On my way… by Marie

Keep holding on to what you love & enjoy the ride of life


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Feeling blessed to know THEM…

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“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”

― Steve MaraboliUnapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

(That’s what I’m gonna try to do anyway… make this post worth remembering for all the people it is dedicated to…)

“THEM”… all the fantastic people I’ve met and learnt to know lately. Their names? You probably don’t care, but I nonetheless want to mention them, because it matters to me… I’m sure you already know both Florence (also called Flavie Peticoeur on her blog, my adorable #PetitChatPréféré) and Jamie (the lovely & amazing current Marius, performing in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre in London) I had the chance to interview a bit earlier this year! You may also know Chloé (from La penderie de Chloé – blog) who shares a common taste for cider (not to say LOVE… you’re gonna think we’re alcoholic :p! Actually naww, not with cider :p!!!). I would also like to talk about three incredible British girls, whose names are Caroline, Becky and Laura (a very great bunch of people ^^). And the last persons I want to mention are the incredible girls, running Jamie Ward’s and Celinde Schoenmaker’s fan pages; I’m obviously talking about my very much loved Jenna & Stela and Julia (Love you, girls xxx)!

Now that I’ve made the presentations, I think I can start explaining why I feel so blessed. I’m saying “blessed”, but I could also say “thankful” and “lucky”, or even “happy”… because those people are SIMPLY & TRULY amazing, and they do make me happy :)!

Steve Maraboli once wrote, “It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend what is broken in the world. It is these two blessed things that can begin to heal all broken hearts.” When I arrived in England, I was totally, completely broken… my family was entirely destroyed, my life in France was kind of a mess (and… still is, to be honest, but I’ll deal with that when I’m back :s), I couldn’t see the good things in life anymore… (hopefully, the only things I could hold on to were my cat and my horse – fortunately, my very much loved horse is still here, living his BEAUTIFUL horse life, and still not bothered by all the bullshit life can bring :p, but my little cat is not well at all and it truly kills me 😦 …)  but since then… I met some very lovely, adorable, amazing, incredible, gentle and sweet people over here… across the sea 😉 (I could find lots of adjectives of that kind to describe them, but I think I shall stop here for the moment ^^)! And those people (that now includes the ones I mentioned at the very beginning of this post) changed everything… In a word, they gave me my smile back :D! What’s more important than that?! Nothing really… I think they simply proved me, showed me that there was a place to belong to, a place where a happy life was well and truly possible, this so very special and cherished place, where I met them… England!

So, yeah! I feel blessed and thankful and lucky to know these people… my lovely British family, Caroline, Jamie, Florence, Chloé, Jenna, Becky, Laura, Stela and Julia…

So to you, guys, who have spent at least four minutes with me in some way :p, I just want to say THANK YOU! Thank you for being in my life today, thank you for bringing joy back in my life, thank you for being who you are and doing what you do! I love you like I love sparkles, I love you like I love my horse and cat, I love you like I love my family and I love you like I love having the last word ;p! And, believe me, THAT’S real love ;)! Xxx

(I would like to say a special thank you to Jamie, who definitely made my day the other evening (see! I have still not got over it ;p!) when he sent that very sweet & lovely tweet). 🙂

With this, the only thing I’d like to wish you, my very dear readers, is to feel that way too… Feeling thankful and blessed for what and who you have in your life that makes you happy… I truly & sincerely wish this for all of you, simply because, I think, that’s one of the keys to happiness, to YOUR happiness 😉

So…

Keep holding on to what you love & enjoy the ride of life 😉

Much love ❤

xoxo


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Liebster Blog Award… Third episode ^^

Me ^^ hihi! Once again, thank you so much to La Vie Lilloise, who nominated me for my third Liebster Blog Award !!! I’m very happy about that, so once again, thanks to all of you, my very cherished readers; I wouldn’t have been able to make it without you and your always very kind support, expressed both through your Likes & lovely comments :).

Although I have more than 200 WordPress followers now (and I would never thank you, guys, enough for that), and I am therefore not really supposed to write such posts anymore, I will nevertheless answer La Vie Lilloise‘s questions; that’s also a way for you to know me a little bit better 😉

Here are her questions… (and my answers, of course :D!)

