day 1- the paris apartment project

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bonjour everyone and happy new year! i hope yours is off to a good start. mine has already been up and down but as of today has a focus and purpose. it’s going to be a bit of a stretch since i’ve always resisted change and structure but i wanted to share my new plan with you. i’ll be working hard this year to restructure my business to free up time and resources to do the things i’ve always dreamed of. that being said, i’ll give you the overview and you can decide whether you’d like to come along or (gasp, but i’d understand), unsubscribe.

this year i turned 50. i think it’s inevitable that one looks back on life and also ahead at this point. your 20s-40s are about accomplishment and career but when you get to this halfway point, it’s not a midlife crisis per se as much as whether or not your life is where you want it to be and what you can do to make it so. i’ve known many of you since i started TPA in 1993 and have been working hard on it  every single day since i was 20 something years old. i can’t lie, in the last year or so i truly burned out. i wanted more out of life that just work, and my business, as much as i love it has taken up a lot of time and not produced the money for freedom i’d hoped it would and know it can. so now i’d like to change all that. i’d like to find my purpose in life, to figure out where i can give service and figure out where i can help. maybe it’s not going to be what i imagined it would look like at all…

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but letting go of my preconceived notions of grandeur is actually allowing it to unfold on its own. and i don’t know if this will truly affect anyone but can it count that it’s helping me? i’m going to say yes, cause you have to put your own oxygen mask on first and as cliche as it is, you have to start somewhere.

so what does ‘day one’ look like?

well, it’s going to be incremental but setting the foundation is something that i’m realizing instinctually so this first day included winging the video so i couldn’t obsess over getting it perfect. it also included getting acquainted with youtube by uploading it here:

it’s going to be on the downlow unless you subscribe to the channel, as that seems to be one of the major  ways we can share info, views, generate content and get inspired.  it’s not an enormous day one but i’m accepting that it’s ok to do one new thing, like a video. more importantly it’s the commitment i’m making to myself to show up. it’s going to be hard but that’s why i’m putting it out there, so i’ll be held accountable even if it’s just by me.  so that’s about it for today cause after all, as scarlet says, tomorrow is another day and do have to get back to business as usual which means keeping up with the paperwork and starting to organize one corner at a time.

ok last but not least, i’m soooo sorry that i didn’t get a chance to announce the winner of either madame chic or the paris cocktails book giveaway so….drumroll…hold on i have to go to the random number generator:

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paris cocktails winner is Robin McGraw

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and the winner of madame chic (polish your poise) is Meterrilee so please ladies get in touch with me as neither of your contact info on your comments was live.

ok one more thing we have more in store. i happened to get another copy of The Paris Style Guide since there was so much interest in it and will announce the winner on friday. you know the drill, just leave a comment to enter.  one final final note on the giveaways. i’ll be hosting them once a week as part of this new regime. along with that is also something i’d like to share regarding the TPA project. publishers love to have you giveaway books. it promotes the sales, gets word out and blogs are great vehicles to showcase the book both inside and out. so two things: if you don’t have a blog, maybe it’s time to think about starting one. (you could review books)!  and secondly, if you do have one, contact publishers and ask them to send a copy for review and giveaway. how does this help our businesses? well it gets us talking, sharing information, it gives us something to look forward to, it builds community and promotes something we all love without limit: BOOKS!

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ok, it’s 5:30, time for the earlybird special, have a great night and thank you for being here!

January 5, 2016. the paris apartment project, TPA Project.

61 Comments

  1. JillH. replied:

    I’m entering for a chance to win the book!

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  2. Paris replied:

    this sounds lovely claudia … i’d like to participate xo

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  3. Danny replied:

    Happy 50th sweet Claudia, it looks good on you:)

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  4. Carina replied:

    So lovely to see you on camera – looking as gorgeous as ever! Hope to see you back in Paris soon. xx

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  5. fawnthomas replied:

    Amen! I am so there myself!! Thanks for having the courage to share!! Go Girl!

