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 pilates completely.

And, I moved to France for the summer.

I decided to leave the videos I’d already done on the site and hope that my back will heal soon so that I can start posting them again.

Instead of a website to share my passion for yoga and yummy food, I decided  I would write a Blog to share my passion for France and my summer here in Saint Tropez with you.

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I first fell in love with the Cote D’Azur in 1992 when I moved to Monaco to dance with a company there. After getting my BFA in dance from the University of Utah, I’d spent two years in New York City, pursuing my dreams and my dance career. Going from the busy streets and lifestyle of downtown Manhattan to the beauty, the stillness and the sea, I fell head over heels in love with the south of France. After Monaco, I lived in Paris for twelve years, dancing in a cabaret show on the Champs Elysees.  I returned stateside after my son Matisse was born and have raised him by myself for the past fifteen years.

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But something kept calling me back to France. A whisper in my ear, a dream, a longing to return to this special place in the world. And so I started to come back, to visit at first. Each visit became a bit longer and for the the past three years I’ve spent my summers here in Saint Tropez and my winters in Utah. My dream is to spend most of the year here once my son graduates from school next year.

home_twoEvery time I come back to the south of France, I feel more alive and grateful than I do anywhere else in the world. It’s a combination of the natural beauty here, being by the sea, the freedom and the difference in the culture, the language and the people. The food, the wine, the colors of blue, the sunsets and sunrises here are all a truly sensual experience and I find myself feeling more and thinking less. The lifestyle here is more about slowing down, taking the time to disconnect from “to do” lists and to re connect with people and experiences. It’s about balancing work with play and making time for play every day instead of waiting for the weekend or vacation. It’s about enjoying the moment and appreciating the little things, like drinking a glass of cold champagne a la piscine (with ice cubes) while sitting on the beach with friends listening to the rhythmic sound of the waves lap against the shore.

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Every day I am here, I’m inspired to step out of my comfort zone, to be willing and open to change and grow, to take risks, do things that seem impossible and to follow my heart and my dreams.

I hope to inspire you by sharing my journey and my experiences, introducing you to the people I meet, the places I visit and this different culture and way of life. I’ve learned that there is so much freedom in letting go of the need for people and things to be a certain way. Freedom in learning to trust your intuition, listen to your heart, step away from your daily routine that gives you a feeling of security and search for the things and the places that truly make you feel alive. Freedom to create the life you dream of and to do the things that seem impossible.

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Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my site. I hope you’ll grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and join me for the ride!

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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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