The article I wanted to publish this week will wait because I am way too excited to announce some incredible news!!
If you follow me on social media and especially Instagram, you are already aware, but here are all the details of my current happiness!
My book My Solo Wedding in Santorini is a FINALIST for an independant book award in the UK, the Wishing Shelf Book Awards!
So proud, excited and moved too.
A year ago, I decided to self-publish after 115 literary agents rejected my book, quite honestly I had no idea that I could receive any award one day.
Once again, I show you how important it is to believe in your dreams and never give up.
Message from the founder:
Many congratulations on being a FINALIST! Our readers very much enjoyed your book.
The readers of this book awards, more than 150, are only authors, which means that I’ve been awarded by my peers, something to be even more proud of.
My 1st book, my 1st contest and I'm a finalist.
I even received a certificate!
The winners will be announced on April 1, 2023, let’s dream bigger!
And a video at the end of this article where I talk about the contest and my book!
Additionally, I was interviewed by the Mail on Sunday, one of the British best-selling newspapers, to talk about my story and my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini.
I don’t know the date of publication of the article, but of course I’ll keep you informed.
Finally, I want you to know that I also participate in an independent book awards in the US, the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
I hope that my story will please as much on the other side of the Atlantic!
Check out my previous articles:
All the articles about my Solo Wedding in Santorini: HERE
Order my book: HERE (available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon)
And excerpts from my book: HERE
Have a fantastic week!
Love & Joy,
Happy Valentine's Day 2023!
Already 5 years since this blog was created to share my life, my dreams, my inspiration.
An adventure that made me discover so many incredible people, but also encouraged me to find you the best exhibitions, and interesting, unusual topics.
I learned to open up more and share my life more genuinely.
But also, to stretch my potential and my creativity! My book is proof of that!
It was hard to choose, but here are my 10 favourite blog posts:
Reread my Valentine's Day articles or those that correspond very well to this day:
“I love pink and Barbie! », this sentence coming from my book and in which a whole chapter is devoted to it, represents quite well my mood for Valentine's Day, which inspired me the following photo.
And to celebrate my blog's anniversary and Valentine's Day, 2 of my books will be given away to show you all the love and gratitude I have for you.
Giveaway contest on Facebook and Instagram (@blogaboutl), you can still participate!
For my part, this year I asked my sister to be my Valentine, on the program a date with several naked men… on the big screen hahaha
And yes, Magic Mike Last Dance in theaters now, and that’s the perfect opportunity, especially since the film takes place at the London show, which I attended and which I talk about in my Article My Birthday in London!!
Believe me despite the zero degrees outside, we're going to be hot in the room!
Trailer at the end of this article…
It doesn't matter if you're single, in a relationship, if you have plans or not, let's celebrate love in all its forms, our family, our friends, our pets!
And if you're brave enough, tell yourself “I love you” in the mirror 😉
Very Happy Valentine's Day!!
Lots of Love & Joy,
Podcast with Cynthia James
You know that I never tire of talking about my Solo Wedding in Santorini, and that it has even become my mission to share it to give courage and hope to people in search of self-love and happiness!
Well, this week, you discovered a new discussion about my experience and my book “My Solo Wedding in Santorini: or How I Saved my Life”.
For those who haven’t read my book yet, you can order it here: LINK
A fabulous conversation with the incredible Cynthia James!
I must say that this is the most interesting interview I’ve ever had. Cynthia's wisdom and compassion made this discussion profound and joyful.
I highly recommend you listen to it.
Available on all streaming platforms: Women Awakening Podcast
But I put 2 easy access links here:
To listen to all the episodes: HERE
Cynthia James is an American bestselling author, coach, speaker, spiritual guide and artist (her latest album Chosen was released last year).
She’s a great source of inspiration and advice in my life, and I’m so honoured to have been her guest.
And see the title of her podcast: Women Awakening.
She also says and I quote “they are examples, not exceptions." I love that!
You know this is a subject that is dear to me, as evidenced by my Superwomen Series on this blog. This article will be part of this series by the way.
I encourage you every day to shine more and come out of your chrysalis because you can do it!!
I invite you to visit Cynthia James' website for more information and inspiration!
Thank you again, Cynthia, for your wonderful support and love!!
Exclusively, I announce that a contest will take place on Instagram from February, 2 of my books will be giveaway and the results will be announced on Valentine's Day, February 14.
This is my way of declaring my love to you and encouraging you to love yourself!
Follow me on Instagram to participate and know the rules.
Read my previous articles:
Find other interviews and podcasts: MEDIA
Articles from my blog on My Solo Wedding in Santorini: LINK
Excerpts from my book: HERE
Have a fantastic week!
Love & Joy,
MY SOLO WEDDING IN SANTORINI: OR HOW I SAVED MY LIFE
Get your copy now!
I know I haven't published much on the blog in recent months, and I haven't forgotten you, but I didn’t have enough time to be able to offer you more articles.
My priorities were different this year 2022 and I’m so proud to announce that my book “My Solo Wedding in Santorini: or How I Saved my Life…” is now available in French on Amazon (Paperback and Kindle)!!
Less than 4 months after the release of its big sister in English!
Get your copy in French: HERE
or your copy in English: HERE
I must admit that deciding to self-publish my book in 2 different languages in the same year was ambitious! But I’m so proud and happy to have succeeded!
Again, it wasn’t without pitfalls and challenges, but I’m full of resources and patience, and I overcame them one after another.
After its release, I returned to Annecy Lake to recharge my batteries and you’ll notice the change in season and outfit, between my English book published on July 25, 2022, and the French one on November 12!
I’ve already received several reviews and I’m delighted to see that you like my book as much in French as in English!
As a reminder, I wrote this book in the 2 languages myself, no translator, it's the same thing with this blog, and I'm in charge of everything from A to Z, including website design.
My book has been sold in the UK, Australia, the US, Spain and France, so I can say unequivocally that I’m an international bilingual author!
Last week, I published a video to thank you, in French please (translation below):
"I wanted to thank all the people who have already bought or even read my latest book 'My Solo Wedding in Santorini: or How I Saved My Life'.
Some have already given me their opinion and loved it. Obviously, this means a lot to me.
Thank you for all your congratulatory messages. It touches me deeply!
I wanted my book to be easy to read, so that as many people as possible could discover my story, how I transformed the darkest day of my life – my fiancé left me before our wedding – into a bright and positive event.
Many emotions in this book, I show myself authentic and vulnerable but never forgetting that joy is part of me, of my life and that happiness belongs only to oneself.
Some of you have asked me for signed copies, especially for Christmas gifts, I'm delighted to be able to do that, send me your requests/messages on Instagram @blogaboutl or on my website www.blogaboutl.com"
Life is a Gift & we must Honour it!
This weekend I also organised a private book signing in France, I invited my family and my friends, as well as several people who were impatiently awaiting my book.
A moment of exchange and sharing, a lot of joy and love, and being able to collect your impressions in person is pure happiness, and I can't wait to do it again!
And exclusively, I announce that Annecy will be the next city where I’ll sign my book. Of course, I’ll keep you informed.
I’d like to thank all the people who came but also the café "Le Mug's", which received us with such kindness.
My guests and I have wonderful memories. A place that I highly recommend! LINK
And for the occasion, I was wearing accessories from My Solo Wedding in Santorini : earrings, lipstick, clutch, jacket, and of course my ring!
Which are all mentioned in my book...
And then as I wasn’t excited enough, I’ve just been selected for a Book Awards contest in the UK!!
Wish me luck!
In the meantime, you can always read my articles on my Solo Wedding in Santorini: HERE.
Excerpts from my book in French: LINK
Excerpts from my book in English: LINK
I'm waiting for your reviews, comments and photos of my book now!
And above all, don't hesitate to share...
Love & Joy,
GET YOUR COPY HERE
I’m so excited and delighted that my book “My Solo Wedding in Santorini: or how I saved my life” is finally published!
For the moment only the English version is available: HERE
But don't worry, the French edition should follow in a few months, moreover for those who wish, I continue to raise funds to be able to realise this new version: LINK
And of course, I also prepare the Greek version.
Why Greek? This country and its people have welcomed me with such kindness and generosity since my solo wedding in Santorini, that for me it’s unthinkable not to have my book in this language.
