After full week of school, an exhausting (yet wonderful) overnight trip to Normandy on Thursday, and a weekend with quite the agenda, I decided to take a break from blogging for the last few days to just soak it all in.
Orientation is over, and I have survived my first month living in Paris. I can’t believe how quickly an entire month has gone by, and I still feel as though I haven’t made a dent. Only this past Wednesday, after living here for over three weeks, did I finally find myself at the foot of the Eiffel Tower for the first time.
I can’t believe all I’ve learned this past month – adapting to a new culture, a new language and a new way of life has been intriguing, exhilarating…and exhausting. Despite the bouts of occasional frustration and homesickness, I love Paris and am so thankful for my time here.
My yoga practice has dwindled and my diet has changed drastically since I’ve been here – two things that evoke some major fear for me. I’m trying to be gentle with myself, to accept the ups and downs as a part of the experience. I constantly forget that I’m just a 21 year old college-student, and the fact that I don’t have everything figured out yet is a-okay, in fact, more than normal, although my Type-A personality tries to convince me otherwise. I’m taking it day-by-day, just soaking in every minute I have in La Ville Lumière.
The end of my first month in Paris also coincides with another first – The First Anniversary of The Hungry Yogini! That’s right, I’ve been rambling on and on about food, yoga and my latest adventure in Paris for a whole year. The blog started as more of a “healthy food and lifestyle blog” but has clearly evolved into more of a “my life in food” kind of deal. I’m so excited to be sharing my adventures in Paris with you, and for all the adventures that will follow after my time here.
Thanks for reading, and for all the support you have given me in the past year. Here’s to what’s on the horizon!
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.