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Thank you!

Hello dear readers,

While I am still working on ‘financial ease, wise determination, and steady happiness’ as I mentioned a few months ago, I would love to quickly express my gratitude for the two publications below (thanks to my team as well for staying on top of things and keeping me informed) that found some of my thoughts worth sharing with their readers. The images are clickable.

That’s all I have for now. Lots happening! Best wishes for the rest of the year! XOXO

The mitigated perception of France abroad / La perception mitigée de la France à l’étranger

Hello there briefly!

Bonjour brièvement !

 

While I hope you’re all enjoying a fantastic summer 2024, I’ve made the decision to revisit this old blog post from 2014.

Alors que j’espère que vous passez tous un été fantastique en 2024, j’ai pris la décision de revisiter cet ancien article de blog datant de 2014.

 

This humorous piece is now published in both English and French this time around.

Cette pièce humoristique est désormais publiée à la fois en anglais et en français cette fois-ci.

 

I found it interesting to collect various perspectives from around the world. Of course, certain opinions are generalized and may not represent everyone’s perspective! This short blog post isn’t aiming for a PhD level of depth, just a sprinkle of entertainment.

J’ai trouvé cela intéressant de recueillir diverses perspectives du monde entier. Bien sûr, certaines opinions sont généralisées et peuvent ne pas représenter la perspective de tout le monde ! Ce court billet de blog ne vise pas à être une thèse de doctorat, juste une touche d’amusement.

 

Let’s explore the French culinary excellence (also renowned for its wine and champagne, although we won’t be discussing that part)! Before we proceed, let’s take a moment to address the image… French toasts: the breakfast heroes who turn yesterday’s bread into today’s champions of deliciousness! Some Americans I’ve had the pleasure of meeting have expressed their deep affection for France: Beyond Europe’s highest mountain ranges, they unanimously proclaim France as the ultimate cheese destination and the baguette as a culinary treasure. While a few Swiss acquaintances perceive France as somewhat unsafe and the Belgians describe the French as self-satisfied, inefficient, and disorganized, everyone from these two countries agrees it’s undeniable that France has consistently produced extraordinary chefs crafting exceptional cuisine. There’s just that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ that France brings to every meal! There you go. As you’re aware, this website is copyrighted, so please remember to credit any content you use from here. And if you know the answer to ‘What’s the longest word in the English language?’, you have been following me for a while!

Plongeons dans l’excellence culinaire française (réputée aussi pour son vin et son champagne, bien que nous n’en discuterons pas) ! Avant cela, un petit mot à propos de l’image… Les pains perdus : les héros du petit-déjeuner qui transforment le pain d’hier en les champions de la déliciosité d’aujourd’hui ! Certains Américains que j’ai eu le plaisir de rencontrer ont exprimé leur profonde affection pour la France : Au-delà des plus hautes chaînes de montagnes d’Europe, ils proclament à l’unanimité que la France est la destination ultime du fromage et que la baguette est un trésor culinaire. Alors que quelques connaissances suisses perçoivent la France comme quelque peu dangereuse et que les Belges décrivent les Français comme étant autosatisfaits, inefficaces et désorganisés, tout le monde dans ces deux pays convient qu’il est indéniable que la France a régulièrement produit des chefs extraordinaires créant une cuisine exceptionnelle. Il y a simplement ce certain “je ne sais quoi” que la France apporte à chaque repas ! Voilà. Comme vous le savez, ce site web est protégé par le droit d’auteur, alors n’oubliez pas de créditer tout contenu que vous utilisez d’ici. Et si vous connaissez la réponse à ‘Quel est le mot le plus long de la langue anglaise ?’, vous me suivez depuis un moment !

The French language itself is esteemed worldwide for its elegance and influence in diplomacy, literature, and academia. According to “Insightful,” which features stories, interviews, photography, and videos from around the world (I’m not a loyal reader of the websites mentioned in this article; they’re just here to provide perspectives for this blog post), French is considered the most romantic language in the world. It’s a euphonic language, which means it’s pleasing to the ear, and linguists attribute this to the accent and pronunciation, including the distribution of vowels, soft consonants, and the rhythmic intonation of the language. English speakers have even adopted several French phrases into everyday language, such as ‘fiancée’ and ‘rendezvous’. With all these oh-so-romantic phrases, it’s no wonder French has a reputation as the language of passion. If you’ve stumbled upon this article without knowing me, allow me to introduce myself: I hail from the French Riviera, having spent my formative years in the seaside town of Le Lavandou, Southeastern France. Nowadays, I am splitting my time with my family between Ontario and Florida in North America, and I won’t say more because delving into the details of my whereabouts isn’t quite the focus of this lighthearted blog post.

