Author - melsnow

Bonjour mes amies and welcome to my site and my story!

I started building this site in February 2017 with the idea of creating a website and you tube channel to post weekly videos on yoga, healthy eating and mindfulness. In the past six months, so much has changed and so I’ve had to change my website concept as well. I herniated several discs in my back, developed horrible nerve pain and had to stop doing yoga and...

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The Summer I Met God

This earth is my alter. The clouds, the trees and the rocks are my gods. Against a backdrop of purple blue sky and setting sun, I pray with the sound of my breath and the steady echo of my falling footsteps as I walk freely through the fields. And as I listen closely to the whisper of the breeze and the sudden silence of the birds I realize that I already have all of...

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Why walking Away From Responsibility Can Be A Choice You’ll Never Regret

The day I decided to walk away from my job, my son, my house and all of my everyday responsibilities for three and a half months was a decision I will never regret. Originally, I had planned on going to the south of France to stay with a friend for two weeks this summer. I started looking at tickets and called my friend, Barbara in France. Out of the blue she said...

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Screw Skinny, I’m Embracing My Little Love Pillow

I try to go on a walk every morning. It gives me time to wake up my body, my breath and let thoughts flow in and out of consciousness without placing too much emphasis or focus on any one thing that comes to mind as I move my body through the morning air. I take the time to notice the heat of the sun or the chill of the morning, the slight breeze as it touches my...

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Why Does Connection Seem So Far Away Sometimes?

I often ask myself why some days I can feel so connected to myself, to this world and to others and why other days it seems so elusive? I know that feeling connected to life, starts by feeling connected to myself and to do that, I need to be in a place where I’m able to accept and love myself. To believe in my wholeness and my goodness. Sometimes it’s as easy as...

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Looking For The Invitations To Re Create Your Life?

But little by little, as you left their voices behind, the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds, and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own. ~Mary Oliver It’s never too late. This very moment, this very second, you can start all over again right now. You can re build your life and change the things that aren’t working. The...

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Saint Tropez market, Place des lices

The Place des Lices in the heart of St.-Tropez is a wonderful place to hold an open-air market. When the market isn’t going on, you can see how its 100-year old trees divide it into seven long arcades and create a beautiful canopy of filtered sunlight. The view looking down this tree lined arcade is almost exactly the same today, as it was when Charles Camoin...

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Nioulargo beach club

Nioulargo is one of my favorite beaches and restaurants on les plages pampelonne in SaintTropez. The fish andsalads are always fresh and Alex, the head bartender, makes the best caipirinha around. There are two restaurants, traditional french cuisine and asian cuisine. The staff here are all very friendly and the ambience is truly one of the best on this long stretch...

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Le Tiki beach & restaurant

I really like Le Tiki beach. The food is always so fresh and the ambiance is great whether your with your family or with friends. Herve, the owner always makes sure that you are well taken care of and leave satisfied. You have a beautiful view of the sea from the restaurant and can sit in the sun or the shade while a refreshing breeze blows in from the sea. I love to...

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Cote Jardin restaurant

If you want a place to get away, relax under the trees and enjoy a book or a quiet lunch with a friend, this is the place. Hang out as long as you’s like, connect to wifi or un connect and listen to the birds. Fresh food, good prices and gorgeous scenery. A good friend of mine suggested that we have lunch at Cote Garden last week and I told her I’d never...

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Garuda restaurant

Great restaurant in Cogolin with a lovely outdoor terrace. The food is “thai and aubrac beef”. This place was a real find. It’s the best thai food I’ve tasted in France, really authentic. The chef is from Bankok and everything is made with fresh ingredients like kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, corriendar , chilli, mint leaves, lime juice. We tried the steamed shrimp...

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Hotel Ermitage

This beautiful hotel has a gorgeous terrace to have a drink and watch the sun setting over Saint Tropez and it’s just two minutes away from the center of town. It’s a great spot for a romantic date or night out with friends. The location is nice as you can see the roofs of Saint Tropez and the atmosphere is very relaxing. The ambience is lively but chill at the same...

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Luna Rossa with Casto, Bettina & Angelo

Luna Rossa is seriously my favorite restaurant in Saint Tropez. Why? Three reasons, the first being Casto and Angelo. These two Italians give this restaurant it’s joie de vivre, ambience and lots of personality. Second is of course is the amazing food here. It is the best pasta that I’ve tasted in Saint Tropez. And third, is the location. The restaurant is just a few...

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Hotel Sube

Hotel Sube is a beautiful three star hotel located right in the port of Saint Tropez. There’s a great bar there with a small balcony overlooking the port. It’s only large enough for five tables, but if you can get one, the view is extraordinary! It is one of my favorite spots to have l’apero, (to have a drink) in the evening around 7pm and watch the gorgeous colors...