Not to mention, I've been in the news a lot (check page MEDIA), including on TV, and a lot of people are waiting for the full version of my story! Check my article: TV Interview.
For all those who have been part of this adventure, of course, I wanted to thank you personally:
Transcript of the video:
My book my Solo Wedding in Santorini is out! It has been quite a journey I have to say.
And if you don’t have your copy yet, check my website www.blogaboutl.com
When I married myself 5 years ago after my fiancé left me, if you had told me that I was going to publish a book talking about it, I would have called you crazy!
And here we are!
I’m so moved by all the amazing and kind messages I’ve received these past few days.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everybody who was part of this incredible adventure.
Some of you follow me for years, since the creation of Blog About L. com
I’m so grateful for your love, support, and your loyalty.
This book was made of tears and sacrifices. I wanted to give up so many times. But you kept me going.
This is why when you go after your dream, it is so important to surround yourself with the right people. You have so many doubts and worries and fears during the process that you can’t afford to have unloving, judgemental energy around you.
During this journey, my relationships, my friendships changed, absolutely.
But most of all, I changed to be aligned with my purpose, my dream and this is how I’ve attracted incredible souls into my life.
This book, my story my Solo Wedding in Santorini is your story too!
Live your dream life!
And as I like to say “The best is yet to come…”
ORDER THE BOOK HERE
The goal now is for it to become a bestseller, and on the 2nd day of its publication, I woke up with the happy surprise of being 4th in the Amazon ranking in the wedding book category!
So don’t hesitate to share with your friends, family, on social media.
My success is also yours!
Here’s the description of the book:
“May 27, 2017, Santorini, Aegean Island (Greece). I am about to go down the magnificent stone stairs holding my father's arm, to participate in the wedding I have been waiting for, and preparing for a year and a half. The guests are seated. The weather is capricious. However, this ceremony is special, the groom is not here. He left the marital ship three months before, and I took the decision to marry without him, to marry myself!”
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The best for last as they say, I’ll soon realise one of the biggest dreams of my life.
What an accomplishment!
I talked about my book and its creation in the podcast.
Even though I've been writing since I was a child, I had never written a whole book before, I just needed the right story to tell.
I can't give you a release date yet, some things don't depend on me, but it's taking shape and obviously you'll be the first to know!
I had to find within myself the essential resources and love to discover my true destiny.
And it's only the beginning!
I couldn’t be prouder than today, to celebrate the 5th anniversary of my Solo Wedding in Santorini.
I strongly encourage you to re-read my previous articles, each as exciting as the next.
(Small note: due to the expansion of the website, some links are no longer valid, so if you have any error messages, don't worry, I'm fixing the problem.)
And I end with 2 videos I made for you for my wedding anniversary in 2020 and 2021:
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Don't forget, you're amazing! Be yourself and love yourself!
Love & Joy,
When I’ve created Blog About L., I needed to share my story, my Solo Wedding in Santorini, and show people how I was achieving my dreams and living my life without limitations.
I had explained to you my intentions and they are still featured on the page ABOUT ME of this website.
My name wasn’t mentioned anywhere, I wanted it anonymous, mysterious, I’m a very private person.
The only obvious reference the letter L, for my first name Laëtitia, Laeti's blog for close friends...
Anonymous, I didn't stay that way for long, 6 months after the creation of the blog, my name was in the international press, everywhere on the internet and on TV, and I was telling about the breakup with my fiancé and my Solo Wedding in Santorini!
Media link to access TV interviews, press articles, etc.
However, it took me a long time to put my name on my website, my social media. Out of modesty, out of fear too.
Social media… Even today, one of my best friends, Christophe, reminds me that 10 years ago I told him that I’d never have one!
Today, I have nearly 2,000 readers, followers, all platforms combined, and I spend a large part of my days on them… Not to mention the upstream work, writing, creativity, photos, videos etc…
As for my name, it's not easy to expose yourself so openly, I had to learn, grow, accept. But sharing my story with authenticity demands me to be it as well, and that I show myself to full light.
Life, circumstances, make us change our mind, make us change altogether, sometimes for the worse and fortunately also for the better.
This week, someone thanked me for the content I provide daily on Instagram.
It’s my greatest satisfaction, knowing that my inspiration helps you, gives you pleasure, makes you react, act...
Besides my Solo Wedding in Santorini, I show you amazing jewellery, snow in a spa in Las Vegas, animals from all over the world, sunsets...
This is what I like to share with you, to take you to places you dare not go, to make you discover art, magnificent destinations.
So yes, I must admit that I became more, I became a role model, an influencer as they say.
Every day, people who subscribe to the sites I recommend, follow my life advice, ask me for my opinion.
I want to show you with my eyes how I see the world, full of possibilities and wonders!
"A strong woman makes a good out of bad. Love your story!" B.
"I dare say that's epic you owned it and wrote about it." D.
"Oh my goodness, thank you for this! You're a gorgeous lady and your story is breathtaking!" A.
This is who I am, I see beauty and joy in everything I do.
Even breathing or meditating is exciting for me, meditation that I practice every day (read again the article Meditation).
I'm a dreamer, I’ve always been, and that's what I said in my wedding vows, for me everything is possible, even going to Mars for my birthday in 2070!
And then my book I’m currently self-publishing…
Yes, I'm scared, it's always hard to step out of my comfort zone and do something new, but as Bill Baren said, "only action overcomes fear".
And it’s also for all these reasons that I ask for your help, your participation, to help me spread my message, my transformation, and my vision of life through the publication of my book:
No article next week, I’ll be busy with, among other things, the recording for a L.A. podcast, and also something new coming on my website!
Stay connected here and on my social media, subscribe to the newsletter (bottom of the home page).
Read my previous articles:
And happy Easter to my Greek friends, celebrated this weekend by the Orthodox:
Have a great week everyone!!
Love & Joy,
Love You Forever
It's already been 5 years since my fiancé left me, it was 3 days after Valentine's Day, so of course I still think about it every year.
However, although this date is associated with a painful memory, it’s also a symbol of strength and courage.
It was in the face of adversity that I revealed myself, that I discovered in myself more love than I’ll ever have from someone else.
My life had to implode for me to find my truth.
Two weeks later, I was making the decision to marry myself...
A year later, I chose February 14 to launch Blog About L. with my first post “My Solo Wedding”.
As if to counter a spell and show the whole world that love has many faces.
Sharing this episode of my life was far from being easy, it took me months to talk about it, but I owed it to myself, to externalise this exceptional event born from a drama of my life.
I also owed it to the rest of the world to inspire hope and self-love.
And a worldwide response – MEDIA – which would exceed all my expectations.
An incredible and loving support, which has never stopped in 4 years, on the contrary, it continues to grow and to reach new horizons: Australia, USA, the UK, Greece, France, Egypt, India, Spain , Russia, Brazil...
And which also increases in the age groups from 8 to 92 years old!
I want to tell you that you are an inspiration, you're wonderful and you're worthy. Keep going, you have a beautiful life story!!!
You are a true leader! Thank you for leading the path for so many !
All your positive energy is always shining so bright!
You are so brave to share your story! It takes true courage, I admire that about you!
I dare say that's epic you owned it, and wrote about it!
Truly is a powerful message to be sent to the world. Continue being you and celebrate who you are!
The Renewal of my Vows last year (watch the Video), widely shared on my social media is another proof of my desire to inspire and to share more about my life and my actions.
I continue to grow, to evolve, to assert myself in all my greatness and my authenticity.
Above all, I love myself more day after day, accepting my flaws, my past mistakes and my fears.
I forgive me!
"Keep growing to bloom" L.
My Previous Articles:
- Chocolate, sweetheart
- Happiness activist
- Proud to be a Solo Bride
- Happy February
- Letter to Cupid
- Pink, my love colour
My Solo Wedding: Link
Excerpts from my book (not yet published): My Solo Wedding in Santorini or How I Changed My Life.
I’m so proud of what I have accomplished and of everything I can still achieve.
So today I'm not just celebrating Valentine's Day, but who I am and my eternal love for myself!
Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!
