I love reading travel memoirs. Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod was a delight to read. I truly admire single women who not only talks about the life they want to live, but also takes an active part in making their dreams a reality with gusto.
Janice MacLoud is a 34-year old woman who has been working as a copywriter for different advertising agencies for years. She thought it was a career that would satisfy her, but after many stressful years in the business Janice is simply burned out. One day she decides to figure out how much money she would need to save each day in order to quit her job and go on personal sabbatical for a year. Janice began taking drastic steps to save money. She stopped accepting constant invitations to eat out. She also cut the cord on cable TV and sold her television. She managed to pay off all of her credit cards. The spending habits that Janice developed along with adhering to good financial advice enabled Janice to save $60,000.00 which was double what she set out to save. Off to Paris goes Janice and that is when the real adventure begins.
Paris Letters is not the best travel memoir I ever read, but it was delightful enough to keep me interested all the way to the end. The book is filled with all the things you would expect to read about in a travel memoir about Paris. The food is awesome, the Eiffel Tower is magnificent and she meets a handsome man.
I found so much inspiration in reading Paris Letters. So many people talk about the life they would like to live, but thousands of people never actually makes a conscious effort in shaping their own lives. We are the architects of our own lives, but people often tell themselves that they can’t do something or keep saying that one day they will, putting off their dreams. At the end of the day their dreams are never realized.
Paris Letters is also filled with Janice MacLeod’s art letters throughout. I am interested enough to start a subscription to her art letters for a little while.
Janice writes about the aspects of Paris that makes it such a great place to live as well as the aspects that can make it a horrible place. I appreciate the pros and cons. I love where Janice’s life takes her while she is in Paris and I am very happy for her and her beloved Christophe.