Four years strong!

March 31, 2014 in Philosophy,Travel

C’est Christine went live with this post four years ago today. Rereading the comments on that post brings me so much joy: so many of the same people who took the time to say they were excited for and proud of me then are still some of my most fervent supporters today.

Christine Amorose in Nice 2010

It’s been four years and 20 new countries and 641 posts written. I’ve grown out my hair and chopped it off, grown bangs and grown them out: my journey can be tracked through haircuts and lack thereof.  I was 21 years old when I decided to start a blog. I broke up with my boyfriend, quit my job, had a ticket to France and fantasies of a book deal (I’d be discovered via my blog, naturally). I wanted to dare to live the life I’d dreamed of: skydiving, buying a one-way ticket to a faraway land, road tripping across the United States.

In a lot of ways, I did just that. I’ve jumped out of planes and off mountains, lived in France and Australia, moved to New York City via Route 66. In some ways, too, my dream life has shifted. I’ve learned that I’m not cut out for full-time travel, that I’m overcome by fixed life envy when I’m living out of a backpack. I don’t want to be fleeting and flighting; I revel in being reliable and having roots. I thrive when travel is a treat, when I can balance routine with exploration.

This blog has been witness to big decisions, far-flung destinations, press trips and conferences and opportunities I never could have dreamed of. When I read back between the lines, I notice the nuances of emotions and subtle references to relationships. It’s been equal parts diary and travel guide and inspiration. I’ve never known exactly what I wanted this blog to be or to become, and for that I’m grateful: it has been this little slice of the internet where I could share a big variety of things. Sometimes it’s been just for me–to record, to remember, to simply write down the things I was feeling and struggling with–and other times, it’s been for my readers–to inspire, to lead, to guide.

I’ve allowed myself to grow and change, to travel and settle down, to fall in love with a place and leave it behind when it was time. I started this blog as an outgrowth of a break-up, and I’ve since settled into a relationship that is as easy as it is exciting. I’ve crafted a (sometimes very overbooked) life of the things that I’m passionate about: traveling and writing here, connecting and branding at ONA, stretching the muscles and calming the mind in yoga teacher training. I’ve learned to recognize what makes me happy, to be intentional in my choices to lead a life that I love.

The most important lessons I’ve learned: write consistently, but take a break when you need it. Book the ticket and the rest will fall into place. People will remember the way you make them feel. Turn off your phone when you go to bed. Read good books, burn good candles, wear clothes that make you feel confident. Comparison is the thief of joy. Leave when your work for the day is done. If you want to be happy, then be. Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.

When I moved to France, I never imagined that I’d one day live and love New York City. I was in search of sun and sand and the carefree beach-bum lifestyle that goes along with it. For a few years, I shucked responsibilities and chased pleasure. In many ways, I wasn’t sure what I was searching for: I was just determined to check the things off the list, to do the things that so many deemed impossible. In many ways, I’m still not sure what’s next, for me or this blog. Although I still love to travel, I love fashion and yoga and seeking out new experiences in one of the world’s most touristed cities.

Mark Twain said write what you know. I know that terrifying moment right before you click the buy button on a plane ticket that will change your life. I know what it’s like to be alone in a new country and feel overwhelmed and out of place, yet feel like it’s exactly where you need to be. I know how to pull together an outfit from a backpack that makes me feel like the best version of me, how to arrive in a new city and find a job and an apartment and a group of friends. If nothing else, I can promise that I’ll keep trying to write what I know, to write the things closest to my heart.

As always: THANK YOU. None of my success would be possible without my readers, and I am grateful every day that there are people who take the time to read about my adventures and (bonus!) find the time to comment on, “like” and share what they see. I appreciate it more than I can express here.

A look back: first blog-aversary, second blog-aversary and third blog-aversary. I also wrote my very first guest post on Twenty-Something Travel four years ago today about choosing to travel solo, and last week I contributed a piece on how to balance travel and full-time work: everything comes full circle. 

 

 

 

 

  • Congratulations! Thanks to this blog, you surely have a lot to show for these past for years of your very lived life. I mean that simply in the archival sense though. I have a feeling you would’ve created a world for yourself that feels as good as this one does now. Congrats, again :) xo

  • Yasemin

    Congrats! I feel bad for not commenting much but I’ve been reading on-off for maybe 2 years and everyday/post for 1! I too want to complete a working holiday visa in Australia, travel South East Asia (hopefully this summer) and live in New York City. I love the way you write, and how you pursue an ‘intentional’ lifestyle – definitely inspirational. Thank you and hope you find a way to celebrate tonight!!!

