What I Learned in Paris at 27

May 9, 2016
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Last year I shared  Top 10: Life Lessons Learned by my Mid-20’s and that is still one of my most popular post. Now a year later looking 27 dead in the eye I feel like this is a year of gratitude.

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(for all you GOT fans)

Every year of life we face new challenges and rewards some years are better than others but they are all filled with blessings and lessons.

This last year has been full of ups and downs, highs and lows but through it all I never doubted my purpose. My husband and I are approaching one year married and adulthood is something that is finally less taunting. IMG_3057

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I can’t believe I am already 27. If you are 19 and reading this trust me you are young and if you are 45 and reading this trust me you are young!

I look forward to growing old. I am excited for the wisdom 30 year old me will have, the experiences 45 year old me will have, the attitude 70 year old me will have… there is so much living to do.

black fashion blogger expat paris france street style There are babies to make, parties to attend, vacations to take and memories to laugh about.

Most of all I have learned Gratitude!

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All of the personal battles over the last year, I somehow had an internal voice always telling me… “well, that is life. Just believe me it will get better.” Faith and love were my best friends and I felt calm through dire situations and when I lost my cool my husband found his.

Taking a trip to Paris summarize this year for me. I saw refugees, beggars, scammers, and more. I also saw people open their wallets to help.

I saw hope and laughter in a place that has been hit by anger and hate through terrorism.

I saw life in the moment.

I am grateful for the experiences I have received in life, all of you that support me by just liking a photo, reading my ramblings and being nice to your fellow citizen.

At 27 I have learned how to be grateful and I will continue to learn.

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    Reply Pam May 9, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    happy bday lovely! 😀
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    Reply Camila May 9, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    I hope I could be in Paris right now, it is one of my favorite cities in the world. And I agree with you, I am not 27 but as older I get the more grateful I am.
    Happy Birthday!

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    Reply Maria | Looking Glass May 9, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Happy birthday and beautiful Paris photos xx
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    Reply Chelsea Henriquez May 9, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Amazing photodiary. Love your journey!

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    Reply Irene Aspas May 9, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Awesome post dear!! Paris is one of my favourite cities..and your photos are so great!! Thanks for share it!! <3

    Reply Shireen L. Platt May 9, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    You are the first person in the blogsphere that I have come across is looking forward to having the wisdom when you’re 30 instead of lamenting about getting old. It’s so refreshing to read and know that, thank you. I love hitting 30, it was honestly one of the best time of my life as I finally learned to accept and love myself.
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    Reply Kelsey&Kenecha May 10, 2016 at 3:48 am

    Really beautiful post! And lovely photos! 🙂
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    Reply Style Tomes May 10, 2016 at 4:23 am

    Happy Birthday!! I love your attitude about turning another year wiser. ;p I’m a year away from 30, and while I’m a little sad I’ll be leaving the “twos” behind, I’m totally getting on your train about being excited.
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    Reply Carrie May 10, 2016 at 7:25 am

    wow great pics
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    Reply Marissa May 10, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Love this! x

    Reply Yuliya Oleynykova May 10, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I’m 27 too and i understand you so well. I know you are talking about growing up and that 27 is still young and I agree. But sometimes I feel like 27 is so stressful as I’m in the beginning of everything in my life.
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    Reply Giada May 10, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Gratitude is one of the best thing that we can learn in life 🙂

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    Reply LINSEY SIJMONS May 10, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Looove Paris!

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    Reply Carina May 10, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Happy Birthday! I think your positive attitude is amazing, awesome post!

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    Reply Missy May May 10, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Great post!! We surely live and grow to learn. I’m learning to be grateful for everything too.
    You look pretty and these are great shots.

