2014: A Year in Review from France and Beyond

31 December 2014

Two years away from American soil is a long time; long enough to spark a flurry of incongruous feelings when faced with an impending visit – nervous anticipation, excitement and of course the disruptive concern that the people and places I know and love have changed irrevocably, either because I’ve become too detached or because environment truly does alter perception. Fortunately, my homecoming has been delightful, without too many heartbreaking changes and full of down time to indulge in some end-of-the-year woolgathering while lounging in front of the sparkling Christmas tree. I still haven’t figured out how to condense a roller-coaster year into one neatly polished synopsis or conclusion but I can say that I had to white-knuckle my way through it; asking myself uncomfortable life questions along the way all while attempting to pursue my goals and keep the online curtain drawn to the disorder.While the rewards were legion – from co-authoring my first book to contributing to the WSJ – they were punctuated by what I can only call an emotional pummeling. For more than half of 2014, I was convinced that something – an ineffable something – needed radical change. I was listless and pessimistic which only […]…

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Paris 2011: a Year in Review

31 December 2011

I don’t quite know whether to classify 2011 a success, a failure or simply a mixed bag of troubling, joyous, painful and encouraging non-stop action. It was as tough, if not more so, than 2010 but I accomplished so much more and I do think that 2012 is posed for improvement, at least on the health front. Vague, right? A little recap of year 5 in Paris: January-June Launched my cookie company, Lola’s Cookies! Started a new job Saw 2 articles published on Travel & Leisure (this one and this one)  Traveled to the South of France, Istanbul and New York  Became virtually immobile due to a flare-up of my meatball-sized herniated disk just before our trip to the U.S.  Got married again (kind of) July-December Laid off from my new job.  Un-laid off from said new job after 5 days in some kind of sick high-stress inducing torture tactic  Began physiotherapy again 2x/week for my back, enlightened French therapist with anecdotes about America Laid off AGAIN from the same company. Sciatica began shortly after…. Took headshots of Amy Thomas for the author photo in her forthcoming book “Paris, My Sweet”; quickly learned that one of them made the cut!  Made some amazing new friends and strengthened bonds with old friends  Started a new job […]…

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