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  6. Susanne replied:

    You are such an amazing woman–count me in on this voyage of yours! You are courageous and talented and like to take risks = the makings of a successful entrepreneur. You’ve been such an inspiration to me over the years and I’m looking forward to this next chapter in your Paris-inspired career!

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  7. Kathleen Anne replied:

    Hello, Claudia. I’m with you in your renaissance. Your project will be wonderful to see unfold, and I’m certain you will find yourself a very happy woman. Sincerely, Kathleen Anne

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  8. Teddee Grace replied:

    Best of luck with your plan! Fifty is nothing. Wait until you hit seventy! I’d love to win a copy of the Paris Style Guide. Count me in and thanks!

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  9. Merillion replied:

    Hi Claudia,
    I wish you good luck in everything you do. You’re so good at everything you do – don’t be worried about making a change.
    When I see you on Utube, TALK LOUD! I also am 70+ & have trouble hearing. On your first video tell everyone you’re talking extra LOUD for Merillion! :) (just kidding).
    You deserve the best of everything. As the saying goes: “Follow your dreams.”
    Marilyn

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  10. Pam Dieckman replied:

    I would love to win the book.

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  11. My Gramas Soul replied:

    I would follow you no matter where you posted about your adventures. Please throw my hat in the ring also.

    Jo

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  12. resurgee replied:

    Count me in please!

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  13. Tara replied:

    Way to go! Pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone is the only way to grow! No matter the age, it is the place you are in your journey that is important. I support you and your new path and look forward to where this takes us! Don’t give up and stay on your path!

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    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      I’m staying focused. I’m writing back on Day 4 and it’s been easier to stay on the path cause of your enthusiasm, thank you!

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  14. Candi Duncan replied:

    Me too, I’d love to win the book.

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  15. Suzanne Bernadette replied:

    Claudia Happy 50th! You look great and the 50’sare great!
    Your ideas and books are always great, too!
    I hope to be part of your new project.
    Until then, I’ll also throw my hat in and try to win the book!
    Happy New Year!!!
    XOXOXO Suzanne

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  16. dabcsw827@aol.com replied:

    You are the fucking original bomb- I just fell in love w u all over again- what can I do to keep your soul on fire? Xoxoxo

    Dayle A. Brenner, LCSW-R Sent from my iPhone

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  17. Suzanne Bernadette replied:

    Oh Claudia! I forgot to say that it’s good that you are trusting your instincts…that’s important even though change can be hard and scary. Follow your passion and your love. While you move forward, look how far you’ve come! And you did it your way. A very special way.
    At least you’re listening to your “burnout” and what it’s trying to tell you… Lead you to your next chapter.
    I’ll be with you to support you along the way.
    BTW … Did I tell you I just had total hip replacement surgery?!?! LOL I’m healing well; fast. It’s given me a lot to think about, too. Along the same lines as you are. And I turn “60” January 20!!! Yikes! A new chapter for moi, too! Yikes!!!
    XO
    Suzanne
    PS video post great; just great! Honest! Helps people “see” what you’ve accomplished in a non-traditional environment. So many would love to have accomplished what you have in YOUR way!

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    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      I hope your hip is feeling better! Thanks for this note. I think you’re right about acknowledging accomplishments. I did it my way that’s for sure and now I’m paying the piper!

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  18. sixbravehearts replied:

    Inspired by your honesty. I’ve been following only vaguely for a while but this essay was gold. Blessings over your metamorphosis!
    I’ve been contemplating a blog for a while now….actually two!
    Winning a book would be lovely!
    Looking forward to the next post!

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  19. MJH DesignArts replied:

    Hi Claudia, I’m joining you. I’ve had my business since 1993, also. There have been enormous ups and downs. To increase sales and grow my spirit is my my ever-present goal. xoxo Mary

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  20. Mubina replied:

    what a way to start sweet sixteen!