Love & Joy,
Pride of a Solo Bride
After showing you 2 Art exhibitions I love, “Florae” and “Water Lilies by Monet”, this week I talk again about my Solo Wedding in Santorini, to tell something very intimate that everyone experiences at least once in their life: shame and blame.
Three years already that my incredible story was revealed in the international press, still so much to say, to share with you.
An adventure that never ceases to take me on unknown and exhilarating paths ...
And recently, I was interviewed again, but this time by a bestselling American author who is currently writing a book, and the discussion we've had inspired me the text below, which I’ve chosen to share with you:
"When my fiancé left me, I was ashamed, embarrassed, I know I shouldn’t have been, but I was.
But that’s ok, even if we shouldn’t be ashamed, feelings are what they are, and our strength is to transform them.
Tv host, Eleonora Meleti asked me, during the late night show in Athens, if I had blamed myself, of course I did, but it didn’t last, I was strong enough, confident enough to know that I didn’t do anything wrong. It helped me.
But the shame stayed for a while though.
I didn’t talk too much to people before my solo wedding, that’s why my guest list was small. I never mentioned solo wedding or self-marriage in my vows, I said "rebirth", in fact the entire event was called like that.
The following year, I couldn’t talk easily - as I do today - about my ceremony and everything that happened. The pain from the heartbreak, but not only, again, the shame.
And I had a double challenge, first saying that I married myself, which seemed very weird for people who had no idea of what it was, plus explaining the breakup.
That was so embarrassing.
I’m not easily afraid of being judged, and I can say that this experience even made disappear what could have left of fear. “Live your life unapologetically” was my new rule.
It’s important for me to talk about it because I realise so many people are experiencing shame under different circumstances, and that’s not easy to get rid of.
I know I’m strong and courageous, I look like I can do anything, but believe me it doesn’t happen without challenges, hard decisions, patience and sometimes shame and blame.
I’m human, I have feelings and what I learned since my solo wedding in Santorini, is to accept all my emotions. Nothing to be ashamed of. I am who I am.
When I started the blog and the linked social media, it was so hard to share my photos. During the TV interview (mentioned before), during an hour I fought back my emotional state and my tears.
I was proud of what I did for myself, it really empowered me in many ways, but this is really when I saw the response and the impact, inspiration that I was giving to people, that I realised I should be very proud.
The shame vanished and my purpose, my mission began.
During the interview, I said one must continue to smile despite the pain, the sorrow, because life is a precious gift. Today, I’d like to add, despite the shame, keep shining!
There’s no better way to overcome it that to accept it, embrace it and release it.
Shame and blame can’t live in a healthy, loving, proud environment...
And today, I’m a Proud Solo Bride!" Laëtitia Nguyen
- My previous wedding articles: LINK
- My book (not yet published): My Solo Wedding in Santorini or How it Saved My Life
- Media: LINK
Have a fantastic week!
Next article: November 13, 2021
Love & Joy,
Three years ago, my story went viral around the world, and I even went to the biggest Greek TV channel to talk about it.
I was not prepared for it and yet I did not shy away from the unknown and accepted with great humility that my experience was brought to light.
My light, the one I discovered thanks to my Solo Wedding in Santorini, the one that grows and accompanies me every day, the one that I gladly share with all those who cross my path.
An incredible adventure which has already given me so much and continues. And more and more great people I meet.
I am filled with a tremendous sense of gratitude, all of this would be of no value without you.
Considering the number of articles on my Solo Wedding in Santorini and the ever-growing interest in my story, I thought that adding a page entirely dedicated to it was now welcome.
It’s still under construction but you’ll be able to discover it next week!
You’ll always find all the articles on the blog, from the most recent to the oldest, in the Solo Wedding Category: LINK.
Accessible from the home page OR on the blog page (on the right side).
You can also access the Book page from the menu to find excerpts from my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini, an entire chapter is even published, as well as the list of articles with an excerpt.
There are also texts and videos where I explain my book and my interest in writing.
Have a great week!
Love & Joy,
Today, I’ve chosen the venue, of course you’ve already seen many pictures and I’ve mentioned it in my article Wines of Santorini.
However, there are many details that I haven’t yet shared with you, especially you’ll discover a new excerpt from my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini, at the end of this article 😊
“It's penicillin that heals men, but it's the good wine that makes them happy.”
So, no wonder I chose a vineyard, especially since you know how much I appreciate wine.
To tell the truth, out of the dozen proposals given by our wedding planner, we had selected 2, and yes, it is rare that I mention it, but my fiancé had participated in this selection phase.
He had chosen an elegant villa on the cliffs, and I picked a vineyard.
We wanted the same location for the ceremony and the reception, with a view of the caldera of course.
In 2016, I set foot on this island then unknown to me, to visit and decide on the location of the ceremony.
When I discovered Venetsanos Winery in Megalochori, I knew it was the perfect place!
(These photos were taken in 2016 during my first visit 😊)
"Give me some coffee to change things that I can change. And wine to accept those that I cannot change. "
A year later, I had a lot to accept!
My fiancé had just abandoned me, our wedding was almost fully organised, I was excited to return to Santorini, I couldn't bring myself to lose that part of happiness.
The best decision of my life ...
And I have to say this venue was absolutely amazing for my Solo Wedding in Santorini, I couldn't have asked for better!
Excerpt from My Solo Wedding in Santorini or How he saved my life, by Laëtitia Nguyen
Already from the car park, I could not believe my eyes. The view of the caldera was breathtaking. A large stone staircase led to a magnificent terrace, the place for the ceremony, I imagined myself completely, holding my father’s arm to go down the stairs to join my future husband, with the sea as a witness. It was elegant and classic with these old stones everywhere, there was a big circle of seven metres in diameter, in pebbles drawn on the ground, perfect to determine the dance floor, and to suit any choreography.
The facilities were combined with the landscape, integrated into the cliff, which gave an undeniable and authentic charm to the place. The 250 square metre-terrace was wide enough to accommodate our ceremony, then all the reception after. I was captivated. The view, the space, the atmosphere, everything spoke to my heart and my mind. In addition, far from the city and the passage, the place seemed very intimate.
After the visit, I was treated to a tasting of the wines of the property, I was already conquered before, but it ended up convincing me that it was the ideal place. Sitting comfortably, watching the cliffs of Santorini, the caldera and the sea, I watched the ballet of the cruise ships below. I was surprised to imagine the moment, in a year I will be there again, drinking the same wine, admiring the same view, with my husband and our guests. A great feeling of joy and serenity overwhelmed me. [...]
Choosing this place was a decision that was going to change my life, and I did not know it yet…
Thanks again to all the providers of my Solo Wedding in Santorini:
Dress: Atelier Pronovias, Shop Brides of Brisbane - Brisbane City (Australia)
Alterations: PQ Fashions, Brisbane City (Australia)
Shoes: Edward Meller (Day), Christian Louboutin (Evening)
Ring: Antique Cameo, Shop Precious Stones Brisbane (Australia)
Jewellery: Cassandra Lynne (U.S)
Tiara: JJ's House
Clutch bag: Forever New
Jacket: Yves Salomon
Hairdressing, Makeup, Manicure: by myself
Wedding Planners: Divine Weddings Santorini, Maria Alexandrapoulos & Katerina Panagopoulou, Santorini (Greece)
Venue: Venetsanos Winery, Megalochori, Santorini (Greece)
Celebrant: John Kavallaris, Santorini (Greece)
Photographer: Alexander Hadji, Santorini (Greece)
Flowers: Betty Flowers, Santorini (Greece)
DJ & Light: Multimedia Events, Santorini (Greece)
Catering: Spicy Bites, Santorini (Greece)
Drinks: Wine from Venetsanos Winery, Champagne Cuvée Clovis (Maison Batillot & Fils, France)
Wedding cake: Petranart, Megalochori, Santorini (Greece)
Fireworks: Skylight Santorini Fireworks, Santorini (Greece)
Accommodation: Ampelonas Apartments, Imerovigli, Santorini (Greece)
More pictures in my article My Solo Ceremony.
Read all the articles of my Solo Wedding in Santorini: HERE.
More excerpts from my book: HERE.
Next Article: August 28!
Love & Joy,
Renewal of my Wedding Vows
One more year has passed, I just celebrated my 4th wedding anniversary!
