TGBOL 5.2 & 5.3 : the elements of my day and So far so good

I havn’t been able to post last week because of infernal seasonal allergies but the theme I had chosen still feels relevant.

And this week’s theme is supposed to be a corner stone is this year’s TGBOL, so let’s begin.

The elements of my day.

The idea for this list comes from Brandon Burchard’s day planner. As a snapshot of your current life, it will allow you to leave a trace of what your days are made of, what you truly enjoy and what you’re really looking for.

So, just this once here are the instructions to build your list :

  • quickly jolt you to do list
  • what are the 3 things you are excited about today
  • what are the 3 things you are truly thankful for today

Here are The elements of my day

Quick To do list

  • drop at and pick kid at preschool
  • cook all three meals according to
  • write write write and write
  • send resumes

The three things I’m excited about today

  • opening the May Scrawlrbox
  • working on my manuscript
  • playing dinosaure’s world with my kid

The three things I’m thankful for

  • being able to spend time on my writing
  • my family
  • the rain that tames my seasonal allergies

So far so good

We’re heading towards midyear and I though it would be interesting to take a look at what has changed in our life , what has evolved, what is still going on and strong  since the beginning of the year and the launch of TGBOL.

So far so good

Since the beginning of the year ;

  • I’ve changed the way I eat out of necessity
  • I’ve lost weight
  • I’m still baking on a very regular basis,
  • I’m learning a strategic new skill (But Ush until I pass the exam 🙂 )
  • I’m learning a new way to express my creativity : drawing.

The Great Book of lists, chapter 5.1 : People who inspired you

This week, Jartagnan suggested a theme that is very dear to his heart and kindly accepted to write its prompt.

You too can suggest a them or a subject on which you’d like to write a list. You just have to go to the blog’s contact page or to the blog’s Facebook page.

Without further ado, I’m letting Jartagnan speak for himself.

It’s not about Dedcartes, Churchill, Coelho ou any other inspiring thinkers, whose quotes flourish the internet and the social networks.

No, this week is about a list of real people, unknown (or almost) to the world who had a real impact on our life.

Sometimes, just a little thing, a park, a teacher’s precepts, a piece of advice from a friend, you surely had such encounters in your life,  or people who did little but changed the face of your world.

So much gratitude an so many memories for these little but so significant inspirations


Here is my list of people who have inspired me :

My father
He is an optimist who often says nobody’s sheltered form a strike of luck. This way of seeing life has often allowed me to open my eyes and spot opportunities I could have missed.

My mother
Just like all researchers, she’s never satisfied with apparences nor averageness. It’s her fault I’m a nerd… and a star wars fan 😉
My grand father
He was a very wise man, never afraid to show a great tolerance but he fought like a lion to protect his family.  A man of great love, a wordsmith and a great cook.

Gordon Ramsay

Yes, an english chef. I like his common sense and how he’s demanding in a kitchen. I apply his motos everyday in my kitchen : cook in a clean and tidy kitchen, no more than 5 ingredients in a recipe, always taste, aso.
When I’m lost in between many recipes, I often wonder what would Gordon do.

Bernard Werber Douglas Kennedy
I have been lucky enough to meet them both. They do influence the way I approach writing. They see writing as a craft that needs to be practiced every day. Their discipline is incredible.


Le Grand Livre des Listes, chapitre 5.1 : Les gens qui vous ont inspiré

Cette semaine, Jartagnan a proposé un thème qui lui tient à coeur et il a gentiment accepté d’en écrire la présentation. 

Vous pouvez tous proposer/suggérer des thèmes sur lesquels vous aimeriez faire des listes. Il vous suffit pour ça de passer par la page contact du blog ou de me laisser un message sur la page Facebook du blog.

Sans plus attendre, je m’efface pour laisser la place aux mots de Jartagnan.
Il ne s’agit pas là de Descartes, Churchill, Coelho ou toutes ces penseurs inspirants, dont les citations pullulent sur le net et les réseaux sociaux.

Non, il s’agit là d’une liste de gens réels, des inconnus (ou presque) aux yeux du monde qui ont eu un véritable impact dans votre vie.

Parfois pas grand chose, un cadeau, une étincelle, les préceptes d’un professeur, le conseil d’une amie, vous avez surement eu dans votre vie des rencontres et des gens qui ont fait un petit rien qui a tout changé par la suite….