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  21. Valery Shaw replied:

    would love to win this Book!!

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  22. PaulaJeansGarden replied:

    I loved the video. I’m new to your blog but you warmed my heart so much. I appreciate your courage and your plan to make something new for yourself. Best Wishes to you.

    The Paris Style Guide would look lovely on my Montana table:)

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  23. Paul E. Stolle replied:

    I didn’t know that you were older than me :)
    It sounds like you have a plan, Claudia, I wish you the best with it.
    I need the Paris Style Guide to sell, so I can eat – could you really turn me down?

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  24. Carol replied:

    Happy New Year Claudia!

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  25. Ann Robinson replied:

    I would be honored to win. Thank you for making this offer.

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  26. Vida Schreibman replied:

    Happy New Year – may it bring you joy & success in reaching more followers. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog & seeing the photos. Fifty is fabulous ! As a passionate Francophile I’d love to win the book!!

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    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      Hi Vida, great to meet you, I’m enjoying my 50s already, you have street cred and are still only 1/2’way!

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  27. Julie Light replied:

    I’m along for the ride, Claudia! I need to make a lot of decisions for myself this year. I’ve been ignoring my blog, Instagram,etc and something needs to be done about it. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for you. Good luck!

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    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      Hey Julie, so happy you’re here and also glad to know we can work on it all together. It seems like so many have it together when the truth is we all struggle.

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  28. Julie Connolly replied:

    Please enter me in the book giveaway

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  29. Karena Albert replied:

    Dear Claudia, this is very exciting, I love what you are doing and will certainly come along on your journey. I have recently become an India Hicks Style Ambassador for her amazing Lifestyle Collection, a new venture, come and take a look when you have a moment http://www.indiahicks.com/rep/karenalbert

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Life Lessons: So Honored

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    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      How exciting Karena, I checked it out and it looks fantastic. Let me know how it’s going over there. Her look and ideas are so major!

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  30. Barbie Corley replied:

    As a Francophile I would love to win the book. Seems many of us are at a crossroads in life and you will be an inspiration for me.

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  31. Chryle replied:

    Dearest Claudia~

    Oh… this is going to be so good… I am so happy for you, so excited! I started re-evaluating my life back in 2004 when I got let go from a job that was killing me; and then started to really focus on me, myself when my dad died in 2009. What I have found out about me, by letting myself hear my True Self constantly surprises me – in the best possible ways. And I keep growing and improving. I think you are going to be hugely surprised… in the best ways possible! ;)

    I like what you said about “showing up.” I think it’s easy to coast through life on cruise control. I don’t hold myself accountable because I don’t believe in it. I think as you start to live your real and True Life, it won’t be about holding yourself accountable, it will be about being so jazzed and so passionate about what’s happening and what you are letting yourself explore, that nothing could hold you back. Count me among those who will be following you and right there with you… and thrilled to be so!

    I would love to win The Paris Style Guide. However, I’m more excited to have subscribed to your YouTube channel and started following you on Pinterest.

    Good luck! See you on your journey….
    Chryle

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    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      You are so right. The passion is back cause it’s just coming and I’ve vowed to maintain. I’m so glad to meet you and am grateful for your thoughtful comments and inspiration.

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  32. Mari replied:

    Hi … Just discovered you. I like your honesty and straightforwardness and your courage. Bon voyage. I’d also love a copy of Paris Style Guide.

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  33. Kathie replied:

    Congrats on turning 50 and on your courage and honesty. Many make the life journey but don’t always seek he truth. It takes courage to stop, reflect, and change. I will continue to be with you on your journey because you are an inspiration and an explorer. I look forward to hearing more from you. I have started on my own journey, but that is another story in another forum. I wish you soul felt success.
    Please enter my name for the book comp. Thank you x

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  34. Cindy White replied:

    Claudia, I realized I had not watched you or read a post for weeks and wonder if all is OK. Your fans miss you!

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