I took a break from writing…


So I was writing a book and then I took a long break. 

It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post about writing this book and that’s because it took a long rest on the back burner while my business needed other attention. Not only my business but my mental health in a pandemic and moving to a new home in Paris. 

To say this last year has been an adventure would be an understatement. Often I can be so hard on myself that I haven’t “done this” or “created that”, but in reality, I’ve lived in this new country for 9 short months, most of which has been in lockdown, so I think it’s probably time I cut myself some slack and acknowledge everything I have achieved. 

So even though putting a pause on a book felt disappointing, I now see the silver lining, or the lesson in the creative space it has given me to make this even more true to who I am. 

I started this book journey thinking it would be more of a memoir or a “rule book” for this amazing french cultured life I live here, but as I have read the books of others and allowed inspiration to flow to me, I have discovered that the type of book I am writing is a completely different one. 

So this week, I am picking it back up. Reconnecting to the words and pictures I want to share with all of you, and the book I want sitting in your homes. 

I’ve decided it’s time to just “go for it”, start writing my book pitch, have Sara give it a solid edit and send it out to publishers. It’s time to see what happens with this story I have been wanting to tell for so long. 

Who knows what will happen, but I feel a surge of excitement again and I feel a true alignment.

After three months of solitude and as Paris re-opens, I realize it’s also time for me to re-open, to share more of myself, and be less afraid. Maybe this book is the first step?

with love,

Danielle Barich

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