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June 19, 2017

London Photo Diary

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Oh London, I forgot how fun you were. Caroline had tickets for the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play in London last weekend and it just happened to be the weekend after my birthday! So I decided to take a day off from work and head to London... as you do.

Caroline and I hadn't seen each other since December (she works in Dubai) so it was nice to see her for a little while before the big move. We celebrated my birthday with an afternoon tea at Sketch, watched both parts of the play (it was long, but definitely worth it), walked around Notting hill and visited the British museum, something I wasn't able to do the last time I was in London. I hope you're all doing great. Until next time!

June 17, 2017

Turning 23

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Oh my, where does the time go! I turned 23 a little over a week ago and despite the inevitable downs, this past year was a great year for me. I explored new cities, completed all my master's courses, got accepted to a PhD program in the states. It was a year full of joy, surprises, stress, excitement. I've grown so much in just one year and in attempt to share whatever amount of wisdom I've managed to gain during my 23 years on earth, I’ve compiled a short list of things I've learned so far.
  • Be more grateful. Never forget how lucky you are. Don't take anything for granted. Appreciate the life you have.
  • No bad vibes. You have to learn when to let go of people. Surround yourself with people who build you up and make you want to be better. Choose the ones who constantly fill you up instead of empty you out. Spend your energy on those who make you feel like the best version of yourself. You don't need any negativity in your life.
  • Some things aren’t worth getting upset over. Pick your battles. Don't ruin something good over something that will be irrelevant in an hour.
  • God has a plan. And everything happens for a reason.
  • Believe in yourself. And trust yourself more. You are stronger and smarter than you think. You can do anything you set your mind to. 
  • Stop overthinking. Seriously, what's the point? It happened. Move on.
  • You can do anything, but not everything.
  • Never give up. This is quite a cliché, but it's true. You don't need to succeed the first time. And if you don't, just keep trying.
  • Take things a day at a time. Things won't always go to plan and it's okay. Don’t stress about the future or how things will turn out years down the road. This is something I constantly forget as I am one of the people who plan everything beforehand. Truth is, a lot of things never (or mostly never) go the way you had initially planned and it's okay. Focus on the now.

May 31, 2017

Photo Journal 02

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1. The stunning ceiling at musée Jacquemart-André. I sometimes find myself more drawn to the museum's architecture than to the exhibition itself. 2. A photo from my Sunday morning run.

May 28, 2017

Moving to Boston

Boston, MA by Dear Laura Well the secret's out — I'm moving to Boston! I cannot tell you how happy and excited I am to be starting this new chapter of my life in August 2017.

You might remember back in March when I spent a weekend in Boston and said it was for something quite exciting. Well, this is IT. This is the exciting news! I was just waiting for my visa to get approved before saying anything on the blog. I'm definitely incredibly sad of leaving Paris, my home, my friends, the food, oh the food, the haussmannian architecture, the beautiful beautiful art museums — yes I know, there are lots of art museums in Boston as well, but nothing really beats the museums here in Paris, am I right? As my dad always says, the city itself is a museum. Nonetheless, I'm very excited for this new beginning. Right now, with everything that's happened the past couple of months, with the way I've been feeling, changing scenery, meeting new people and breathing fresh air is exactly what I need.

Cheers to new beginnings!

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