It is official! I am a graduated Beautiful You Life Coach! The past six months were just incredible. I learnt so much and to top it off, we met in the beautiful (is it real?) city of Paris/France for the Beautiful You Inspiration Day.
In this post I wanted to share my feelings with you I had over the past four days. I am currently sitting in the Business Lounge at the airport Charles de Gaulle in Paris waiting for my flight back to Zurich. Exhausted. Burnt out. And it is supposed to be the start of my two weeks of holidays!
But everything in order!
I worked in the office until 4pm and headed to the airport. As I’ve booked business class, I could sit in the SWISS Lounge. It was really cool. The flight went smooth. I arrived safely and excited at the airport. I knew my route I had to take with the train to get to my appartment which I rented over AirBnB.
Sitting in the train and taking the underground metro I had a little cultural shock. Honestly! I live in Switzerland. The neighbour state of France. It was worse than I imagined. You could feel all the hate, the anxiety and the tension.
Friday was a great day! We had the lovely venue of “Maison de Polytéchniciens”. It was a lovely old building and I got to know all my beautiful trainers and my fellow coaches I trained with the past six months. It was a day full of laughter, connection and emotion.
We had the beautiful Chantelle Adams and Rebecca Campbell as guest speakers. They are both incredible women! I can’t describe how they changed my point of view of my life.
At the end of the event it was time for graduation! Everyone could get a photo with Julie and give her more hugs! I heard Julie gives the best hugs in the world! She does!
In the evening there was an optional river cruise on the Seine, the river through Paris. We had a three course dinner and so much fun!
My head felt like it is going to explode in the evening. I do not have any problems speaking and understanding English. But as it is not my first language my head was so tired! I fell in my bed and fell asleep literally before even touching the pillow.
We were supposed to do a picnic in the “Jardin des Tuileries”. The garden in front of the Louvre. The weather wasn’t that nice so we headed into a little coffee shop. It felt like they were doing the revenue of the week 🙂 We were over 25 people! Julie has even spoiled us with some Macarons!
We said goodbye to each other and I went strolling around Paris by myself.
In the evening, I met my fellow coaching friend, Mirjam for a spontaneously meet up in the 56th floor of the “Ciel de Paris”. The only skyscraper of Paris overlooking the Eiffel Tower.
After I was approached by an older guy we just left in the right moment I think. It was just an akward meeting. Sometimes it isn’t always an advantage when you speak the language of the country 🙂
Sunday was a lazy day as I had some pain in my Achilles tendon. When you are in Paris, be prepared to walk a lot! I got to work on my website and enjoyed a lovely dinner in a nearby restaurant.
I decided to take a little walk outside and took the metro back home. Their was a scene I cannot forget. As I was entering the train there were two people shouting each other. The energy was tensed. The one guy was in my age, mid-twenties, and looked like an Arab, the other one was an older African man. The one part I understood was something about religion. It was so sad to see those two individiuals shouting at each other.
I felt so relieved, getting off the train! This situation looked like it will escalate.
Today, as I am writing this, was my photoshoot with the talented Fi Mims! All the beautiful photos you are going to see on my website soon are taken by her! I got up at 5.20 am to meet her at 7am in front of the Louvre. It was so nice to see Paris in the morning. It was so quiet! I saw the Eiffel tower in the morning mist. Everything was so lovely.
I found myself in a shopping mall and decided to go to the airport 6 hours prior to my flight. So glad I did! I arrived at the airport around 1.30 pm and the lady at the check in said my ticket is not valid and I should speak with the lady at the information desk. Over the course of the next one and a half hours the lady spoke with the SWISS agency in Switzerland, trying to figuring out the error. There was a fault in the booking and I was standing there with confusion.
As I was sitting there waiting for more information, there was an announcement over the loudspeakers that someone should please collect their unsupervised luggage. The whole airport was shut down. You could not go through boarding control. Their was a security guard guiding its tracking dog to the aforementioned suitcase. It was bizzare.
As you know, since the attacks in Paris November 2015 where 130 people were killed, France is in state of emergency. Everywhere you can see police officers fully armed to their teeth. I felt uncomfortable.
I finally got my ticket and I am now in the business lounge writing to you!
As I was mostly living like a local I think I got to know the feeling of the everyday living quite right. Paris is shiny and bright in the touristy areas. But it can get really bland outside. There are a lot of beggars and homeless people. Paris, and the whole country of France, is collapsing. It is just a matter of time until there will be a bigger issue.
I saw a few of the common tourist attraction but never felt comfortable in the big and common areas. Not that I was paranoid of attacks or something like this. It was just this feeling.
I really liked the atmosphere we had on this Inspiration Day. Honestly though, I won’t come back or maybe better stay in a hotel near the center. It was an experience, but I am so glad I am home in like three hours! My boyfriend will pick me up at the airport and I am so glad to arrive back home!
Have you ever been to Paris? How have you been feeling? Share with me in the comments down below!
Photo Credits of the Inspiration Day: Fi Mims Photography
All other photographs are taken by myself.