Life Quotes & A Medal

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

CS Lewis (Clive Staples Lewis, 1898-1963), was a novelist, poet and medievalist, who wrote The Chronicles of Narnia.

Ralph Waldo Emerson – On achieving your dreams:

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


Read the road I ‘traveled’ in search of a dream!

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Latest Book Reviews

I humbly share this self-promoting post today of the latest two reviews on Amazon for “Solitary Desire.”  A huge MERCI to everyone who has enjoyed reading about my journey – I hope you are inspired to life YOUR authentic life.  (book trailer video below)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved every minute of it, July, 2014
Holly  (Colorado springs, CO United States)
This review is from: Solitary Desire (Kindle Edition)
Read this book in 2 hours straight through. Loved every minute of it.

4.0 out of 5 stars Solitary no more, April, 2014

Shannon  (Arizona)
This review is from: Solitary Desire (Kindle Edition)
I found this book shared in Kim’s life simply, openly, and warmly. We are invited into her world and share with her the journeys she embarks on in short snippets. The one thing I would like is to hear more! More to the book…or just more books! 🙂 Thanks for the great read!! Inspiring and hopeful.
My question for you is:  WHAT’S YOUR LIFE DREAM?
(Please share in the comments)

Follow the yellow-brick road! / Suis toujours la route de briques jaunes!

Years of dreaming, working hard, navigating life’s potholes, and some fortuitous events – the protagonist finds herself all alone in the “City of Light.”

Little does she know that it is just the beginning of her symbolic yellow-brick road, leading her on a life journey full of love, sweat, & tears. See Read if her dream leads to finding her own “Land of Oz.”

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Paperback & e-book available  on Amazon

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Read reviews HERE

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Spring Book Giveaway

Two are better than one: I am offering readers a chance to win a personally-signed paperback book (in English) :  your choice of either:

“Solitary Desire – One Woman’s Journey to France” (original cover)


“Sun, Sea & Savoir-Faire – A Travel Focus”

Just enter a comment below, stating which paperback you would like to have and why.  Two winners’ names (one winner for each book) will be drawn randomly on April 1st & Non, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke  (Poisson d’Avril)!

Bonne chance!



(from a random drawing on April 1st)

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Each book’s trailer video can be viewed by clicking on the sidebar corresponding book cover image & reviews can be read on Amazon.

What’s on your bookshelf?

The music featured in this book series video composed by my French father-in-law, who even wrote lyrics based on my book, Solitary Desire – One Woman’s Journey to France. I am touched by his thoughtfulness and gesture of love.

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A Nice Visit to Nice

A friend from the U.S., who I hadn’t seen in about six years, recently visited Nice and also visited me. It was great catching up on the latest news of recent life events – wow, life can be hectic & challenging in a short period of time!

Before we started chatting, though, he said to me “You look great – and happy – it exudes from you!”  A nice compliment indeed, and I instantly realized that well….yes, I AM happy. Not that I take it for granted, but I guess I had stopped thinking about it on a conscious level.

What IS it exactly that he saw (other than my happiness about seeing him)? What IS that soulful, bliss that we all seem to search for?  Is happiness an elusive solitary desire OR is it achieved by design?


“I believe that we are who we choose to be. Nobody’s going to come and save you, you’ve got to save yourself. Nobody’s going to give you anything. You’ve got to go out and fight for it. Nobody knows what you want except for you, and nobody will be as sorry as you if you don’t get it. So don’t give up on your dreams. Stand up and make them happen. You have to dream hard, wish big, and chase after your goals, because no one else is going to do it for you. And even if things don’t work out, you’ll always be able to say you tried.”  (Unknown)

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life, think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” (Swami Vivekananda)

“Simplicity is the key to brilliance.” (Bruce Lee)


Re-define Your New Year’s Resolution

new years champagne glassBien sûr, we all have personal goals we set at the beginning of the new year, as a way to re-group our energy and establish our solitary desire for something….well, new or different in our lives. We all know, too, that generally speaking, most new year’s resolutions aren’t realized and fall by the wayside — becoming a dead end journey for whatever reason and usually without much consequence in the upcoming year.

But, how about making a life resolution?  What is your heart and soul conveying to you, and are you listening to your inner voice? With the resolution to circumvent obstacles and take/make a different path along your life’s journey, taking even baby steps can lead you to where you truly resolve to be.

What I have learned is that achieving resolutions is not all or nothing, as in getting from point A to point B: there are intermittent twists and turns and stops along the way, which may end up being your new resolution end point. It is possible to take the journey and live your authentic life — learn how in “Solitary Desire – One Woman’s Journey to France.”

(trailer video below)

Two latest reviews on Amazon:
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for!, December 29, 2013

I first discovered this delightful book on a midnight run through the Kindle bookstore. It was the last night of a wonderful week in Nice, France and, unable to sleep, I was browsing my smartphone looking for ideas on how to spend more time in Nice. Well the author managed to do just that and she penned an interesting book on the journey that eventually led her to retire in Nice. Kim’s path is uniquely her own and probably not duplicable by anyone else. The principals, however, could be embraced by anyone with a dream, or even a “Solitary Desire.” Kim consistently moved in the direction of her dream – even if it was only a baby step. She also always said “yes” to unexpected opportunities and did not let the inevitable bumps along the way detour her. The book is a quick read – I read most of it on the plane trip home. It left me inspired to apply her ideas to my own life and to make my own dream come true. This is an entertaining and unique book. Also, if your path leads you to Nice, check out the author’s other book “Sun, Sea and Savoir-Faire – Travel Focus on the French Riviera.” Enjoy and maybe we will meet-up in Nice!

5.0 out of 5 stars Francophiles, Unite!, October 31, 2013

This is a delightful account of how Kim recognized her goal and set out to accomplish it! For those arm-chair Francophile dreamers or those following Kim’s lead, it will entertain and encourage you! Thanks for sharing it, Kim!

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Ethical or not?

This is NOT a post to ask for money as in crowd-funding, but rather, a sort of crowd-support post – is that the same thing though, really?

To explain, I have entered my trailer video in an international festival and would like to get at least 50 votes needed so that it can be featured on a People’s Choice homepage.

So, if you would like to support me (non-financially), you can vote here:

All I humbly ask is that you vote your conscious and if you think it’s ethical – the lines have become so blurred in today’s world, I’m not sure myself! 🙂

(My intention is not to offend anyone by asking or to come across as spamming followers.)  Any thoughts on all this type of solicitation?


What’s Your Authentic Life?

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”  (Eleanor Roosevelt)

An invisible thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break. May you be open to each thread that comes into your life – the golden ones and the coarse ones – and may you weave them into a brilliant and beautiful life. (Chinese proverb)


Ebook & paperback: Available HERE