The Good Place

Monday lunch : eating a French endives salad (because salads will help me take care of my weight, right?), listening to Jameela Jamil’s latest podcast… ending up finishing that chocolate cake left in the fridge.


Jameela’s guest was Celeste Barber (an Australian comedian who started the #celestechallengeaccepted several years ago, parodying model shoots by comparing what it might look like for an average woman to strike those same poses). I love both women a great deal and it was a fabulous way to start my week listening to them, talking about womanhood, mental health, kindness, social media, lockdown, and more importantly, self acceptance and letting go of unrealistic expectations in life.

The first time I saw Jameela was in the Netflix series The Good Place, a very clever show which questions the idea of Heaven and Hell.

I think many of us will agree that 2020 was definitely not The Good Place and it shook us all more or less, driving people to wonder what really mattered in life. What do you miss the most? Have you decided to change gear and head in a new direction? Any plans to improve yet another challenging year in terms of social interactions?

“Your vibe attracts your tribe” I read the other day, and I loved that mantra instantly. The idea that we’re all magnets, that whatever we are resonating with is what attracts our reality made me vibrate in a constructive way.

Watching the news too often tends to hammer the point everyone around you is in the same boat, amplifying a sense of collective oneness in shared pathos. It’s comforting to moan and be scared together.

But I’ve been trying very hard to look for a silver lining, excitedly awaiting new beginnings, open to miracles, change and always ready to create a happy moment since the beginning of January. Because deep down, it is who I am and I really feel like changing the rules of the virus game.

It’s quite obvious by now, we can’t control everything 100%. Although we need to escape the reality to give ourselves a break every once in a while, we have to be practical. At least I HAVE to be practical! Apocalyptic pandemic atmosphere messing with my projects? I need to live my life accordingly and make new plans! Not everything is a total fluke…

A little less conversation, a little more action baby!

Chasing Rainbows from now on !

So, in the end, I’ve eaten the chocolate cake. I know my body has suffered from the pandemic consequences and is balancing out my emotions but life will get back to normal eventually. I’ll get to work again and be active at some point. It will all be ok.

And on Tuesday morning, I read a comment by the lovely Jules which felt like she was cleverly winking at me. What about a vision board?

Radiant, positive energy.

So here is to empowering energy! Here is to keeping the faith, to making life easier, to looking after yourself, to focusing on what’s good for you!

You know what feels good when I need to balance out negative emotions? Swearing! In French we say “telling big words” (ironically, swearing generally uses small ones!). Fudge you Covid! Fudge you lockdown!

May this vision board be a good omen for 2021

Take care of you xxx

22 thoughts on “The Good Place

  1. Oh my fudge, you already made your vision board! Look at that – it’s beautiful!! I’m feeling that ‘bubbly’ rise in my chest just looking at it.

    I’m a superfan of The Good Place and I think I could technically make an argument that 2020 WAS like living in The Good Place, but I don’t want to give any spoilers to your readers… LOL I’ve gotta check out that podcast!

    And. As has already been said. What is life without chocolate cake, anyway? (You KNOW I have several good vegan chocolate cake recipes in my back pocket, lol)

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    1. Hey Jules! If you listen to the podcast, let me know what you think about it.
      I will definitely try one of your vegan cake recipes. I’m actually not vegan. How could I, with all the cheese varieties which exist, I think it would be a sin… Like if France was populated with 90% of George Clooney males and I’d say no, I’d rather have a lookalike (https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/irishman-wins-george-clooney-lookalike-673784 ๐Ÿคฃ ) …
      But I’m always ready for a new food experience!!!

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    1. Thank you Sandy. I’m trying hard to say afloat and keep up with a good spirit. As I was listening to the news this morning on the radio while driving my daughter at the bus station, I realised that it was not even 7am and I had already heard the words virus, death, threat, Trump, impeachment, #meetoo, incest…
      So really, a light post with inspirational photos is the minimum I could do!

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      1. It’s a daily fight. But see, today I was concentrating on the video for Amanda and on a couple odd WordPress projects and it took me through the day. You’re so talented I have no doubts you’ll find inspiration for positive projects too.

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  2. Chocolate cake. Delish. What do I miss the most? Getting together with friends for coffee, being able to go to church to meet new friends now that we’ve moved, travel without thinking about anything Covid-related. Oh, and going to the library in person to browse, not just get books. I’ve been sending postcard and cards, even the occasional letter to brighten people’s day. After all, how often do you get real mail and it’s it a grand feeling when you do? I also avoid news as much as possible while still being informed. ๐Ÿ™‚

    janet

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    1. Getting together with friends for coffee. Aaaaaah can I imagine this has become a fantasy?! Mad, right?! Isn’t it just the definition of “simple pleasure”?

      I’ve tried the postcard/letter thing too but feel very frustrated no getting anything back! I know it should be a selfless act but it gets me down to check my empty mail box every day afterwards !!

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      1. I’ve only gotten back a couple responses, oddly enough from a friend overseas rather than those in the US. But I’ve been keeping at it anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚ Email me your address and I’ll send you a card. My overseas destinations right now are France and Australia. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. 2020 wasn’t an easy year, and it appears that 2021 will be similar…but it is really true that, while we can’t control everything that happens in our lives, it’s our mindset which dictates how we handle it and how we let affect us, whether happiness or despair…I can you’re doing the best you can with what you got, and it’s important to know that you’re not alone. I wish you the best with this year, et prends soin de toi!

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    1. Merci Becca ๐Ÿ˜‰ As I was preparing everybody’s individual lunch packs this morning (always planning healthy varied combos according to my daughter’s vegetarian diet and my hubby’s need for something filling…), I was told “but Mom, I’m eating lunch out today. I don’t need it”. I really had to breathe in, breathe out for a minute in order not to be upset for the whole day. It’s hard enough to be considered as “not essential” by the government in this pandemic world, just a little rejection before 7am would be enough to bring me back to bed to hibernate until this is all over!!!
      So there I am! The house is now all for me. I’m checking my mails and WordPress comments with my second coffee in order to focus on positive communication. Then I’ll be off to the farmer’s market. It’s pouring down outside but fudge it!! I can do it. I can do it. I can do it…
      Bonne journรฉe cocotte ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. I love the idea of a vision board for 2021! I’m going to make one to share on my Facebook ‘One Small Thing’ group – I’m sure it will inspire others to do the same ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you for that brilliant idea!!

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