  • How long have you had your blog? I started my blog in January this year 🙂

 

  • How did you get the idea to start a blog? I first wanted to write this blog to share what I was living and experiencing here, in England… but then I realised I really liked blogging and sharing lots of stuff with my lovely readers, so I wanted to share more than this unforgettable and amazing experience! And here I am now… with a lovely (I hope, you’re the only ones who can say, my beauties ;p) lifestyle blog ^^

 

  • Why did you choose that name for your blog? Such a good question! ON MY WAY is kind of a metaphor regarding LIFE… and especially the “path of life”, if it makes any sense to you :s As my blog is about all things I like (or not ^^) about life, all my little pleasures in life (see question about my blog’s themes… n°5 ^^), I thought this picture of a girl on her way and all she meets and finds in life was quite a good name for my personal blog… something that looked like me 🙂

 

  • What are your hobbies? What a coincidence! I’ve had this conversation with one of my colleagues this morning :p!!! Well, first of all, I’m an equestrian; I’ve been riding horses since the age of 5 and now I’ve got my own baby (my horse, Oleo) ^^! I also love reading (19th century French and English literature… but my favourite author definitely is Victor Hugo; Les Misérables being my most loved book, it couldn’t be some other way ;p… and you may consequently understand my particular interest in the London musical and in the recently released movie!!!) and listening to music! I LOVE writing this blog (I’m totally addicted to blogging now, and everything it can bring me :)!!!). I am a musical LOVER (it might be one of the reasons why I love the English culture that much ^^) and, I must admit it, a shopaholic :p!!!

 

  • What is your blog about? My blog’s about EVERYTHING! Travel, Fashion, Cookery, Life, Friendship, People I meet, Musicals, Tv, Music, Literature, Movies… well in a word: LIFESTYLE 😉

 

  • What’s your favourite dessert? Ohhh! I don’t think I can possibly answer this question! It’s really not fair… I love so many different desserts… Hmmm, I love having a fresh fruit salad but… if I’m being a bit naughtier, I’d say my favourite dessert is the Fondant au Chocolat (I don’t know the translation in English… it would be something like “soft-centered chocolate cake” but it doesn’t sound really good, does it?! :s), or maybe the raspberry & rhubarb crumble :3 See? I can’t pick a favourite :p!

 

  • An object that never leaves you? My iPod!

 

  • What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? I have my breakfast 🙂

 

  • And what’s the last thing you do before going to bed? I brush my teeth (how original ! :p)

 

  • Your best holiday memory? The first time my father took me to London… that was the beginning of a true LOVE story ^^

 

  • Any projects for this summer? Work & Horse Riding! And otherwise, I intend to go back to London for a few days and also to Toulouse so that I can meet my lovely Flavie Peticoeur (I interviewed the other day… you can check the corresponding post out over here)

Well, here it is! I think I answered all the questions 😉

I hope you appreciated this little post, my dearies, which probably allowed you to know the girl behind the blog a bit better 😉

With this, I wish all of you a nice Monday evening and don’t forget…

Keep holding on to what you love & enjoy the ride of life 😉

xoxo


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Interview of my lovely Flavie Peticoeur ♥ (or as I like to call her #MonPetitChatPréféré ^^ ♥♥♥ #MaFlaviePeticoeur)

Shame on those of you (well no, I’m just kidding but really!!!), who have never heard of the very sweet & talented Flavie Peticoeur, whose Fashion & Lifestyle Blog has delighted lots of “petits chats” for quite a few years now ;)! Flavie Peticoeur is not only a truly talented blogger, but she’s also one of the sweetest persons I know (and this thanks to this fabulous adventure on the blogosphere :D!).

Woooo I’m so excited to write that post!!!! Ever since I received Flavie’s answers to all my questions, the only thing I’ve been waiting for is that particular & precious moment, when I will finally be able to publish the interview of my very sincerely cherished Flavie. I know her real name’s not Flavie, but that’s how I chose to call her in this article, as it is the name of her lovely blog’s character ;)!