You know I always prepare a special post for the occasion, but this time I did so much more, I felt the need to renew my vows, and I wanted to share this magical moment with you today.
Obviously, I couldn't celebrate an event like this without being perfectly myself, which means, designer dress, makeup and accessories!
And as a nod, I chose to wear the nail polish, lipstick, earrings and shoes from my Solo Wedding in Santorini...(Check again my previous articles Shoes Forever & Solo Wedding-Behind the Scenes).
Shoes: Louboutin - Dress: Anne Fontaine - Bone Cuff: Elsa Peretti for Tiffany - Bracelet: Adolfo Dominguez - Earrings: Cassandra Lynn Bridal - Crown: Forever New - Beauty: Chanel, Dior, M.A.C.
“Love yourself to change the world. " L.
I loved this moment alone to take some time for myself and prepare.
However, I was nervous, I had decided this time to share this intimate experience of my life, I was going to take my vows on the Internet…
If you follow me on my social media,
you must have seen my video, to watch or watch again so:
It's funny, I still remember every detail of my wedding, the memories are still so fresh, yet I had forgotten how empowering it was to take my vows, so full of meaning and transformation.
I feel rejuvenated, revived, and even more protected and guided by the Universe.
Once again, I have just filled my heart and soul with love, peace and joy, convinced that the best is yet to come ...
Very sensitive in nature, I couldn't help but shed a few tears right after.
And after so much emotion, I obviously needed a little comfort.
No churros to celebrate my birthday this year, but I made myself a chocolate cake for the occasion!
I also received some pretty flowers from my family, and since in France, 4 years it’s the Wax Anniversary, I lit a beautiful candle as a sign of new life ... (Apparently flowers in the US & silk in the UK).
When I put my ring on my finger 4 years ago, I said these words:
"This ring is the symbol of my rebirth, a promise that I will understand myself more in order to become a better person."
And what a rebirth ...
So many amazing things have happened in my life since:
- Freezing my eggs in Madrid
- Press and TV
- The creation of this Blog
- Writing my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini
I’m so thankful for my family, friends and all the people who have supported me since my Solo Wedding in Santorini.
I never would have believed such an adventure was possible.
Reread my Articles:
- Solo Wedding - Behind the Scenes
- Moral of my story
- Pink, my Love Colour
- First anniversary
- 2-Year anniversary
- Happy 3rd Anniversary
And all my wedding posts available here: LINK.
"Open your heart to open your mind!" L.
And at the end of this article, the song that accompanied me to the altar on May 27, 2017 ...
Have a wonderful week everyone!
Love & Joy,
Moral of my Story
May 27, 2017, Santorini, Aegean island (Greece). I am about to go down the magnificent stone stairs holding my father's arm, to participate in the wedding I have been waiting for, and preparing for a year and a half. The guests are seated. The weather is capricious. However, this ceremony is special, the groom is not here. He left the marital ship three months before, and I took the decision to marry without him, to marry myself!
This week, my article is dedicated to my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini.
I'm still looking for an agent and a publisher, but if there are two qualities that are rooted in me, they are determination and persistence.
All the decisions, actions I take, no matter how difficult or how long it takes, I always go to the end with conviction and confidence.
And while waiting to be able to make you fully enjoy this book, testimonial of my unusual wedding, all the details and especially the reason for my decision, the Book page (at the top) has been updated 😊.
You’ll find all the excerpts I’ve already shared with you, in previous articles as well as videos.
And of course, the reason for this literary adventure: Why a book?
Most of all, I wanted to thank you for all the love and support you’re giving me on this crazy adventure. You’re the ones who prevent me from giving up, I’m infinitely grateful...
And to show my affection, I decided to share one of the most important chapters of my book.
My story gives some hope & courage. As for the moral, I let you discover it below (entire chapter).
(For your understanding of the excerpt, know that my ex-fiancé is called E)
Have a fantastic week!
Love & Joy,
My Solo Wedding in Santorini or How I Saved My Life
by Laëtitia Nguyen
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius
I am often asked how I felt on the wedding day, and if I thought of E, if I had regrets or sorrow. Yes, I thought of him when I got up that morning, I thought that he had made the mistake of his life. I felt deeply lonely at that moment, but absolutely convinced that marrying myself was the right thing to do.
Planning a wedding is extremely enjoyable, even if stressful because we want to do our best and satisfy everyone. Being able to project myself into a happy and hopeful event, this is what helped me to cope for three months. All these beautiful services reserved, this extraordinary place, my outfit with so many wonderful accessories, this was what made me get up every morning.
“How are you staying positive?”
“I have no other choice ...”
Having a purpose is fundamental after a breakup, especially do not give yourself time to feel sorry for yourself, it does not prevent pain or tears, but it helps not to collapse. Some people take refuge in work, I preferred to focus on myself only. My personal life had just crumbled, I had decided to devote fully to myself for the rest of the year. I was going to put my energy to the benefit of my quest for happiness, all those things that I wanted to accomplish and that I kept postponing. Taking time for me, thinking about what I really expected from life, what would make me happy again, the things I was dreaming of, but also what I would like to do in the near future and more distant, either personally or professionally. Above all, listening to my heart and asking what it wanted, taking time for my feelings, letting my emotions express themselves. Then, to this year I added twelve more months, and a few more ...
James Arthur's "Recovery" describes how alone one is to rebuild oneself, one must seek strength within to recover. Healing is up to us.
I did not have a predetermined to-do-list, first I needed to rest, to relax, to meet new people, to enjoy life for sure, with even more fear attached to the heart, but this unwavering determination, that I will know how to stretch my limits again and again. You must already know yourself and understand your expectations before taking decisions. A wonderful period of introspection began, writing with.
I had lived many years away from my family and friends, I wanted to spend time with them, see their children growing up, create new memories, make tons of photos. More than ever, love from my loved ones was vital to go through this period of grief.
During the press interviews I kept saying how much life was a gift and that we had to enjoy it. There are always several angles to see things, and I learned to look from every angle and choose the most positive of them. In addition, when we think about it, there are a lot of little things that make us smile every day, you just must learn to open your eyes and your heart.
I have always been naturally optimistic, but to tell the truth, it was a trip that resolutely converted me to the half-full glass vision. I have been to Thailand several times in my life, one of my friends lived in Bangkok. I am used to be interested in community and charity projects, including when I travel, the result of an altruistic firefighter father. I try as much as possible to give some time or money for causes that speak to me, both in the field of medicine and art. Years ago, I went to a centre near Bangkok that takes care of people with AIDS. I was made to visit the premises, explained the concept, and then they asked me if I would like to go to the building with patients in their final stage. All these persons at the end of their life, men essentially, one is never prepared for death, whether strangers or relatives, being human means compassion and fear. A man wanted me to approach and sit next to him, he spoke English, we exchanged banalities, I do not remember exactly what, it was a long time ago. When I left, I politely said goodbye to him, what to say to someone who only has a few days to live? He concluded our conversation by saying that my smile had illuminated his day. This man has taught me my greatest life lesson, the important things are not always the ones we believe, a smile is sometimes the only thing we need. So since then, I smile every single day, no matter what. I smile at people, I smile at life and at myself!
“By being happy, we anonymously spread the good in the world.” Robert Louis Stevenson.
I know why I wanted to marry him, even if I followed my heart more than my reason. He often said that there were only two women on earth who knew him, his mother and me. And it was true. I accepted him entirely, with its great qualities but also his shameful flaws. I did not lie to myself, I agreed to take the risk, for love. That is why I do not regret anything. For months I thought I would never love again, I knew it was not true, but the pain was too big, too deep. There were ups and downs ... When I was crying, I was saying that my tears were tears of courage and determination. In my darkest moments, I kept telling myself how beautiful and incredible I was. Yet, most of the time I felt like dead inside. I have long believed that in marrying someone I would lose my independence, in fact I used it as an excuse not to commit, I was afraid of being disappointed and hurt. I had built a wall to protect myself, it was easier. I realised with my solo wedding, that getting married was much more than a commitment, it was a promise to oneself to be happy. Life is full of opportunities, even if during hard times it is difficult to see them, it is nevertheless necessary to know how to seize them at the right moment. Like a phoenix, I had to reborn from my ashes to start all over again and fly with my own wings.