    Reply Sally May 10, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    This is such a lovely post, it’s really a fresh outlook on life that more people should have. Sometimes I feel old at 23 and I need to kick myself for being so ridiculous. You really are as young as you feel!
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    Reply Jill May 10, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    such great post, darling, and the photos are beautiful!
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    Reply Rumela May 10, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Beautiful pictures and happy birthday love your outfit.
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    Reply Shelly May 10, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Such a beautiful and romantic place to be…while growing older and wiser!
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    Reply Agnes May 11, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Lemme just mention how I always thought you were 21 or younger! And great post 🙂

    Agnes x

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    Reply Pisa May 11, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Happy belatet b – day dear! This post is great! And the pictures are so awesome!
    Have a wonderful week ahead!
    XO, Pisa
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    Reply Sybil May 11, 2016 at 3:35 am

    happy birthday!!! great reflections and wonderful photos! 😀

    Have a great day!
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    Reply Lorna May 11, 2016 at 3:58 am

    We are the same age, I will be 28 in August and I can’t begin to imagine where the time has gone. I remember when I was 20 and thinking gosh, I’m 20. I will be 30 soon. Age is truly but a number though and with it I have learned to be more grateful like you have, but also to be more appreciative of life, more calm, I don’t know, I guess I just feel the most comfortable I ever have done!

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    Reply Trang Do May 11, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Happy Birthday dear!! Love Paris! Beautiful photos!!
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    Reply The Ocean's Dock May 11, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Happy Birthday! Amazing photos.

    Reply Jelena May 11, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Beautiful post! My living wish is to go to Paris, but I don’t know when it will be possible. 🙁
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    Reply Mónica Sors May 11, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    This pictures and this city… lovely 😉

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    Reply vale May 11, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Happy birthday and what a better place to be ? Paris is fabulous 🙂 Kisses

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    Reply Laura May 11, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Such a great post!!! Happy Name Day:)


    Reply Rach May 11, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Happy Birthday! Every day you are learning and growing! Enjoy your day!
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    Reply ivana split May 11, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    you have such a beautiful approach to life. Feeling grateful is very improtant and it is so lovely that you have already mastered it. Amazing photos of Paris, so nice you were able to see good examples there despite all the suffering. This outfit is very feminine and chic.

    Happy Name’s day!

    Reply Gemma May 11, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Beautiful photos and words. Gemma x
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    Reply Dana Ivy May 11, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Happy birthday lady! Loved reading this post… I’m with you: gratitude is the most important! Have the best day!!

    Xox Dana Ivy //
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    Reply Vanessa May 11, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    I love the fact that you learned about gratitude and these images are beautiful! I miss Paris — I was just there in Feb too! Walking around this amazing city made me incredibly grateful too!
    Great post!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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    Reply Dara May 11, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    I loved reading this. Beautiful photos, and really enjoyed the message you shared.

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    Reply Vanessa @ Living in Steil May 11, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Great post! I always like to reflect and see what I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older. I’m approaching the last six months of being a twenty-something, and I’m excited for all of the new lessons I will learn in my 30’s. Hope you have a happy birthday and another wonderful year ahead of you!
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    Reply Kasie Chelanne May 11, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    This is such a wonderful post! I love how mind-expanding travel is. I always come home with such greater faith in humanity than I had when I left. Happy birthday!

    Reply Elizabeth Lee May 11, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    These are great reflections and I love the photos that go with the story. You are well on your way to living a long and fabulous life!

    Love, Liz

    Reply Anouk May 12, 2016 at 9:09 am

    You are so right; gratitude is so important. I am practising it daily, especially in the morning. It has helped me appreciate life and people more and see the glass half full!

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    Reply Quinn May 12, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    This is truly an inspiring post – Happy birthday, Falasha! Gratitude is something that we should all take time to recognize. Wonderful xx

    Reply kali May 12, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    gratitude is always the number 1!

    Reply Ashley May 12, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Paris is gorgeous and I’m so glad you got to go! And lol re: Name Day/Birthday. GoT, yessss!