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my favorite products

PERFUME, BODY SPRAY Serge Lutens Bois Vanille Perfume Un Bois Vanille is a feminine perfume by Serge Lutens. The scent was launched in 2003 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Christopher Sheldrake. Frangrant notes of Beeswax, Caramelized benzoin, Bitter almond, Gaiac wood, Tonka bean, Black vanilla, Licorice, Sandalwood, Coconut milk. This is so, so, different...

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Le Cellier in La Garde Freinet with Romaine and Herve

I first started going to this little wine shop called Le Cellier, four summers ago while staying in La Garde Freinet with my friend Barbara. The village is small with one wine shop, one cheese store, one butcher shop, two bakeries and a small general store. I met the owner, Herve Sauvage and his son Romain Sauvage one Sunday afternoon when we stopped in before lunch...

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The Story of Barbeyrolles & Regine Sumiere

I’ve always loved the famous Petale de Rose wine made by Barbeyrolles here in Saint Tropez and when I sent the owner, Regine Sumiere an e mail last week asking if I could stop by and interview her to learn more about the history of Barbeyrolles, she immediately replied yes. I was more than excited to meet her! As I drove up the long road to the chateau, the vineyards...

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L’atelier du Bijoux & Rahma Guenfoudi

Rahma Guenfoudi, who owns L’Atelier Du Bijou has become one of my favorite people here in Saint Tropez. She has become a friend. She is creative and generous and loves life. She’s a free spirit. Though her passport is from Belgium, she’s been living in Saint Tropez for many years. Rahma has always been passionate about creating beautiful art and bringing beauty into...

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Learning From Past Experiences To Build A Better Business

LEARNING FROM PAST EXPERIENCES TO BUILD A BETTER BUSINESS Whether we are aware of it or not, our past experiences play an enormous role in determining where we are today. Each choice, each decision, each success and each defeat has paved the way for us to continue to move forward on our unique journey in both our personal and professional lives. It has taken me...

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The French Have Figured Out The Joy That Comes With Doing Less

  I’ve always been a doer—that is, trying to get as much done as possible each day at the expense of often feeling overwhelmed and stressed. I recently took a month off to go back to France, where I’d lived for 15 years during my 20s and 30s. I’m currently in the south of France as I write this. I woke up late yesterday, having indulged in numerous bottles of...

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Why Road Trips Are Good For The Soul

  What comes to mind when you close our eyes and say the words: road trip? When I close my eyes and breathe in the words “road trip,” regardless of how long ago it was or who I was with, I remember long stretches of highway, constantly changing scenery, cheap hotels, soft pillows, early morning light, nighttime sky filled with stars, small town diners with...

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The Day She Just Gave Up

She finally decided that she was going to give up. She just couldn’t take it anymore. It had been going on for so many years, and it always hurt. It always made her feel worse. There was no joy to be found, no love. She saw that it was harmful, that it flowed like a poison in her veins. For so long, she’d tried to understand why she did it. For so long, she tried to...

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Why It’s Important To Define What “I Love You” Means To You

Saying “I love you” to my family and friends has always been easy for me. But saying “I love you” to someone I’m romantically, emotionally or physically involved with is a whole different story. Even just thinking about saying those three words used to give me that horrible feeling in my stomach. I’m not talking about butterflies—I’m talking about the feeling of...

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How My Morning Meditation Gave Me 2 Extra Hours Per Day

I was always one of those people who never had enough time in the day, constantly rushing, focusing on being productive. I thought taking time to meditate was a waste. Why would I want to sit still when I could be crossing off more things on my to-do list? I practiced the physical limb of yoga every day—the asana—but neglected the practice of meditation—the dhyana...

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How I Gave Up Control Over My Life (& My Son)

How can we let go of something when we’re not even aware of how tightly we’re holding on? There are countless books and songs about letting go. I used to read them and sing along to them. “Just let it go” was my daily mantra. But I was always left with one word—how. How do I just let it go?  I’ve learned that there are no hard, fast rules to how it happens. It can...

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How to Not let your Soul Work become just another Thing on your To-Do List

You start a new project with the intention to work on yourself, to connect more deeply to your soul and the universe, to change some old ways of thinking that aren’t working for you anymore, or just to take more time for yourself. Maybe it’s a meditation practice or writing in your journal every day. Maybe it’s reading a chapter of a self-discovery book or even an...

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About Me

Hi, I’m Melissa. I spend my winters in Utah, working for a law firm and teaching yoga and my summers in a little village near Saint Tropez in the south of France, which is where my heart truly is. I love spending time by the sea, watching the water, the waves, the incredible colors of blue and the gorgeous sunsets here. Being out in nature makes me feel completely free and connected at the same time. I love everything that is French, the lifestyle, the food, the wine, the mentality, the diversity, the traditions and customs and of course speaking the language. I’d like to share the charm and the beauty of this place with you and I hope it inspires you to take the time to get outside, to do the things that bring you alive, to follow your heart and to chase down your dreams so that you can find more happiness and meaning in your life.

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