A Sweet Last Day at Contract Live


As anyone who read my last blog post knows, Friday was my last day at Contract Live. Before I share pictures from my going-away party, I’d like to briefly explain the reason for my departure.

The short of it is that it just wasn’t the right startup for me. My bosses and I agreed that someone else would be a better match for the startup and the position, so we’re leaving on very good terms =]

This was a very interesting first experience working in France: I got a great introduction into French startups, learned a lot about how things work here, and had a very intelligent boss to learn all sorts of things from. It may not be the best place for me, but I definitely don’t perceive it as time wasted and will keep some nice memories!

So now it’s time to get back out there and look for work =] Do let me know if you hear of any Bay Area startups looking for someone to come in and help with comm., social media and e-marketing, amongst other things O=]

I’m still waiting on pictures (and videos ;D) to come in from coworkers, but here’s a sneak peak and I’ll update this post once I have everything.

I hid Kinder Surprise (Yum!) eggs all over our office for everyone to find in an early Easter celebration! There was one hidden in the printer O=D

Bowser laid an egg!

Project Happy: I have 2 moments to share from today.

1.) I had tons of fun riding on the back of a friend’s motorcycle all over Paris. We drove alongside the Seine River to go to the Eiffel Tower =]

2.) That same friend told me I seemed like an energetic, smart kid and that I’d be going places, so he’d like me to hit him up when I decide to start my own business (I’m sooo flattered he thinks I have so much potential and have what it takes to create my own startup <3)

What about you? Tell me about a nice moment you had today =]

A Pre-Summer Night’s Adventure


It’s not spring yet, but the weather has been heavenly these evenings in Paris, and what better way to celebrate those glorious nights than with a nice, long walk and a tasty Japanese dinner?

Throughout the night, I somehow managed to meet Luigi…

Oh yes, he's real!

… and discover that even famous French macaron-master Ladurée can’t resist Hello Kitty’s charm.

If you've never had a macaroon, I highly recommend you do; they're delicious!! Especially the ones at Ladurée ❤

See, she agrees!

Project Happy: it felt amazing to quit my job today (more details to come later.) I had no idea I would feel THIS relieved, happy and free =]

The Happiness Project


The last few weeks have been rather stressful, and it felt great to get all that positive feedback on my last post so, inspired by the Delivering Happiess Movement, I’m going to start my own little Happiness Project.

It’s nothing much, just a small daily effort to notice at least one nice moment. Noticing those times has helped me keep a positive attidude the last few weeks, and I’d like to hear more about all of yours too, so I’m going to try to post a little blurb at the end of my blog post every day remembering at least one good thing from that day and invite you to share yours with me too =]

I’ve noticed that, since I started doing, I’ve become much more conscious of all the good things in my life. At first, I only noticed one thing each day, but now I notice several! I hope you’ll do this with me and that it’ll bring you more happiness too =]

So, for yesterday’s moment: while I was handing out badges for Startups for business (which went well–I’ll post something about it later), there were some lulls since most people arrived by the time the event was under way, so I got to hang out downstairs by myself for a few hours. During that time, a Chinese couple wandered in looking for Printemps, a fancy French department store. They were lost so I took a look at their map, showed off my complete lack of directions, and went outside to find someone who could help them. It turned out someone was going that way and offered to walk them there =D Now that was a great use of my time ❤

The Printemps store they were looking for

What about you? What made you happy today? What nice moment did you have?

Quick Vacation at My Other Grandparents’ House


I’ve been busy working on my CV (cutticulum vitae–European version of a resume)  and cover letter, researching job openings, and taking care of administrative chores to set myself up in France while staying at my maternal grandparents’ house, but I finally got the chance to go visit my other grandparents. I took  the opportunity to take a few pictures to show you their cute apartment and kitty =3

Speaking of the kitty... I found a cute little present when I entered my room! His name is Douxchat.

Douxchat was very sweet and played top model for me throughout my short stay.

He likes to take naps on my grandpa's desk...

... play on my grandma's piano...

... and have tea time in the living room with my grandparents!

And there you have it! A quick tour of my grandparents’ apartment as Douxchat sees it =]

Here Piggy, Piggy, Piggy! And a New Post on Trint!


Fresh pig, here I come! This weekend, my grandparents decided that they would like to take me to eat (super) fresh pig at a cute little farm. The thing was almost still alive when we ate it! They killed the poor piggy just a few hours earlier that same day and cooked it BBQ style (NOT with BBQ sauce mind you, this is France after all O=]) on a spit.

Check out the pictures!

Isn't that a good-looking pig?!

Here's a closer look

Besides pig, there were also delicious home-made terrines & rillettes.

Terrines & rillettes

Last but not least, here’s a picture of the beautiful farm where we ate.

The cute farm where we ate

And don’t forget to check out my 3rd entry at trint.me’s Love Blog!

There are Such CUTE Things in France!


I don’t have much to say about the last 2 days since I mostly ran around taking care of errands, but I DID go shopping today and I saw tons of cute stuff! I actually thought I would be bored since I was just going to follow my grandmother around because I didn’t need to buy anything, but I actually had fun. Here are my favorite findings =]

Aren't these adorable?!

Can you tell what these are from the picture? They’re animal earmuffs ^^ I found them at this really cute small shop where they sold bags, notepads and costume jewelry/hair accessories. I now know where to go if I’m ever invited to a costume party!

These are for Katie because she loves bunnies!

I saw this and immediately thought of my friend Katie–look Katie! Now you’re going to have to come visit me in France =]

And last but not least…

More bunnies!

Who knows what this is? Special prize for the first person who guesses correctly in the blog message box.

I’m going to a BBQ where we’re going to be roasting a live pig tonight  (=/ poor piggy…) so I’ll do my best to take some interesting pictures and keep all of you posted about my adventures in France.

I’m in France!!


Hi everyone, I made it! I arrived in Paris yesterday morning and spent most of the day trying not to nap (and failing miserably.)

My very early morning at the airport was super hectic! We arrived later than we planned and were looking for the Delta kiosk instead of the American Airways one since I somehow confused muself. Then I couldn’t find the paper with my flight info… but thankfully I did eventually find it at the bottom of my bag. By then it was pretty much time to leave and I had to say goodbye to everyone.

Brian, Tommie, Rachel and Carlos, thank you so much for coming to see me off! I know it was really early and I truly appreciate it =] And Alex, you’re going to have to come visit me very soon because I don’t know how long I can keep missing you before I go insane!

The flight went really well. I wasn’t able to get into business in either but the people I sat next to were great and I slept quite a bit. I ended up having some very interesting conversations with a cognitive behavior grad student ftom San Diego who’s going to be teaching English with 150 other young Americans in Paris this coming year (yes Nafees, we just met and I’m already mentioning you in my blog!)

I’m glad I’ve already made a new friend here! It’s hopefully going to make the trantision easier and help me miss all the amazing people I left behind in California a little bit less (not that I could ever forget about all of you.)

My first day in France was pretty laid back. I arrived at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport at 7am nice and groggy. I ate and slept a lot, went on a walk with my grandmother and unpacked most of my luggage.

There's a merry-go-round in Rambouillet's square

Today I went to Rambouillet (check out the picture!) to take care of my social security and open a bank account. The bank we went to was awesome. They also offer many other services like insurance and cell phone plans so I got a plan and am going to be using my grandpa’s old cell phone. With my plan I’ll get unlimited texting to everywhere in the world so make sure you get my number if you want to keep in touch!

I’ll see if I can go take some pictures of the cute country-side town my grandparents live in for you guys soon.

Love,

Anne-Sophie