It’s been a while since I wanted to interview my adorable Flavie Peticoeur :)… not only because she’s one of my most faithful readers, but also and above all because I literally ‘fell in love’ with her blog and immediately got along with her character of Flavie! Plus, between bloggers, who apparently like each other’s blog, we simply decided to keep in touch via whatever existing social media 😉 and now… I think I definitely view Flavie as, what I could call, a model… or even a sister! She’s a very strong inspiration; whatever I’m trying to achieve now, whether it concerns the blog or my professional life, she’s like the big sister one wants to follow the example of xx !

Well, I think I’ve been babbling enough so… before you read the actual interview, I’ve gathered of few of her very beloved illustrations, which will introduce the very sweet Flavie  to those of you, who wouldn’t know her yet 😉 I know you will LOVE them… who wouldn’t?!

(This interview is a bit different from Jamie’s one, regarding that we couldn’t arrange to meet and so we did it via email ^^)

So… Enjoy! 😉

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© Flavie Peticoeur – http://flaviepeticoeur.com 

1. Who is Flavie Peticoeur? #TheGirlBehindtheBlog ^^

I am a 23 year old marketer & communicant. I was an independent consultant for a while, now I am a Community Manager, working for an awesome social network… My dad would tell you I have been drawing ever since I was able to hold a pen ! So my two passions are communication and illustration… Blogging was therefore made for me !! My real name is Florence ; I named my character as a tribute to my beloved GrandMa !

2. When did you start writing your blog and why?

I’ve had the blog for a while, but I really started taking care of it (like a baby !) in October 2012. People were positive and supportive when I showed them my illustrations ; and I really wanted to build my Flavie a little universe !

3. What is your blog mainly about?

It is about fashion, beauty and lifestyle. I believe Flavie Peticoeur has a special way to approach these topics … In fact, a woman’s life is so complex (jobs, husbands, boyfriends, kids …) that it is nice to have a ‘light’ place where shallowness is ok ! The blog presents nice stuff that girls might like to buy : it is easy, fun and friendly!

4. Has your blog opened you doors to any fantastic ‘adventures’ like meeting with other bloggers, travels, etc?

Oh yes ! I really enjoy answering all the mails I might receive (about 70 a day), comments, etc. And that leads to build bonds and connections with some of them (a lot actually). And this is simply awesome. Some readers follow my wedding preparation, tell me their story, their projects, ask me for advice … I end up knowing a significant number of them : and this is marvellous. 
I have also met a lot of journalists, bloggers …

5.Are you sometimes asked for collaborations & advertisement?

About twice a week ! To be honest it is mostly advertisement that brands ask for. Most of the time my answer is no. I have the most profound respect for the lovely people that read my blog, and what they like about it, is that it is sincere. I feel that if I accept promoting something that is not appropriate, or doesn’t fit their expectations, it would be like a betrial. 
So when I do accept, they’re sure I have chosen the best product, the best collaborator, and so they can trust my choice !

6. How much time do you spend on your blog?

From 2 to 4 hours a day ! Luckily I don’t sleep much ! It is mainly about answering people, which is time-consuming ; but that’s so fun to do ! It is a bit harder to find ideas for articles : I always stroll around with a little drawing notebook in order to be able to write anything that might pop up !

7. What is your typical ‘blogger day’ composed of?

7h30 : I wake up ! I take a coffee, wipe my eyes, put my glasses on and LET’S GO ! First I check my emails and  answer them… Check blog’s comments … Write my article if I am inspired … Then I stay tuned most of the day in case there’s something that needs me to answer or be reactive to. But now that I am starting my new job (next week yay !) ; I think my blog-rythm is about to get all shook up !

8. What kind of atmosphere did you want to create on your blog?

Something fun, light and easy ! I wanted to be able to talk about everything I like : fashion, beauty, travels, culture … Without having an odd patchwork sense ! I think it does go well ! I can write about red lipsticks and high range of arty movies ; and readers are always there to like it ! I feel lucky to have that diversity of topics !

9. What do you like the most about blogging?

The contact ! I am a ‘people-person’ ; I like to talk, exchange, discover about others, and meeting virtually all these people is a thrill for me ! I also love sharing my illustrations. I must admit that I am surprised every time someone tells me « this is nice»! The whole experience is really fun !

