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Saturday, May 26, 2018

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Find New Inspiration

It's the end of May and many people are feeling tired and burned out, ready for summer holidays but they are still a little ways off. So how does one go about finding inspiration and keeping your focus during those tough days ahead? 

Well there are a number of simple and approachable ways to pull yourself out of a rut and find motivation even if it's just in small things you do. 

1. Work on small tasks whether at your job or at home. Do things in small increments and you'll feel more accomplished. 

2. Add some exercise to your day. Walk around the block where you work on your lunch hour or break. Take a bike ride or nature walk in the evening after your work day, you might be surprised how much energy this gives you.

3. Stop trying to please everyone and be perfect all the time. This can be exhausting mentally and physically. Just always do your best and trust that it is good enough. 

4. Get together with a friend, have coffee or tea and share a little. This can help you ease anxiety and may perk you up. 

5.Set a small goal for yourself with a reward. Perhaps a special coffee, a mani/pedi, or something you've been wanting to buy but felt you shouldn't. 

6. Read some articles or blogs that can help inspire you. Even a Youtube of some one else's work or hearing a challenge that they've overcome can be of inspiration. 

7. Look back at your accomplishments. All long term goals took time and were done in small increments to make them happen. Be proud of yourself, it's okay!  

8. Do what makes your soul happy! At the end of the day you want to be happy so maybe you need to make some changes in your life, your work, your future. Look for ways to accomplish these things if possible. 

I'm always working on ways to move forward with my design business. Always new things to learn and implement. 

I'm sure it's the same no matter what work you do. So I hope you get refreshed and find new fun ways to be inspired. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Protest Demonstration Breaks Out at the Eiffel Tower

Okay, well I just arrived home from Paris, France a day ago. Amazing trip with my hubby visiting a place many only get to read about. Seeing all of the historic sites, like the Eiffel Tower, the Louver, Pantheons and taking walks along the Seine River, visiting numerous shops and restaurants. Finding our favorite 'boulangerie' and having the most delicious croissants and cappuccino's for breakfast. 

While heading to the Eiffel Tower, we were just a block away from it and suddenly there was a rush of about 100 police piling out of there vehicles with guns and shields rushing toward the tower. They didn't say anything to the public at all. So we figured out it must be to do with a demonstration protest. A little scary when you're not used to seeing things like this, never mind right beside you! We were told that this is quite a common thing that happens in Paris. 

Then moving on to Provence and joining a group of people from other countries for a 6 day bike tour with a company called Explore.  There were ten of us in the group plus our guides. Andrew and Erwin who where very knowledgeable and fun to be with. We stayed in unique and charming hotels and biked our way across the countryside of vineyards, poppies and various terrain. Through trails and winding hills we climbed our way to different villages that we were able to explore and stop for snacks and lunches. Our luggage was driven to each hotel so it was there when we arrived on our bikes. 

One day we had a fabulous tour of a vineyard and winery where we were served a wonderful lunch with wine tasting, fresh vegetables and the most luscious strawberries I've ever tasted.  While eating outside under the semi-covered patio area we experienced a flash flood of rain and hail that came down in torrents. Once it stopped we continued our bike ride that day but the rain began again and we all got extremely wet, we were able to huddle in a the cover of a bike shop for a bit until it settled down. 

Another day we rode up a very long hill through the Dolomites and to a huge outdoor market in Gourd.  All kinds of food items and a variety of jewelry, apparel and other items. We tried nougat candy and of course bought some amazing candied nuts. We bought some delicious food for a picnic lunch too! 

All in all it was a fantastic way to see the country, making friends and enjoying new experiences that will last a lifetime.