What can I feel except compassion towards the people who say to me that it is not a good idea to go and live in Tunisia because it is a Muslim country. I have sadness about it, but I cannot change the glasses they are wearing. They are wearing some kind of glasses and I am wearing others. We live in a different world. It is my responsibility to have integrity and act according to my intuition.
When I was a child, my mother used to complain because I was “talking too much“. However, today when my son says to me: “I love talking!” I reply: “So do I, what a good match!“. I love talking so much. When I was in law school, I loved the exercises when we plead in front of a judge. Today I can express myself to the fullest thanks to youtube, knowing that whoever is happy to listen will do so.
I love Roberto Blake. I notably follow his advice of not looking at the subscribers number nor the likes on instagram. However, I refuse to compare myself to people doing a similar thing to me, even if it is to get better. My goal is to stay very true to me.
Marie Forleo did a very inspiring interview about the Blue Ocean strategy. I love creating and staying in my own lane, a new one. Competition is old school. We live in the era of collaboration. This is also what the interview with Chantal Revault d’Allonnes taught me.
Please visit Roberto Blake’s youtube channel and instagram @robertoblake for inspiration. Marie Forleo is also a fantastic source of great advice for women. This is her youtube channel and her instagram @marieforleo.
Read Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant:
I was taking a yoga class for pregnant women. For the first time, I felt what it meant to be relaxed. I understood that so far, I had always lived in a constant state of fear. I was afraid of the sudden expectations and moodiness of my mother then my abusive boyfriends. Thanks to yoga, I took control back over my life. Today yoga is like a deep nourishment for my body and my soul. Yoga helped me to recover from abuse.
I was exhausted. I could not cope with the manipulator’s provocations. I felt tempted to let go of everything, including my children. I felt tempted to let them go to the perpetrator, despite the abuse. I have so much gratitude and appreciation towards Jean-Paul Mugnier, who advised me to stay on the right path. He was such a light into my life. He helped me to hold on. He helped me to protect my children.
If you read French, this is one of his many books:
Beauty can uplift us from the trauma experienced in the past. Beauty can help us to rebuild our life my friend my sister.
Taking photos of beauty is a way of capturing the essence of life for eternity. I discovered it by making the most of my Instagram @clairesamuelenglish.
Giving French lessons was the first step to escape from the toxic relationship I was trapped in. For the first time, I did not reveal everything to the perpetrator. It can also be doing grocery shopping for an elderly person. The point is that we can get some control back over our life by saving money only for ourselves and for our escape.
A wise woman told me: “Everything is open“. We can transform our future my friend. We have the power to make it what we want, because so many opportunities exist. I was afraid, because I could not see how much choices I had. Thank you for your kind words, dear Rachida.
One of the most viewed videos on my youtube channel Claire Samuel in English is entitled “Talking about sex to my teenage daughter #positiveeducation“. The topic is relevant. What if the easiest way to protect our teenagers was to teach them what self-respect is? What if it means we start as mothers to truly respect our children bodies? For instance, by refusing to slap them?
The best way for our teenagers to have a positive and healthy view of sexuality is to have such a strong sense of self-respect that they would not tolerate any type of toxic relationships.