Always Look On The Left Side Of Life

Always Look On The Left Side Of Life

It’s hard to focus on the bright side of life when you’re too busy trying to be perfect. My first two weeks of university have been challenging, exciting, interesting, and overwhelming. That on top of coming to the other side of the world, painting and cleaning a new house, switching on to the news, trying to … Continue reading

The Dream Is Not In The House

The Dream Is Not In The House

I used to live in a dream house before my parents divorced. It was a dream house because it was made of stones, had a fireplace, and a sunny terrace with hammocks on it. The house was in Villefranche sur Mer on the hills above the sea. From there, we could see the bay and … Continue reading

The Risks Of Writing

The Risks Of Writing

Have you ever wanted to send an email, write a blogpost or even just a Facebook update, but decided not to? I once sat in a train across from a guy who was completely absorbed in the writing of a letter. It was clearly a love letter: the feverish focus on his face, the insecure … Continue reading

Postcards From Australia

Postcards From Australia

I’d love to give you some exciting updates about my new life in New Zealand, but I’m still completely buzzed from all my travels and the whole moving to the other side of the world thing. I just came back from a little holiday in Australia where I met up with my sister Flora. She’s on … Continue reading

Is it supposed to feel that way?

Is it supposed to feel that way?

Have you ever had the impression of being a spectator watching the movie of your own life? Sometimes, I can’t help observing myself like I would observe a character in a movie and wonder: ‘Am I supposed to feel that way?’ Sitting at a funeral, not feeling anything, wishing you could cry but you can’t. … Continue reading

Happiness Is Not In The Box

Happiness Is Not In The Box

Before buying anything new, I ask myself: “Will buying this make me happier?” Despite this habit, all the things I accumulated without even realising it are resurfacing today in a big mess. I have 6 days left in Zurich and a flat full of boxes and half assembled furniture. Getting ready to move reminded me that … Continue reading

I Already Miss Switzerland

I Already Miss Switzerland

Since Nick and I decided to leave Switzerland, I’ve started mourning my family, my friends, and all the wonderful Swiss things I’ll miss in New Zealand. It’s a confusing feeling to start missing things and people you still have access to. It’s like my brain decided to start processing the inevitable nostalgia waiting for me … Continue reading

Countdown to Success

Countdown to Success

Four weeks ago, I posted the draft of my application essay to a graduate diploma in journalism here on my blog, used your comments to improve it, and sent it off. It was good enough to earn me a Skype interview. And so the countdown to the interview started. . I will now switch to the present … Continue reading

Capturing Falling Leaves Forever

Capturing Falling Leaves Forever

Every Autumn, I feel an urge to collect all the yellow, brown, and red leaves scattered on the ground- I know they will soon be gone. That’s probably why I love Fall photos so much: they capture the ephemeral falling leaves and changing colours forever. Many bloggers have shared incredible Autumn photos posts: check out this … Continue reading

How I Became A Better Person

How I Became A Better Person

When I arrived in Switzerland, I paid for my train tickets once every four times, stole candy and drinks in the supermarket, and arrived minimum 5 minutes late to all my appointments. I was quite a bad person. Three and a half years later, I have a train pass, I pay for the food I … Continue reading

Brownilocks

Brownilocks

Once upon a time there was a girI named Brownilocks. She had curly brown hair and was extraordinarily clever. She grew up in Nice: a beautiful, colourful place with an azure sea, green pines, and yellow, orange and red houses. Brownilocks loved her hometown, but she also wanted to explore the world. She thought for … Continue reading

Just Sit Down And Write (2)

Just Sit Down And Write (2)

Part 1: Getting started Part 2: Rewriting & Editing What’s the most important thing in writing? Is it syntax, rhythm, organization, the very words? None of the above. The most important thing in writing is the meaning. We forget this all the time. We should be obsessing about what we’re going to say, not how … Continue reading

Just Sit Down And Write

Just Sit Down And Write

As an avid reader of books and tips on writing, I’ve always hoped to find the secret formula to make me good at writing through other writers’ words. By sharing the best tips I’ve found so far, I hope to internalise them for good. If I can help others in the process, all the better! … Continue reading

New Zealand Sneak Preview

New Zealand Sneak Preview

I won’t have time for a carefully crafted story this week as I’m buried under an avalanche of administrative tasks to complete. I received amazing feedback about my application essay for the journalism program- supportive comments, constructive criticism, detailed emails, grammar corrections, suggestions… Thank you all so much for that! I took note of every … Continue reading

Next Stop: Journalism School

Next Stop: Journalism School

I’m working on my application to the graduate diploma in journalism from Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand. Only 20 students will be admitted for next year’s session starting in February 2013. I really, REALLY want to get in. The thought of becoming a journalist has been germinating in my head for over a year now … Continue reading

Love, Risks and Adventure

Love, Risks and Adventure

“What do you mean you’re not sure you could live in New Zealand?” Asked Nick, my Kiwi fiancé, 3 months ago. “When we started dating, you said you could totally imagine a life there.” “I know I said that,” I replied. “But when I met you I’d just arrived in Switzerland; I had no friends, … Continue reading

Don’t Forget Fun

Don’t Forget Fun

When I’m absorbed in a task, focused on the goals I’m trying to achieve, I forget about fun. What a mistake! Laughter is healthy- it strengthens the immune system, boosts energy, soothes pain, and diminishes stress. A good laugh relaxes me more than meditation and yoga combined. I just have to remember to have fun. How … Continue reading

Friday Evening Blues

Friday Evening Blues

Some Friday evenings, an insidious sense of hopelessness invades my brain. I fail to feel relief and happiness over the prospect of the coming week-end. Instead, all of the things I didn’t achieve the past week come slapping me in the face. I didn’t write enough, wasn’t a dedicated enough teacher to my students, didn’t … Continue reading