it’s a true story

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bonjour mes amis, ça va? i’m back from paris and have unpacked and downloaded the photos but the the trip is not quite over, and in a way it’s just begining. the experience of #embraceparis was one i’ll hold close to my heart for as long as i live, not only for the magnificent hospitality of Le Meurice, but the truly unforgettable ladies who came together from around the world for 3 days to share their knowledge and passion regarding their businesses and social media. at the end of the trip we each discussed what we’d like to do regarding the recap and for me, it was to profile each gal and introduce them and what they’ve shared with me.  i can say that we just scratched the surface and doing this post alone was a real eye opener. so without further ado…please meet the first lovely lady i got to know very quickly when we shared a tiny car and we cruised the streets of paris, day one… the inimitable blogger, lynne knowlton.

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we were a small group of 10 and i’ve heard the story of how it all came together a couple of times but still am not exactly sure how it went down, but the adventure started something like this: some friends were getting together at what’s affectionaltely known as lynne’s ‘treehouse’.

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she was hosting some friends for a restorative retreat. one couldn’t make it and tweeted to their mutual friend that it would be fun to do something in paris, maybe even hold it at one of her favorite french hotels. well, the tweet became reality and voilà, #embraceparis was born. it showed the women the scope of social media and that became the focus of the event. the rest is history and a lesson that for me was really powerful.

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what was just a playful idea became reality and for the next year carina and norma put it all together.

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they gathered together a small group, each with a website, blog, FB, twitter and instagram. what was really striking is how much we learned from one another, with lynn, we talked about connecting, creating passive income, linking with affiliates, monetizing our websites and businesses with apps and podcasts. she details lots of this on her blog and is all about empowering others to do the same so if you get a chance, take a visit!

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lynne’s home is such an inspiration and i can only imagine the good time they all had at that first retreat.

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and what was a dream became reality and before long we were all checking into the hotel, oohing and ahhing at the beauty of the oldest palace in paris.

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all the photos in this post were taken by lynne who is a fabulous photographer and even wrote a great e-book on editing pics:

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we were warmly welcomed with flowers and champagne, a memory stick, a candle, postcards and chocolates!

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ok i took this one…my room!

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lynne and i got to know each other pretty darn quick in the twiztour car we shared as soon as we met. we couldn’t stop talking and still have lots to catch up on in the days to come.

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you can get to know lynn through some of her social media but there is a lot of information on her life and design projects throughout the web and on her site.

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if you get a chance, take some time to follow lynn, subscribe to her blog and get to know this wonderful lady, mother, wife, and playmate. she’s the funny friend who made you laugh in the back of the class…

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lastly, take a look at the real lynn and don’t hesitate to contact her, you’ll be glad you did and so will she!

August 4, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , . Friends, Le Meurice, Paris, Paris Trip. 11 comments.

that’s where the fun is

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allo et bonjour mes cheres amis!

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checking in from paris where it’s 3:30 am and most sensible people are asleep.

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at home i seem to need a solid 8 hours but here i’m getting by on 4 or 5.

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guess it’s an obsession; a bit of not wanting to miss anything and being determined not to let these days slip through the cracks unaccounted for. so it’s editing, cropping, downloading and uploading photos after long days of walking for hours.

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that said, i wanted to just say hello and post a few shots of the day at the market and around town. i’m still on my social media kick and it’s been a lot of fun tweeting and hashtagging and posting and learning what works as i go along. what i’m really enjoying is having no agenda for a minute and just taking my time and not feeling rushed.

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i have a travel companion who is patient and understanding. and i think that may be the key to the whole social media and tech revolution. when i was fervently trying to text and tweet and multi-task in real time, it was impossible to focus and not one thing got uploaded (correctly anyway)! it’s only when i can sit quietly and go through images and edit, tag, interact and think that it works for me. otherwise it’s a burden and i can’t stand any of it! and that’s my tip for the day and note to self. stop rushing and be mindful with the content we’re creating. best of all, now that i’m not just hoarding pix and actually dispersing them of various channels, i’m actually having fun again and seeing my world of photos take shape and i like it. well, have a great night and enjoy the rest of the weekend. it’s official, i’m off to bed!

 

July 28, 2014. Paris, Paris Apartments. 27 comments.

living in real itme

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bonjour tout le monde et bon weekend as they say en paree!

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it’s been a few days since we left le meurice and the hustle and bustle of the days with the wonderful #EmbraceParis group.

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my dear friend keni valenti has arrived

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and we have since moved into a sweet apartment house on the left bank thanks to madelyn at paris perfect and are working on honing our social media skills.

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i wanted to touch base and let you know which channels are working best to get photos and info out to the universe.

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although it’s difficult to post in real time, a stop at the apple store or a starbucks can get us hooked up on the WIFI here and there.

so before heading out this morning to vanves flea market, here’s a quick snapshot of what we’ve been up to.

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lastly, i had to post this from you tube, it’s a video from funny face that keni has us singing thru the streets all day everyday! he’s been my muse and is so much fun! have a great weekend, more soon!

July 26, 2014. Friends, Marché aux Puces, Vanves Flea Market. 13 comments.

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