Mind, Body and Soul

Hey all! Not much has gone on this week but I have some time to chat (write) so just thought I would update you with what IS going on and what is to come! School has been good, working my butt off so much that I find myself stressed, totally not me lol. I have enjoyed the past 2 weekends just relaxing and catching up on the zzzz’s especially with all I do during the week with school. I started a tea detox early this week and I actually changed my eating as well. That has definitely helped me feel a lot “lighter” and keeps me healthy! For those of you interested, many have asked me about it, here is a pic. I have done this detox before and it helps work wonders when it comes to bloating and just feeling that awful winter heaviness hanging around. This girl is ready for Spring and Summer πŸ™‚

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Think healthy!

Speaking of Spring, the weather last week was a little bit cooler compared the weeks before BUT yesterday and today as well as the next weeks forecast is hopeful! I think Spring has arrived in Paris and I could not be happier, eeeeek! I actually only have 2 months left, seems so crazy to me. Things have definitely been more comfortable here the past few weeks but I will be happy to return to America again in a couple months. I am also excited to travel quite a bit this up and coming Spring. I have about 4-5 more places I MUST visit before I leave so I guess I better get to it! A new addition to the list is Greece, I am hoping to travel there after school gets out and have a lovely few days on the beautiful island of Santorini by myself πŸ™‚ Barcelona is on the list as well, Amsterdam, Italy, London and then probably Normandy for D-DAY!!!! It’s official, I better get to it. Any other great ideas of where to travel or places that should be added to the list? Comment or let me know and I will look into it. Trying to do and see as much as I can since I am over here!

The weather has been beautiful this weekend and I have spent my time relaxing and making sure to get out and enjoy the sun too. Yesterday (Friday) I watched a lot of movies, I needed the mental relaxation (should have meditated or something) but then I took myself to a movie and treated myself with dinner. I just love some “me” time! It was a great day πŸ™‚

Someone messaged me last night (Friday) and asked “how do you do it” I responded “do what” and then she stated “have so much fun by yourself” I couldn’t help but giggle. I never realized there are people out there that look up to me for that. I responded simply “I love myself, being alone is easy for me because of that”. Had not given it much thought before then but we got to chatting about the topic and it made me happy that I could spark the interest in someone else to want to be happy and loving of themselves as well, so that one day they too could have fun being alone. It truly warms my heart. Being over here I have begun the true path to finding out what my purpose in this life is. My heart radiates with love when I can give to others, help them on the path to enlightenment or self love, or just be a light in the darkness. That is one of my biggest life purposes, I know there will be more but right now I actually found a piece of myself! Feels good when you begin to figure out where you stand in this big world. Actually one of my favorite quotes is “When life gets to hard to stand… kneel”. I could not say it any better. Sometimes the only way we find ourselves is by losing one’s self. Sure it’s easy to live in the comfort of the known but for me I live off of the unknown, the mystery of what is to be and what can be. Been feeling a whole lot of happiness lately, hoping to spread it out in the world! Love to each and every one of you. Counting my blessings each and every day.

Off to do some studying and homework. Have a lighter week, only 4 classes YIPPEE! Hope everyone had a great weekend πŸ™‚ Talk to you soon

Kels

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Ireland, St. Patrick’s and MUCH more :)

So as all of you know I went to discover the wonderful country of Ireland this past weekend! I actually just got back an hour ago, took a much needed shower, started laundry and am now in bed trying to write this with the wee little 4 hours of sleep I have gotten today. Oh my where to start!? (I started writing this long one on Tuesday when I got back but got caught up by the lack of sleep, school and Amber being here)

Amber arrived safe and sound in the city of love Friday morning. I met her at the train station and we came back to my place to chillax for an hour or so before we headed to lunch. She was in awe of the little bit of Paris she got to see on her way walking to my dorm and on the train to and from the airport. This was going to be the adventures of Amber and Kelsey πŸ™‚ I took her to lunch at this wonderful pizza place, she fell in love, and then we headed to the airport to board for IRELAND!

Skipping to the next exciting part is the arrival in Dublin. All I could see was green and man was I happy! We made our way to the hostel to check in and start our long weekend. Little did we know that would consist of sleeping in a room with 20 freaking people, a first I must say and probably the last as well lol, 4 nights in a room with 18 other girls I am sure you can imagine my exhaustion haha. It was quite the interesting experience. I can now say I have stayed in a hostel, check that off the list! However, we shared the bathroom with the whole floor which had to have been at least 80 people + and I do not normally do this but it was so gross I showered as little as possible. If you know me at all I absolutely love being clean and would even say it’s to the point of me being semi germaphobic which I must add has tremendously changed being here in Paris. Makes me appreciate the little things in life! All in all the room was mildly okay, the girls were all apart of the tour we were on so other than some people getting back later than others and getting up earlier than others everyone was really respectful. Now the people who were staying down the hall from us that is a whole different story! The quietest time in the hostel each night was around 6am and thank goodness for sleeping pills, hallelujah!

