On my way… by Marie

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


Nothing will ever be the same…

© Jean-Marie Viguié

© Jean-Marie Viguié

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher (Expect that, as far as I’m concerned, it is only on the other side of the Channel :p)

I mean… that’s true! What do expect? Who do you expect me to be? The exact same girl I was when I left in January? Hmmm, I don’t think so! How can you even expect me to be the same person? I’ve been LIVING (I especially want to highlight this word “LIVING”, because during all that time in England and for one of the first times in my life, I truly felt like I was living, like I could actually breathe and be happy… I’ve just been reminded what it was to smile… it’s as easy as that!) abroad for 6 months, I’ve met incredible people (who are now my friends), I’ve discovered new customs and adopted them… And I don’t want to give up on all that, simply because it’s part of me now, part of who I am, part of who I’ve become. You can’t honestly ask me to forget all I’ve been experiencing and be the girl I used to be again, because I can’t do that, I simply CAN’T!

And if it grieves you, dad, grandpa, grandma, little bro, my friends… well, I’m sorry but the only thing I have to say is… “You DEFINITELY should have known that!” Everybody knows that a ‘travel’ such as this is not without consequences; it leaves its mark, and mine DEFINITELY left an indelible one on me!Therefore, I know that nothing’s going to be the same again… it’s just IMPOSSIBLE!

And here I am, facing the sea and thinking that what can be expected from this point forth are the magical fluidity of every moment, and the sense of peace in knowing that my life will never be the same again.

Mark Twain once wrote: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” I kind of tend to have the same opinion… and I think that if my family and friends react the way they do, it’s simply because they don’t know what it is to live abroad and then realize that none of the parts of your former life will be the same, that everything’s about to change. Why? Because you have brand new eyes, you see things differently; because you ARE different, you’ve changed; in a word, you’ve grown up (well that’s actually 4 words but… NEVERMIND!) I think that’s what Terry Pratchett meant when he wrote, “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

As far as I’m concerned, I needed to leave. I needed to leave to find myself and (also, I think) to realize I could actually be happy even after all the mess that had invaded my family (and unfortunately, the mess is still going on :s!). So, as I am facing that powerful feeling today, the feeling of a possible happiness, but above all, the feeling of belonging somewhere, I can assure you that I won’t let them change who I’ve become… because (and I hope I’m not arrogant saying this) I’m kind of proud of that person ;p!

Become who you want to become so that you can be proud of yourself (a little bit of pride never killed anyone, did it?!): that would be my advice for today ;)!

And of course,

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

Much love to all my readers 💛💛


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Believe me… You are GREAT!

Believe it! It’s true!

Do you know Validation?

Well, now you do! 😉

I wanted to share this video with you today, simply because it will show you the way I am now, what kind of person I’ve become, and more important, who I want to be until the end of my life!

I want to be like that guy, who tells people how amazing they are, who gives them their smile back,… That’s how I am and how I want to live my life! There’s absolutely no point in being grumpy and mean to people; it’s not gonna bring you anything (it’s actually the opposite; being rude will destroy you.. you will not only destroy the people you’re boorish with, but you will also destroy yourself; so be careful, be kind, smile and bring joy around yourself! ;))

The first time I saw this video, I was in middle school. It was introduced by my English teacher of the time. She has been (and still is) a very important person to me. She’s one of those few people, who helped me become the person I am today! So I haven’t got this mentality only thanks to the video (even if it played its role 😉 !), but also thanks to people like her. Furthermore, I truly believe that my time in England, this time spent with all these VERY nice and lovely people, is definitely confirming the way I am & want to be.

Whatever you’ve been through, whoever you are (you may be the richest and most famous person on the planet, or the tramp living in this underground), whatever you’ve done (good or bad), it’s never too late to change (or remain) and be this real & warming sunshine for people. That’s how you’ll find happiness, that’s how you’ll feel how GREAT and AMAZING you are! Because YOU are great and amazing… Everyone is! I’m totally convinced that everybody has something to bring to others! You just have to believe in it! Here’s what Charles Dickens once wrote:

“The sun,–the bright sun, that brings back, not light alone, but new life, and hope, and freshness to man–burst upon the crowded city in clear and radiant glory. Through costly-coloured glass and paper-mended window, through cathedral dome and rotten crevice, it shed its equal ray.”  Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

Well… I want to be that “bright sun” Dickens was talking about, I want to bring hope back when it is thought to be gone for good, I want, by a simple smile, be the fresh start for the one who needs it… In a word, I want to be this little light in people’s life 🌟

And now… what do you say, guys? Do you choose to be a sunshine or do you choose to stay in the darkness? Do you choose happiness or do you choose despair? It’s up to you, but… I think this is quite an easy decision to make, don’t you think? 😉

With this, don’t forget to…

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


PS: Speaking of being a little LIGHT, don’t forget that it is Earth Day today… so take care of our beautiful planet (you’ll take care of everything living on it as well ;)!) ☀


Easter’s coming soon! Excited?

Oh yes I am, I really love this time of the year! I know Easter is, above all, a christian feast, but it is also a really good time to be a bit naughty and eat some chocolate! Mmmm… Yummy, Yummy!!!! I know you’re already drooling over it, don’t lie! No, but honestly, don’t you think?

As far as I’m concerned, Easter is the symbol of hope! There is no particular time in the year to give a bit of yourself to others (because I think that is something you should do everyday!) but if you feel a bit guilty about that and you think you’ve been a bit selfish or whatsoever and you want to change it, well… Easter is THE perfect time for that change! Steven James once wrote “The gifts of the Master are these: freedom, life, hope, new direction, transformation, and intimacy with God. If the cross was the end of the story, we would have no hope. But the cross isn’t the end. Jesus didn’t escape from death; he conquered it and opened the way to heaven for all who will dare to believe. The truth of this moment, if we let it sweep over us, is stunning. It means Jesus really is who he claimed to be, we are really as lost as he said we are, and he really is the only way for us to intimately and spiritually connect with God again.” I know this is a very religious quote, but it shows you what Easter means to me.

It is indeed the perfect time to GIVE, even if you don’t give much. It is not about how much you give, but about how much love you put in what you do. Actually, it is often with a simple and true smile that you can turn the saddest person into the happiest one. Just like that, in the twinkling of an eye ;)! Pretty easy, isn’t it? Personally, I don’t see and I don’t know better gift than a truthful smile :). And as one of the biggest admirer of Mother Teresa, I couldn’t do anything but agree with what she once said… “Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.”

But for all my greedy readers (and I must admit that I… may be a bit greedy when it comes to chocolate… but just a bit!), Easter is synonym with CHOCOLATE! And how could I be mad at you for that? (I’m the same, but my brother’s so much worse!!!) I mean, everyone loves chocolate, right? And speaking of, I let you have a quick & “gourmand” look at my last NAUGHTY purchases…

So Yummy!!!

So Yummy!!!

You can reassure yourself, though. It is not for me but for my lovely ‘adopting’ & ‘adopted’ family, my dear colleagues, my dad and some others who (I think) will have a pretty good surprise when I see them in London this weekend! Yes, I know I’m going back to London (how lucky am I!) but I can’t help it, I really love it! Plus I’ll see one of my friend and my dad with his new girlfriend (I don’t really look forward to that part of the weekend, but never mind! I know I’ll have a great time anyway… and you’ll have, for sure, a lot more details about it when I’m back on my island 😉 )

But in the meantime, I wish all of you to spend a very happy Easter (try not to eat too much chocolate though, you’d risk an indigestion :s!) and…

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