In my childhood, I was an overweight and shy mixed-race girl. All the ingredients to be bullied and a victim of discrimination at school. Add to that my hypersensitivity and emotivity, and you get a kid who cried and blushed over any little thing. It was not easy to build an identity in these circumstances. And yet, locked in my bubble of survival, I took refuge in my imaginary world, I prepared myself for the battle, like a Trojan horse, it is from within that my strength would spring. This was in this bubble that I went back, to find myself again, some time less to gather my strength than to find calm and serenity, to let my sorrow dilute. I will rise stronger than ever by the force of my courage and determination, I was going to dream bigger and fight to realise my dreams, my recovery was near and happiness in my hands.
Life is precious and we only have one, we must make good use of it. What has happened is profoundly dramatic and it will affect my life forever. It is up to me to make sure that my future is positive and bright. I know it is not always easy, but I must force myself, happiness is built, it does not appear by magic. Being positive does not mean that I was not afraid, oh yes, I was scared, I was even terrified, I had spent five years planning projects for two, inventing dreams together, building solid foundations for our future. And now, not only was I alone, but I had lost everything: my life, my dreams, my future. How to rebuild, reinvent myself? Everything was going to start with my solo wedding. My personal fight began and I refused to surrender.
February is a month that always forces me to question myself, after the good energy of the new year (reread Happy New Year 2021), there are always events that shake my schedule and make me reconsider my decisions and even my whole life!
Strangely, a lot of my actions took place during this period, not because of an overflowing creativity, but because the universe is pushing me each time, leading me out of my comfort zone and bringing out the fighter that is within me, the warrior who never gives up on my dreams ...
"The worst brings out the best in me ..." L.
Here I am, several days after the sudden and dramatic announcement of the breakup by my ex-fiancé and the cancellation of our wedding, I choose to marry myself in Santorini.
As I sell my apartment, get rid of all my furniture, and carefully pack my wedding dress in my hand luggage, I prepare to leave Australia, the country that was my home for 7 wonderful years.
I'm not quite sure what I'm doing right now, overwhelmed by pain and fear of the future, yet I'm sure my Solo Wedding is the right decision.
First failure in the process of freezing my eggs, I was then in the Spanish capital, Madrid.
I'm in a store when my doctor calls me to tell me the bad news, always upbeat and positive, I'm not prepared for it, a stab in my heart, another disappointment and the fear of never succeeding that inhabits me now...
This is the moment I’ve chosen to launch Blog About L. with the first article on Valentine's Day to honour love: My Solo Wedding in Santorini.
Like a spell that I cast to bring positive vibes into my life.
Some financial issue befell me while I’m in Crete, writing my first book My Solo Wedding in Santorini.
No way to give up now, I just can't accept that.
And a second magazine cover that confirms my project, a sign from the universe.
After a round trip to Athens at the Australian Embassy, the support of my parents and the precious help of one of my friends, I can breathe again, I can finish what I started…
I plan to spend time with my best friend in Paris, then go back to Greece, I stop for a few days at my sister's in Reims on the way, but the lockdown is announced, I stay in France (and I haven’t taken the plane since…).
Several months you’re asking for videos, I start then, and once again post my first video on YouTube and Instagram on Valentine's Day.
I must admit that I was very nervous at this idea, yet today I take great pleasure in sharing these moments with you, you’re always helping me to grow ...
And making videos in public spaces is even more intimidating, but I'm doing pretty well I guess😊 ...
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Then again, not everything was as pink as in my last article Pink my Love Colour, but this time I refused to see the negative side, what must happen, happens, and every disappointment is an open door to a greater possibility.
Yes, I was expecting a lot from this collaboration with a famous agent from New York, who believed in my project, one option that evaporates in nature, but how many more that appear without knowing it?
Like a gardener, I plant seeds, but I can't see yet what is germinating.
Having faith and keeping my inner peace is what matters most to me now. Hence, a lot of coaching, mentoring to develop myself on a personal and spiritual level.
Constantly growing in order to bloom ...
So yes, happy February because despite hardships, I stretched the limits of my consciousness to better see the infinite possibilities of happiness. I found peace.
A blog which has become a website with videos and excerpts from my book.
An adventure that never ceases to take me to unknown and exciting territories.
My joy of life that I share daily on my social media.
And this interaction that I have with you, which carries me and makes me want to give you more.
Three years that I share with you my life, my dreams, my inspiration ...
Happy February, Happy Blog Anniversary!
"Chasing your dreams is the biggest fight of your life. "L
- Gift from Science
- Rainy day in Madrid
- Rainy day in Athens
- Blog Guide
- Why a blog
- Why a book
- My Solo Wedding in Santorini
And Happy Birthday to all Pisces, including my mum!
Have a good week,
Love & Joy,
Pink, my Love Colour
For many people love and passion are associated with the colour red, but for me, pink is my big love story ...
By the way, as a child, the first doll that made me dream, Barbie Dream Glow with a beautiful pink crinoline dress of course, I’ve talked about her in my article Barbie Exhibition.
This is also the colour I chose for my Solo Wedding in Santorini:
In French, roses, the flowers gave the name to the colour “rose”, because they are the most common.
In English however, we say "pink" nothing to do with roses, but here too its origin comes from the name of a flower: the garden pink or wild pink.
And for information, when you offer pink roses, you declare a tender and romantic love, and darker is the pink, the more it refers to gratitude and sensuality ...
Pink again, for my first TV interview ... (check out Media Page)
A colour I also use in my photos, I like to see “la vie en rose” (life in pink):
Colour I’ve decided to adopt for this Valentine's Day! And also for work lol, just love it hahaha!
No date, and to be honest I don't even remember my last Valentine's date. By the way, that's what I say in this video, but not only, I'm talking mostly about self-love:
Whatever you’re doing today, choose to celebrate yourself and accept all the love you have for yourself and for others.
“There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.” George Sand
Read my previous articles:
Happy Valentine’s day!
Love & Joy,
My Wedding Fireworks
Since in my last article Happy New Year 2021, I’ve talked about fireworks, I thought it was time to tell you about mine ...
It was one of the things planned initially with my fiancé and, in my grief, it had become something that I was looking forward to, no way to cancel it for my Solo Wedding in Santorini.
It’s one of the highlights of my wedding, I wouldn't have missed it for anything in the world. How happy I am to have lived this moment, forever etched on my memory.
Even in a dark sky, you can see colours, don’t give up on the stars and the sparks.
Self-love is the paintbrush and you are the painter.
I created a masterpiece from the most dramatic event of my life, don’t let anyone destroy your light, you’re precious to this world…
Obviously, I say a lot about it in my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini and for you, here’s a new excerpt:
"The fireworks were launched below the terrace, along the cliff, which made the rockets explode almost before our eyes, it was just magical and so private. It is like going to a concert in a very small venue. We are so close to the stage that we could touch the artist. Three minutes of pure happiness accompanied by a song that I love.
I do not regret this expense; it is one of the strongest moments of my wedding party.
Rockets had been fired before, at other places on the island, probably for weddings as well. It had put us in the mood with my guests, many said that I was lucky, they did not know about mine, it was a surprise.
We organised it with the wedding planner after dinner and cake for the night to be dark.
It was beautiful, it was grandiose, bright, colourful. As if my joy was exploding in everyone's eyes. The air was cool, but it was not cold. At the sound of the first rocket launch, my heartbeat accelerated, my heart jumped from my chest. Katy Perry's “Firework” was playing. During these few minutes, I was these fireworks, the explosions were none other than the projection of my emotions that came out from my body. My best friend took a picture of me from behind at that moment, I am alone, and a shiny red star pops up above me. A perfect communion between the heavens and me." L.
More excerpts on the page dedicated to my book: here.
But I give you the list of all my articles with an extract from my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini (you can click on it to access them directly):
I’m never tired of talking and re-talking about my Solo Wedding in Santorini!
In my last video, I mentioned how proud I was of what I had accomplished over the past 20 years. Obviously, my marriage is my greatest pride.
Keep shining and enjoy life!!
Have an amazing week everyone!
Love & Joy,
Happy New Year 2021!!!
Youhouhhhh!! Finally, here it is 2021, a new decade begins, with new expectations, hopes, dreams and interaction to come ...
