28th August 2013

 “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” 

Lao Tzu

I think I am going to need to keep reminding myself of this over the coming days and weeks. Today marks one of the biggest changes in my life so far – my move to France for the year- and I hope that I have enough courage in me to adapt to and welcome the change. Wish me luck!

27th July 2013

“Rien n’est plus beau qu’un corps nu. Le plus beau vêtement qui puisse habiller une femme ce sont les bras de l’homme qu’elle aime. Mais, pour celles qui n’ont pas eu la chance de trouver ce bonheur, je suis là.” 

“Nothing is more beautiful than a naked body. The most beautiful clothing in which a woman can dress is the arms of the man who loves her. But for those who haven’t had the chance of finding that happiness, I am there.”

Yves Saint Laurent

I came across this in the French and thought it was a rather nice little quote. Also, in one month’s time I move my life to France for a little while, better get practicing my translation!

22nd February 2013- to scary things

“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”

Frederick Buechner

In September this year, I head off to France for 9 months to study at the Université Catholique de L’Ouest in Angers. It is going to be an amazing opportunity for me; I should come back fluent in French and equipped with many life skills. But. I’m going to admit here that I am absolutely terrified. I have always been a girl who loves home, comfort and especially the people who make my surroundings the home I consider it to be. Moving away from everybody is going to be a massive step for me but I take comfort in knowing that France is a hop, skip and a jump over the channel and also in that I have obliged all of my loved ones to visit me haha! I think I take a bit of solace in this quote too; knowing that I can take these things and people along with me, no matter how far, because distance does not affect bonds and relationships. (*cringes a little at soppiness*)

29th January 2013

“How can you govern a country that has 246 varieties of cheese?”

Charles de Gaulle

And when you have so many varieties of cheese in Sainsbury’s, how does one decide? My housemate was faced with such a dilemma. She took an innocent, little moment to mull it over and BAM, she was  face to face with well, someone she really was not expecting! ‘Trouble in the cheese aisle’ is all I will say.