Monday, October 8, 2012
A bientôt, mes amies
This is not the "good-bye" post.
This is the "see you in a little while" post.
The good news is that wonderful things are happening. My days are filled with exciting (to me) projects, meetings, events, tasks, and general endeavors that make me happy, that make me thrive. A wise friend once told me that your 20's are about self-discovery -- figuring what you want to do in life. Your 30's are about honing skills to do what you want to do. And your 40's and 50's are about getting to do the life for which you have diligently and sacrificially prepared. And that's where I am now. I am fortunate.
The bad news is this blog needs to take a back-burner position on my simmering stove of projects. I'm not canceling it, and I'm not leaving the blog universe forever. As Mr. Cupcake says, "Never play your final card until forced." Or maybe it was Kenny Rogers, aka The Gambler. I'll still be lurking and commenting when I have the chance, but I cannot create thoughtful blog posts AND participate in my active schedule.
I created this blog to fulfill a gaping hole in my erstwhile lost identity: a forum to discuss the tectonic plate-shifting occurring in my head as I turned the corner from my 30's to my 40's. I didn't have a place to discuss the emptiness and waste of recreational shopping instead of intentional purchases, financial responsibility exercising as a cultivated wardrobe, beloved screen icons, the blessing and pursuit of real food, the desire to openly create a French lifestyle in suburban America, and most importantly, living and owning the full potential in me -- not to merely own a coveted, expensive Hermes scarf, but to wear life unapologetically and with aplomb.
Instead of finding a soapbox from which to opine, I found a community who feels as I do. I thought I was the only one who talked back to her Inner French Girl. I thought I was the only one who ate full-fat Greek yogurt and saved for expensive luxuries on a modest income. I thought I was the only one clinging to chic instead of cheap.
I have adored getting to know each of you as you leave comments and send me emails, and I still look forward to visiting the cities where you live to meet you in person. I'll recognize you by the way you tie your scarf!
Until we meet again, and until the next blog post, LIVE la vie francaise!
P.S. And watch Upstairs Downstairs, Season 2.