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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Falling into Fall: Paris


It’s definitely not summer anymore.  Fall is coming to an end and winter will be here soon.  Yet I am so happy to be in Paris.  There are so many exciting things going on in Paris right now that I just don’t have enough time to see them all.  Here is a small snapshot of what I’ve been up to.  J’adore Paris!

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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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How do you stay creative?

Vanessa Larson

I have been thinking about creativity a lot lately.  For the first time in my adult life, I am not surrounded by creativity in my daily life.  I’m surrounded by vague theory, numbers, strategy, and unfathomable signs like sigma and mu.  It’s the polar opposite of what I define as ‘my world’.  I suddenly find myself having to make a conscious effort to stay in touch with creativity and the esthetic world that I love.  This blog has become a platform to do that.  Without it I might drown in facts and figures.  My commitment to maintaining this blog has become the motivation to find beauty in my daily life.

While pondering creativity and motivation, I rewatched THIS Ted talk from Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love.  Her talk is an old favorite of mine and an interesting interpretation of where creativity comes from.  In the end, Elizabeth says that all you can really do is commit to showing up.

What do you think? Where do you find creativity?  What are some other good articles or videos about creativity?

Adventures in Paris

Paris might be freezing and gray but it’s still beautiful.  I’ve been on quite a few adventures since moving here and when I’m not studying my days are filled with new activities.    Earlier this month I visited one of my favorite museums, the Musée d’Orsay with all the amazing impressionist and post-impressionist paintings.  I have gone on long walks around the city, stopping for a cup of chocolat chaud and some much needed warmth.  I attended a gala in a silk LBD that I just happened to bring along, and I have visited some classic Parisian cafés for some good old French comfort food.  Here are some pics of everything I’ve been up to.  I can’t wait for warmer weather and more adventures!


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Looking Out From the Musée d’Orsay

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I’m Featured on The Everygirl!

EverygirlI’m super excited to share my story on The Everygirl.  It is one of my favorite blogs and I love there inspiring stories about women, and tips on everything from fashion to budgeting.  If you are interested in learning more about what brought me to Paris and what life has been like so far, please check out the feature here.  Thank you all for your support and kind words.  I am thrilled that my choices might inspire you, just as so many of you inspire me.  Thank you.


Back to school… wait there’s homework?!?!


I finished my undergraduate degree almost 12 years ago.  I thought I was done with homework, lectures, and group projects.  Then I decided to go back to school for my MBA.  Being a student again is a rather humbling experience.  In all honesty, I didn’t think it would be this hard.  I’m not sure why.  Perhaps I was over confident or perhaps I thought that all my experience would off-shoot any difficulties.  I find myself having to relearn things I have long forgotten (derivatives… what?!) and to have to put back in use my very rusty memorization skills.

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