It’s been exactly one month since my last post, where I was motivated to write by the unfortunate happenings in Boston. One month may not seem long to some, but to me it felt like an eternity.
This blog started out being a window into my world for friends and family who were curious about the many travels of a qualitative market researcher. When I moved abroad, it became a source of entertainment for those who wanted to experience life in Paris vicariously through me. Over time, it has evolved into somewhat of a resource for expats, or those planning to become one, who are looking for someone or something to connect with as they embark on the unique experience of learning a new set of cultural rules.
While I am happy with this evolution and love connecting with other bloggers and readers who share similar experiences, I’ve noticed that this change in audience has affected my writing. I started out writing about things I thought were interesting or beautiful or frustrating, and now feel that I write about what other people might think is interesting, beautiful or frustrating. Professionally, this is the way of the world. But it has made this site, my personal blog, feel like a chore. So I’ve decided that I need to make a change.
The Perpetual Passenger means more to me than just sharing pretty photos from the exotic places I visit. The soul of this blog comes from the idea that we are all on a journey in life, and I want to participate in, appreciate and share mine. With this in mind, I’m going to make an effort to write more honestly. Most of you probably won’t notice much of a change, considering I’ll still be writing about many of the same topics (and there are certainly some posts of mine that have been far from sugar-coated). But from my perspective, I hope to convey more of myself through my writing, here, and to get back to enjoying writing about being a Perpetual Passenger.
I’ve still got plenty to write about from recent romps around France, and a few personal updates, too. Here’s a look at what’s been going on (and what’s coming up):
- Most of you already know, but the big news item in my life is that I have been accepted to present a paper on the importance of research in local language at one of the biggest international market research conferences in the world! I’ll be presenting in September in Istanbul (!), and am spending most of my free time these days preparing my paper and presentation. You can check out a description of what I’ll be presenting here.
- The Frog Prince and I recently traveled to the land of wine and mustard (Burgundy), and I’m excited to show off this part of France.
- We also visited Normandy with some friends, and saw some beautiful seaside sites and WWII-related memorials.
- During the course of all of this, I’ve crossed quite a few things off of My List! More to come on which things I’ve done, and how it all went down.
- We have been kicking around the idea of sharing recipes, so that our friends and family can see what we eat and maybe try whipping up a few of these dishes themselves. I’m hoping to share some of the Frog Prince’s yummiest creations!
Thanks to anyone who still reads this thing for bearing with me as I reclaim my blog. I’m looking forward to writing what’s on my mind, and not trying to predict what’s on yours. 🙂
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I feel a lot of internal pressure, in writing and in person, to present that “everything is clean and rosy” picture. But I’m a lot more interested in others when they /don’t/ do that!
So true – I feel the same! I find that even with close friends, I have a hard time admitting if everything isn’t perfect. But I don’t want to contribute to the social media brainwashing that’s happening where people are convinced that the world is great and if they struggle they are the only ones…
I am so happy that you are doing this! I look forward to reading about the things YOU find interesting! Also, I love the idea of having some of your recipes!
There are many days I want to kill my blog…I’m glad you are going to stick around.
Glad you are doing what you feel is right! I’m looking forward future posts! xxoo
Terrific new venture Nikki, and please, share recipes!!