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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

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

Luxury on the Cheap

Luxury on the Cheap

Is there enough luxury in your life? In Zürich, you can find a watch for $200,000 and get fresh truffle grated directly on your plate for $10 a gram. School girls walk around in designer clothes with the last $3000 ‘it bag’ and Chanel diamond earrings. This kind of luxury never attracted me. However, I … Continue reading

Get out of my way, clutter!

Get out of my way, clutter!

I moved into my flat only two years ago and I already have too much stuff: piles of papers I’ll never attend to, old magazines I’ll never read, clothes and jewelry I’ll never wear. I’m not a hoarder, I often enter give-away/throw-away sprees and I try to consume reasonably. But I still have too much stuff … Continue reading

Shut up, Mean Voice!

Shut up, Mean Voice!

I have a mean voice talking in the back of my head. She intrudes when I make a mistake or when I drop something to tell me: “Quelle idiote!“ Yeah, my mean voice speaks French. Her favorite words mean: “What an idiot you are!” or “How stupid!” or “You’ll never get it right!”. Sometimes, I … Continue reading

How to stay in a bad mood

How to stay in a bad mood

Bad moods hit me like summer storms. They’re sudden, devastating and usually short. I’m a roller coaster type of person, with sensational highs and frightening lows. But what my unconscious tries hardest to avoid is boredom. As emotions are addictive, I unconsciously prefer to feel down rather than neutral. Another option would be to seek happiness … Continue reading

Vegetarian FAIL

Vegetarian FAIL

A year ago, I wrote a post called Why I try to be a vegetarian. I had just read J. S. Foer’s Eating Animals and I was convinced that eating meat was cruel, bad for the environment and unhealthy. I was determined to give up meat and no cow would block  my way to righteousness. A year … 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

Enjoying My Own Company

Enjoying My Own Company

When I was younger, I used to love spending time alone. I am more social now so when I have free time, I find company to go somewhere or do something. But recently, with lots of my students getting sick, I’ve had some time during the day alone. Everyone else is usually working from 8 am … Continue reading

How to Lose Weight Without a Diet

A few years ago, I read a French book called Maigrir Sans Régime (lose weight without a diet). This book gave simple advice on how to eat consciously.  I still think about it today and I’ve had a stable weight for almost 3 years. With 60 kilos for 1.68 metres (132 lb for 5’6), the French would say … Continue reading

The Yoga Class

What do you call a hot guy in a yoga class? A mirage. Usually when you think Yoga, you imagine a room full of women. So you’ll understand my astonishment when the door to my first yoga class opened to a room full of gorgeous men. They were wearing shorts and tight colorful shirts. The instructor, Reda, … Continue reading

Challenge Cécile: Jogging (2)

Link to part one: Challenge Cécile: Jogging Day 1 to 15 On day 1, my first class was at 1 pm so I had the whole morning to go jogging. The weather was perfect: bright sun, blue sky. However, I spent the morning cleaning my apartment. I thought briefly about counting vacuuming and cleaning as sport but … Continue reading

Challenge Cécile: Jogging

Challenge Cécile: Jogging

A few months ago, I read The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. It’s the story of a top lawyer who goes on a journey to discover himself after having a cardiac arrest in the court room. It may not be high literature but one thing from the book stuck in my head. The lawyer learns techniques … Continue reading

A Place to Hide Emotions

A Place to Hide Emotions

I have a hard time hiding my emotions – and I’m not the only one. I even found a website called emotions anonymous! If you cry in public, laugh uncontrollably, or talk louder because you’re angry, people will look at you as though you were insane. Fortunately, I found a solution to that problem: the toilets. … Continue reading

Fighting Insomnia

Kafka, Napoléon, Churchill, Van Gogh… All existed on 4 hours sleep a night. Gordon Gekko said: “sleep is for wimps. Wake up and smell the future.” Insomnia isn’t a curse; it’s a blessing which will propel me to FAME and FORTUNE. That’s what I told myself a few years ago. I was tired of trying … Continue reading

Should I Listen to My Mum?

Mum: you gave me a great education and I love you. But sometimes you give me weird advice. It is often surprisingly funny. Advice on relationships and family 1. “Is Nick learning French yet?” my mum asked me the other day. “I would like to be able to communicate with him. Why doesn’t he learn … Continue reading

Miss Blue and Miss Red

Miss Blue and Miss Red

Let me introduce you to my closest friends, Miss Red and Miss Blue. Miss Red is hyperactive and tends to be skinny. “Sleeping is for pussies!” and “eating? A self-indulgent waste of time!” she would say. She treats food as fuel and keeps busy day and night. While Miss Red is overly self-confident, Miss Blue believes she … Continue reading

Do You Know Your Life’s Deepest Purpose? I Don’t.

Do You Know Your Life’s Deepest Purpose? I Don’t.

What is the deepest purpose of my life? Everyone over 25 years old is probably familiar with that question. Self-help books refer to this quest for meaning as “life purpose”, “deep vision”,”life mission”, and other vague terms that sound important but confuse more than they mean anything. Whatever you call it, it is everywhere; the clothes … Continue reading

Taking The Good with The Bad

“I don’t know what to write about on my blog this week”, I told Andrew this afternoon. “Write about the things you fail to get in your life!” “What? Why would I write about that? Besides, I kind of get what I want, usually.” I said, smiling smugly. “See! That’s your problem! Look at the … Continue reading