My book tour is coming to an end, and I don’t think I could count the number of times that I have pronounced the word ‘privilege’. Honestly what more amazing way could there be to visit this huge country than by being on a mission that sees me invited into beautiful homes, stores and other venues.
The opportunity to meet so many people whose names are already familiar to me through the blog or social media is also a joy, and I’ve enjoyed our conversations. I get asked a lot of questions about life at home: about the dogs (ahem!), about the garden, about shooting the books. But I think that the questions that arise the most often are about how the blog has allowed me to reinvent myself.
Some of you may already know that I started the blog in 2010, when the youngest of my four children was growing up too fast, and having been a hands on Mum for twenty years, I knew that I was rapidly becoming redundant and that it was urgent for me to reinvent myself. I hardly knew how to use a computer, I knew zilch about websites, but when I discovered the world of blogging I wondered if it may be the answer to my need for a new activity.
From the first day, I only ever wrote about things that really interested me, I wrote from my heart, and although I never revealed anything personal about my family, it seems that my words made sense to some people.
Today I like to say that I am an ‘accidental entrepreneur’, as the blog led to the tours, the books and My Stylish French Box, and today I find myself working full time, or more than. A couple of ladies have asked me with a smile if I should have been more careful what I wished for, and I won’t lie, there are mornings when I wake up wondering why I have so much going on.
But really what I believe is that the ability to reinvent ourselves is one of today’s biggest luxuries. Not only do we have the ideas and the technology to do so, but we also live in a society where it is more and more accepted that – whatever your age – you are still allowed to follow a dream, and live each day with passion.
If my story has helped anyone that I have met, take that step of faith and dare to start a journey of reinvention then that makes me very happy.
I’d like to thank everyone who has come to meet me on the tour. It has been such a pleasure seeing so many people. Special thanks to everyone who has hosted me:
Les Fleurs in Andover, the Newport Flower Show, Mitchells Book Store in Nantucket, Rejuvenation in New York, Chicago and Berkeley, Bastide in New York, Nell Hills in Kansas City and today Chateau Sonoma in Sonoma.
Thank you to all the kind people I have met along the way: the Uber drivers who made me laugh, the young girl who cleaned me up when a guy spilt coffee over my white pants at the airport; and of course the friends who have taken me out to lunch, dinner and breakfast! Finally thank you to Gibbs Smith for asking me to write the books.
Writing this blog is a daily privilege, but never is it more keenly felt than when I’m on book tour!