Why are some people luckier than others? (English)

“Find a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck!” 

It’s a general observation: some people are just lucky. They seem to get what they want. A friend of mine have been very lucky this past year. She used to live in London and had always dreamt of living in Paris. One day, she decides that London is not working for her anymore, she applies for 100 jobs in Paris (even though she doesn’t speak french) and 3 months later she emails me that we should grab a cup of coffee at St Paul in Le Marais because she’s now living in Paris. Job: check! She needs to find an appartment, boom the 3rd she visits is hers. And not just any appartment. One in the Montmartre area, her favorite neighbourhood of the city, it has a view over Paris and she gets to choose her flatmate. Flat: check! Oh yeah and 3 weeks after arriving to the city, she falls crazy in love with this guy who she’s with today. Love: check! Not saying she doesn’t deserve it or anything, just stating that a bit of luck was there, you have to admit. 

Some people are born beauties, some are very bright, others always meet the right people at the right time… you know what I’m talking about. So you’d think that some people just find pennies and others don’t. Well don’t think that. Luck is not something that people are born with, it’s something you can find on your own!


Specialists like David Bellaiche especially, a French professor, say that luck is the “ability to create a favorable environment around one”. It’s about “opening the box of opportunities”: 

  1. meeting the right people
  2. being on the right territories
  3. listening to the right needs

And for that to happen, he suggests 4 attitudes:

  • CURIOSITY: if you do the same stuff all the time, how are you going to experience something new and exciting? You should keep an eye on what’s around you.
  • BEING CONNECTED: the more you interact with people, help them, bring them together, the more chances you have to meet great people. 
  • CHANCE DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK: accept that sometimes everything doesn’t go the way you planned it. If you look at great people who have succeeded, they have also failed a lot of times and gotten back on their feet. They have turned weak moments into strenghts (I love that philosophy). 
  • ANTICIPATION: people who talk about their dreams and spread the word have higher chances of making them come true as other people might easilier think of them if they find something interesting. It’s about anticipating and picturing what you want to share it and make it happen.

In a nutshell, David Bellaiche says that “luck isn’t what happens to you, it’s what you make out of it”.

I’d also add that one should be

OPTIMISTIC: if you only see the bad things happening around you, you wouldn’t even see a great deal of luck if it hit you in the head! 

PROVOKE IT: you’ve got to take some risks because if you run safe all the time, it’s not very likely that something crazy will happen. If you control everything in your life, you don’t let space for anything unexpected.


Being lucky is something you make happen and a state of mind. Now go and get it. 

Young, Wild & Free – Snoop Dogg

Alors là c’est la surprise du jour. Même moi je ne pensais pas mettre un jour une chanson de Snoop Dogg sur le blog… mais elle est tellement cool celle-ci, je ferais bien une exception. Douce, groovy & happy mood (pas de doute sur l’état dans lequel ils étaient pour écrire la chanson…). Et puis je me sens un peu “young, wild & free” ces temps-ci. Pas que je fume de la weed mais quand on est en train de monter sa boîte et qu’on tient un blog pour laisser libre cours à sa créativité on se sent un peu “free”. Du coup mes idées sont parfois un peu (beaucoup) “wild”, mais c’est ça qui est drôle. Laisser libre cours à l’imagination !

 

This is the surprise of the day. Even I didn’t think I’d ever post a song by Snoop Dogg on the blog… but this one is so cool that I’ll make an exception. Soft, groovy & happy mood (no doubt on the state in which they were when they wrote the song…). And I also feel a little “young, wild & free” these days. Not that I smoke weed but when you are creating your own company and writing a blog to let your creativity run freely, you feel kind of “free”. Thus sometimes my ideas are a little bit (or very) “Wild”, but that’s just the fun part. Letting the spirit run freely!

 

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Hey Girl! I’m curious…

Hey Girl ! Un peu de lecture pour le weekend !

