Day 233: Make Resolutions.

So it's the last day of 2011 and all I have to say is thank God. While some really amazing things happened this year, some really awful things went down and I'm ready to kiss 2011 au revoir! 

Being someone who follows traditions, here go my 2012 New Year resolutions: 

1. Don't let French paperwork expire!!
2. Discover new blogs (Suggestions welcome).
3. Drink more water...
4. Finally pursue a creative venture that I have been toying around with in my head for years.
5. Read Brett Sills and Juliette Sobanet's book!
6. Appreciate the nice guy (Something that I struggle with...).
7. Don't take things personally.
8. Find a better job.
9. Call my grandparents more often.
10.Make the most of 2012 and push the limits of what I can do!

I'd also like to thank everyone who inspires me to blog. It's your visits, comments, e-mails and overall support that keeps me going. A huge thank you goes out to:

Duchess, Mary-Kay at Out and About in Paris, Kristen at Un homme et une femme, D at Grenobloise, Keith at A Taste of Garlic, Miss Gwan at Where in the World is Gwannel Sandiego?, Sara-Louise at Sara in Le Petit Village, Laura at Looks So Lovely, Miss MCJ at Trèfle à Cinq Feuilles, Shannon at A Little Bit Chaunoise, Gabe, Em at A Girl Around the World, Kymberly Bays, Juliette Sobanet at Chocolate for Writers, Brett Sills at Peeling Back the Skin, Catherine at Simply Solo, Meg at Meg the Grand, Laura at The Everyday Life of a Young American in Girl in France, Chickster at Up, Up and Aways, Victoria at Vin Rouge et Crème Brûlée, Miss Fifi Flowers, Les Moms at Tales of an American Mom in Paris, Meredith at Fairy Tales and Cappuccinos, mes potes at Urbacolors and all of my lovely readers who take the time to visit!

Merci mille fois et bonne année! 


  1. Happy New Year! My biggest resolution is to start updating my blog again!

  2. Oh you are super lovely!! Can't wait to see what the future holds for both of us!! I can sense 2012 is going to be amazing already. Happy New Year from Sunny Melbourne!! xo

  3. Hi Ella! Discovering your blog in 2011 was such a treat! I've really enjoyed our correspondences as well! Let me know if you're interested in your thank-you gift (on my blog I just mentioned it). Happy 2012! It's gonna' be good (yes, I hope I find a better job here too)! Biz

  4. Happy New Year! May 2012 bring you joy, peace and happiness.

    Mlle Ella, did you drink a big glass of water this morning? ; ) After reading your resolutions, I feel somewhat duty-bound to ask if you're sticking to them. Oh, and how are your grandparents? Have you called them today?

    Many thanks for the mention and for all of your support. Here's to a great year in Paris! (clinking of virtual champagne glasses)

  5. Completely agree with Grenobloise, it's been a delight to discover your blog and read your posts throughout this year. Best of luck with all of your resolutions and along the lines of finding new blogs, be careful signing up for a Pinterest account - your time online will automatically increase exponentially.

  6. happy new year Ella!!!! keep on bloggin'
    you can add the 11th: publish your book!

    What does the 6th resolution mean ?

    bonne et heureuse année 2012!

    Paris misses you!

  7. Aw shucks! Thanks for thanks! And thanks to you for writing such witty and charming posts. Your blog is delightful and I really enjoy it, so cheers to you! bis x

  8. So sweet! Happy 2012 to you!! And thank you for the shout-out. You already know that your tales are my daily read :) Enjoy the rest of your time stateside & here's to many more great stories in 2012! xo

  9. BONNE ANNEE!! All caught up. I'm ready to kiss 2011 goodbye too, 2012 sounds much better! And thanks for the shout-out. Happy New Year :)

  10. I got a shout-out, wow! Tres cool, lol...I totally second your #1 resolution "Don't let French paperwork expire", start's such a headache. I'm so excited for 2012 too! I have a bunch of resolutions this year, too. Most of all to leave 2011, and certain people, for the memory books. Bonne annee!

  11. You think we can inspire you to write a book as well?;)

    Your humour, your eagerness to learn and grow and your positive attitude are an inspiration to me and to all your readers, I'm sure!

    Looking forward to being privy to your new adventures in 2012!

    Happy New Year!


    Duchesse xoxoxo

  12. Aww so sweet! Thank you for the shout out and I so enjoy following you and living vicariously through your adventures! You are an inspiration to me and know that as shitty as things get, they get better, if not fantastic! :)

    Cheers to 2012 Miss Ella!


  13. You uber fabulous, Miss Ella!! Happiest of years to you!

  14. Bonne année!!!

    Oh my goodness, you are too, too sweet!! I'm so honored to get a callout. :)
    It's been inspiring following your blog and seeing your growth. If you ever publish a book (of the blog or anything else), I will be one of the first in line to buy it for me and all my friends.

    I really need to add #1 to my theoretical resolutions list.... Oh France, I'm sorry. You'd think that people here would be okay with one not sending in a receipt for recompensation and just not giving the money, but not in la France.

  15. Hi Ella, I'm like a year behind but wanted to write my first comment on your last post of your terrible year that thank god got so much better!
    I've been reading Paris blogs for a while and I can't understand why I didn't start yours until now. What a find, you're fabulous!
    I'm catching up and enjoying every minute of your Paris adventures.
    Yes, I'm another one of those who dream of living in Paris for a while some at the moment, reading about it makes me happy.
    I still have a few months to go but I've peeked in the future and I'm happy to see that things only get better for you. (As far as I've seen because I don't want to jump ahead too much)
    I'm looking forward to more of your Parisian life and "situations" that seem to encounter you, which you make an amusing read no matter how uncool they are for you some times.
    You've proven to be a champ and you're an inspiration, even for someone who could be your mother. (And I'm not! Hehe)
    Thanks for sharing your life in such an honest and real way.

    1. Hi Sylvia and welcome!

      Thank you so much for this kind, wonderful, and thoughtful comment!

      I hope you enjoy the rest of my travels and adventures. While I'd like to say all is good, something new has come up. Unfortunately...

      Stay tuned for Monday. : (

  16. Hey Lady! I'm clearly two and a half years late on this one, but thanks for this shout out! I saw a hit on my blog via this page and so naturally I followed the link, only to discover that I'd missed out on your shout out! I have totally enjoyed reading your blog and seeing how you experienced your French life. I know I've been a bit of a bad blogger these past couple of years (masters degree and working take up all my time now...), but I'm trying to get back into it! Thanks again, and heeey I live in Paris now so maybe we should meet in real life some time? Bisous ma belle!