Being in your 20s.

Being in your 20s.

Yes, there’s a lot of articles on Thought Catalogue about being 20. Most of those articles are lists including titles such as “23 things to do before you get married at 23.” Truth is, everyone is panicking. Everyone is unsure. But everyone will look back at this time as some of the best years of their life, so…

Calm Down and Enjoy. You’re a work in progress. A college degree is not a completion certificate.

5 Rules of being a Good City Citizen

  1. When someone asks you to take a picture of them, take your job as a photographer seriously. This picture could be their only ‘couple picture’ in front of Big Ben. Or it could be her new Facebook Profile picture. (And we all know how important that is!)
  2. When it comes to working in coffee shops, be respectable of space. If you’re on your own at Starbucks, let a stranger take the other side of the table. And when they or you leave, say your goodbyes and smile… you were practically on a coffee date after all!!
  3. Be mindful of people traffic flow. Everyone is busy. Everyone is stressed. Everyone is late for a meeting. Everyone is being slowed down by tourists wandering on the wrong side of the street. So just please be respectful of those stressed and frazzled human beings around you. They’re fighting a battle as well.  
  4. Those people on the street – the ones in colourful vests and a cause they’re promoting – are real people on the street. You don’t need to ignore them like the plague. THEY’RE PEOPLE, in the cold, trying to save Pandas. So say “no thank you” if you don’t have time, but have the courtesy to look them in the eyes.
  5. It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day tasks. So, every now and again… take a break and look up at the wonderful buildings around you. It’s simultaneously a humbling and aspiring feeling. And will make you a better citizen of your respective city. A true Londoner, or Parisian, or New Yorker. 

5 FROZEN Things

“Let it go” – performed by Idina Menzel

1. Idina Menzel’s post-Wicked on Broadway and Rent the Film. Her voice is absolutely flawless and carries the character of Elsa to perfection

2. Disney is back. The Princess and the Frog didn’t quite work, but the snappy one-word titles are proving to be a success for the legendary animation studio. Tangled and Frozen usher in new traditions and new heroines. Amen.

3. Elsa’s change in character and confidence is one of the best I’ve seen on screen. I don’t know what feminists have to say about her freeing transformation, but it’s nothing short of powerful.

4. A quote for the song we can all apply to our everyday lives, even if we can’t generate snowflakes with our hands:

“It’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can’t get to me at all”

5. I’ve recently seen some of the most beautiful fan art of Elsa and Anna. A quick search around the internet will lead you to wonderful young talent.

5 ‘Petite’ Things About Paris

Exactly 5 months and 1 day ago I took the Eurostar from London to Paris, and naturally I voiced my enthusiasm on this blog. Well the time has come to journey back (quite literally… I am faced in the opposite direction of the train’s movement). So here are a couple things I’ve learned during my time in France:

1. As your proficiency skills in one language go up, your other languages will suffer. I would have never thought that becoming better at French would mean spelling and grammar mistakes in English, after all English is native language! But no, I was making silly typos almost every single day by the end of my stay. Bahhhhh, Alors, qu’est ce qu’on fait?

2. Quiche is one of the most delicious foods on the planet. Bahhhh….. Voilà.

3.  Being a nanny is a great way to socialize and learn about the country’s culture. You’d be surprised how much you can learn about the population by observing how children are raised. Bon… bahhh, on prend une goûte après l’école. Un petit Pomme-pot et une tartine avec Nutella pour toi aussi? 

4. They say bahhhhh….. a lot. The best way to learn a foreign language is to pick up the little sounds in between words. Believe me, it will do wonders for your accent. Je te promis.

5.  Living in Pars is HARD. And disheartening some times. You might get your phone stole. You will get whistled at and harassed. No matter how well you speak French, people will treat you like a foreigner. The metro will stop at random times. Your Internet will not work. You will live in small spaces. You will not have a gym near your apartment. Nothing will be open on Sunday and Monday and anything administration-related will never be open.  Don’t get me wrong; it’s a wonderful city. But to survive, you have to willing to struggle. To fight for what you want. Paris n’est pas la ville que tu as vue dans le film d’Amélie Poulin. Désolé.   

That being said, I would still recommend the experience to everyone. After all, the city does grow on you. You’ll crave a baguette as you walk down the cobblestone roads. Children will have the most adorable names. You will randomly decide to go the Musée d’Orsay on a Thursday night. And the French Countryside is absolutely lovely for a weekend escape.  

Bon… bahhh… voilà ! Une vite réflexion pendant que je prend le train à Londres. En gros, j’adore France et je suis impatiente d’améliorer mon français de plus. Peut-être c’est un peu difficile, mais avec les amies sympas ce serait une bonne expérience. 

Better When…

1. Grapes are better when frozen.

2. Coffee always tastes better when there’s a design (in the foam, with chocolate sprinkles, etc.)

3. Sketchbooks are better when filled up.

4. Warm mugs fill my hands better when it’s raining outside

5. “I’ll tell you one thing, it’s always better when we’re together” – Jack Johnson (‘Better Together’)

TWO THINGS.

My philosophy of life: simplicity and happiness… YOU ONLY NEED TWO THINGS.

To build a house… Playing cards and persistence.

To learn a language… Memorization and courage.

To make a film… A camera and creativity.

To be heard... A good idea and one person who truly follows you.

To be beautiful… a smile and mascara.

To make a cake... Nutella and eggs. Don’t believe me? Click Here for the Recipe/Proof.