the best intentions


do you ever feel like you’re going in circles when working to get organized? you may have heard the advice to ‘touch it once’ when you’re cleaning. the idea is to put something in its place immediately so you don’t have to keep picking it up and moving it over and over causing anxiety and frustration. and it actually works. apparently it achieves the same benefit in the virtual world too: from:


what’s up all, how are you this thursday night? is it me or do the days just fly by? maybe it’s because i’m fixated on accomplishing something as the days pass that i have a sense of, not urgency per se, but more of one of awareness. i haven’t set any particular goals and according to all calculations, that’s what’s holding everything back. like, this is day 10 and i’m still ruminating. but getting here each day tends to lead to something insightful and although i don’t want to write a term paper tonight, thought it would be a good chance to put together some of the insights that popped up when i plopped down. a web log is as good a place as any to keep them nice and neat to have for reference.


from what i’ve been reading the most productive time for many of us is first thing in the am when it’s quiet, you haven’t ruined your diet, the TV is off and anything can happen. of course there’s tons of advice including writing down your ideas at night on paper which will probably help. in fact i do like writing in a journal, putting pen to paper cause in this digital age it feels old-fashioned and allows creativity to flow in a way you can’t get from tech.

so with the morning fresh and inviting, instead of grabbing the phone and checking emails, i’m going to take some advice and change it up. here are a few ideas from

  • A yoga routine, get your body moving
  • A meditation routine
  • A warm glass of water with lemon
  • Repeat positive affirmations
  • Read something positive + uplifting
  • Write morning pages
  • Write down 3 things you’re grateful for
  • Set your daily intention
  • Set your One Big Goal for the day
  • Eat a nourishing breakfast
  • Skip checking your email and social media
  • Play with your pets
  • Dance to some happy tunes
  • Spread kindness + do something positive for someone else. You automatically boost yourself + it feels good

tonight’s path started with an article that described goals versus vision. the consensus seems to be that to have a goal is great but without the vision, the intention, it’s just not going to happen. we’ve been talking about vision boards and truth is that with having friends in town and it’s much easier to spend time doing everything but work on that. after reading some of these articles, i’m determined to start a road map first thing tomorrow morning.


What is the one thing that you want for yourself? The one thing that if you could change, you’d be much happier. Every week commit to completing one task toward accomplishing this. Start small so you set yourself up for success. Without a plan, you risk everything. Live intentionally by planning your future, so you can accomplish your goals. Intentional living means thinking about your life and making choices that move you in the direction you want to move toward in life. It means valuing life and the time we have in a way that promotes personal happiness. 






so that’s an intention i can set. at least doing a few of these things could hit the reset button. on another note, i think it’s important to have people to look up to who inspire. i read about lauren conrad a few days ago when researching marketplace websites and she’s quickly becoming one of my heroes. here’s a peek into one of the many things she’s working on including a portal that’s totally up our alley


Giving Back is Everything

I have been incredibly fortunate in my life, and for that I am very grateful. I’m also aware that there are many, many people who need a helping hand. And there’s nothing that makes me happier than being able to give back. Whether it’s the women we work with through The Little Market, crafting with the kids at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, or making lunch for the ladies at the Downtown Women’s Shelter, lending a hand is a priority of mine. It truly brings me so much happiness to help those in need.

Collaborate, Don’t Compete

I’ve been learning this one over the last few years, but it’s become very clear to me as of 2015. With all of my businesses, I am of the mindset that there is room for everyone. I love to collaborate with likeminded companies, brands, and people. I feel that you can create amazing results, and build long lasting friendships this way. With The Little Market, our entire business is built on collaboration: We partner with artisan groups around the world to sell their handmade goods so that they can support their families. On, we partner with our favorite bloggers, bakers, caterers, and brands to create beautiful, original content for all of you. Not to mention The Holiday Gift Shop, where Paper Crown and The Little Market partnered with Gray Malin, Ariel Gordon Jewelry, Ilia Beauty, and Sugar Paper to create the ultimate holiday pop up shop. Not only have I gained many new friends through these collaborations, but I’ve also learned that there’s enough room for all of us to succeed… And supporting one another is the best way to make that happen.

see what i mean? with all that said, the last thing i wanted to touch on was starting to collect some of the charities that i’ve always wanted to get more involved with and started the list here. i was thinking that the marketplace could somehow be affiliated with a variety of organizations where you know how and where the money is spent and trust those who are in charge. these are a few of my favorites, what are yours?

artisans list

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GIV 2 see the available


ok this is a bit of a random post now that i’m looking over it but hey, what’s a blog but as we said, a ‘web log’? how is your goal/intention setting going?

and that’s a wrap at 11:45pm…have a great night!

January 15, 2016. Tags: , , . the paris apartment project, TPA Project.


  1. emily replied:

    you inspired me to get organized! thank you!

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  2. Carina replied:

    Giving back is truly the most rewarding experience. I’ve put a lot of photography on hold the past few months and have taken a hands on roll with a charity here in France, Every Child is A Gem. We’ve been going back and forth to Germany welcoming refugees and are now trying to help in a camp in France where people are facing a cold winter. Their smiles are so beautiful and their hearts are so big. Giving back is the best!

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  3. Nancy Flemming replied:

    Please don’t forget all the LOCAL No-kill Humane societies . Small. Local shelters don’t have funds to promote themselves like the national campaigns, but they are the ones who rescue traumatized pets, medical care, socialization training, micro-chipping, spay/neuter surgeries, and then find new , safe and loving families to adopt these pets who in turn are so grateful and loving.
    I love your focus on intentions and your gift of sharing the beauty you see around you; truly inspiring. I have been following your blog and have your Paris Flea app from years ago!
    Have fun and relax into your new adventures!

    Nancy Flemming
    Exec. Dir.
    Sequoia Humane Society

    Liked by 1 person

    • The Paris Apartment replied:

      Hi Nancy, I chose the Humane Society because they were no-kill. I will definitely look into the local shelters under the HS umbrella. Glad you’re here happy to finally meet!


  4. Chryle replied:

    Dearest Claudia~

    I wonder if our days fly by because we are doing and not being? I saw something not too long ago that said something like, “Be careful that you don’t spend your time doing instead of being. It’s the being that is the living.” It really gave me pause for thought. Still does.

    I’m glad it’s Day 10 and you’re still ruminating! And the insights have been fun and enlightening! How can that be bad?

    Wishing your room to ruminate some more,

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  5. The Paris Apartment replied:

    Hi Chryle, that is really something to think about. We get caught up in accomplishing, having something so show for it, working hard etc and feel like just ‘being’ is slacking. Meanwhile it’s probably where all the magic hangs out. Thank you for that reminder, I’m gong to try to cultivate the ‘just being’ approach tomorrow.


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