La langue française elle-même est estimée dans le monde entier pour son élégance et son influence en diplomatie, en littérature et en académie. Selon « Insightful », qui propose des récits, des interviews, des photographies et des vidéos du monde entier (je ne suis pas une lectrice fidèle des sites Web que je mentionne dans cet article, ils sont simplement là pour fournir des perspectives pour ce billet de blog), le français est considéré comme la langue la plus romantique du monde. C’est une langue euphonique, ce qui signifie qu’elle est agréable à l’oreille, et les linguistes attribuent cela à l’accent et à la prononciation, y compris la distribution des voyelles, les consonnes douces et l’intonation rythmique de la langue. Les locuteurs anglais ont même adopté plusieurs expressions françaises dans le langage courant, telles que ‘fiancée’ et ‘rendez-vous’. Avec toutes ces expressions si romantiques, il n’est pas étonnant que le français ait la réputation d’être la langue de la passion. Si vous êtes tombé sur cet article sans me connaître, permettez-moi de me présenter : je viens de la Côte d’Azur française, ayant passé mes années formatrices dans la ville balnéaire de Le Lavandou, dans le sud-est de la France. De nos jours, je partage mon temps avec ma famille entre l’Ontario et la Floride en Amérique du Nord, et je n’en dirai pas plus parce que détailler mes allées et venues n’est pas tout à fait l’objectif de ce billet de blog plein d’humour.

 

While I’ve encountered a plethora of perspectives online on French culture, ranging from Brazilians believing that the French dislike children to a Canadian author in his book ‘Fractured’ likening France to ‘a mouse with the skin of an elephant; America is an elephant with the skin of a mouse!’ and the Japanese viewing the French as patient and cheerful, yet sometimes dirty, brutal, and noisy, while also admiring their art de vivre, elegance, conservatism, and sophistication. From the Dutch point of view, French men are seen as cultured and respectful of human rights. And let’s not even delve into the abundance of cigarette butts littering the streets, indicated by many! However, amidst this diverse array of opinions, there is a common thread: RUDENESS. According to Tripsavvy, a travel site with a team of over 50 writers, Paris takes the cake! Reports suggest that service can be notably rude, with instances of long waits without service or refusal of service for questionable reasons, all while maintaining a hovering presence and a lack of smiles. However, there is a twist: they delve further into the possibility of it being a cultural misunderstanding. It’s worth exploring these nuances, so that the next time you visit Le Louvre, you can enjoy your trip even more.

Alors que j’ai rencontré une multitude de perspectives en ligne sur la culture française, allant des Brésiliens croyant que les Français n’aiment pas les enfants à un auteur canadien dans son livre ‘Fracturé’ comparant la France à ‘une souris avec la peau d’un éléphant; l’Amérique est un éléphant avec la peau d’une souris !’ et les Japonais considérant les Français comme patients et joyeux, bien que parfois sales, brutaux et bruyants, tout en admirant leur art de vivre, leur élégance, leur conservatisme et leur sophistication. Du point de vue néerlandais, les hommes français sont perçus comme cultivés et respectueux des droits de l’homme. Et n’entrons même pas dans le détail de l’abondance de mégots de cigarette jonchant les rues, indiqué par beaucoup ! Cependant, au milieu de cette diversité d’opinions, il y a un fil conducteur : la RUDEUR. Selon Tripsavvy, un site de voyage avec une équipe de plus de 50 rédacteurs, Paris remporte la palme ! Les rapports suggèrent que le service peut être notablement impoli, avec des cas d’attentes prolongées sans service ou de refus de service pour des raisons douteuses, le tout en maintenant une présence oppressante et un manque de sourires. Cependant, il y a un rebondissement : ils explorent davantage la possibilité que ce soit un malentendu culturel. Il vaut la peine d’explorer ces nuances, afin que la prochaine fois que vous visiterez le Louvre, vous puissiez encore plus profiter de votre voyage.

