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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

Switch On To The News

Switch On To The News

Can you become a journalist if you don’t like the news? According to the head of the journalism programme I’m about to start on Monday, the answer is no. Her first email to me read: I urge you to follow the news closely, and that includes sports and business news. We expect our students to be … 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

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

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

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

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

No Blog is an Island

No Blog is an Island

Two weeks ago, I met Rian, a blogger I’ve been following for 5 months even though she was a total stranger. Meeting her was an agreeable destination in my journey to “get” what blogging is all about. . Blogs are like millions of islands floating on the ocean. Some are small, others are huge. I … Continue reading

Challenge Cécile: The Swiss Party

Challenge Cécile: The Swiss Party

“I’m gonna practice Swiss-German tonight at a party!” I announced proudly to Beat, the guy who valiantly tries to teach me Swiss-German. “Oh, you know, they can probably speak French or English too,” he said, looking slightly worried. During our language exchange sessions, he speaks slowly and I say a few words but we have … Continue reading

I don’t always understand men

I don’t always understand men

Sometimes, I feel like a master at male psychology. When Nick refuses to help me proofread one of my post drafts, for example, I start whining endlessly until he caves in to make the noise stop. I’m the Sigmund Freud of nagging. However, I’m sometimes puzzled by men’s behaviour, speech and beliefs. The power of … Continue reading

A little sugar in my bowl

A little sugar came my way in the form of the One Lovely Blog Award. Fellow blogger Jessica nominated me among 15 other cool blogs. I recently discovered hers, Defining Wonderland, and immediately liked the concept. Go check it out! So I’m really happy for the attention and all… but the problem with this kind of … Continue reading

My Zürich: Chocolate and Blossoms

My Zürich: Chocolate and Blossoms

Spring is here! Every green leaf and sunbeam brings me a rush of positive energy. New season, new projects: I decided to post photos more often. I’ll start with 2 things that make me happy in Zürich at the moment: chocolate and blossoms. Below is a sweet selection from my visit to Le Salon du … Continue reading

What Switzerland taught me

What Switzerland taught me

Switzerland gave me my first real job. Not a summer job, not an internship; the job that would pay rents and bills. When I arrived 3 years ago, I suffered from a kind of French disdain for work. Working was something annoying I had to do while preserving my energy for my private life. I … Continue reading

How You Found Me

How You Found Me

When you have a blog, there is a feature called “site stats” that tells you how many visits your blog received and where they came from. In a year of blogging, I am up to 8,000 views which is much more than I ever expected. Most of my readers come from Facebook where I put up … Continue reading

My Wrinkles Psychosis

My Wrinkles Psychosis

Among my many mental disorders, my Wrinkles Psychosis is probably the most laughable. I am 28. I started worrying about the degradation of my skin at about 25. That’s when I started taking care of my skin seriously. A girlfriend told me she’d read about a miracle product in Cosmopolitan: Advanced Night Repair. “It’s a … Continue reading