I wish you all a magical, bright & wonderful year!!
I hope you had a great holiday season.
I spent NYE with my parents, and last time was in 2015. They came to see me in Australia, and we were outside the Sydney Opera House for the gigantic fireworks. An absolutely unforgettable memory. I put the full video of this year's Sydney fireworks at the end of the article 😊
What a year 2020! We’ve been through a lot, definitely a very interesting and demanding period. It drove us into a corner and pushed us to question ourselves about the meaning of our lives.
In my articles Happy New Year 2020 and 2019 to 2020, I said, among other things:
My resolutions for 2020: to sustain my momentum, not to plan anything and to live driven by opportunities, new people, and of course to continue to realise old dreams and create new ones.
Continue to inspire people
See a new Ballet
The publication of my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini
I definitely had a good intuition by not planning anything, I was unable to travel abroad in 2020, but I took you with me on my previous adventures:
However, in 2020, I had a wonderful Honeymoon 2 in the most beautiful city in the world:
And I still have a lot to tell you ...
In 2020, I talked a lot about myself again lol:
My quarantine articles obviously:
- Quarantine Queen
- Quarantine 2
- 4 Elements
- Healthy Routine
- Kind Words
I hope you’ll keep some good habits like dancing every day!!
I did my best to inspire you more this year:
- With 44 articles on this blog,
- Nearly 180 posts & 2,000 stories on Instagram!
- Without forgetting the creation of my Twitter account: @blogaboutl
- And a novelty in 2020, the creation of 34 videos available on: Instagram – IGTV – YouTube - Blog About L.
I couldn't attend any new ballet, but I did watch some on the internet!
This period definitely made me more interested in the options available online, then I met incredible people and attended some amazing world conferences ...
My Resolutions for 2021:
Recently a friend told me why stop something that is working?
So, let's continue: the blog, the videos, my social media...
And if there’s anything you want me to talk about or improve, please tell me: here.
Obviously, publishing my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini, or How It Saved My Life is still relevant today, but I'm also working on the next one:
After… My Solo Wedding in Santorini, or How My Healing Became A Mission…
I promise to tell you more soon ...
However, this year, I intend to travel, find where to put my bags for good and may be even find love ... 😊
“I was born to inspire people to be themselves! "L.
And thank you again for your support & unconditional love, I wouldn't have so much fun creating and writing without you!
No article next week, I'll be busy writing my greetings cards & meditating to charge my energy for the New Year.
Take the opportunity to catch up with the articles you haven't read 😉
And don't worry, I’ll stay active on social media:
Happy New Year again, I believe in you and your magic, and as I said on my photo at the beginning: leave sparkles wherever you go ...
Be confident, be yourself and shine like a thousand fireworks!
Love & Joy,
I’ve meditated a lot last week to find today's topic, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the benefits of my article Meditation.
Today, I’d like to share with you new excerpts from my book "My Solo Wedding in Santorini", these extracts are from a very important chapter for me: Man’s opinion.
I have to admit that when I started sharing my story in February 2018 on my blog, I thought I was primarily speaking to women, but surprisingly, men showed me the most support and affection. It was obvious to me then that I talked about them in my book, this chapter was written in November 2018, at the very beginning of writing.
I’m also extremely proud to say that I reach perfect parity between my female & male readers!
"Courage is when we are afraid, but we go anyway". Unknown author
Excerpt from “My Solo Wedding in Santorini”:
“I am myself and proud, I live my life and make my own decisions accordingly, without worrying about what people can think. Yet this does not mean that critics do not affect me, I am human like everyone else. We learn to accept, to listen to them when the remarks are constructive and to let them go when they are unpleasant. Of course, some people do not understand what I did, especially those who only read the articles in newspapers or online. When you meet me, many more things make sense, my personality and my smile can lift mountains, and convince the most refractory person.
I was pleasantly surprised by man’s reaction, many confessed to me that they would never have had this courage in the same situation. I was expecting them to take me for a capricious madwoman who just wanted to wear a wedding dress. In fact, they identified themselves with my drama, whereas no one could foresee that. We talk about wedding here and in its wildest version! They were very appreciative and respectful. And while I would have thought of repelling men by telling them about my marriage, the opposite has happened. They recognised themselves in my pain, everyone had a broken heart once in their life, and some have already gone through difficult separations or divorces. They asked me a lot of questions about me, how I coped to keep a strong mindset and positive energy, if I had anger and especially how I have managed to be happy after.
I confess I have often thought that men were recovering from a breakup with difficulty. Man or woman, we forget too often, that regardless of our gender, we feel the same way when someone breaks our heart.” L.
Discover or rediscover my articles on the respect I have for myself:
Just 2 years ago, on October 23, 2018, my story and my testimony were broadcast on the largest Greek television channel (see TV Interview).
Another important step in my healing and reconstruction, and above all the acceptance of my new mission on Earth: to inspire you to be happy!
Excerpt “My Solo Wedding in Santorini”:
“I have surpassed fears that many would like to overcome. Especially, I have shown the way. It cannot be so scary now; I hope others will follow my example to keep on hoping and being happy. I do not necessarily mean a solo wedding, everyone can create their own beneficial event, something that speaks to them and has a symbolic meaning. The respect I have for myself has determined my courage many times in my life. To love, respect, listen, accept who you are and pursue your dreams is for me the combination of courage. I did something extraordinary in an ordinary world to cope with a universal drama. All this in a magical place.” L.
Being yourself is the greatest form of respect you can give yourself, so don't be afraid, follow your heart and listen to your soul.
More excerpts from my book: here.
"Step outside the box and you’ll find love, hope, wisdom and happiness ..." L.
Have a great week!
Love & Joy,
Alone, or with my friends, I had decided to make some of my dreams come true, you know how much this is part of my personality, read again:
A special year for me, my 40th birthday, which I couldn’t celebrate as I imagined it & my 3 years of marriage. And yes, My solo wedding in Santorini was in 2017 ...
So, what a better idea that to spend a second Honeymoon in the most romantic city in the world.
A magnificent gift to myself that will remain etched in my memory.
Although I often go to Paris, I never get tired of this city, there’s so much to discover here.
You’ve already followed me in my articles:
I must admit that even in July, I had never seen Paris so deserted, that's what encouraged me to stay and visit places normally crowded with tourists ...
I'm a dreamer, and what I love most of all is creating new dreams over and over again. This is probably what drives me to achieve them.
I don't just make a wish list and leave it in a drawer, they're in my head all the time, and I was going to dust off one that had been waiting for over 20 years ...
The last time I visited this famous museum, I stood in line for hours, and I couldn't get a photo with the star of the place. So, it was my dream to be able to come back and this time I really immortalised the moment!
Of course I’m talking about the Louvre, but in addition to having had my photo alone with Mona Lisa, I was able to admire from all sides the Venus de Milo, to take photos of the painting "Liberty leading the people" by Eugene Delacroix, or "the Raft of the Medusa" by Théodore Géricault.
Strolling all day in this sumptuous building with sometimes no one in the same room, was a huge privilege.
Let's continue with one of the most visited attractions in France, after the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles.
I’ve visited it several times in my life, I talked about it in my article Christmas in Paris, but I had never been able to go to the top, to the 3rd level.
Obviously, for my Honeymoon 2, I couldn't say no to myself, and even more extraordinary to be there for the sunset, this wonderful dream came true with exaltation.
Imagine I was the only Asian!! I'm not even sure this ever happened in history’s Eiffel Tower…
You know my passion for dance and ballet, remember in my article Happy New Year 2020, I wondered which company I was going to see this year.
Well, in the meantime, I went to visit a place that has been on my list for a very, very long time: the Garnier Palace (Paris Opera House).
Again, only a few visitors, I was able to admire this beautiful construction from all angles and be inspired by its luxury and prestige.
To tell the truth the building and its history are simply fascinating, and I’m very happy to have made this dream come true, especially as the architect Charles Garnier himself played the guide ...
There are always great exhibitions in Paris, and this one was on my list:
L'Exhibition[niste] by Christian Louboutin, the famous shoemaker that I’m not presenting anymore, I’ve already talked about him with my wedding shoes, in Shoes Forever.