 

Let’s explore the world of pets in this section! According to The Connexion, a newspaper catering to second-home owners and visitors to France, approximately 54% of households in France boast at least one furry companion, often bestowed as gifts for children. While the Australian Shepherd reigns as the top dog breed, cats actually outnumber dogs, with simple moggies being the favored feline choice. In fact, there’s an estimated 13.5 million pet cats in France, doubling the count of their canine counterparts. By the way, every image in this blog post is either mine or royalty-free. For instance, this gif—which I adore because it features my dog’s breed—is from gifdb.

Explorons le monde des animaux de compagnie dans cette section ! Selon The Connexion, un journal destiné aux propriétaires de résidences secondaires et aux visiteurs en France, environ 54 % des foyers en France possèdent au moins un compagnon à fourrure, souvent offert en cadeau aux enfants. Alors que le Berger Australien règne en maître en tant que race de chien la plus populaire, les chats surpassent en nombre les chiens, avec les simples matous étant le choix félin préféré. En fait, on estime qu’il y a 13,5 millions de chats domestiques en France, soit le double du nombre de leurs homologues canins. Au fait, chaque image dans ce billet de blog est soit la mienne soit libre de droits. Par exemple, ce gif — que j’adore parce qu’il représente la race de mon chien — provient de gifdb.

 

Let’s embark on a journey into the world of naturism in this section! Since I’m sparing you from photos of nude individuals, I’ve opted for an image of Bora Bora, a commune of French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France nestled in the Pacific Ocean. The last time I saw naturists was through a series of photos shared with me by a French tutor after attending an exhibition. According to Beach Atlas, a guide specializing in beaches worldwide, France adopts a relatively relaxed attitude towards nudity, acknowledging nudism as a legitimate recreational pursuit. While public nudity isn’t explicitly outlawed in France, there are certain legal and cultural nuances to consider. French law doesn’t frown upon nudity in designated areas like officially recognized nudist beaches and resorts. However, baring it all in public outside of these designated zones might invite legal consequences if it’s deemed exhibitionist or offensive. With numerous nudist beaches dotting its coastline, France offers nudists the chance to soak up the sun and surf sans clothing constraints.

Embarquons pour un voyage dans le monde du naturisme dans cette section ! Comme je vous épargne des photos de personnes nues, j’ai opté pour une image de Bora Bora, une commune de la Polynésie française, un territoire d’outre-mer de la France niché dans l’océan Pacifique. La dernière fois que j’ai vu des naturistes, c’était à travers une série de photos partagées avec moi par un tutrice française après avoir assisté à une exposition. Selon Beach Atlas, un guide spécialisé dans les plages du monde entier, la France adopte une attitude relativement détendue à l’égard de la nudité, reconnaissant le naturisme comme une activité récréative légitime. Bien que la nudité en public ne soit pas explicitement interdite en France, il existe certaines subtilités légales et culturelles à considérer. La loi française ne réprime pas la nudité dans des zones désignées comme les plages nudistes officiellement reconnues et les centres de vacances. Cependant, se dénuder en public en dehors de ces zones désignées pourrait entraîner des conséquences juridiques si cela est considéré comme exhibitionniste ou offensant. Avec de nombreuses plages naturistes parsemant son littoral, la France offre aux naturistes la possibilité de profiter du soleil et des vagues sans les contraintes des vêtements.

 

As an international businesswoman, duty calls! It’s time to pack our bags and hop on our beloved family plane. Thank you for the thousands of visits and kind comments over the years; they haven’t gone unnoticed and have brightened my daily life.

En tant que femme d’affaires internationale, le devoir m’appelle ! Il est temps de préparer nos valises et de monter à bord de notre avion de famille bien-aimé. Merci pour les milliers de visites et les commentaires bienveillants au fil des ans ; ils n’ont pas été ignorés et ont illuminé mon quotidien.

 

To conclude with a little confession, it was liberating to embrace imperfection and publish this article as is. And no, no, the blogging hiatus is not over!

Pour finir avec une petite confession, c’était libérateur de laisser aller mon perfectionnisme et de simplement publier cet article tel quel. Et non, non, la pause dans le blogging n’est pas terminée !

