Passion Planner
        June 13, 2015     23h39     0 Comments

Do you know the blog "LifeHacker"?

I was reading an article recently called "How Tracking What I Do Every Day Helped Me Find Better Work-Life Balance". In the article, the author talks about using something called the Passion Planner. Luckily, the author included a link to the Passion Planner website.

I was intrigued, so I checked it out. How amazing does this look as a way to plan your time but also maximize your productivity?



I looked around the website and found a free download, so I'm going to try to use that for a few weeks and see how it goes. I'm tempted to buy myself one of their planners (despite their cost) in order to help me organize my time next year, as I think I may be even busier than this past year ...


Monday music: Avalanche City, "Love Love Love"
        May 11, 2015     14h35     0 Comments

Have you ever heard of the New Zealand band named Avalanche City? I heard one of their songs on TV and loved it!!

To learn more about the band, check out their Wikipedia page

Here's the official music video for "Love Love Love"




Film review: Wild (2014)
        May 11, 2015     14h26     0 Comments

Wild is a 2014 film starring Reese Witherspoon. It's based on the bestselling memoir, "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed.

Summary from IMDB: "With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthen, and ultimately heals her."

I read the book about 2 years ago, and I'd been looking forward to seeing the movie since I finished reading the last page. I wasn't sure if the screenwriters and the directors and Reese Witherspoon would be able to translate to the big screen what is essentially a one-woman journey with lots of internal thoughts without making it too boring or too simple.

Having just seen the film, I can tell you that my fears were unfounded. If you're looking for a good story about the inner struggles that we all face, I highly recommend this film. You may not be able to relate to the main character 100%, as you're probably not dealing with the same exact struggles, but we all have downs in our lives that push us to the edge. When you're in a low period of your life, you may dream about making a drastic decision to do something crazy, which is why it is so easy to relate to this film.

The film is relatively long (close to 2 hours), and there's not a lot of action. As Cheryl walks the Pacific Coast Trail, she has flashbacks to her childhood and especially to times spent with her now deceased mother. She encounters different people along the way, but the majority of the film is her, walking alone across the desert, over mountains and through the forest.


Monday music: Ed Sheeran, "Give Me Love"
        March 09, 2015     21h31     0 Comments

I came across this song a few weeks ago, and it's become one of my go-to running songs.

I wanted to share it with you, in case you haven't heard it yet!

Ed Sheeran, "Give Me Love"



The advantage of having meetings on the downtown campus
        March 09, 2015     21h28     0 Comments

If I haven't mentioned it before, my university has two campuses: one is downtown along the riverfront, and the other one is a 30-minute public transportation ride outside of town. I spend most of my time at the campus outside of town, which was built in the 70s and is just downright ugly.

Luckily, I teach a couple of classes downtown on Wednesday afternoon, and sometimes I have meetings at the riverfront campus.

Today was one of those days. I had a 9am meeting with a colleague before a different 9:30am Language Faculty meeting. It was a beautiful day out, so I walked from the metro stop instead of taking the trolley, and as I got to the riverfront, I looked up and realized just how lucky I am to live and work in Lyon.





Monday music: Joshua Radin, "Lovely Tonight"
        February 17, 2015     16h12     0 Comments

I've recently been watching "Cougar Town", a funny show about a group of friends, and I came across this song that I really like.

Joshua Radin, "Lovely Tonight"



Monday music: Five for Fighting, "Superman"
        February 09, 2015     21h40     0 Comments

This song came on when I was running on the treadmill this evening, and it's been one of my favorite running songs since I was in college. The video is just the lyrics (sorry!)

One of my favorite lines that always helps when I'm feeling down: "It's not easy to be me"




This song represents what I want for you in 2015
        January 16, 2015     19h02     0 Comments

One Republic, "I Lived"


Lyrics
"I Lived"

[Verse 1]
Hope when you take that jump
You don't fear the fall
Hope when the water rises
You build a wall

Hope when the crowd screams out
They're screaming your name
Hope if everybody runs
You choose to stay

Hope that you fall in love
And it hurts so bad
The only way you can know
Is give it all you have

And I hope that you don't suffer
But take the pain
Hope when the moment comes
You'll say...

[Chorus]
I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second
That this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived


[Verse 2]
Hope that you spend your days
But they all add up
And when that sun goes down
Hope you raise your cup

I wish that I could witness
All your joy and all your pain
But until my moment comes
I'll say...

[Chorus]
I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second
That this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived


[Bridge]
Whoa
Whoa
Whoa
Oh
Oh
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived

[Chorus]
I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second
That this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived



I have so much to say ...
        January 16, 2015     18h54     0 Comments

I have so much to say about the recent events in France, about the new year, about teaching, about my administrative position, about my hopes for the future, about my holidays in the US.

But I can't find the words, and I'm still catching up on all my work, so I don't have the time.

It'll come in due time.

But to tide you over, here's a family selfie from when we arrived in Vegas at 1am Pacific time (4am Eastern time ... we were TIRED!)




Music for a cold Wednesday afternoon - Hozier, "Take Me To Church"
        December 10, 2014     20h15     1 Comment

Not sure if this has made it's way to the US or not, but it's popular here in France. Here's Irish musician Hozier singing "Take Me To Church"



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