Wow, where the heck did 2015 go?! It feels to have gone by in the blink of an eye so I thought it would be nice to share a few stand-out moments that have marked my 2015.
Adele Adkins returns with a new album
I had been missing Adele and was therefore very excited, although a little nervous, when she came back - with a bang! It's hard to choose my favorite song from 25 -my current favourite is Million Years Ago-and I love every interview that Adele has given since coming back to the spotlight. This i-D interview feels particularly personal however, and gets to the heart of both the lady behind the voice and her inspirations for the new album. She has also inspired my new life motto WWAD - What Would Adele Do?
Taking a risk in my professional life
After 4 years in a safe professional environment it was time to leave the golden cage and try out my wings. It was scary to send off applications, to go to interviews and to hand in my resignation. And the icing on top of the career cake? After 1 week in the new job I knew it was not the right fit. It was a personal achievement however to say it was not working out and walk away. Next week, I'll be back on the job hunt having learnt more about the type of work environment I need to be in.
Going to see my first music gig
In October I spent a fun weekend in Amsterdam with my good friend Ineke, who recently left Paris to move back to the Netherlands. We drank lots of wine, we stayed at the beautiful Amstel hotel, Ineke took some great photos and we discovered some new hangout spots. Oh and we saw Take That, who put on a colourful performance, at the Ziggo Dome (more of which you can read about here). I'm going to really miss the luxury of having Ineke in Paris but I know we will handle this friendship adjustment with care and consideration. Look out for our Amsterdam articles on Acorn Mag and Lou in Paris.
This is the year I told myself that I would start pitching article ideas and it actually happened! OK so I'm not going to be the next David Sedaris but it has given me the confidence to keep writing and find my feet so to speak. Highlights include my article on how to use social media as an expat in Paris, for the lovely Blogosphere Magazine; I also interviewed the brilliant Camille, from Parisian wine bar La Buvette, for Discover and Escape, as well as sharing a typical Parisian weekend for Aftertastes. I'm therefore looking forward to more writing in 2016!
It's been another great year for spending quality time with good friends. Highlights include spending my summer holiday in Cornwall (with obligatory rubbish weather) and Aix-en-Provence, weekend visits from friends in London, a drunken bachelorette party in Paris and visiting Veronica in Stockholm with Ineke. This current skiing holiday has also been a great moment for French friendships and I'm very content to be seeing in the new year with this group. A special shout-out goes to Rachel, who talked me through a scary blue slope on my first day of skiing!
I love reading: books, my Twitter feed, articles online...it feeds my thought process and is a source of writing inspiration. So what have I enjoyed reading this year? Anne offered some useful advice on how to keep a sense of self when everything looks the same on social media; The Cut shared some insightful quotes from famous women on female friendship; Flora started a fun Instagram series on Time Out; Sara Liebermann, also known as News Girl about Town, wrote about life in Paris post 13/11 attacks; I discovered David Sedaris and was in stitches reading Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress your Family in Corduroy and Denim; oh and Joy the Baker started a Drake on Cake Instagram account!
I'm currently in the French alps and plan to see in the new year surrounded by snowy mountains and eating some form of cheese and potato concoction. I wish you all a very happy new year my friends and look forward to reading (or seeing) you in 2016!