again.
While we’ve already reviewed the travel category in my previous article Travel Memories, this week I’m choosing to check the other articles: Art & Lifestyle.
I certainly spoiled you in 2021 with lavish exhibitions, amazing museums and majestic churches:
I haven't failed to share my life with you this year, and all the amazing things I do and care about:
Your favourite article this year was: Happy Pride!
In fact, one of the photos in this article is actually in your Top 3 on my Instagram.
Not to mention the most important event of the year for me: the Renewal of my Wedding Vows!
In fact, many of you watched the video, I put it back at the end of the article.
Without a doubt, 2021 has been a year rich in discoveries and surprises of all kinds. So grateful for all these adventures and the people who came with them.
Don't forget to send me your Christmas tree photos to be published in 2 weeks!!
Have a brilliant week everyone!
Love & Joy,
I hope you enjoyed my last article Travel Memories to get some air and dream of far-off horizons.
This week, I look back on a special December in my life, while I was writing my book "My Solo Wedding in Santorini"!
I am therefore taking you to Crete, which I’ve talked about a lot previously - reread the Crete Series - to share with you an intimate and personal moment of my life.
And if you were already following me on my social media back then, this article will bring back some memories.
I arrived in October 2018, when my story was going viral in the international press & on the internet, and when I was invited on TV - check out Media.
I had already spent several months on this island at the beginning of summer, and I thought it was the perfect place to write my book, in the solitude and quiet of winter, when most of the businesses and hotels were closed.
A friend of mine introduced me to the owner of the building where he lived. A flat was available for the winter season, that was ideal!
So, for 7 months, I lived in a very small flat in Kokkini Hani, not far from the capital Heraklion:
The furniture was traditional but charming and functional.
Simple fixtures, just a stovetop, mini fridge, no oven or microwave, no TV, little shower pressure, and random and temperamental hot water / internet / electricity.
Despite that, it was my home, and after spending over a year in hotel rooms or on a sofa (reread Spring in Madrid), I was happy to be able to unpack my bags for a while. Even more so to fulfil one of my dreams and do what I love most in the world: writing.
Obviously, as a talented interior designer (yes, another of my gifts), I bought some linen, decoration, rearranged the space to feel in perfect harmony, my little haven of peace ...
So, this environment was perfect for my artistic creativity, I wrote my book in 6 months, continued to feed my blog every week.
When the internet was unavailable, I was going to a café 5 minutes walk from my house, some of my favourite posts were created there:
I also grew my Instagram presence around this time and started thinking about what videos I could create.
Above all, I did a lot of artistic photos which I share with you from time to time, on my social media & on the blog, as in the article: The 4 Elements.
What I liked in December was being able to admire from my window, the snow on the peaks (the island is mountainous) and the New Year's fireworks!
It rained a lot that winter, more than usual apparently, I kept telling myself that this was the perfect time to stay home and write ...
Well, I only had the heater for a few hours a day, so I wrote a lot under my duvet, fortunately I had bought a heated mattress topper, a blessing!
I spent Christmas and New Year’s Eve on my own by choice, I wanted the experience of loneliness to the end, and I loved it!
It is only when you come face to face with yourself that you realise how great company you can be ...
No Christmas tree but a little bit of decoration though, no crèche this time but I had a sheep 😊
My family and friends had sent me lots of gifts, including a unicorn (reread my article Unicorns to find out my passion for this animal).
I prepared a feast with lots of local and French specialties.
And even too good since I lost a tooth, which led me to find an emergency dentist on December 26th. What can you do? I like challenges!
My café/bar had also transformed for the occasion, and I even took a short trip to Heraklion to really get in the mood.
Christmas 2018 is really an excellent memory 😊
You’ll find even more details about what I just said in my second book now in writing.
The first book "My Solo Wedding in Santorini" is still pending publication, but I have a feeling that 2022 will be its year 😉!
Read excerpts from my book: HERE
Reread my previous Christmas articles:
Start sending me your Christmas decoration photos, like every year, I’ll publish them in my article on December 25!!
Have a brilliant week!
Love & Joy,