RYAN GOSLING se met au gluten free et ça on adore ! Je fais pas mal de lecture en ce moment et certains articles ont particulièrement retenus mon attention. J’aime bien lire tout ce qui est interview de personnalités que ce soit dans le milieu de la mode, l’alimentation, le bien-être, l’entrepreneuriat ou bien sûr tout ce qui concerne le gluten de près ou de loin. 

 

Hey Girl! Some reading for the weekend!

RYAN GOSLING goes gluten-free and we love it! I do a lot of reading these days and some articles particularly caught my attention. I like reading interviews of personalities whether it’s from the world of fashion, food, well-being, entrepreneurship or of course all that evolves more or less around gluten

 

Voici une sélection / Here is a selection :

KARL LAGERFELD dévoile son quotidien (un rêve) en décrivant 24h types / KARL LAGERFELD reveals his everyday life (a dream) by describing 24 typical hours.

Karl Lagerfeld in 24 hours – Harper’s Bazaar (in english)


Interview de la sublime GWYNETH PALTROW, qui ne mange ni gluten, ni sucre, ni produits laitiers – Harper’s Bazaar / Interview of the gorgeous Gwyneth Paltrow who doesn’t eat gluten, sugar or dairy – Harper’s Bazaar.

 Gwyneth Paltrow Interview – Harper’s Bazaar (in english)


Je découvre SEBASTIEN TELLIER à travers cette interview et contre toute attente, j’ai trouvé l’article très intéressant. A la question “Pour vous, l’élégance, c’est ?”, il répond “Montrer de l’extérieur ce qu’on est à l’intérieur.”. Forcément j’adore ! / I discover SEBASTIEN TELLIER through this interview and against all expectations, I find it to be very interesting. To the question “What is elegance for you?” he answers “Showing on the outside who you are on the inside”. Obvisouly I love it!

Interview de Sébastien Tellier – Madame Figaro (en français)


Je me suis toujours demandé s’il valait mieux courir avec ou sans musique. Au début je courrais sans parce qu’un grand sportif m’avait dit que sinon je ne suivais pas mon propre ryhtme mais celui de la musique. Mais au bout d’un moment, je trouvais ça un peu ennuyeux de courir sans stimulation sonore. Et c’est vrai, je cours beaucoup mieux quand j’ai mon iPod en marche. / I’ve always wondered whether it’s better to run with or without music. In the beginning I ran without because an experienced friend had told me that otherwise I wasn’t following my own rythm but the music’s. But after a while I found it a bit boring to run without any sound stimulation. And it’s true that I run better with my iPod on.

Does music help you run faster? – The Guardian (in english)


Et puis le magnifique RYAN GOSLING qui se met au sans gluten dans Hey Girl ! Quelques images rigolotes. “Xanthan” EST un mot bizarre. / And the handsome RYAN GOSLING who goes gluten free in Hey Girl! Some fun images and “Xanthan” IS a funny word.

Hey Girl, version gf“. Ca donne envie non ? (in english)


Gluten Free Healthy Snack!

Mmmh c’est l’heure du goûter !! Je suis K.O. et j’ai besoin d’un petit remontant pour me dynamiser et finir la journée au top ! Parce que j’ai pas mal de choses à faire, j’ai déjà fait mes 150 sauts de corde à sauter pour me rebooster (oui oui je suis sérieuse — je bosse de chez moi en ce moment…) mais ça n’a pas suffit. J’opte donc pour le plein d’énergie healthy : un petit bol de raisins secs et d’amandes bio. Trop bon, trop healthy, trop facile de prendre soin de soi !


Mmmh the time for afternoon tea has arrived!! I’m exhausted and I need a little pick-me-up to boost me and help me finish the day proudly! Because I have a lot to do, I’ve already made my 150 jumping rope jumps to get re-energized (seriously! I currently work from home so…) but it wasn’t enough. I then turn to my healthy evergy solution: a little bowl of organic raisins and almonds. So good, so healthy, so easy to take care of oneself!