The Friendliest Island in the Atlantic

When I made the decision to go into business for myself, my mom was not only my biggest cheerleader but also my first client. Her own small business, STEPS for Kids, Inc, was in need of some direction on marketing and business development. So one day in March, we met for lunch at Panera to dig into how I might be able to help.

To my surprise and delight, our work meeting went well and my insights and recommendations proved to be helpful enough that I’m still working with her today on social media and email marketing. It’s been a win/win arrangement, as I’ve got the client work to keep busy with and she’s able to move these efforts off her own plate so she can focus on the work of growing the business.

I think it was at that first lunch that she mentioned that she’d been booked to present at a conference in Bermuda in late July. It would be her first trip abroad with the wildly successful class she’s been teaching and touring with for over a year now. I immediately insisted she extend her flights and take a few days to enjoy the beach while she was there. How could you not?!

Not long after mentioning the trip, she messaged me one morning to ask if I might be interested in joining her. YES is be my answer! And with that, we set to booking flights and lodging and learning as much as we could about what to do in Bermuda (which, honestly, I had to look up on a map…). Continue reading “The Friendliest Island in the Atlantic”

Paris Part Sept (Marché Mouffetard, Jardin du Luxembourg and Home)

This is the final post in a seven-part series about my trip to Paris. Read the other posts here.

My last day in Paris had finally arrived, much as I willed it not to. I was still pretending like the cold I was coming down with didn’t exist, and I was determined to make the most of one last wonderful (and finally sunny!) day in the city.

As I’d poked around for ideas beyond galleries and museums, I stumbled onto a post about Hemingway’s Paris and flagged it for future reference. It highlights an area of the city I hadn’t otherwise covered, and included a chance to wander through one of the many open markets in the city where Parisians, you know, shop. One of my favorite aspects of the whole trip was this kind of everyday business, in between the touristy moments, just watching as folks went about their daily lives.

It was a quick train ride over to the 5th Arrondissement and Marché Mouffetard, a pedestrian street market open most mornings that starts at a small plaza with a fountain at the center of it and winds uphill towards the Latin Quarter.

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Paris Part Six (The Louvre)

This is part six of a seven-part series on my trip to Paris. Read the other parts here.

When I first moved to New York, one of my early adventures was spending an entire day at the Met. I walked every nook and cranny until my legs ached, soaking up gallery after gallery. On my first trip to Paris, the Louvre was top of my Must See list, entering the palace of art and glimpsing masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.

Unfortunately, that trip was so short that really, those were the only things I saw at the Louvre then. I didn’t get to dig into the full museum the way I wanted to.

That, friends, is what a Saturday in Paris is made for.

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