Monday Motivation: Harvest Moon Partly Cloudy

Fall is a beautiful season, especially in New York City, with the vestiges of the summer and a tease into winter. Great time to visit parks and see autumn leaves.

And tonight, it’s September Harvest Moon!

Even if you’re not in Koh Tao for the Fullmoon Party, you can still enjoy this special evening, take time to reflect on your life and what you really want and make the most of its powerful, healing energies.

May the sun bring you new energy by day
May the moon softly restore you by the night
May the rain wash away your worries
May the breeze blow new strength into your being
May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life
~ Native Apache Indian blessing

Last week, between my snowy and cloudy (but beautiful!) trip to Alberta and my busy days of work in New York City, I remembered a very cute video, Partly Cloudy I watched many years ago.
It’s about clouds and storks, if you don’t know it, please take 5 minutes to watch it.
And if you do, please watch it again because it is a good reminder of the meaning of life, its struggles, and its beauty.
If there weren’t people like the worn stork and the storm cloud, there wouldn’t be a decent world to live in.

This week means a lot to me.
One year ago I was about to live a very special week, a powerful and terrible experience that changed my life forever.
It is a big milestone and I know it is a life-long journey.

So this week, more than never, enjoy every moment you share with your loved ones. Make memories, laugh, relax!

Be grateful for what you have.

I wish you a lovely week!



Monday Motivation: Love people. Use things. Because the opposite will never work

How was your weekend? Busy or lazy?

Every Monday, I will share with you readings, videos, and inspiring quotes to boost your energy and start your week right!

In New York City, we had a fresh and rainy weekend.

It was the perfect weather to begin a total cleanup and start this back-to-school season with a clear mind and more energy!

It reminds me of a book I read 3 years ago The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, from Marie Kondo (La Magie du Rangement in French).

This book is the Decluttering Bible. It helped me to organize my place, clear my mind, and feel good in my apartment.

In a few words, the concept is to be surrounded by things that you love and that make you feel good and get rid of everything else.

Have you ever tried to get rid of useless things?

It is not easy. But when you think of the things you really need and use in your everyday life, you will quickly realize that you don’t need that much.

If it brings you more happiness and peace in your everyday life, it is worth a try!

As I am on “decluttering mode”, yesterday I decided to watch the Minimalists, A Documentary About the Important Things with Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus.

What is Minimalism?

Some of you are certainly familiar with this concept.

Minimalism is to live with only the things you really need.

It is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.

Whatever the name you give to this trend, it is in reaction with over-consumption and advertising.

This warning of consumerism was already pointed out by USA president Jimmy Carter in 1979 in its speech “Crisis of Confidence”!

Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we’ve discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. We’ve learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose. ”

Finding your purpose and being confident is a journey, especially after a life-changing event.

I am not a perfect example of Minimalism or decluttering, but I know how things in my life are nothing compared to the people I love and the experience I live with them.

Enjoy every moment you share with your loved ones this week.

Think more of what makes you feel good and see how you feel at the end of the week, I’m sure you will feel happier and peaceful.


I wish you a lovely week!

Marie Barbezieux Rousselle

Life & Leadership Coach