 

This summer is absolutely stunning. Amazing health, elevated house, lovely trips, etc.

Cet été est tellement magnifique. Santé incroyable, maison élégante, voyages charmants, etc.

 

And you, what do you think?

Et vous, qu’en pensez-vous ?

White sand beach

Up next: me enjoying a refreshing iced matcha or a big glass of orange juice while surrounded by the beauty of a North American paradise. Growing up by the Mediterranean Sea from day zero to my twenties in Le Lavandou, I’ve begun to miss those tranquil waters and sandy beaches more and more in my daily routine. As I’ve explained before, I’ve been traveling professionally or personally across three countries (Canada, the United States, France), two of which are vast—and I have now found in my organization some sort of stability and new luxury that I would like to bring closer to a touristic scenery similar to the one I am accustomed to, with the likes of my better half too. I’d love to convey that I’m gradually embracing the journey to motherhood (which encompasses shaping my mindset, thoroughly educating myself, and considering money aspects), envisioning our future bundle of joy thriving in this kind of environment, whether on a full-time or part-time basis. Furthermore, I eagerly anticipate the moment when I can proudly declare, ‘I have been living in [PLACE] beach resort for ages’ once again. While I’m hitting pause on this blog, my intention is to make a triumphant return in a few years with financial ease, wise determination, and steady happiness. And when the stars align, I may even be sharing the journey of living out one of my dreams – creating joyful memories with my family on a breathtaking white-sand beach. To 2024 and beyond!

List of female songwriters

Images From My Life Over The Beginning of This Decade

Once again, I am sharing pictures…of this new decade this time. The 20s were professional, warm, beautiful, musical, spicy, frugal, amusing, as well as pressing and absurd at times. And as chapters closed, new ones opened! Welcome to the 30s!
 
Cotton. We welcomed an adorable cloud of marshmallow fluff at home. 🥺
Three books were absolutely essential to me: “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel; “S’épanouir” by Martin E P Seligman; “How Brands Grow: What Marketers Don’t Know” by Byron Sharp. 📚 Education has played a significant role in my life, as evidenced by my graduation with a Bachelor’s degree and an MBA.🎓 
Now onto the musical part. Not only did we help numerous music lovers with their music needs, but we also scaled this company from nothing to a million-dollar business. 🎵
La joie de vivre, à entretenir. 🌟
This reminds me of our honeymoon after officially marrying my favorite human being. 👰 🤵
Since I like to revisit older pictures from time to time, these are two collages of some of the images I didn’t publish on my blog in the 2010s: Giving a T.V. interview in Prince Edward Island, Canada; A prolific afternoon conversation at SOCAN’s headquarter; One of our meetings with Mathew Knowles; Our talk at CMW (Canadian Music Week) and meeting dear childhood friends in Toronto, Canada; Playing basketball in Palm Springs, U.S.A., and chilling at GRAMMY Museum L.A., U.S.A.; 193 km from Le Lavandou is Monaco (officially the Principality of Monaco) on the French Riviera in Western Europe; Et autres pépites.

“Friends are those rare people who ask how we are, and then wait to hear the answer.’ – Ed Cunningham
My two pets getting along (I love them so much!). ✨

Now settled in beautiful Canada (after Chris and I were selected among the first 100 Startup VISA Canada recipients in 2016). There was nowhere I would rather be than in our lakefront summer cottage in the Great White North around that time. Not-so-random fact: Canada relies chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks. 🐝  ⛰️

One of my absolute favorite places on Earth, V-town during sunset.
Water activities are way too fun (parascending, hydrobikes, jet skis, sailing, engins tractés). Ocean waves, fresh air, messy hair. No expectation to meet, grumpy people looking for trouble, or perfect standards to match. J’en redemande encore.
Together, we are nearing completion of our goal to visit the 50 US states and the 10 Canadian provinces. ❤️
This place held countless beautiful memories that I will forever cherish. The images above have been prepared in advance and are now being published along with this last photo to conclude this thoughful blog post! I am truly grateful for the peaceful sleeps it has provided, the inspiring view that accompanied my work, the moments of exploring interior design, the boat tour organized by our kind neighbour, the hours spent contemplating the future, and even the unexpected situations of frustration that revealed a new protective side (let’s just say I’ve learned and repeated a few colorful words). The time has come to embrace new experiences while still embodying effortless professionalism and beauty…
Female stereotypes are not okay

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Hello my dear readers,

How is everyone doing?