Our first night there we went to dinner and relaxed before our fun filled weekend. Saturday we started off with a walking tour of Ireland. It was wonderful! Our tour guide was so intelligent and I am very thankful to now know so much more about the beautiful country and the city of Dublin. Here is a little preview of the tour.

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Completely necessary right?! πŸ˜‰

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Famous Temple Bar district. There is a famous Temple Bar as well but people tend to get the district mixed with the 2. According to our tour guide! Amber posing it up

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Bar named after Temple District

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Famous Irish people, some were of a surprise to me!

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Temple Bar District again

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Trinity College, did you know the government pays for most students to go to college in Europe!? What the hell America lol

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Mayor of Dublin? Lost track with all the pictures

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City Hall

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Canopy for the outdoor theater. Of course I had to take a picture. Those umbrellas cost around 2 million EACH

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The screen

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And the seats that fold down, how AWESOME

After our tour we were free for the rest of the day because some people were still arriving. We met up Saturday night with the whole tour group and had a nice meal, big thanks to WSA (Weekend Student Adventures). Later on we went to enjoy some Irish dancing, could not get much more Irish than that! It honestly is everything you imagine and SO much more. I wish I could share a video or two with you but hopefully all of you are friends with me on Facebook so you can watch the ones I uploaded as for it will not work on here or I have not figured out how to yet!

Sunday arrived and we were off to the coast of Ireland. Let me just say this was the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I wish these photos were going to do the mere justice of what it was like to be there in person.

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Throwing up that Shocker sign all the way from Ireland. Shocker Nation

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On top of the world! So blessed

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YIPPEE

Pure happiness and unlike anything I had ever seen/experienced before! πŸ™‚
We then topped off the day with a visit to the Guinness Brewery, yes the original!

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As the Irish say “slΓ inte”
P.S. Guinness tastes a LOT better in Ireland

Sunday came and went, now it was time for the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. I will say if you ever go to Ireland and throw out Happy St. Patty’s Day or just Patty’s Day that is a big no no lol. There were supposed to be an expected 1 million people in Dublin for the St. Paddy’s Day parade and the celebration, I will say I believe this was doubled. We started the day with the parade, where all those million(s) gathered so calling it crazy was an understatement. Then finished the day with walking around just admiring the chaos. Here are some pics!

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Let’s do this!

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Temple Bar District

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and again

The most interesting part of that whole day besides the craziness, had to be the fact that we saw more teenagers (13-16 if not younger) drunk and acting a fool then we did people our age (20+). Now do not get me wrong I know the drinking age in Europe is quite different then America and yes I will admit at that age I threw a few back as well (sorry mom, dad, grandma and grandpa) but this was just beyond that! We watched little kids (13-16) fight, drama between girls, throwing up and more it was CRAZY! lol To put into perspective how crazy St. Paddy’s Day was in Dublin it was to the point that walking around on Monday my shoes were sticking to the ground because of all of the alcohol, never have I experienced such a thing ha. Quite the experience too!

After the weekend wrapped up that night I was ready to get back to Paris and be in my own private room again with a nice, lovely shower! The “fun” did not end though. We discovered when we were trying to check Amber in online for our flight the following morning at 6AM that welp her flight was never even schedule. Phew good thing I have done some research on travel in Europe because soon after we were booking her for quite the adventure back to Paris. Seeing as how flying with me back that morning would have cost 250euros which is just outrageous, we booked her a ferry ride to England and then a train ride to London. She then hung in London for a few hours and hopped on an overnight bus to Paris and arrived here Wednesday morning. This may have not been ideal but on the plus side she got to see another country!

Tuesday night while she was making her way to Paris, I caught up on some homework and got some much needed rest. Wednesday I had class all day but then we met up at the Louvre. Look who we found there!

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Mona Lisa… DUH! πŸ˜‰

We then stopped off for an up close and personal view of the one and only…

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La Tour Eiffel, with love from Paris

Thursday I was off to class again and then we met up to discover some more of Paris’ finest

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Sunset ❀

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Such beauty

And what would hanging out on the lawn at the Eiffel Tower be without some SELFIES!?

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We brought Kansas to Paris

Friday I had class in the morning but after we met up and went out for a bit then came back and napped for a good 2 hours. Amber really wanted to see a Burlesque show so she did some research and found this place so we thought we would give it a try! Had a lovely dinner at an organic restaurant, yes I love organic even in Paris. We were then in for a treat when we arrived at this lovely little cottage. No this was not the usual Burlesque that you are all thinking of. A little room where people lined the walls and listened to French singers. It was quite fun and interesting for an hour or so but we could not understand anything so we paid our dues and called it a night. It was actually a lovely time and a true French experience which is why I am here after all πŸ™‚

Amber left Saturday morning, she was ready to get back to America but I know she enjoyed her time here as did I! I spent the rest of my weekend relaxing, for the most part, cleaning, grocery shopping, watching movies and even got my hair done. I am brunette again! Found a lovely little English speaking salon and actually met some wonderful people there. Even sipped on some champagne! For anyone looking in Paris for an English speaking place and more knowledge about hair than you can fathom, Style Pixie Salon is your place! The team is wonderful and I am sure you will be exchanging numbers and getting emails with everyone by the time you are finished. It was truly a wonderful little outing and definitely made any “treat” for oneself that much more, perfect!

