Paris! It speaks to me in a way that no other city in the world ever has. It is the City of Light – showcasing the finest this planet has to offer in architecture, fashion, food, art, and romance. I personally have never been to Paris with a partner or lover, although make no mistake, I am definitely having a love affair with Paris – all on my own!
No, my connection to Paris and the reason I think it keeps calling me back is because of the way it makes me feel – it is a place that engages all of my senses. It inspires me to be more vital, alive, empowered, and definitely more feminine. That’s a side of myself that I have subdued – like so many of us who grew up in the baby boom generation. We were breaking new ground but also treading softly. I personally feared forging a bold career path in a male-dominated industry that I might be accused of not being “up to the job” or worse, using my femininity to get ahead or advance my career.
It’s been a tricky and often exhausting balance. BUT… when I visit Paris…Poof! I am liberated – suddenly uninhibited to explore my feminine side, without compromising my feminist side. In others words, it is where I feel I can be more of myself. Paris is my alter-ego if you will, like a secondary or alternative personality, and one that grows stronger as I get older and care less about what people think.
So if you love Paris, I invite you to join me on the journey to unwrap little by little, week by week, what this remarkable city represents to us, as we enjoy and relish what I believe are best years of our lives.