For the newcomers, I am Mylène Besançon, the Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Tunedly. I jointly wore the hat of Branding Mentor in the areas of wellness, education, and entertainment to explore my horizon, before refocusing on Tunedly’s expansion (and its subsidiary, Bring My Song To Life). I was listed among several “Limit-breaking Female Founders” as well as US Insider’s Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs, and I have been featured in Billboard, Style Magazine, Yahoo, and other outlets. I am also a published author at Thrive Global and Symphonic Distribution, as well as being a speaker at CMW.

I currently live in Canada, having been selected among the first 100 Startup VISA Canada recipients. I was part of the team as a co-founder that was picked for U.S. accelerators (StartFast in New York, US; Capital Innovators in Missouri, US; Expert Dojo in California, US) among thousands of applicants worldwide. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, I grew up in Le Lavandou in the South of France, “la cité des dauphins et des baleines“. I received a BA in Foreign Language and Business Studies from Université Sud Toulon-Var and an MBA in Marketing from Dublin Business School.

I am also leading/participating in a number of projects I am proud of, which I don’t necessarily put forward because people seem to bear interest and congratulate me on the above. Your story might be different and I hope it is.

Chris is every single day by my side (and vice-versa, duh). His website is https://chriserhardt.com. Confident, insecure, hopeful, anxious, comfortable, meager, equal, unequal, creative, uninspired, we have been through a lot of phases since we met in Europe, built our company and team, been invited and moved to North America, fulfilled diverse types of requirements, bettered ourselves, kept everything on track, married traditionally on our lakefront land, and everything in between.

I keep my promise: harmony is all I am standing by for this new decade (I used ‘harmony’ entre autres as a winkle to the music industry: a pleasing combination and progression of chords).

Are you ready for my last post for years to come here – maybe even forever? The time has come for me to pause this blog, which has been helpful along the way. As time passed, the focus shifted through several perspectives, including:

  • educational
  • highlighting my job
  • proving a point
  • helping to keep up with my English proficiency (American East Coast is my favorite)
  • keeping my audience engaged
  • because I felt like writing/publishing articles contributed to my steadiness with many changes around me (travels, people, culture, climate, food, expectations, world crisis/peace, financial risks/rewards, etc) – and more in between.

Finally, the blog is something gratifying for me to look back on as an accomplishment.

Hoping (and triggering the odds!) that this post-COVID decade will bring happiness to you all, as well as adventures, beauty, music, money, passion, fulfillment, and a deepening appreciation of our planet and its wonders.

As usual, comments are here if you are visiting from mylenebesancon.com/myblog. For disclosure, this blog post was scheduled weeks in advance.

 

Bits of Marketing Jargon 

Explaining what a few popular marketing jargons really mean.

Making Your Songwriting Ideas Work

Songwriting ideas aren’t always easy to come by, but there are things you can do to ensure they keep coming.

Inside the Art of Songwriting 

I am the type who likes listening to feel-good songs with well-written lyrics; I extended my repertoire for this article.

French Jokes

If you’re looking for some laughs, I would recommend this snippet of French humor.

14 Soul-loving Songs that Will Boost Your Confidence

Here’s to turning that frown upside down – go ahead and crank the music up.

How To Write a Great Chorus 

Here are some tips that might help if you are a songwriter who sometimes has trouble writing memorable choruses.

How Record Labels Shape Artist Images 

Record labels have a lot of influence over the image an artist portrays, as you will see in this article.

⚡  Why Radio Stations Play The Same Songs Over And Over  

There is a reason why you keep hearing the same set of songs on the radio over and over again.

Smile And The World Smiles With You 

Explaining the power of a smile, so you can do it more often.

Moviepass and Sinemia 

What’s the state of movie subscription services, especially in light of the current world situation?

How to Answer Short Answer Questions (MBA) 

I draw on my own MBA experience to help you with answering short-answer questions when applying for one.

A Story of Priorities And Sand 

Here is a life lesson on priorities that might be helpful.