10. What kind of posts do you prefer writing?

Clearly the illustrations ones : it is fun finding new ways to introduce them, new concepts, new ideas… My Flavie illustrates everything I love : simplicity, chic, discretion… She is playful and yet very serious with her strict glasses… She is like a tiny summary of all the things that women are made of ! These are clearly my favorite articles !

11. Which post has been the most successful so far? And which post has been your favourite so far?

The most successful has been the one about BB creams (http://flaviepeticoeur.com/2012/11/13/bb-cremes-le-guide-pour-choisir-la-bonne/) It was a guide to pick the right one. It has been a lot of work (and experimentations !) to gather all these pieces of advice ; it was awesome to see that the readers liked it ! 
Every last article I write is my favourite, and then the following one becomes my favourite… It’s my validation criteria… If I don’t feel that way, it’s that the article won’t thrill my readers either ! 

12. Which supreme advice would you give to a new blogger , … Hmm… like me ^^?

Sincerity and proximity are the blogger’s middle name ! As long as what you write comes out straight from your heart ; there’s always going to be people to like it ! If you feel close to the people you write to, they will automatically feel close to you ! And here they are : all the elements for an extraordinary blogging experience !

That was a VERY great interview, wasn’t it?! I would like to thank Flavie a lot for her answers and her time 🙂 I would also like to thank her  SO much for this illustration (which is nothing but my blogger portrait – I really LOVE it so thank you my darling ;)!) she ESPECIALLY made for this post! ♥♥ 

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© Flavie Peticoeur – Thank you so much Mon Petit Chat Préféré ♥

I truly hope you’ll LOVE it as much as I do… because here’s the new face of On my way… ^^

As far as you’re concerned, mon petit chat préféré #MaFlaviePeticoeur, I hope you’ll like that post and anyway… I see you very soon; in England or in France, but VERY SOON, that’s for sure 😉 xxxx ♥♥♥♥

And guys, still remember…

Keep holding on to what you love & enjoy the ride of life 😉

xoxo


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* The Very Inspiring Blogger Award *

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Wow! Already my third award since the creation of the blog and the first “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”! I still can’t believe it! I saw I was nominated by Dear Kitty. Some blog last week and I simply couldn’t realize!! I mean… that’s pretty great, isn’t it?! So I would like to thank her so much for this nomination, as well as you, my lovely readers… because (let’s be honest) I wouldn’t be writing this post if you hadn’t been there all this time ❤ Much love to all of you ❤

THE VERY INSPIRING BLOGGER AWARD RULES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

  • Display the award on your blog
  • Link back to the person who nominated you
  • State 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers, link to them, and notify them about their nominations

Seven things about myself

  1. I love my friends VERY VERY VERY much ❤ ❤ ❤ (but as everybody I guess ;)!)
  2. I’m totally addicted to my cat and my horse #LoveThem ❤
  3. I HATE beetroot (honestly!!!)
  4. I definitely plan to go to London more & more often (I wouldn’t be a real London lover without it!)
  5. I like watching Britain’s Got Talent #BGT with my lovely British family and giggling at the VERY hopeless participants ;p
  6. I LOVE macaroons (but literally L.O.V.E. them) – my big/little naughty guilty pleasure ^^
  7. I really need to eat some chocolate RIGHT NOW :3

My 15 nominees (drumroll please!)…

  1. Fille à la Mod
  2. Journal d’une rêveuse schizophrène
  3. Delimoon
  4. Les ateliers de Madman
  5. Ornella’s Reality
  6. Flora’s table
  7. Mlle Caramel-Cake
  8. Pride in Photos
  9. Feed me with good food
  10. Julia Linn
  11. Flavie Peticoeur 
  12. Simply me just be
  13. My favourite pastime
  14. Lili Thistle
  15. Envies & Evasions

Once again, thank you so much to Dear Kitty. Some blog for nominating me, it truly means a lot; and to all of you guys 😉

Keep up and…

Keep holding on to what you love & enjoy the ride of life 😉

xoxo