My name is Adeline, but I also go by the name of Addie.
I have been living abroad for the last sixteen years including fourteen in the UK (London mostly) and the rest, in Italy.
Quite early on, I developed an interest for the English language as well as living my life in an unconventional way. It hasn’t always been easy, but I have tried following the crowd, fitting the mould & it’s never really worked for me. I need to move around, see new places, discover other cultures, meet people from foreign countries… I love experimenting & I’m happy to do it on my own if nobody wants to join me.
I’ve been lucky enough to try different jobs in my life, I’ve also travelled quite a bit (around Europe mostly so far) and I’ve had the pleasure of learning English in London which has made my life so very interesting.
It’s taken me a while to make the decision to launch this website & try to make a living out of my writing. I didn’t know where to start, I had a million thoughts rushing through my head & I had to get over my fears of failing & judgement from other people. I’m still a long way from what I’m aiming for, but I think I’ve finally taken the first step towards the kind of freedom & happiness I want.
I really feel like I have no choice, but try! I am far too curious & stubborn to quiet this calling I have deep down. It’s a lovely feeling of “there is so much more waiting for me out there” & there is no way I’m taking the chance of turning this into a regret when I’m too old to do anything. I know what I’m like, I get really mad when I somehow sabotage myself & I end up missing out on amazing opportunities because I’m scared or just over-thinking everything. I have already had the proof over & over again that the world has so much to offer! I currently have no idea whatsoever of how things are going to turn out, but who does? As I always say, if I don’t try I will never know! To me, giving up on my dreams is a far worse punishment than failing at trying.
Some facts about me:
I grew up in France near Le Mans and stayed there until I was 23 years old. I seem to remember that by that age, I was already pretty much looking into crossing the French borders and build my life in a foreign country.
I was also very much drawn to the English language, so I was contemplating moving to the UK or maybe Canada, the United Sates or even Australia. I recall how totally unachievable it seemed back then as it had never been done or heard of in my family or in my circle of friends. Nobody really ever “dreamt” of leaving their safe & comfortable lives to go to the complete unknown.
Anyway, after a lot of work and a great deal of convincing (my parents), I landed a job as an au pair in London. What was supposed to be a one year experiment turned into an 11 year life changing adventure.
I have created this website and blog because despite thinking that there are many of us out there doing the same thing, I still like to think that I am a unique human being and that I may have things to offer to some of my own readers.
What will you find in here?
There will be documented travels of wherever I’ll end up. I’m going to share the good, the bad, the moments of joy, the hard times, pieces of advice and hopefully inspirational stories, projects and encounters.
What’s important to me as well is to be true and honest. I have done the “people pleasing” gig, I have been patient and quiet, I have observed and listened a lot, but I think I kind of lost track of who I actually was along the way. As I’ve grown older, I now know who I wanna be as an independent human being.
This blog is partly about my journey of self- discovery, the past experiences but also the ones yet to come. It’s about following my gut feeling, confronting my fears and doubts. It’s about making dreams a reality, trying new ideas out and being more spontaneous. It’s also about other people out there I want to connect & share adventures or experiences with. I want to offer support & encourage the “dreamers”, the “doers” & even the “tryers”. I used to do some volunteering in my younger years and I want to do some more of that too, because I truly miss it. I do believe we all have something to offer, to pass on & even a little gesture can go a long way.