These days...


I thought I could share a few things that have been going on lately in my side of the world. 

- Learning & discovering. A few weeks back Hannah Marcotti proposed a class called "Surrender." The class finished a few days ago, but I'm half way through. I take my time with this one. It's one the best classes I've taken in a long while. It made me write a lot and I fell in love with my journal, a thin Moleskine: 
I found this idea on Pinterest to stick washi tape on the edges of the pages. Definitely something I'll do again:
And finally, this class made me play with cutting and pasting things from magazines, something I had never done before but that I'll continue to do:

- Goal setting. I discovered this website, Go Mighty, to set goals and keep track, but also connect with people with similar goals. I find it really useful. You can find me here.

- Reading. I just bought Natalie Goldberg's The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language. And as every single book by Natalie Goldberg, I'm discovering new layers to a regular practice of writing. It made me want to make a retreat someday. 

Sabrina S. 


St Emilion #1 (Glitter Girl Challenge)


I'm back with a little scrapbook page made using Glitter Girl's Challenge #61. The point was to dig into our stash and use a quadrant. I had never used that design before and the least I can say is that I love it, though it is difficult to pick the right colors. I had quite a few 6x6 paper pads to choose from, but very few proved "usable." 
I made a LO (=layout, ie a page, in scrapbooking slang) on St Emilion, a medieval village near Bordeaux I like a lot. Great wine, stunning historical landmarks… Walking down its streets is like living in another time altogether. I have quite a few pictures of that village to scrapbook, so I'll complete my album slowly but surely:

That's all for today. This is my last day of winter break. Tomorrow's school again, with hundreds of papers to grade soon… Lucky me ;-)

Sabrina S.


Life-altering losses


"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain" ~ Kahlil Gibran

I love the power of this quote. I strongly believe in its truth. A few days ago, Jennifer from Life After Tampons shared her story of losing her daughter, Grace, how this loss turned her life upside down, and how she turned her grief around to be of service to others. To say that her post struck a chord in me is an understatement. It made me want to write a little bit about my story of loss.

His name was Youenn, we met in high school and we hit it off instantly. He loved talking, he was very learned, and funny, so I became his favorite audience. All in all, our friendship lasted only 3 years and took us through the meanders of adolescence, with its contrasted ups & downs, but above all, we ran the whole gamut from falling in & out of love, and for the last year & a half of his life, the rough roller coaster ride of cancer. A few weeks ago, I made my first page about him:
(LO made thanks to Shimelle's class Scrapbook Remix and some October Afternoon Thrift Shop papers)

This picture was taken before we met and it was given to me by his mum after his death when we met regularly to talk about him and walk through our grief. I don't know if today we'd still be close. He left with many unanswered questions. But what I'll always keep close to my heart is his endless optimism. One week before dying, he was making plans of opening a business. He always fought against the odds (he was deaf), he struggled to be accepted in "normal" schools and to get a good education. He taught me so much; I learned as much from him alive as when he left. 

Grief comes in layers and it took me a very long time to fully appreciate each individual layer. Today, I feel compelled to honor what we had. I have a little professional project in mind that would include working in hospitals with terminally-ill patients. It's a difficult and long road to embark on, but I know I'll get there. In the name of what we went through. In celebration of the good things I learned from him. Because there is always something to celebrate. Until the very last second, we can share, connect, and grow together. 

So Jennifer, Grace has also touched my heart and I hope this post will touch yours as well. If you, readers, ever felt compelled to write a post about YOUR story of loss, don't hesitate to leave a comment so I can read it.

Sabrina S. 


Storytelling Sunday: creating new traditions

Hello everyone,

Today's Storytelling Sunday at Sian's. So grab a cup of something and head to her blog to read other people's contributions. Here's mine:

This year we explore precious things, past or present (at least, that's my reading). This month, I chose one tradition I'm slowly but surely establishing: a Saturday tea/journaling ritual at a special place. I could drink tea at home, but I find that going to a tea place is taking the whole sensory experience to another level (especially if there are some pastries involved ;-)). 

Here is a look at a few of my experiences so far in Bordeaux. First, Couleurs Sucrées, my favorite place of all time. They have traditional and original pastries to go along and it's very cosy. And they sell quality products:

Ailleurs à Bordeaux is a nice place to go too, though it can get crowded and noisy. The decoration and china they use are so old that it's a trip down memory lane or to another time to go there.

Coffea is a franchise, so it doesn't really have any special identity to it, but it's a quiet place to go and it sells awesome tea.
This little Saturday thing is my little self-care bracket in very busy weeks. It is my little indulgence to relax and connect to my writing while being outside. Grateful for what I can enjoy and just to be where I am. I used to hate tea and now I cannot live without it.  
What about you? What are your precious things?

Sabrina S.