This incredible exhibition takes place until January 3, 2021 at the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris, it tells the story and the journey of Christian Louboutin, obviously with countless pairs of shoes on display.
I encourage you to visit it if you like art and shoes.
Don't worry, I’ll come back in detail on this incredible exhibition and the magnificent monuments mentioned above.
You can review my previous articles in the meantime:
Obviously, you are now used to my culinary escapades, especially if you follow my Stories on Instagram, so yes, I also took the opportunity to treat myself during my stay.
No pastry like in Christmas in Paris, I try to follow my Healthy Routine, but that didn't stop me from going to Ladurée for a very elegant avocado toast.
Okay, I sometimes fell for a few desserts ... But it's so good!!
Add a coffee on the terrace, a drink on the quays, and you get the perfect cocktail for a second honeymoon full of wonderful memories…
I was going to forget, Paris by night is just as exceptional and enchanting ...
I still have so much to tell you about this beautiful city, stay tuned ...
Next Article September 12!
Love & Joy,
This is common practice after a wedding, so the question was legitimate even for my Solo Wedding in Santorini.
To tell the truth I hadn't thought about it and so hadn't planned anything, however, I stayed in Santorini for several months after the wedding, so I admitted it was my honeymoon. And frankly I couldn't have asked for better.
Especially since the strict definition is:
the 29 days following the wedding, the lunar month, hence the "moon"; “honey” because apparently this is the sweetest moment for a couple ...
The term was used already in the 16th century, however the practice spreads in the 19th century in Europe.
Honeymoon refers also to the vacation taken by newlyweds.
So, Santorini was my honeymoon for sure.
New extract from my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini:
“Go where you feel the most alive.” Unknown author
I could not leave this paradise, my paradise. I had not planned anything, honestly after a breakup so painful, I needed to rebuild myself and to reconnect with myself. I had enough savings not to work for a while, so I made the decision to do nothing for a year and just go with the flow. Going where I wanted at the time or staying where I felt good.
I needed new memories, the kind that we do not need to forget because a certain person cowardly abandoned us. During weeks, I spent time discovering, taking pictures, eating and sleeping. Sleeping, it had happened so little during the past three months, tormented, tortured, quartered, bruised in my flesh and in my heart. Finally, a moment of tranquillity, a haven of peace, no longer thinking, no longer questioning, just breathing, living. This was in June that I have started writing. A long period of introspection then began, to learn to know myself better in order to heal and make a fresh start. To see life in colour again with this fascinating and hypnotising blue. I planned to stay a week, I stayed for five months and I have never stopped going back. So yes, I could say that it was my honeymoon. L.
"I spent time discovering, taking pictures, eating and sleeping"
Discovering enchanting places, hidden locations, beaches, sunsets ...
Pictures that you discover on the blog and on my social media, photos that have been finalists in art competitions on several occasions ...
Eating, I never forget to photograph all the good things I taste.
Sleeping including naps at the beach, nothing more relaxing than the sound of the waves as background music.
Drinking too lol but responsibly as much as possible (well I try hahaha).
Another question asked during my TV interview with Eleonora Meleti (reread article), if it hadn't been too hard to be alone.
I'm used to doing things and travelling on my own for a long time, so it wasn't new or difficult for me.
I've already talked about it in my article Single.
In addition, I befriended several people upon my arrival, and they introduced me to other friends, I was never alone. The Greeks are incredibly generous and welcoming. I feel so connected to them that I feel at home everywhere in Greece…
That’s the reason why I couldn’t write my book anywhere else but in this adopted country.
And as that wasn’t enough, I treated myself to a second honeymoon this year, to celebrate my 3 years of marriage but also my 40!
Article coming soon ...
The song that ended my wedding ceremony at the end of this article.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Love & Joy,
It took time and patience to reach this fulfilment and I keep learning about myself and looking for the best in myself.
This was part of my vows during my Solo Wedding in Santorini:
“I promise to always raise the bar in everything I do because the most important is not to achieve goals but the journey to realise them.”
My lifestyle reflects my personality, I don't like rules, then I’ve created mine:
“I promise to continue doing nothing like everybody because everyone is unique.”
I’m sharing this with you in the Lifestyle category
But also, my happiness tips on the Videos page
Not to mention all the articles about my Solo Wedding in Santorini: Link.
“To promise oneself things is the hardest of challenges, the best is to take them up.”
And one of my current challenges is to beat time and stay young!!
I have to admit that genetics have been generous to me and I look younger. It must also be said that since I was 14, I’ve been taking care of my skin and anti-aging creams have no secrets for me.
Great habit because I’ve never been so proud to say my age.
You also know that I take care of my body and my mind, and I’m not going to stop since I want to visit the planet Mars one day (read again In the Air 2), so I must stay in perfect shape to live long enough!
“Today and forever I promise myself to follow my instinct and to trust my lucky star.”
My life has been, and is always rich in adventures and meetings, my happiness is in this constant search for novelty and open-mindedness.
My curiosity is limitless, and my lucky star is always there to guide me in the right direction…
I’ve lived in 6 different countries and visited no less than 25 countries in the world, some of which I’d never have imagined discovering one day like Papua New Guinea!
I’ve already shared with you many of my trips:
Check Travel Category.
“I promise myself to enjoy every moment as if it were the last, to shake up the codes and to create opportunities because time is an eternal present.”
Living my life is art ...
I live in the moment, regardless of tomorrow or what people think, I don't fit in any box, and an A4 sheet wouldn't be enough to describe myself.
There are so many people and artists who inspire me every day, celebrities as much as Anonymous: Category Art.
Writing is my medium of expression as I show you on this blog and with extracts from my book: link.
Photography is also important to me as I told you last week in The 4 Elements.
Art is a lifestyle and I’ve adopted mine, without compromise or pressure, with love and respect.
“A thought for all young ladies, women, spouses, mothers around the world, being a woman is our strength.”
I couldn’t finish this article without talking about women obviously, I often put them in the spotlight on my website and on my social media: Superwomen category.
I’m fortunate to be a 40-year-old woman, independent and free to live my life as I wish, I’m extremely grateful, it’s a precious gift and this is the reason why I must be happy.
Finally, for those who haven’t watched it yet, the video I’ve recorded for my birthday:
“My life is a constant series of dreams and I promise to keep following this way!”
It’s never too late to live your life and realise your dreams. Don't be afraid, life is beautiful!
During summer holidays, I only publish fortnightly.
Next article: July 18.
Love & Joy,
Happy 3rd Anniversary!
And here we are, another year has passed, another place to celebrate it, yet different circumstances and more goals achieved ...
But still this pride that doesn’t leave me but grows more and more every day.
Just out of bed, I’ve expressed my gratitude and recognised that hardships in life happen to make us stronger and wiser.
"The future can awaken in a more beautiful way than the past." George Sand
Everything started in Santorini, this magical island in the Aegean Sea, which brought me back to life on May 27, 2017.
I was to marry the man I loved, but I found myself on my own before the altar.
I had no idea of my future, only the present mattered to me then, and my Solo Wedding was my lifebuoy.
The Spanish capital, Madrid, I’ve never thought I would be there on May 27, 2018.
I was preparing for a third attempt to freeze my eggs; I was on hormonal treatment and I was doing the daily injections myself. I was alone and extremely emotional because of the hormones, not to mention the stress of a possible new failure.
Despite this, I’ve celebrated my 1st wedding anniversary with fun, starting with churros for breakfast, or rather porras (Madrid specialty, like churros but bigger)!!
I stayed for several months, which allowed me to spend time in museums, especially in the Prado, my favourite museum. I was also very active on the blog and shared many of my discoveries with you.
I had just left Crete, my book was finished!
So happy with what I had just accomplished. All these months of loneliness and introspection, without TV and sometimes without internet for several days, had just given birth to one of my most beautiful projects, and certainly one of the most necessary.
Reread: Why a Book?
A fabulous retreat on one of the most beautiful Greek islands, and I’ve largely praised its beauty:
A very weird year for everyone, under the threat of Covid-19 and confinement.
Since I couldn't travel as planned, I had plenty of time to make videos and develop my social media:
My anniversary day was great, I had a lot of fun and relaxed at home, with pina coladas and sun, especially I ate churros!
