Create What You Seek + The Kale Project

Eiffel Tower in the mistBetween my writing residency and road trip, I’ve been away from Paris for some time. I’ve gotten caught up in other worlds, but the city’s on my mind.

“April in Paris” is one of those phrases that instantly evokes a certain nostalgia. A mood set in three simple words. (Listen to Ella & Louis do their rendition of the song).

I’ll be interested to return to Paris this month (though I’m not rushing my sojourn in Guadeloupe. Bravo to those who figured out my current location from the last post’s clues!). Distance is always great for allowing us to see places we know with fresh eyes. I wonder, too, if Paris – and France – have some new changes in store.

After two rounds of voting, Paris elected its first-ever female mayor, Anne Hidalgo. (Most of France moved to the right politically in the recent municipal elections, but as Paris is so often an exception, the Socialist candidate prevailed there).

Hidalgo was born in Spain, but grew up in Lyon, becoming a French national at the age of 14. She quoted the writer Sacha Guitry in saying: “Being a Parisian is not about being born in Paris, it is about being reborn there.”

I love the idea of rebirth in the city (though not sure I yet get to wear the title of Parisian!). I think the sentiment can resonate for a lot of people who move to another country. It’s not only a chance to reinvent ourselves – in many ways we have to.

In catching up on my Paris news, I found this delightful video about The Kale Project.

I know the lovely woman behind the project, Kristen Beddard, and have been watching as she single-handedly started the movement to bring kale to France. She’s gotten a lot of press for her efforts, from Madame Figaro to The New York Times. Whereas two years ago, kale was impossible to find in Paris, it now crops up citywide.

In the video Kristin talks about reinventing herself. In a way, she found a place for herself in Paris by creating it.

So it may be April Fool’s Day, but this is no joke: create what you seek!

How have you reinvented yourself in your life?

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5 Responses to “Create What You Seek + The Kale Project”


  1. 1 Karene April 1, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Yes, I have, Sion. At mid-life, (purposely leaving age vague ;) ) I went back to grad school at a seminary, seeking training to journey with others through life, especially spiritually. Grad school at my age has been one of the most challenging things I have ever done–I love the lectures and reading and my classmates; the research papers and exams not so much! Only going part-time, so it’s a slow process, but so rewarding!

  2. 3 Chris Flockhart April 6, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I feel every time I go to Paris I am reinventing myself. Every time I have visited the city it has been under different circumstances; with friends, my girlfriend, on my own, with my parents. Each time. I have discovered something new and thought provoking. But what I always wonder is if anyone else feels the way I do about the city of light. I know it sounds like a cliche but for me personally, simply exploring the streets and writing everywhere I go, something new yet familiar appears in my writing.

  3. 5 Laurie June 30, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    OMG thank goodness someone has brought (reintroduced?) kale to France! The one vegetable that I’ve never been able to find. I hope her business expands beyond Parisian markets.

    And YES to perpetual reinvention. A serial reinventer. ;-)


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