autumn in paris

– Posted in: Eat Pray Love journey, on writing/blogging, travel

You may have noticed some changes over at My Pixie Blog and I feel I owe it to you all to give a proper explanation as to why I have been MIA from my own blog lately.

Truth be told: my head’s not in a great space these days. As much as I rely on blogging as a way to escape the every day, the past few weeks have taken a huge toll on my well-being and I fear that having such an open forum has opened a Pandora’s Box of emotions I wasn’t anticipating when I first started this project. At present, I’m burned out by the prospect of dating and, as you may have noticed, I have been turning my blog over to some other wonderful ladies who were able to find their prince charmings after years of kissing frogs and collecting their own disaster dating card stories. I needed to take the attention off of myself for a while because it was slowly eating away at me that not only was I putting my personal life online for all to see, but each time things didn’t pan out the way I was hoping, I felt I was reliving a breakup over and over again.

I hope you can understand.

But I’m not going anywhere anytime soon.

Blogging has been the greatest gift I ever could have given to myself and I vow to document all the highs and lows of my dating journey in due time. This is not goodbye (don’t go anywhere–I have some more posts up my sleeve!). I still plan to feature other bloggers here on Fridays, I’ll host giveaways, do book reviews, and indulge you in the occasional dating disaster stories, but right now, I want to take some time to regroup and refocus.

Also I have some rather exciting news to share….

On Tuesday, I will board a flight and head to Paris. This has not been in the works for ages, but is the result of one girl, too much stress, a head full of daydreams, and a desire to get back to the way things were. Along for the ride? My dear sweet old man. He actually met my mom many moons ago in France and so I’m kind of excited he can take me to some of the places he remembers from his youth (I wish she could come, but her schedule won’t allow it at the moment).

my parents in Paris circa 1978

Bless his heart, he told me to “go. be single. have fun.” and then concluded with “I’m playing Billiards.” Seems this trip is necessary for us both.

I hope to have some fun stories to share with you upon my return. On the agenda? Photo taking. People watching. Smiling and laughing. Reading. Writing. Sitting in cafés and scribbling furiously in my journal. Practicing my French while flirting with the Parisians. Stuffing my face with crepes and croissants (I have denied myself sweets for far too long and plan to fully enjoy every delectable bite). Meeting old friends and perhaps making some new ones. Standing under the Eiffel Tower.

And admiring Sacre Coeur basilica, my favorite place in the world.

Also, if you haven’t done so already, please enter my canvas giveaway here. Winner will be announced on Monday!

28 Comments… add one
Nicole September 23, 2011, 10:13 AM

so glad you’re doing this…it’s just what you need! i hope you have a wonderful, relaxing time. can’t wait to see all your photos and hear about the trip. btw, that last photo is a beautiful one! of course i love the one of your parents too. πŸ™‚ xoxo

Mark September 23, 2011, 10:24 AM

Have a wonderful time. I’ve been to Paris with Fred(Frederic) several times and had a blast. Obviously, that was before children. Maybe one day we’ll move back to France but I don’t see that happening too soon.
I hope you get your Groove back!
Your Friend, m.

Shell September 23, 2011, 10:32 AM

Paris??? Awesome!!!!!

amy b.s. September 23, 2011, 10:46 AM

the picture of your parents is amazing.

Alexandra September 23, 2011, 11:29 AM


I just got a universal chill.

I think you will come back with more than a story to tell.


I think of you, a lot. Pls email me. I LOVE talking with you.

Take care, wonderful friend.

Bonda84 September 23, 2011, 11:32 AM

I am so excited for you! This sounds like a wonderful trip and I will be anxious to hear some about it. I read your blog because I love to read about you and things that inspire you and help make you who you are. I honestly don’t care if you write about dating or fig newtons, it’s just nice to read about you. So, with that said, post about whatever YOU want to post about, not what you think we want to read about. We love you for you! Have a safe and absolutely marvelous trip!

Brandy Harris September 23, 2011, 1:09 PM

I cannot tell you how excited I am for you and how beautiful that picture is of your mother and father… AMAZING!!!!


Gia September 23, 2011, 3:53 PM

eeeek!!! I’m so excited for you! And that shot of your parents is….beyond gorgeous.

I’ve been aching to revisit Paris but now I can just live it through you for a little while. I’m sure you’re going to have an incredible time and it sounds like it’s the perfect time for you to get out and leave NY for a little bit just to clear your head. I hope the trip ends up being even more then you could’ve dreamed and fills your soul with lots of happy.

And re your comment on my blog, I was only in town for a few days to attend fashion week but you MUST go next year! Had I been there longer and had some free time you know I would’ve contacted you to get some drinks! next time fooo sho! πŸ™‚ xx

Krysten September 23, 2011, 5:17 PM

I am excited and jealous of you! Paris is going to be an amazing trip and adventure for sure.

Hutch September 23, 2011, 7:30 PM

I want what your parents have in that picture! Whoever captured that is amazing.

