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Be Inspired

This is for those who, like me, seek to live life better everyday:

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. The conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite -telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups... And then you began eyeing each other's cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live.

Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee provided us.

We brew the coffee, not the cups.......... Enjoy your coffee! The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

-source unknown
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It's that time of the semester again.

I used to think I could do this school thing forever. I’ve always had a passion for learning so school just always seemed to work out for me. I don’t know anymore.

Recently, I’ve begun yearning for the end earlier and earlier each semester. I’ve also been trying to have ‘semesteral’ (like annual) strikes for the past year and a half. But no matter how much I try to recruit people, nobody wants to join me. And what can a one man strike accomplish? Hmmph. Nada! So I think this may be the perfect time for me to try this again. I’m in France, the home of strikes. Despite the fact that all study abroad students are CLEARLY told not to get involved with strikes aka manifestations – I’m sure they would love to deport us Americans – I feel like this is a once and a lifetime opportunity. I’m sure [French] people will join me without even really caring that my reasoning is practically non-existent (unless laziness is a legally sound reason these days).

Well, I’ll work on it and let you know how it goes.

All I know is that I’m looking hard toward the end and it’s nowhere in sight. I want to feel like Marion Jones when she has crosses the finish line, looks back, and feels the greatest sense of accomplishment possible. Yet, I have this terrifying feeling that it will pop up one day and I’ll wish I hadn’t spoken so soon. As a matter of fact, I know it will - no matter how hard I try to ignore it.

But, who really wants to be a full grown adult? Well, I do.. but I don’t. I’m way too confused. However, I think that I’m one of millions of soon to be twenty-somethings (I’ll be the big TWO ONE this year, oh no…) who are facing the same problem.

No mommy! I don’t want to grow up. Why can’t I just be a Toys R Us kid?

College life is great. Well, minus the tests, the exams, the bull(stuff), and well more bull(stuff) – at least at the beloved HU. Who doesn’t like the being-an-adult-while-being-a-teenager type feeling? I’m not saying that there still aren’t millions of classes that I still want to take. I’m just saying that it’s not the same anymore. I’m getting a little tired – for lack of a better word. I mean, I don’t even have time to read all day or upload my blogs when something comes to me! Isn’t that just dreadful?

Speaking of dreadful, I need to go back to doing work since I’ve spent too much time updating blogs (check out the update on my travel blog when you get a chance). At least I have a four day weekend coming up with a good bit of traveling to fill the time.

For now, I refuse to think about when I’ll do my work.

Some things just never change.

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Bonne Santé!

As I read on a billboard in Paris, "Mourir de rire est bon pour la santé" - to die from laughing is good for the health. And I couldn't agree more.

Thus, I leave you with a short video to look at. Before you turn your attention to the clip below I feel obliged to say that I still love me some Beyoncé - even if i'm learning from others such as the Queen to Be that she may have strong ties to the drag community... it simply justifies her "fierceness." Anywhoo, with that said, I advise you to take a seat while you watch this!

Enjoy mes amies!

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Oh books, how I love thee...

It’s been a while since I’ve reported back to you on the books I’ve read. Well, since finishing Giovanni’s Room, as some of you may remember, I picked up The Measure of a Man by Sydney Poitier. I must say I was very disappointed. I’m not big on autobiographies and biographies but I was taken into this one by the different style in which it was written. Rather than writing various chapters of his life methodically, Mr. Poitier seemed like he simply wrote as he was telling us the story orally. That wasn’t the disappointing part however. I simply began to get bored while reading. Sometimes I felt that he was “talking” too much and randomly going into topics that seemed to have nothing to do with the chapter - each of which was given a subject I assumed he would discuss as it related to his life. I’m sad that I never had the opportunity to see the Oprah coverage of the book (it was an Oprah book club book) or the dinner that she had in honor of him. Maybe that may have changed my perspective of the book. But hey, read it for yourself and let me know what you think.

More recently, I’ve finished Eva Luna by Isabel Allende. I bought this book used at the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in the Latin Quarter of Paris. Of course I had several other books I could’ve read but when I was there I practically wanted to buy every book in sight. Nonetheless, I limited myself to two books and I began reading this one during my spring break. I must say I was drawn into it from the beginning. For over half the book Allende shares the lives of various characters who have yet to cross paths. She slowly begins to weave their lives together and finishes with an interesting ending. While I wasn’t really disappointed with the end, I was definitely left wanting a bit more. It was one of those books that left me wondering why authors choose certain endings.

