How does it feel to start a company?

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I have spent the past month trying to fund my new venture, my own company called Saffron + Kumquats.  I have 29 hours left and my Kickstarter campaign is 95% funded.  Please consider helping me chase this dream by pledging here.  Any amount helps!

In the meantime, I thought I would share my experiences as a (very!) new entrepreneur.  Besides focusing on funding, I have spent a lot of time filling out paperwork.  Not the funnest experience but necessary.  This week I applied for a seller’s permit, for the ability to operate under the name ‘Saffron + Kumquats’, for a business bank account.  I’ve ordered business cards and signed up for trade shows.  I still need to apply for a federal tax number.  It seems never ending!

I have also started contacting potential suppliers.  I’m talking to spice companies about packaging and purchasing.  I’m shopping around, trying to find the best items out there.  I’m cooking and collecting recipes.  I’m reading about food and following bloggers and writers.  This part is fun!  I’m doing what I love all day and it makes me so happy.

Oh and on top of all of this, I’m looking for a part-time job.  I would like to have some income that I can count on!  This will also allow me to take out a business loan.

Life is a crazy, whirlwind journey and I can’t wait to see what’s next!!  What have you been up to?

A Few Paris Pics and a Wildly Uncertain Life


Tour EiffelIn my last post, I mentioned that I will be leaving Paris soon.  In fact, I no longer have a flat here but am staying on a friends couch for a few days before doing some traveling.  This is disorientating to say the least.  So much is up in the air right now.  I don’t have a place to live.  I’m trying to start a company but need funding (please, Kickstarter!).  I’m saying goodbye to my beloved Paris and to all the wonderful friends I’ve made here.  I’m saying hello to my closest friends – the ones who have stuck by me through thick and thin – and to beautiful, sunny California.  It’s enough to make my head spin.


I’m trying to make the most of the last few days that I have here by visiting some favorite spots and by checking off a few more places off my never ending list.  I finally went on the bateaux-mouches boat tour which is where I took that photo of the Eiffel Tower.  Amazing!  My favorite part of the tour was seeing people hanging out up and down the Seine, drinking wine, laughing, dancing and just having fun.  It finally felt like summer.

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I’m Back!

IMG_6193I realize I haven’t been around much lately.  I don’t have a great excuse.  Life just happened.  I finished the classes for my MBA in Paris.  I traveled to the USA for the first time in a year and visited family and friends.  I returned to Paris.  Tomorrow, I start an internship at an international design agency in Paris.  I’m excited and nervous and happy to be back.

I had an incredible time when I was back in the US.  I spent Christmas in Chicago with my family and then went to California.  San Francisco is my other home.  I lived there for eight years and I have an amazing group of friends there.  I love the sun, the food and the laid back culture.  Here is a glimpse into my trip:

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Where will you be in January?


Do you know where you will be in January?  Where you will be living?  What your job will be?  I don’t.  I don’t know if I’ll be in Paris or somewhere else.  I don’t know if I will be employed or not.  Or if I will be taking classes or not.  I don’t know.  I’d like to say that this is liberating but in truth it’s terrifying.  I want to find a job I love in a city I love.  I want so much.  What if I can’t find it?  What if I find nothing or have to compromise too much?  Some days it’s enough to make me want to hide under the covers all day.  But I can’t.  So I go to classes.  I apply to jobs.  I hope and dream and pray.  I try to embrace this uncertainty and to let go of control.  I try to have faith.  But damn is it hard sometimes!  Any advice?  How do you deal with uncertainty?

I’m Sorry…


I’m sorry for being so absent.  Suddenly life took over and I don’t know where all the time has gone.  The photo above is often representative of my free days.  Stacks of books, tons of work, and not enough time.  I am reaching the end of our core classes and summer vacation cannot come soon enough!  Just three more weeks!

Many of you have asked about the program that I am engaged in, as well as the experience of going back to school again, so I thought I’d talk a bit about that today.  I am working towards my MBA at HEC Paris.  The school is one of the top business schools in France and globally.  The MBA program is an international program with participants from all over the world.  My class intake is currently in our second term of core classes.  These are fundamental business courses that we all take together before pursuing our specialization.  They range from finance, to strategy, to marketing, to statistics.  They are meant to give us a strong foundation from which to build on.

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Learning to Speak Un Peu Français


I’ve been thinking a lot about the process of learning a foreign language lately.  Learning to speak French has not come easy for me.  There are all those verb conjugations, memorizing whether something is feminine or masculine (sausage is feminine?!  C’mon!!). and remembering when to drop the back half of the word.  Something that helps me from getting discouraged is holding onto the tiny, everyday triumphs.  Last week I had my immigration appointment and I managed to get through most of it in French.  Small event, huge triumph!  Being able to communicate in everyday life, from buying stamps at the post office to getting a bikini wax, is what helps feel like I’m not completely hopeless.

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Istanbul Here We Come

IMG_2780I’m on my way to Istanbul for spring break (spring break!!) with a bunch of my fellow students.  I have never been before and I’m super excited!  I can’t wait to discover a new city, to try new foods, to wander around the streets and visit the beautiful buildings.  We will be there 6-days and it is a much needed chance to revive my batteries and get motivated again.  The only plan I have is to take a cooking class and otherwise I have no plans which feels amazing.  Have you been to Istanbul?  Any tips?  See you next week!

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