Hello my dear readers! I wish you all a very happy new year. To be honest: I've missed you. But some of you followed me along to Paris so you know that I've spent fabulous holidays in the 'City of Light' also referred to as my second home.
Now 2013 has started in full power. Have you all made your resolutions? Have you all started the new year with plenty of expectations and plans? Well done if you have so. I have not. Not really. I sort of slid into the new year, quietly and comfy. With the people I love, in the city I love. I have not gazed at fireworks, I have not put down a list of resolutions, I have not set concrete goals to determine the coming year. You might think I was sluggish, but no, it's not that. I sort of didn't feel it. Probably that is my resolution between the unwritten lines. To take on the iffy journey of an ever evolving life. To 'unsteer' a bit and experience something I've missed through 2012 - spontaneity, the fun to let life guide you a bit instead of constantly planning, envisioning, regulating. And by living the life as it is, to regain a bit of balance. An inner balance that is the prerequisite for real happiness and an outer balance that will set off more time for the people I love and care.
I want my life to be a bit like my last Paris trip: unscheduled, surprising, challenging, happy and full of love. Sounds like a good plan for 2013, no? On January first we've inaugurated the new year with a French tradition - by eating a 'galette des rois', a traditional pastry cake with a creamy frangipane filling. This cake is traditionally eaten on Epiphany but is also widely common on the first day of the year. And every 'galette des rois' has a little surprise in it: a so-called 'fève', a little porcelain figurine. Whoever gets the piece with the figurine is the king for the day and may wear the corona. I also interpret it as a lucky charm for the coming year. So this year I was the lucky one. Let's see what this year holds for me!
Here's to a new year, a new circle of life, a new chance to rejoice in the uncertainties and surprises of life!
Photography by Igor Josifovic