Last Updated on 4th November 2020 by Sophie Nadeau
As of midnight on the 30th October, France has gone into a second lockdown. It’s hard to write these words as we are still living in the shadow of the first one (financially, mentally, and physically). However, we have done it before and we’ll get through it again. I am determined to use this extra time at home to continue developing my France content and bring the country we all know and love to you in several formats. So without further ado, from text to video to photographs, here’s how I can continue bringing France to you…
How I can continue bringing France to you!
I’m starting a Patreon
Something that I have been considering starting up for a long time has been a Patreon account, whereby you can become a Patron by paying a small monthly fee (around the price of a coffee) in order to access even more exclusive content about Paris and France.
There will be a weekly musing in the form of a forgotten story about Paris, a memoir-style description of a past event, a pictorial journey through a secret spot in Paris, or somewhere else in Europe. I’m incredibly excited to be creating even more France content! Check here for more details.
Join me on YouTube
I’ve started producing more content on YouTube this year and have several video projects in the works! Some vlogs I’m currently editing include a video about the charming medieval town of Nemours, a video about the historical city of Meaux, and several secret Paris videos! Find my YouTube channel here.
Follow along on Instagram
Instagram is the social media platform I perhaps use the most and I consistently update my stories with photos/ videos of Paris, my personal thoughts on what’s happening in the world currently, and make plenty of bad jokes! I post plenty of imagery from Paris, and have recently started creating mini-videos on the platform to showcase the city. You can find my Instagram here.
This website (solosophie.com)
The website you are reading right now is my first ever entrepreneurial project, and has been my main source of income for several years, but it didn’t start this way! I began my website back in 2015 when I was about to move abroad to Paris for an Erasmus study abroad.
What was initially going to be a year in the city soon turned into a love affair, and I made it my mission to find a way back to the city by turning my love of writing and photographing Paris into my job. There are hundreds of articles on this website to peruse through, and there will soon be hundreds more!
C’est la France podcast
The one aspect of my work that I have been really neglecting the past few months, it’s been my Podcast. However, with renewed time at home, I’ll be publishing an episode a week. In the coming weeks, you can look forwards to an episode on ‘Emily in Paris,’ an episode regarding the ‘mysteries of Montmartre,’ and an episode on ‘Secrets of the Seine’. Find out more about the podcast here.
Each week, I’ll be sending out a newsletter on a particular topic. It could be a spotlight on Montmartre, it could be musings about a further afield destination (within Europe). Find more details about how to sign up to my mailing list here.
A final note on what’s next
I am sure that more restrictions will be coming in the several months and these are the things I learned which helped me get through the last period of isolation;
– Taking care of your mental health is so important! (Perhaps one of the most important things of all)
– Be sure to spend time on an activity you enjoy for an hour or two a day, not just because you have to do it (reading/ video games/ painting/ indoor gardening). Many people will be using extra time at home to cook and clean and catch up on life admin, but it’s also important to find forms of escapism at this time
– Don’t be too hard on yourself for finding it exhausting and having to sleep extra/ not working to your full capacity. The last time around, I found it particularly stressful that I was consistently exhausted, despite spending more time resting at home. Times are tough and it’s important to give yourself a break!
– When you are stuck at home, there are plenty of great forms of escapism, and food is one of them! Indulge in nice foods and get takeaway if you can!
– Remind yourself it’s not forever! It’s been decades since every single person in the world has been affected by the same event
– Make use of the daily sport limit to actually go outside every day and breathe fresh air! If you’re somewhere where there’s a limit as to how much time you can go outside, then be sure to make use of it. Getting fresh air and going on walks/ runs is essential to keeping yourself feeling good!
– Make use of video calls to keep in touch! We are so lucky to live in an age of technology where you can call someone half way around the world for free. Reach out to loved ones when you need to.
– Find routine (you have to be extra disciplined if you work for yourself and are working from home, I have plenty of tips for working from home here)