When you come home from a trip of any length, you’re not the same person. You’re just not. It’s impossible to go out into the world and not be affected.
If you’re like me, you want to make the most of what the world has given you. You embrace the gifts of the journey – new possibilities, insights and confidence.
But it’s easy for all that to slip away into the ignorosphere – that place where your ideas and possibilities exist but you don’t do anything about them.
I’m just off the plane from Paris – actually two trains, three planes and two busses, not to mention airport shuttles.
I’m still in motion. It’s like that feeling you get stepping off a moving walkway, still cruising but off-balance while you try to integrate the new pace.
But I’m happy to be back in the office and using my tools from my e-book The Graceful Return to get my footing. In this week’s newsletter I want to share what I’m doing to cull the juice from my trip to Paris.
It would be easy to pull an article together from the e-book, and I often do that. But this time I’ll share what I jotted in my journal on the way home.
In this episode, I share specific things I'm doing in Paris to research my novel, Chasing Sylvia Beach. Sylvia Beach was an American woman who owned a bookstore, Shakespeare and Company in Paris from 1919 - 1942. She's my heroine in many ways and I've devoted over ten years to this novel. It's nearly done; this will be the last revision I'll do, I swear!
When I'm in Paris I love to wander around and take in the beauty, charm and unexpected juju that's abundant here. In this episode I share bits of my days in Paris.
Be sure to leave a comment, as I'm gathering Parisian goodies that I'll be giving away to commenters. (I'll draw names at random from all the Paris videos when I return to the US.)
As an extra treat, I've gathered a few of my favorite songs that evoke Paris. Enjoy my I Love Paris playlist below!
I love the Parisian markets enough to deal with the crowds. There's something quite satisfying about buying my food outside. Or perhaps it's the sense of abundance, beauty and promise...all those great meals inherent in the fresh ingredients on display.
Take five minutes from your day and join me in the Paris Bastille Market. What do you see that you would buy and what would you do with it?
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