Author: Valentine Laval

21 Days of Gratitude Challenge #TVDGratitudeChallenge

  To be honest with you, the first days of 2017 have been quite tough on me. I tried really hard to remain positive, to refocus myself, to set new goals… But it was hard for to focus on the positive things in my life. It was like I couldn’t see them, even when they were right in front of me. I found myself suffering from panic attacks… in short, I wasn’t in a good headspace. I needed to calm down, to breath, and to attempt to get my life back together. One night, I randomly thought of the “365 days of gratitude” @jiliciousjourney has been doing on Instagram since the beginning of 2016. Without thinking twice, I grabbed a notebook a wrote “21 Days of Gratitude: Day 1/21”. I had nothing to lose. People say it takes 21 days to start a habit, so I thought that maybe after those 21 days of recording what I was grateful for, I would have my positivity back. Every day I try to write down all the things …

What Does it Mean to be Open Minded

For the last few years, open-mindedness has become all the rage, “hype”, fashionable, and something everyone wants to be – or at least appear to be. All over social media, people are presenting themselves as accepting, open to everyone + everything. I’ve met so many people claiming to be open-minded. It’s a quality we all aspire to have. But on touchy topics, like political conflicts, veganism, or even art, a few of us are actually willing to listen to people with opposing views and opinions. When I realized that, I asked myself : am I really open-minded ? I started to think about it, and to question what “open-mindedness” really is. I went to google and searched for the official definition : “Willing to consider ideas or opinions that are new or different to your own” We all have things we disagree with, but it’s the way we respond to those things are what makes us open minded or not. I’ve always considered myself as open minded. But now when I will disagree with something, …

Aleppo

I can’t sleep tonight. My brain doesn’t want to stop thinking. I’m mad, and I’m sad. On a French Television show, a journalist has been talking back and forth with a man from Aleppo for the past few months, I  can’t remember exactly how long it’s been, but this has been going on for quite a while. Tonight on the show, they aired the Skype conversation between the two. The man explained the ever escalating situation; how he escaped last night’s bombing, how his friend’s mother had died. He wanted to call now, as “maybe it was the last time.” This man is a hero. He didn’t want to leave his town, and now he is dedicating his life to help his people, saving those who are trapped under demolished buildings. Yet, nobody is talking about it. I’m mad because I’m here, in my bed with my computer I was able to pay for because of a summer job I had in a comfortable office. I am safe in my city, in my country, despite …