My Canary Islands Experience 

Read about my Canary Islands experience and why I enjoyed my time spent there.

⚡  When I Was Younger

Bits of my 0.01 trips a few years ago, a time when I was discovering/reviving passions with the help of tech.

Making Better Decisions After Envisioning Your Senior Self

And maybe how to be in love with your future self?

Snapshots From My Life Over The Past Decade 

Just a few snapshots of the many things that happened in my life over the past decade.

Images From My Life Over The Past Decade 

This is part two of showing you a bit of what I have been up to over the past decade. Enjoy! 

Below are a few mentions, features, and other links outside of my articles: 

21 Best Mylène Besançon Inspirational Quotes 21 of the most memorable inspirational thoughts shared by CMO and Co-founder of Tunedly, Mylene Besancon. — — — Mylène Besançon, A Successful Lady Who Stays Upbeat This interview covers my businesses, my studies, my travels, and my family. — — — Interview de Mylène Besançon Conversation en anglais traduite en français sur Le Monde Du Luxe. — — — The Importance of Developing a Standout Brand in the Music Business If you are interested in the subject of branding, this might be helpful to you. — — — Rencontre avec Mylène Besançon, PDG From using technology to being a CEO, we delved deeply into interesting topics. — — — 8 Branding Experts to Follow Asap Tunedly co-founder Mylène Besançon, with her academic and professional experience in marketing, as well as her contributions to various publications and world travels, sets herself apart as one of the top branding experts to follow. — — — 12 Efficiency Mantras “Mantra: Calm is a superpower. “In the past, I would worry over all the tasks on my to-do list, which I later realized was overwhelming and unnecessary,” says Mylène Besançon. — — —  Say It With A Song If you are inspired by someone and would like to give them the gift of a song, this article is for you.  — — —  YouTube Check out my personal YouTube channel for cool videos and updates. You might just learn something new about me. — — —  Sharing Shopplax When I get older, I hope to still be myself, of course, but also look up to my role models from time to time, including my mom, my grandma, Arianna Huffington, and other great women. — — —  Pinterest I’m not exactly active on Pinterest but you never know, I could use it in the future, so you can follow me on there if you like. — — —  LinkedIn Connect with me on LinkedIn for useful content and updates on branding and marketing. — — — Any Decision… Isn’t he sweet? — — — MyOpportunity The AI approach taken by MyOpportunity really makes a difference when looking for opportunities online, whether trying to find a job, hire someone, or grow your network. — — — Crunchbase  Such a great resource for getting information about businesses and startups. — — — F6 If you are a startup founder looking for ways to grow your business and connect with like minds, joining F6S is a must these days. — — — Not Another Gift Card Say Happy Birthday to a special someone in a very special way – with a customized Birthday Song. — — — Film Daily You don’t have to be a musician to create your very own song. Find out how to make “wow” moments with custom songs by Bring My Song To Life. — — — Mylene Besancon Follow me on Instagram to stay up to date with my latest moves. — — — Making The Music Industry More Financially Accessible Here is a detailed story about how Tunedly started and where it is now. New number: We produced 6,000+ songs to date. — — — StartFast An oldie but a goodie. — — — Limit Breaking Female Founders Here is that time I was named a “Limit Breaking Female Founder.  — — — Billion Success Really grateful to be a featured entrepreneur on the Billion Success platform. — — — US Insider’s Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs How awesome?

With that said, I am tapping into my “inspiration” days (Thrive Global 2017 article): “My advice is to keep doing what you love and the inspiration will kick in somewhere along the line, bringing with it the magic you’re searching for.”

Family + Work + Hobbies + Friends + Accomplishments. A seamlessly tranquil loving life, quoi. And I love it.

Stay healthy, amplify your creativity, have a nice attitude, and all the best on your own journey.

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ABOUT ME / À PROPOS 

‘Mylène’s Blog’ gives you an answer to something you’ve been curious about. I co-founded Tunedly and BringMySongToLife.com (you’ll find something you love on either of the two websites).  The Homepage of my website is the best place to learn about me. Homepage LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Instagram Gallery  

Life unfair

Making Better Decisions After Envisioning Your Senior Self

Welcome (back) dear readers,
 
 
One and a half years after it began, the Covid-19 pandemic situation is nearly over. 🎉  😌
 
On an unrelated note, I would like to address a deep-seated topic today: taking ownership of your senior self.
 