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    Reply Ileana May 12, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    This is such a great post! I turned 27 a few weeks ago, and it is crazy to know Im not a kid anymore :S


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    Reply Marie May 12, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Amazing photos ! I just love Paris ! <3
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    Reply Dominique May 13, 2016 at 12:38 am

    This is such a lovely post! As someone who struggles with getting older, this really hit home with me and raised a smile! xx

    Reply Jennifer May 13, 2016 at 9:38 am

    Happy birthday
    Paris is always so beatiful and your skirt is fantastic


    Reply Gabrielle May 13, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    It’s amazing how much can change over just a few years – and in your case just one year, now that you’re celebrating your anniversary with your husband! I love that you’ve mastered a constant feeling of gratefulness, it’s something I’m also trying to keep in mind 🙂

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    Reply claudia May 13, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I wanna go to Paris so baaadly!

    Claudia, xx

    Reply Tijana May 13, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    I enjoyed reading your words and seeing the photos of beautiful Paris 🙂
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    Reply Stephanie May 13, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Happy naming day 😉 I love your skirt! Such a wonderful post! So awesome you went to paris!!!! 🙂
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    Reply yuka May 13, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    happy birthday! these photos are gorgeous and I love reading about your experience.

    Reply Kathryn May 13, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Ah love this post, gratitude for the moment you’re in is so important. Such beautiful Paris photos, too!

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    Reply Olivia May 13, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    WOW!!! I LOVE this post!! What amazing pictures and views!
    xx Olivia

    Reply Adi May 14, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Wow, beautiful shots!!

    Adi xx
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    Reply Mariah May 14, 2016 at 7:48 am

    You are gorgeous, and Paris is gorgeous as well. I can’t wait to visit that city 🙂 I love your positive attitude, and I totally agree and grateful attitude is everything. It can change my whole outlook and can change my whole day if I just shift my thoughts to grateful ones.

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    Reply Melis May 14, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    happy birthday! loving your reflections, thanks for sharing

    xx Melis

    Reply Yulia May 14, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    This is such a nice post, Falasha! I am turning 27 this year as well, and I just started to realize I am officially an adult, lol. I definitely look at the world differently today, and I love it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and Happy Birthday!
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    Reply cvetybaby May 16, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Amazing place, perfect photography and stunning you! Such a great and romantic post!

    Reply Eva May 16, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Love reading this post. The photos are great and those sunglasses look superb on you <3

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    Reply Mikela May 17, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Lovely post dear. Happy belated birthday!! xx

    Reply Allie Mackin May 18, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Yes Happy Birthday! And yeah getting older kind of sucks we do live in a VERY youth centric society, but wisdom and dealing with trials and drama or youth is good too!

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    Reply adele miner May 18, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I really love this post, thanks for sharing! I love your blog too, let me know if you want to follow each other! x

    Reply carolina May 19, 2016 at 3:26 am

    great post ! it was a great read 🙂
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    Reply Natalie May 20, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I’m actually going to Paris for the first in a few months and I’m couldn’t be more excited. This was a lovely post. Cheers to continuously being grateful and being willing to learn!


    Reply Ivona May 20, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    You are right, gratitude is so important. There will always be ups and downs, but we need to be grateful for what we have instead of spending time complaining about what we don’t. Thanks for the reminder 🙂
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    Reply Monika May 21, 2016 at 3:27 am

    This is a beautiful post. I’m 26 and it made me think about my birthday in the late summer. I passed the 1 year mark with my other half and although life can be tough I’m grateful that we have one another and that we’re alive. There is so much left to experience together. So much and I look forward to experiencing more and more.

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    Reply Christina May 23, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Lovely post! You are so right to embrace the wisdom of aging…I have to admit I feel so much happier and calmer now than I did at 20.
    Christina ♥

    Reply LifeStyleTalks May 24, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I wish you a belate Name Day! Great post as well, ‘Just believe me it will get better’… not always easy to do but definitely something to hold on to!
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    Reply Lorena May 25, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Loved reading your post and feeling the positive vibe in it !
    Sometimes we get stuck in wanting things we dont need and forget to be so very grateful.
    Getting older is gift, love to see that you’re appreciative of it.

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