I hope you have many, many stories to come back with. Since Ally left, I need someone else to live vicariously through as you all travel the world πŸ™‚

carma September 23, 2011, 9:26 PM

have a wonderful trip!!!! What a sweet escape πŸ™‚ take your time to regroup – we’ll be here…

liz September 23, 2011, 10:10 PM

Oh my goodness! What an awesome and much needed trip! I truly hope you have an amazing time, Charlotte!


Then share with us all the wonderment of Paris when you return!

Hannah September 23, 2011, 11:04 PM

Paris! With your papa! I love it. Have such an amazing time. I can’t wait to see pictures and read re-cap posts.

Also? This is YOUR blog. Never apologize for what you just plain don’t want to share with us. We’ll adore you all the same, I promise. πŸ™‚

Safe travels!!

Galit Breen September 24, 2011, 6:11 AM

Oh you, yes. Of course I understand! This blogging that we do that’s so very good for our hearts and at the same time puts lays our hearts completely bare for the world’s, and our own, eyes.

But Paris! Charlotte! PARIS!!! Eek! I can’t wait to see your photos!!

And speaking of photos- oh my *swoon* that one of your parents is to die for!

I love you girl. Take your break. Love your break. And play some billiards, too.


Pretzel Thief (aka Balkan Girl Down Under) September 24, 2011, 10:34 AM


OMG…you are going to have SUCH an amazing time, Char!
I’m absolutely rapt for you! You deserve to have a beautiful sojourn in Paris, my dear.

And your dad sounds like such a sweetheart. Sniff!

Have a safe trip and wishing you both all the very best!

Oh yeah, also? I totally thought that was Anjelica Houston in the pic of your parents until I saw the caption…such a gorgeous photo of them, and it captures the love between them!

Glamamom September 25, 2011, 12:33 AM

OMG OMG OMG! Paris in October is the PERFECT medicine. I have been only twice, both times in October. I was trying to figure a way to get there this year so I’m so excited to live vicariously through you. Take a ton of pics please! And forget about boys. Just forget them, pls. Have FUN! xoxo

Sorta Southern Single Mom September 25, 2011, 6:41 AM

Oh HUGS Girl! I’ve not been in the greatest of places these last few weeks myself and I understand how painful it can be to rehash it even when it seems like it shouldn’t. It can so easily go over the line from being cathartic and helping you sort your thoughts to making you relive and obsessively think about it.

Have a wonderful time on your trip. I hope it rejuvenates you!

My Inner Chick September 25, 2011, 11:00 AM

—Oh! The photo of your parents looks like an old romantic movie. GORGEOUS.
Have fun. Soak up the culture. Eat. Drink. Love. xx

StephanieinSuburbia September 25, 2011, 8:40 PM

This trip sounds AMAZING! I’m dying to travel more, you’re genius for doing it when you’re single. Live it up, girl!

D September 25, 2011, 10:31 PM

Paris sounds like the perfect answer while you’re asking yourself these questions. Be open to everything and enjoy the freedom that comes with traveling.

Blond Duck September 26, 2011, 8:42 AM

I can’t wait to hear!

Maybe instead of dating you could post about loving yourself or finding your own inspiration…either way, just please don’t leave! We love you!

Kate F. @katefineske September 26, 2011, 8:39 PM

Have a FABULOUS time in Paris! I hope you come back with many great story’s to blog πŸ™‚ Bon Voyage!

kimbirdy September 26, 2011, 9:27 PM

wow, this sounds amazing! and it all starts tomorrow. i’m so excited for you, and i think you’re right, this will be just what you need. enjoy yourself whole-heartedly and gently pass on any of the stresses or worries you may have in your daily life these days. those are not allowed on fabulous holidays to paris. πŸ™‚ can’t wait to hear some stories and see photos. speaking of photos – what a fabulous pic of your folks!!

(FL) Girl with a New Life September 27, 2011, 12:58 PM

Such gorgeous images. Please enjoy that wonderful trip.

I have been enjoying your new posts. And btw, why not tell us about your adventures in self discovery. It doesn’t all have to be about dating.

I look forward to your return. xoxo.

Jessica September 27, 2011, 2:40 PM

Oh my gosh can you put me in your suitcase?

I’m sorry the past weeks have been tough for you. I know we haven’t been blogging friends for long but I always feel such a connection to your posts and your thoughts and hope for the best of the best for you. If you ever need anything or want to talk I am here for you.

Have an amazing time, I will leave vicariously through your pictures when you come back.

Karen Peterson September 28, 2011, 1:06 PM

I SO want to go back to Paris! I loved it there. Such an amazing city.

I hope it’s exactly the t rip that you need and that you get to regroup and get back to feeling like yourself.

SaucyB September 29, 2011, 10:19 PM

I’ve been a bit MIA myself these last two weeks. It was kind of crazy both professionally and personally. I’m glad I finally had a chance to pop over here and catch up with you.
I hope you have a phenomenal time in Paris! That photo of your parents is amazing. Have fun!

Laurie September 30, 2011, 12:41 PM

The picture of your parents in Paris is priceless! Have an amazing time!

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