Beaucoup de souvenir et de gratitudes donc pour ces petites inspirations déterminantes..


Sans attendre, voici la liste des personnes qui m’ont inspirées :

Mon père
C’est un optimiste  qui dit souvent que personne n’est à l’abris d’un coup de bol. Cette façon de voir m’a souvent permis d’ouvrir les yeux et d’identifier des opportunités à côté desquelles j’aurais pu facilement passer.

Ma mère
Comme tous les enseignants-chercheurs, elle ne se contente ni des apparences ni de la moyenne. Si je suis une nerd, c’est en partie de sa faute 😉 et Star Wars aussi…

Mon grand-père
Un homme d’une très grande sagesse, qui n’a jamais eu peur de faire preuve d’une très grande tolérance mais qui s’est battu comme un lion pour sa famille. C’est lui aussi qui m’a donné le goût de la cuisine bien faite.

Gordon Ramsay
Oui, un chef anglais. J’apprécie son exigence et son bon sens en cuisine. J’applique ses préceptes tous les jours : cuisiner dans une cuisine propre, pas plus de 5 ingrédients dans une recette, toujours tester ses plats, etc.
Lorsque je suis perdue en cuisine, je me demande souvent ce que ferait Gordon.

Bernard Werber Douglas Kennedy
J’ai eu la chance de les rencontrer tous les deux. Ils influencent mon approche du travail d’écriture. Ils conçoivent le métier d’auteur comme celui d’un artisan des mots qui parfait son art au quotidien; Leur discipline est incroyable .


TGBOL, chapter 5.0 : I am currently…

Happy may the fourth to all of you. It’s Star Wars day today. And it’s a good day to plan something fun, unusual and a little outside of our comfort zone.

So this week’s list is going to be a little different. It’s going to be a portrait of you who are, what you do and what you plan.

I found the list idea on MAMBI website as a freebie for their Create 365 brand and I thought it was a great idea.

How does it work ?

We’ll be listing items starting with I currently…. love, eat, drink, etc. You can answer each and every one of them or chose to create your own in order to come up with you very own list.

So, without further ado, here is the snapshot of my day.


I am currently…

Loving… the new burst of inspiration that keeps me writing these last few days.

Eating… a lot of vegetables and fruits.

Drinking… water and Coca-cola zero

Watching… Castle and The Voice, french edition.

Going… to start to attend a new class this evening, I’m really excited.

Reading… La voie brisée de Madharva by Matthieu Rivero, a very talented french writer.

Texting… to my fellow class mates. We’re all anxious to know who’s the instructor.

Playing… elephants and dinosaures with our daughter. She came up with the game. First animal to slide in the swimming pool wins.

Working… on three manuscripts at a time. When inspiration fails me on one, I can always switch to the other ones.

Listening… to a lot of classical music because it helps me focus.

Thanking… life everyday for giving us the opportunity to live pleasantly and guide our daughter toward her true self and her best potential.

Buying… nothing. My credit card is broken. I’m waiting for a new one.

Planning… the following weeks and trying to fit in everyone’s needs and imperatives.

Visiting… Ardèche. My husband and I came back from a short trip and are still amazed by all the beautiful landscapes we’ve seen.

Wondering… what I’ll cook tonight. No kidding. 3 people in the house, 3 different ways to eat, including a toddler with current red food phobia.

Feeling… happy as a bee in a field of wild flowers. No room for boredom.



Here are all current TGBOLers :

KenLadylee, Selena, Ms GoliathAmyArwenLaurenRosemary,Jacqueline,Al,TJ,Maria,Angel,Sybil, Cach,Jartagnan,Jennifer,Lauraline,Judy,Esoria,JeanMandibelle ,KatMarie, Maëlysand Louise !

Check their blogs, check their lists, and if you feel like joining us in this great adventure : don’t hesitate.

It’s very simple.

Write a post, insert the TGBOL tag and a ping back the this article if you participate this week. The ping back and the TGBOL tags are very important : they allow me to know about your contribution and include you in the TGBOL authors list of the week.

You can suggest a theme or ask a question in the comments section.

Need more information on the event ? Here, you’ll find a complete presentation of the Great Book of Lists

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