  • camorose

    Thanks lady! Appreciate all of your support over these last few years :) Plenty (good and bad) has happened offline that was never recorded, but it’s still nice to have this as a way to look book and reflect :)

  • Anđela Ćenan

    Congratulations!!! or – happy birthday, C’est Christine! :)))) May the following years be even better… scattered around the world ..but always going back to the ‘home sweet home’ wherever it may be (if it is how you decide it to be, naturally!) Keep the sparkle in your eyes and never lose your smile! Never, ever stop living intentionally, seaking for happiness and fulfillment! (I know you won’t – and wait, this sounds more like ‘happy birthday, Christine, not Christine’s blog oups!) :) Thank you for writing and for sharing your stories with us! Most of all, thank you for being a constant source of inspiration! :) (ps, wait, you’re only 25???! oh WOW!! not that you look older (most definitely not), but you’ve already achieved SO MUCH. I guess your ”stories of wisdom” made me think you left for Nice older than 21… :)) CHAPEAU! 😉

  • camorose

    Thank you! I wasn’t thinking about celebrating, but I might just have to have a glass of champagne now that you mentioned it :)

  • camorose

    Haha yes only 25! I’ll be 26 this June. Graduated from school when I was 20, so I had a few years headstart on everyone :) Thank you so much for reading and for all of your support and kind words. It’s much appreciated, Andela :) xx

  • jill

    Congratulations! I have enjoyed reading your blog for about a year now – and am trying my hand at living intentionally even though I am double your age. Travel has always been a passion (I was a travel agent a long time ago) but that old “life got in the way” thing has waylaid me. Now that I am an empty nester I am trying to make up for lost time, even giving blogging a go myself. I wish you continued success – and I mean “success” by your own definition, which is the best kind!

  • Anđela Ćenan

    that was quick! aah, that explains it! June? is that why you like the beach so much?! :) not that one needs a special reason to like the beach, of course!
    you’re welcome! :)

  • HippieInHeels

    what a bummer I didn’t know about your blog years ago! It’s wonderful to read- I hope you keep writing.

  • So proud of you!!!! What amazing things you’ve accomplished in 4 years!

  • LostInCheeseland

    And to many more! Congratulations, I’m so glad our blogs have connected us both on and offline!

  • Nevin

    Four years strong – too right! Congratulations dear friend, for all the wonderful things you’ve accomplished and the way you’ve written about them (not to mention the photographic memories). Looking forward to the next 4(0) years!

  • Laura

    Congrats! I always enjoy stopping by cost christine, to many more years of blogging and inspiring!

  • Four years! Wow, we are getting old. At least I am, I don’t think I realized that you are only 25? Anyways, glad that we’ve gotten to “grow up” together!

  • Did we meet before you started this blog?! That is crazytown. Congrats on four wonderful and inspiring years, lady. I have loved living vicariously through your stories and stunning photos!

  • Dana

    I loved this post and I just love following all of your adventures. I’m finishing up a seven month stint in the Côte d’Azur and I can’t wait to figure out what’s next.

    Bisous!

  • Wendy

    Congratulations! Here’s to many more years of adventures!

  • Monica McCarthy

    Congrats, Christine! I’m so grateful our meeting in Chiang Mai led to a lasting friendship in NYC (and Portland)!

  • Elizabeth Harding

    Well done Christine! Your blog was one of the first ones that inspired me to travel and write! Please don’t stop! – this article is also written really lovely!

  • camorose

    Hooray! Thank you so much for your support of C’est Christine. I’m so glad to hear that it’s been able to inspire you in some small way :)

  • camorose

    Thank you! As of now, that’s the plan 😉

  • camorose

    Thank you so much! Can’t wait to meet sometime in these next four years :)

  • camorose

    Merci beaucoup, ma chérie!

  • camorose

    Thank you for being such an incredible part of my time in Nice and so many of my favorite travel memories!

  • camorose

    Thank you! Much appreciated :)

  • camorose

    Yes! So many incredible experiences for both of us in these last few years :)

  • camorose

    Yes! You were one of my blogging inspirations!

  • camorose

    Merci! Can’t wait to see where you head next :)

  • camorose

    Thank you thank you!

  • camorose

    Yes! Love how life works :)

  • camorose

    Oh yay–I’m SO glad to hear that! Thanks for your support :)

  • Beautiful! What an amazing journey its been!

  • Elizabeth Harding

    Honestly – I first read your post on your vespa night tour in Ho Chi Minh City (which I then did myself) and since then I’ve been hooked! Well done!

  • Erin M.

    Congratulations! WOW, I have followed your blog for quite a while now and never tire of reading your perspective on things as well as living vicariously through your adventures. If you would ever like a place to stay in Brazil, my door is always open! Best of luck to you in your fifth year of blogging :)

  • Congratulations on 4 years Christine! Loved the look back in time. Can’t wait to see what is next for you and your blog! :)

  • camorose

    Thanks, Erika! Appreciate your support :)

  • camorose

    Oh yay! That makes me so happy!

  • camorose

    You’re too sweet! I’ve definitely recognized your email address over the years–thanks so much for reading :) Brazil is definitely on the list so I might let you know 😉

  • camorose

    Thanks! I can’t wait too!

  • Thank you for continuing to tell your story! I can’t remember at what point I stumbled across your blog but I could instantly relate. It was refreshing to read your stories as my passion for travelling has also lead me to live in and work in a number of other countries (Finland, Philippines and Indonesia) and have always struggled with the fixed life envy. http://www.rubbishreport.org

  • Aw, four years — that’s a big one. I am so happy to have met you along your journey. :)

  • Wow, 4 years and still going strong! Congrats!

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  • camorose

    Aw thanks so much for commenting, Meghan! How lucky you’ve been to live in such a variety of countries–I’m sure you have plenties of stories to share too!

  • camorose

    Five years actually! Isn’t that nuts! Hope our paths cross again in NYC sometime soon :)

  • camorose

    Five years actually–isn’t that nuts! Thank you!

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