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The Vallée Blanche: An Unforgettable Day





“The starting point of all achievement is desire”

Napolean Hill

I’m not what you’d expect from a girl who’s lived in Chamonix for 4 months. You’d think I’d be a whizz on the skis by now but I’m not afraid to admit that I remain pretty average… Some things click, others don’t and that old chestnut, fear, hasn’t quite been conquered slope-side yet. Which is what made yesterday all the more magical.

A Journey Into The Unknown

Doing The Vallée Blanche, Chamonix’s well-known off-piste ski route – 20km long with a vertical descent of 2700m – was something I was determined to do. I knew I probably wasn’t good enough, I knew it would be tough and frightening but most of all I knew that I’d really regret not doing it before leaving.


As you can see from the pictures above and below, the views are stunning, with the high mountainous plains providing a sense of wilderness like nothing I’ve ever experienced. It didn’t matter that I nearly toppled down the side of a mountain at one point or that I was tethered like a horse to my patient companion, Mowgli, down the narrow descent at the start – this was a once in lifetime experience I wasn’t prepared to wimp out on. And boy was it worth it.


Journeying into the largest glaciated domain in the Alps, the Mont Blanc massif, was nothing short of sublime. The sheer scale of the mountains and the giddy heights which see you looking down upon the puffy white clouds is incredible, swamping worries like little ants. No matter how bumpy the slopes were in parts, no matter how many wobbles I had, I couldn’t help laughing at myself – even more so during those moments tinged with terror. My anxieties simply felt so small compared to the grandeur around me.

A fitting end to an unforgettable few months.


How Can You Apply This In Your Daily Life?

Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or weighed down by anxiety, go to nature. The sound of the stream, the bark of the trees, the scale of the mountains – they heal souls. The beauty of nature cracks you open like a nut and relieves those man-made worries which so easily weigh you down.







The Key Ingredient In A Relationship



What Is Trust Made Of?

“Trust is made of glass. Cracks don’t go away”. 

Wise words from a wise friend.

If there’s one thing to nourish above all else in relationships, platonic or romantic, it’s inspiring trust through our actions.

How Can We Be Perfect All The Time?


None of us are perfect. There may be stunning temptations that fall in our paths on our journeys through life, options which we imagine could feel soooo good they might be worth risking a more mundane reality for or seemingly beautiful alternatives which we think we could compartmentalise in our minds – humans make mistakes and where’s the harm if nobody finds out?





No matter how minor a feel good gamble may seem, if it risks compromising the trust we’ve built up in those who truly believe in us, always always choose integrity. Always remember and respect the fragility of trust. Once lost, it can be lost forever. The cost benefit analysis is pretty one-sided…

What About Everyone Making Mistakes?


Very true. We’re all human. We’re all flawed. But be careful where you mess up. Try sticking glass back together – it’s seriously hard work and may never look the same again. You can put it behind you but bear in mind that…

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What’s The Bottom Line?

Trust really is the bedrock of true relationships.

Be the person you want to see in those you truly trust and be prepared for a beautiful return on your investment.

#love #trust #respect






A Story Book Like Never Before…


Check out this Storybook gown constructed entirely out of recycled and discarded children’s Golden Books. Designer, Ryan Novelline, created the bodice from the golden spines of these classic children’s books and sewed together the skirt from their illustrated pages. According to Novelline’s website, the gown has a surface area of 22,000 square inches. Absolutely beautiful. Creativity at its best.