Now I’m on to Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. I am determined to read this in a short period of time even though it is over 500 pages long and I have a serious project and then exams in the near future. We shall see…
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Be Inspired

I thought I would take some time to inspire you today. I receive these daily. I hope they can be as much of a blessing to you as they are for me!

Make Meaning
You have the opportunity, right now, to make today mean something. Instead of just getting through this day, you can live it in such a way that it positively transforms your life and your world.

There is an essential part of you that longs to make a difference. Underneath all the superficial comings and goings of daily life, there is a driving purpose that is your life.

Whatever you may be doing on the outside, there is a way to express the purpose that lives on the inside. The more you discover, explore and stay connected to that purpose, the more rich and fulfilling your life will be.

You can make real and lasting meaning out of the smallest, most seemingly insignificant moment. In this day there are countless chances to do so.

Remember often the wondrous miracle that is your life. Let your thoughts, words and actions flow freely from the valuable, authentic person you are, and great things will surely happen.

This is a day to be filled with meaning and positive purpose. Now is your chance to make it a true treasure.

-- Ralph Marston
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Addicted? Obsessed? I beg to differ.

Hello my name is Mademoiselle M.

I love the color pink. No...

I’m in love with the color pink.

Those who know me are unable to ignore this fact. And I’m sure many of you have guessed just from viewing this blog. Don’t worry, I’m not the type of person who only owns pink items of clothing and has an all pink room. As a matter of fact, I love all bright colors, especially reds, greens, purples. But lately it seems to me as if the rest of the world – except France, which is another blog – is finally beginning to appreciate my color.

Allow me to share with you my pink coups de coeurs...

Before I bought my cute little Dell Inspiron laptop, I was obsessing over the Sony Vaios. I wanted the little 12 inch, 3lb. model. But it was over $1,000 more than the 12 inch, 4 lb. model that I ended up with. The Vaio was just SO much cuter, slimmer, and… well, cuter! Nonetheless, I settled with the Dell since all that I cared about was whether or not it could fit in my purse.

Now, Viao has given me more to obsess about.


It’s so beautiful. If I didn’t like pink so much, I would really have trouble deciding which color I want most. They are all adorable. Even worse, now I don’t know which is plus chic, the apple MacBook or the Viao!?

Now I’m sure you have all seen LG's chocolate. I know that it is an old phone, but I still can’t get over how cute they are! And, of course, they come in pink.

While I’m loving the pink, my heart is somewhat in love with the red and the white a little more…


Now on to bigger things. As a world traveler… ok, well maybe just a mini European traveler for now… I am always using and abusing luggage. My parents are from the Caribbean and we travel home quite often, so we have tons of suitcases in my house. Well you can see that it was only natural for me to take some of their luggage for my journey to France. Yet, recently I’ve had these urges to buy a set of luggage for myself. Even if these suitcases I have brought from home survive their finally journey back to DC, I’m so sick of looking at them. I thought having at least the one red piece would spice up things and make it easier for me to find my luggage. But NO. Everyone has black or red luggage nowadays. You still have to put big pink, orange, red, and/or yellow ribbons on the handle so you can identify your luggage. Hmmph!

So I’ve decided that I want to buy a pink set. The only problem is that colored luggage – even darker reds– get filthy after a little usage. So the goal is to find luggage more like these…. But maybe in a softer pink.


One day, during my typical procrastination method of web surfing, I got excited when I came across this website. It sells everything a girl needs for her car – much of it in pink. The motto is "Put a little pink in your day." How cute! Thank goodness pink lovers over the age of 5 are able to find goodies these days.


Now, for my fashion coup de coeur

This beautiful Oscar de la Renta dress from the Fall 2007 ready to wear show. While it may not be an elaborate or flashy dress, it is absolutely gorgeous. I am in love with several others as well but this dress in this color has grabbed a hold of my heart. Such elegance and beauty. I don’t even want to know the price. By the time I have enough money to even think of owning a dress by Oscar de la Renta, I will no longer be in love. Yet, a girl can still dream.


That's about it.

I will admit, however, that there was a time when the Mary-Kay Cadillac was on my list of must-haves when “I grow up.” I’ve moved on from that though. So GM and Mary-Kay can keep their exclusive car and shade of pink to themselves. I’ll settle for a red convertible…

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