Social media, Instagram in particular, keeps me on my toes. I don't know about you but I tend to use all of my social media accounts slightly differently. Facebook is really just for my friends - it's a useful way of staying in touch with those who live across the Channel. Pinterest has very little interaction, even though you can leave comments on pins and tag people and their recent messaging function - the majority of people I follow there are strangers. I like Twitter, it holds so much information and news is disseminated as it happens but I still don't feel like I have cracked it yet. Instagram is probably my current favourite. I love seeing other people's beautiful photos, watching trends, spotting creative hashtags and I consider it useful as a microblogging platform. Every now and then I go back through my feed and chart my evolution (this is also to verify that I'm not posting too much of the same thing). So doing nothing innovative whatsoever here, I'm going to share some of my key moments from August, some of which you can find on my Instagram account.
I'm a terrible loser when it comes to playing games, but I've recently been making huge efforts to have fun and not be so worried whether I win or not. It's all linked to my self-confidence, which I'm constantly improving, so maybe one day I'll actually be able to have a real laugh when playing a game : ) Elferhaus is a game introduced to me by JB's German side of the family. You have to get rid of your numbered cards as quickly as possible, and there is some strategy involved as the aim is to keep others from winning by blocking their numbers.
There was a new LouLou meets featuring The Accidental Londoner. I really enjoyed updating my questions and so look forward to bringing you more in this series, introducing you to bloggers from both Paris and elsewhere. Flora was a brilliant interviewee and I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did. Above is one of her photos and you can find her here on Instagram.
August included one week of holiday (Stuttgart followed by Lyon) and the break was welcomed by both JB and I. The holiday was an opportunity to catch up with all of JB's family, as none of them live in Paris. I spoke about it a little on Instagram, but I felt a huge shift during this visit: it's normally a bit stressful for me as I'm navigating both German and French, neither of which are my native language, so I tire quicker than usual and when I'm tired I'm usually a little grumpy. This time however, I could see how my French had improved and that all the stress was coming from me, therefore it was my responsibility alone to alleviate it and I did. With more energy, I could enjoy catching up with everyone and hearing their news as well as meeting our 2-month-old nephew, Timour (very cute, very chubby, very cuddly). This snap was taken in the old quarter of Lyon, when JB and I had a few hours to ourselves.
Brunch - it's one of my passions. Whenever I know we are going away for the weekend I immediately start searching for brunch places (a close second is cute cafés). Recently, I've been sending Paris suggestions to people and have noticed they're always food and drink heavy (sorry!) This is brunch from the past weekend at Le Pavillon des Canaux with some of my lovely French friends. I can handle both savoury and sweet at brunch just fine - how about you?
Putting myself out there and meeting friendly expats in Paris. This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Emily, from Ever After Press, who has just moved here from London. We had breakfast at Ten Belles and exchanged our stories of how we ended up in Paris. I'm always a little surprised at the ease with which I can open myself up to new people, I know I'm not the only one, but you find yourself in this "expat in Paris" boat with others and it's just comforting to reach out and establish connections. I think another part of it is that when I first arrived in Paris, I would have loved an old hand to be there and tell me that most of what I was experiencing was totally normal and there was no need to be worried. If I can help someone ease into their Paris experience with a little less stress then it's not a bad thing is it? We all ultimately have to set the direction of our path and find our people but friendly faces along the way can surely do no harm.
So there we have it. My Instagram August. Now September is upon us and I'm very much looking forward to our holiday in 2 weeks.