My grandma pulled off to travel safely from Europe to North America, at age 80; she shops for groceries and clothes by herself; she visits friends in PACA (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France); she is in total control of how her money is spent; she uses basic technology in order to stay in touch with her granddaughter and relatives; she takes care of her immaculate home where she wants to stay in until heaven takes her; and so on.
 
As a minor, we get used to letting other people make decisions for us. This is mainly because a minor is under the age of full legal responsibility.
As an adult, we need to make our own decisions. Otherwise, you let others run your life which is awful. IMO, create the experiences you want and work backward.
 
At 80+, I envision myself going back and forth between our family homes, with my husband – until heaven takes us as well; I will still have projects to complete to keep me busy, active, and useful; I will continue to eat healthily; I will reevaluate what great habits look like at that time; I will switch between French (from France) and English (from NY, U.S.) languages masterfully for that age, with the occasional ludicrous slips; I will leave if I don’t feel comfortable somewhere and stay if the environment is enjoyable; I will certainly manage my finances as I please; I will look back and look forward enthusiastically.
 
Voilà another article written from beginning to end by a woman with a lot more adventures in her journey before reaching this age. I am young and I feel young. I will keep on shaping myself. My daily life is heartening in this single-family home community with a stunning lake view. On my list of tasks, today, are: diminishing my natural enthusiastic French gesture for work as advised, delegating better, reorganizing my to-do list, learning history dates for a test, calling my parents to organize our next visit to the South of France, faire des petites bêtises de notre génération avec des amis, reading a book on happiness and personal growth, pricking potatoes with Chris to place a layer of cream and pour duck confit, and giving pet food to our Domestic cat and Samoyed puppy.
 
ONE LIFE. JUST ONE. 💡 ✔️
 

 

◩ ABOUT ME / À PROPOS ◪

‘Mylène’s Blog’ gives you an answer to something you’ve been curious about. ⑇ Are you a songwriter or have friends who are? I co-founded Tunedly, a selective music publishing and recording studio. ⑇ The Homepage of my website is the best place to learn about me. Homepage LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Instagram Gallery  ⑇ Meaning of my first name: Mylène is the contraction of two first names: Marie, derived from Maryam, “the one who raises” in Hebrew, and Hélène, of Greek origin, meaning “the radiance of the sun”.

Mylene

Where trouble is, far I shall be

Unless it’s a compelling, problem-solving case. And if I have free time.

I am preparing two (potentially three) lengthy blog posts. In the meantime, there is the news:

New adjective-based, professional assessment below.

Feedback 1: Intelligent; Witty; Classy
Feedback 2: Smart; Studious; Motivated
Feedback 3: Curious; Successful
Feedback 4:
Intelligent; Passionate; Serious; Creative; Motivated; Pretty

It’s going to be difficult to top this in the future.

I am presently not playing with the latest tech tools; not having a personal assistant; not trying to fit in in a different environment because I am at home; not having English pronunciation courses so I can order dynamic sushis instead of dynamite sushis; not researching topics to write about. In all honesty, our gentle puppy is rightfully requiring a lot of my attention.

My near relatives (in North America and in Europe) and I are in tip-top condition. What more could one ask for?

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ABOUT ME / À PROPOS 

‘Mylène’s Blog’ gives you an answer to something you’ve been curious about. Are you a songwriter or have friends who are? I co-founded Tunedly, a selective music publishing, recording studio, and audio player. The Homepage of my website is the best place to learn about me. Homepage LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Instagram Gallery  

Mylene

Just right. Not too little, not too much.

Cherishing the relationship with my husband and those I love, improving my work-life balance, nurturing interests and studying, making good money, freeing my home from clutter and welcoming newer ways, savoring yummy food, enjoying healthy exercise, maintaining privacy, spending time in nature with my family and friends, living a happier and fulfilling life.