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Healthy hair!

Well this was a long one, hope you made it to the end and if you did, thank you again! All of the support and love continues to inspire me. Speaking of inspiring I get asked a lot what I want to do in the future and honestly this explains it all.

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Hoping to bring light and love to so many, this is just my one way of doing that. Love to you all more than you know. Happy, happy day πŸ™‚

Kels

Love, Life, Live!

Well well well I have not forgotten about you! Actually truth is I have really been focusing on my studies and everyday this week I have had intentions of updating you and writing a blog but I have been so busy! This week has been a crazy one and the next one is going to be as well. I guess it is a good thing that I spent my Spring Break mostly relaxing πŸ™‚

Lets see where did I leave off. I believe I was on Spring Break and it was almost the weekend, I had just reached over 500 views in just 2 months which is FANtastic, get it fan!? I am now almost to 600 and all I can say is thank you thank you thank you! It is so wonderful to have such great support and I actually really enjoy writing these blogs! Back to Spring Break though. The weekend before I went back to school I spent doing some sight seeing. Went to the Fashion Week with a couple girls here which was located near the Louvre. It was the first time I had seen the Louvre and let me just say oh em gee! That place is HUGE. It was a beautiful day and I actually caught a couple sunset pictures which made me think of Kansas, we have the best sunsets, sigh πŸ™‚

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A picture of the Louvre, what I could get at least

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I had a good time exploring but it was nice to get back to classes last week. My weeks mostly consist of class and studying, making dinner (yes I do that now) and rejuvenating as much as possible. I also started running a couple times a week, well what I call running haha I am by no means a good runner. Can you really ever be?? I must say it is not too fun but it does make me feel better! lol

This past weekend we made an ERASMUS day trip to Champagne!! Champagne is just a region so we visited a couple cities but mostly Reims, France. That was so much fun. It was wonderful to get out of Paris for a little bit and see some countryside. I never knew how much of a “country” girl I was until I started living in one of the most populated cities in the world. The day consisted of visiting a castle, a Basilica, Notre Dame and then a vineyard! I am going to let the pictures do the explaining…. πŸ™‚

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Some of us, from all over the world!

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A small little town in the country, beautiful

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A group of us again πŸ™‚

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At the castle

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Basilica

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Inside, so beautiful

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Notre Dame, it was HUGE and magnificent

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If that gives any justice, HUGE

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By far the biggest organ I think I will EVER see! Just for my mom πŸ™‚

Now onto the Mercier Champagne vineyard, AWESOME!

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A little, little part of the vineyard. I mean LITTLE

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Where the bottles go through the “turning” process which is known as riddling. This helps loosen sediment and draw toward the neck of the bottle. Wine class at WoodFire paid off πŸ˜‰

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Where some bottles are kept to age. Sorry it is blurry we were riding a train

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and the tasting πŸ™‚ santΓ© (cheers in French)

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For you Chloe πŸ™‚

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Ariana and I on the train in the caves

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More of us at the vineyard!

What a day! I cannot wait to visit Italy with my mom and some more vineyards, eeeeek!

This week was supposed to be one of my easier weeks, I only had 4 of my classes but it was quite busy! I have been working with the organization from one of my classes, Managing People. We made the company Twovox which is a company that is helping connect International students and with native language students all over the world to help in the exchange of language skills! Not only does this aid in meeting foreign students and people but it also can help if you want to learn another language. We are so excited about our organization and me being International in France this is definitely something even I would use, of course that is why I am so involved and passionate about it. Most of you have probably already seen all of my Facebook posts πŸ˜‰ We will be developing an application online as well as a website so I am ecstatic to be able to share with all of you soon. Until then please “like” us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or even Twitter! If its any justification I am actually the Manager of the Public Relations department which handles all social media, communication and working with other departments as well as events. This has been a wonderful opportunity for me since my degree is in Management and it has helped me learn so much. I have met some great people, French and International in our group and I look forward to continuing on this adventure. More to come! Here are a couple pictures from our Breakfast event we held this morning.

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Such a success, happy happy! We are doing big things here TWOVOX

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Twister at its finest hahaha

Anywho, again I am sorry it has been 2 weeks since I have written. I look forward to doing some laundry, not really though, and getting some much needed sleep tonight before my big weekend! Amber will be here tomorrow and we are off to IRELAND for St. Patrick’s Day. I am so excited! There will most definitely be an update when I get back so stay tuned…

All my love
Kels