I understand why my daughter dreams of the next pair of sneakers. You can be a bit materialistic when you are a teenager. However I feel a bit sad when she says she liked it when I was working in a law firm. Even though we did not see each other, I was earning money.
Today I am looking for a way to earn money through my creations, my videos, my books and teaching French on Skype. I am on a mission to empower women. I cannot fulfill my mission if I go back to the corporate world, even more so because I know it was making me ill. I had a burnout before I left the law firm. I feel I am now so much healthier and happier. I need to find a way to pay my rent and buy shoes to my beloved daughter once in a while.
I started an online business many years ago, in an attempt to be a stay at home mum who supports her family.
However, my business strategy stemmed from fear of lack. I had to close the business down because I was loosing money.
Today I focus on being of value to others. I have written a book which I sell, while giving free videos and articles and clairesamuel.com to inspire women.
One member of our beautiful community asked me why I decided to go and live in Tunisia, Africa.
First I love this country for a reason which is difficult to explain. I feel like the spirit of this country is running through my veins. I feel like I am 9 years old again when I am in Tunisia. The air feels familiar. The magnificent ever-present sun, the softness of the weather, the beautiful blue sky together create a magical bubble. I feel I live in paradise. I feel like I can really fulfill my mission in Tunisia. Had I stayed in Paris, I would have gotten very ill.
Second, I wanted to go and live in Portugal because it was in the European Union. However I could not find schools where classes were taught in French for my kids. On the contrary, it is easy to find French schools in Tunisia.
Two middle-aged men helped me tremendously since I arrived in my new country.
They confided in me that 20 years ago, people helped them when they were in France and were strangers like I am in their country today.
Today they feel like giving part of what they received back then.
I also recall this amazing woman who helped me escape a toxic relationship many years ago.
I felt bad at the time because while I was receiving so much help I could not give anything back. I was exhausted and depleted during that time.
She whispered to me: “One day you will give too“.
Even if we did not give to the person who helped us, we can always give today to another person and feel part of this beautiful giving chain. Receiving with grace and giving with pleasure.
Express yourself my friend my sister! Dance, sing, write or record youtube videos!
Shall you need to be inspired by which equipment can be used to record youtube videos, I have two additions to my existing gear.
I needed a Rode Microphone Cable:
and a “GoPro Compatible Fotopro mini phone tripod“:
I am still happily using my Samsung Galaxy A8:
This was my first equipment video: “Which gear do I use to record videos? One way of doing it #equipment“.
Recently I bit my tongue so hard that I could hardly speak. Probably magnesium deficiency. I will add more raw cacao to my diet.
Anyway, it taught me not to take my ability to speak whenever I want for granted.
Your voice matters my friend my sister. Please do not take your ability to speak for granted. Freedom of speech did not always exist. Knowing how to express yourself in multiple languages is a true gift; use it.
I am grateful, for my mic and for my phone. I am grateful for youtube for being a free platform which enriches my life so much.