Re-read my previous articles:
- Dress: Atelier Pronovias, Boutique Brides of Brisbane - Brisbane CBD (Australia)
- Alterations: PQ Fine Alterations, Brisbane CBD (Australia)
- Shoes: Edward Meller (Day), Christian Louboutin (Evening)
- Ring: Vintage cameo, Precious Stones Boutique Brisbane CBD (Australia)
- Jewellery: Cassandra Lynne (U.S)
- Tiara: JJ’s House
- Jacket: Yves Salomon Paris
- Hairdressing, Makeup, Manicure: myself
- Wedding plan: Divine Weddings Santorini, Maria Alexopoulou & Katerina Panagopoulou, Santorini (Greece)
- Venue: Venetsanos Vineyard, Megalochori, Santorini (Greece)
- Celebrant: John Kavallaris, Santorini (Greece)
- Photographer: Alexander Hadji, Santorini (Greece)
- Flowers: Betty Flowers, Santorini (Greece)
- DJ & Light: Multimedia Events, Santorini (Greece)
- Caterer: Spicy Bites, Santorini (Greece)
- Drinks: Venetsanos Vineyard Wine, Champagne Cuvée Clovis (Maison Batillot & Fils, France)
- Wedding cake: Petranart, Megalochori, Santorini (Greece)
- Fireworks: Skylight Santorini Fireworks, Santorini (Greece)
- Hotel: Ampelonas Apartments, Imerovigli, Santorini (Greece)
I offer you a new Excerpt from my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini:
"Having a purpose is fundamental after a breakup, especially do not give yourself time to feel sorry for yourself, it does not prevent pain or tears, but it helps not to collapse. Some people take refuge in work, I preferred to focus on myself only. My personal life had just crumbled, I had decided to devote fully to myself for the rest of the year. I was going to put my energy to the benefit of my quest for happiness, all those things that I wanted to accomplish and that I kept postponing. Taking time for me, thinking about what I really expected from life, what would make me happy again, the things I was dreaming of, but also what I would like to do in the near future and more distant, either personally or professionally. Above all, listening to my heart and asking what it wanted, taking the time for my feelings, letting my emotions express themselves." L.
Find all the articles here Link or click on the titles below:
I don’t know what the future holds and what I’ll tell you in a year, but I’m confident, I know I’ll have many wonderful things to speak about.
Have a great week!
Love & Future,
Follow me to Santorini, Greece, to my favourite village: Pyrgos!
And to start this article, let me share with you a small excerpt from my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini:
When I finally passed the ceremonial table to stand behind, I noticed my ring. It was arranged on a small marble tile with the effigy of Santorini, and a wreath of bay leaves drawn on it. I had found it a few days before, in a small souvenir shop in Pyrgos. We went to visit this small traditional village on the heights of Santorini, with my sister and her fiancé. I fell in love with the place, its ruined old castle at the top of the hill, its ramparts, its 48 churches ... A peaceful and mystical atmosphere. This magic that I cannot explain but that enchants the whole island.
48 chapels or churches of any size, even though the village is very small, built on the hillside.
Santorini had 5 Venetian castles in the 15th century, and Pyrgos was the administrative city of the island.
Time, but also the terrible earthquake of 1956, turned this fortress into ruins.
Its maze of small alleys - typical of medieval architecture - which go up and down, with a surprise at every corner ...
No matter where you are, the view of the vineyards and the sea is magnificent, not to mention the sunset.
Pyrgos has plenty of cafes, restaurants and taverns, some of the best on the island, with this tasty Greek cuisine that brings people together.
This is where I celebrated my birthday in 2018!
Reread my previous articles:
Easter celebrations are very important in Greece, and traditions are still well respected.
During Good Friday, Pyrgos lights up with thousands of lanterns and candles.
A wonderful video at the end of the article, to make you live this magic.
Take care and stay at home!
Love & Light,
Last week, we've been to Mars, let's get back on Earth...
For this new article, we’ll travel again but this time, telling you about my solo wedding and also delivering a new passage from my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini.
I did not mention to the hotel that the groom would not be here, so I went alone to the reception in May 2017, and after taking a deep breath, I explained to the very warm receptionist Emanouela, my story and the new organisation. Once again, the reaction of my interlocutor shocked me while her smile comforted me. She understood my pain and saluted my determination and my courage. In a few minutes, I had just found an unconditional support for my wedding, but not only, because this young woman was going to become one of my best friends. My instinct had made me choose the best place to stay. I could not have gone through all of this without all these incredible people along the way. When we experience a heartbreak, it is already difficult to leave home, so taking a plane alone to go to marry myself in a foreign country, this is a crazy challenge, or the need of a psychoanalysis, probably both!
I had chosen rooms with traditional decor, all on the same terrace with a sea-view, facing east, which allowed us to enjoy the incredible blood-red sunrises. Next to each other, we had the entire level for ourselves, it made our stay even more intimate and warm, and very convenient for my dance training. All rooms were equipped with a small kitchen, a large living area with a sofa, a table and chairs. In addition, each had an outdoor area with a bench, chairs and a table. Then, we had breakfast together as I wanted. So friendly and relaxing.
It was therefore at Ampelonas Apartments in Imerovigli that my guests and I stayed for several days. And I’ve been there many times in the past 3 years, including for my First Wedding Anniversary.
I had already given you details in my article Behind the Scenes of my Solo Wedding.
And anyway, we always like seeing photos of Santorini (read my article again including a very nice aerial video).
Since then, the management and name of the hotel changed, and it has been renovated ...
Thank you to all the old Ampelonas team, more than a hotel, you were my refuge in the storm, the cradle of my rebirth, and I hope to return to Santorini in 2020!! φιλάκια
Find all the articles of my Solo Wedding: here
News of my book: here
Don’t forget to follow me on social media @blogaboutl:
Have a lovely week!
Love & People,
2019 to 2020
I spent half the year 2019 in Greece and more particularly in Crete, you know how attached I am to this country, I largely shared my discoveries with you:
Not to mention that I’m always happy to give you more details about my solo wedding:
In May 2019, I celebrated my 2nd Wedding Anniversary while my book My Solo Wedding in Santorini was just finished.
May 27, 2017, Santorini, Aegean island (Greece). I am about to go down the magnificent stone stairs holding my father's arm, to participate in the wedding I have been waiting for, and preparing for a year and a half. The guests are seated. The weather is capricious. However, this ceremony is special, the groom is not here. He left the marital ship three months before, and I took the decision to marry without him, to marry myself! L.
Hopefully 2020 will see the publication of this book 😊
In February 2019, I went to see my favourite Greek singer in concert, believe me that I was really looking forward to this. His name: Nikos Vertis.
He’s a very popular singer in Greece, he was born in the Netherlands and grew up between there and Greece.
He sings in Greek (mostly love songs) accompanied by some traditional instruments.
Thank you to my friends who made this dream come true!! I love you! And Nikos too!!
In 2020, I plan to continue to learn Greek language, by the way I often work in music with Nikos. On my bedside table: my wife, my boyfriend and my husband hahaha!!
If I celebrated my Birthday in Paris in 2019 with my friends, I also dreamed of seeing the fireworks in front of the Eiffel Tower, it was done on July 14, 2019 during the national day. A great moment of excitement and happiness.
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But I celebrated my Birthday a second time in London, I told you a lot about this city in my previous articles and all the great things I’ve experienced:
I visited friends I hadn't seen in 2 years, and I made incredible new friends!
I also introduced you to new destinations in 2019:
My lifestyle and my interests:
And I’d like to highlight, my articles on positive psychology:
More than 40 blog posts in 2019, and 2020 will see videos on YouTube and Instagram.
Thank you for all your messages and comments on the blog and social media, having you in my life is the most beautiful thing I could imagine.
Don't worry, in 2020, I’ll continue to give you the keys to open your mind, to help you reach happiness and to have the courage to be who you are!!
New Year’s fireworks around the world at the end of the article :)
Have a good week and continue to believe in your dreams!
Love & 2020,
Confucius said nature makes men identical, life makes them different.
I think that everything happens for a reason and every moment helps to build our personality. I don't like rules, I follow mine. It is time for me to share my unconventional life and my unusual experience...