So, last week, my blog turned 1! I can't believe it! Ok, so compared to all the other blogs I read, mine seems to make very little impact. But i enjoy writing, and I'm still figuring it all out, so what the heck. I think my sister is my one true dedicated reader - so here's a shout out to sister Binns!
A year is a significant period of time isn't it? My blog's birthday gave me the opportunity to look back on the past year, the highs and the lows, and I just wanted to share with you what i have got from all this.
A huge part of my Parisian life centres around my relationship with JB. Heck, he's why i moved out here - I moved here for a man (among other things such as keeping up my French, experiencing a new culture, having access to cheap but amazing cheese and wine!) And boy was it worth it! JB is an amazing amazing boyfriend, and I am so happy he decided to share this adventure that we're both on (called L-I-F-E), with me. I love having him by my side. I know i must really drive him mad sometimes, so thank you JB for putting up with me! Paris just wouldn't have been the same without you by my side!!!!! So many happy memories (and all the crazy ones we can laugh about now, right?! Or is that just me?) I love you : ) I just want to put in writing that i would like your babies one day.
My job. This time last year i was in the OECD but my job could safely be described as dead-end (no offense). My contract was the most insignificant within the whole organisation (again, no offense), and the job itself was not very motivating because it was pretty easy. One year later? I've been promoted, moved division, met some fantastic colleagues, some of whom are becoming lovely friends, have made mistakes and learnt from them, feel more challenged and have grown in confidence. Yay!
My friends. Making friends in Paris takes time, especially if you're making friends with actual Parisians (there is no guidebook for that, let me tell you!) Expats quickly sniff each other out, and sometimes you can find yourself being friends with someone who speaks your language - but that's all you have in common. I'm happy to say the friends i have in my life today, both old and new, are very much cherished (and those who don't live in Paris are missed a lot - but thank goodness for Skype and Whatsapp!) I really enjoy spending time with you all, and a lot of JB's posse have also come to be my friends, which obviously makes me very happy!!
Me. Just to get totally cheesy here, I can see my own self-improvement over the past year. Now i bake. Now i blog. Now i am part of a book club. Now, i can form my own opinion. Now, i like myself more. Now, i am a braver Lou. Now, i do yoga (very badly) and body pump and i can run outside without collapsing after 1 minute. Now, i know better which battles to pick and when it is best to let things go. Now, i'm looking forward to more self-improvement in the coming year! Happy Birthday LouLou Poubelle : )