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World Book Day

My Top 7 Reads for World Book Day

Today is World Book Day. It’s a special day for me because it’s a time to celebrate books, authors and, of course, reading. About 100 countries take part in World Book Day each year. As you’ve probably guessed, I love to read books…especially the traditional type. I believe I’m like most of you in that regard, according to the New York Times; I read more printed books than e-books. That’s why, today, I’m sharing with you my seven favorite paperback books, ranging from productivity to wellness. I’ll share the Amazon links, so you can check them out yourself. Here goes:

 

LEARNED OPTIMISM – HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND AND YOUR LIFE, by Martin E. P. Seligman: With a more joyful outlook on life, the author explains that we are in a much better position to enhance our well-being.

GOAL BETTER (A PRODUCTIVITY JOURNAL), by Modern Script Designs: Essentially, it will become YOUR book. 

DOMINEZ VOTRE ANXIÉTÉ AVANT QU’ELLE NE VOUS DOMINE, by Albert Ellis: In the pursuit of wanting to become a better person, a better wife, a better professional, a better creative, a better friend, a better daughter, a better tourist,  etc…some chapters are helping me. Apart from jetlags, this book gives me excuses to have more fun and not care so much – especially if I know I am doing the best I can every single day. J’ai une routine du tonnerre

LONELY PLANET CALIFORNIA 8th Ed, by Andrea Schulte-Peevers: My daydreams consist of the sound of ocean waves, beautiful landscapes, nonalcoholic cocktails, plenty of sunshine, bright colors, a zest of philosophy, baguettes and croissants, a ton of romance, dynamic music, gentle pranks, smooth horseback riding, sweetness and appreciation…and California, at the moment.

CONTENT MACHINE, by Dan Norris: For those of you who want to excel at content marketing, this is worth a read. How I perceive marketing has fluctuated over the past few years. As a result, I took back older books that I used to love and they invigorated me to go forward.

CANDIDE, by Voltaire: A classic piece of satirical work required as a school reading, penned by a truly great author and which has stood the test of time. 

SO GOOD THEY CAN’T IGNORE YOU, by Cal Newport: Is life about loving what you do or doing what you love?

 

Bonuses (not available in the paperback format as of yet):

THE ART OF DIPLOMACY, by Bruce Heyman: The book will bring you one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world—the relationship between Canada and the US.

THE MOMENT OF LIFT, by Melinda Gates: The book introduces us to remarkable women and shows the power of connecting with one another.

Happy reading!

 

◩ ABOUT ME / À PROPOS ◪

‘Mylène’s Blog’ gives you an answer to something you’ve been curious about. ⑇ I co-founded Tunedly and BringMySongToLife.com (you’ll find something you love on either of the two websites) ⑇ The Homepage of my website is the best place to learn about me. Homepage LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Instagram Gallery

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Quick notes 2

  • As much as my twenties were about evaluating what is really for me, my thirties are about commitment.
  • In case my demanding career, trendy/absurd safe games, narrative endeavors, innovative experiments, creative sparks, among others, have taken over my writings, I just would like to say that I deeply love Chris. I am very lucky to forge so many memories with a clever and patient human being. Even if we do e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. together, wearing a meaningful ring does make a difference in how I think from the moment I get up in the morning, honestly.
  • There is nothing like home. We have our healthy habits, we know the community, and we are just happy. Although not right now, I will be thrilled to travel afar again with my people.
  • Changes are most likely coming: I am working with a new Seattle-based professional who advises me to have my social media channels run differently. I am aware they have been all over the place (youth?) so I would like them to reflect maturity.
  • Remember the small conflicts you had with students and colleagues, in college and at the beginning of your career? You will become too absorbed in the realization of your dreams, and your family’s, to not keep situations amiable.
  • The environment I am in is stimulating: I am surrounded by inspiring entrepreneurs from all over the world.
  • Aren’t you already winning at life if you keep the “I did the best I could” mindset? This frame of mind really set in 2020.
  • Healthy from head to toe, I feel particularly blessed. Une meilleure santé est essentielle au bonheur et au bien être.
  • Maybe it won’t be cool to run a blog, let’s say in 10 years, but I am personally glad I started one.

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◩ ABOUT ME / À PROPOS ◪

‘Mylène’s Blog’ gives you an answer to something you’ve been curious about. ⑇ I co-founded Tunedly, go sign up at tunedly.com! ⑇ The Homepage of my website is the best place to learn about me. ⑇