As I write these lines, my bags are packed, and I’m ready to fly out to the USA!
My to-do list is all checked off (miracles do happen!), the arrangements for my trip are tied up, and I am actually looking forward to traveling. And among the excitement, anticipation and impatience to arrive and meet everyone on my US Tour (which includes stops in Dallas, New Hampshire and Andover!), there is my undeniable feeling of amazement.
At the end of 2009, I vowed to reinvent myself (you may have read my own reinvention story and heard me speak about it as a common theme here on the blog… maybe even my tale of it in relation to the pandemic!). I was happy, but having been a very active, hands-on mom for twenty years, and with my four children growing up fast, I felt I needed a new challenge.
As such, I started my blog – “My French Country Home,” which you’re reading as we speak – and much to my surprise and delight, I quickly grew an audience. Those early days of blogging were heady moments. The blogging world was fun, and I made friends online in those first years (and since) who have accompanied me on the MFCH journey ever since.
As my blog grew, the doors started opening. First, the offers of a book contract (which led to My Stylish French Girlfriends… and then another (My French Country Home: Entertaining Through the Seasons)! Then, readers (soon-to-be clients!) emailing me asking to tour the best of France with me. What followed you may know… the start of our luxury French subscription box, then our print magazine, our online magazine and, finally, the online MFCH Boutique! And now, as I board the plane, I am invited to the United States to talk about my own garden and personal reinvention story.
Why am I telling you this? Rest assured, it is not to brag. This is encouragement! If ever you are wondering about taking a new direction, about exploring new paths… if you ever feel that you have done the same old same old for far too long, then I encourage you to be brave, to step out of your comfort zone and to try something new!
It’s not until you take this first step, however scary, that you can even have any idea of where you may end up. I promise you that your plans will change and evolve – and this is fine!
Reinvention sounds scary, but really you just need to take the jump, then sit back, and enjoy the ride!
And, If you’re interested in my US Tour, I have some fun events lined up. See the brief details below or see my full post here!). If you’re in any of these areas of the States, I’d love it if you to come by to say hello!
Dallas – 11th & 12th November
I start my trip in Dallas, where I am honoured to be invited to speak at the Dallas Garden Club.
I am very grateful to the Club for inviting me to their Fall Luncheon and look forward to sharing pictures of my garden and telling them all about country life here in Normandy (which is a very different experience to that in Texas!). The day before the Garden Club event (Thursday 11th November) from 2-3:30pm, there will also be book signing at the St Michael’s Exchange, 5 Highland Park Village.
New Hampshire (Tahilla Gatherings) – 13th & 14th November
From Dallas I fly north, and join my friend, Jeanne Henriques (of the blog, Collage of Life), for two days on her stunning property, Tahilla Farm in New Hampshire, where I will join her for her first event since the pandemic.
Together, we will hold two events on the 13th and 14th of November. You can find all the details on Jeanne’s site here and here. The theme for the first day will be a conversation about reinvention, and the second day will include a creative twist as I put together a tablescape using foliage foraged on the property, as well as a lunch.
Les Fleurs Andover – 16th & 17th November
On Tuesday, the 16th, we will host an event at the Andover Town House, which will include a meet & greet, a short presentation with slideshow of pictures of my country life here in Normandy, a conversation between Sandra and myself and then a Q&A with the audience. On the next day, the Wednesday, the 17th, I will be at Sandra’s store Les Fleurs and available to sign books and meet people who weren’t able to come to the ticketed event. Sandra and I are also excited to announce a new project that we are both working on right now, watch this space!
Please be sure to let me know if you’ll be coming to any of these events – I’d love to say hi!