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Like many great companies before it, Blurb was actually started by accident. In the early 2000s, Eileen Gittins, Blurbs’ Founder, rekindled a passion for photography while trying to figure out her next career gig.

She wanted to compile her photos into a nice coffee table photo book, but she only wanted to print a handful of copies. The conundrum was that every publisher was quoting her hundreds of dollars for each book! She found this curious – and frustrating. So she asked herself, are there other people like me who want to affordably create their own high-quality book from their photos? The answer, of course, was yes, and it changed her life – and book publishing – forever.

In 2006, Eileen launched Blurb, a simple book-designing platform and a publishing process that could quickly produce beautifully made books at game-changing price.

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As I have made a post about my big fat orange cat, I have to show you my princess cat. Her name is Gigi and she is a real girly girl. She is always clean even when she goes hunting little animals in the forest. She does not like to be held but she likes to cuddle when she has decided it. She wakes me up in the morning by licking and bitting my fingers. She is the real boss of the house, her brother simply does everything she has decided to do. He follows her everywhere even when he just wants to take a nap.

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For those who don’t know me, I am a huge reader: blogs, articles, books, magazines… my husband is desperate by my tendency of accumulating things. So, I have been reading all kind of blogs and especially design blogs. I have been noticing a new trend lately, in blog posts and Instagram: declutter and minimalism. And a book kept being quoted by bloggers or Instagram people: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

I had to have this book! So a few weeks ago, I started decluttering my house, I started by my closet, my clothes, and shoes. I donated a lot of clothes, I threw away many things, I sold some pieces too. Everything was going well… and then my husband got the news that we were moving to Edmonton, AB. And we started the renovation of our kitchen… my dream of a decluttered and minimalist space just disappeared. Just like that.

Yesterday, we started clearing the kitchen and packing and I was almost crying. So many stuff in just one room! I wanted to just throw everything away. But moving is a mess, and I have to make peace with it. I guess my dream of a perfect house has to be postponed for a bit. Haha!!!!

EDIT April 15th, 2015: I am super happy to move to Edmonton, and I am super happy that I will have a new kitchen soon. I just hate the mess of a move and the chaos of renovations. :D Apparently, some people read this and thought I was complaining about it. No, I am complaining about the mess. That’s all!!!!

Pics of my newly done dining room a few months ago… I am too ashamed to show you my kitchen today. Hahaha!

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I feel like a failure. I know I should not, but it’s my feeling right now. I am excited to move to Edmonton but the process of moving, packing, etc makes me very nervous. I know it’s for the best, but I can’t prevent myself from feeling stressed.

And you, what is the thing you are not proud lately? What made you feel like a failure?

xoxo

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The world needs more pics of cats, at least the Internet. Haha!

This is Smicky, formerly known as Crissou. He likes to cuddle and roll on the floor. He is a big fat orange cat with a huge heart. He loves everyone. :D He is my big fat orange cat.

He can’t wait for summer, it’s his favorite season.

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Well, the cat is out of the bag: we are moving to Edmonton, AB. It’s the beginning of a new adventure and we are really excited about it. Well, some of you probably think: « why are they moving again after only 4 years in Quebec? »… First, we did not really plan it, and second, we had an opportunity we just could not ignore.

I posted about it on Facebook and some people asked me how long I will be gone in Alberta. Well… I guess forever. As weird as it sounds, I am a traveler of the world. I am not attached to a particular country. I left my parents and my little island (aka Reunion Island, please Google it if you don’t know where it is) at 18 years old to study law in France. Yes, Reunion Island is French but it’s an overseas territory which is 10.000km away from France, so you’ll understand the change.

For me, Reunion Island is my real home, but I know I will never live there again anymore. And I say this with no sadness, it’s just a fact. I love my island but it is impossible for me to live there. It’s too tiny.

I knew we will end up moving somewhere else at some point. I did not expect it was going to be so fast.

Don’t get me wrong, I have met amazing friends here in Quebec, I have worked with the best vendors and professionals, I have photographed the most amazing weddings and persons.

I am not saying I will belong to Alberta, I am saying I don’t belong anywhere. But it’s fine with me. I guess I am a gypsy at heart and I see the world as a giant backyard. I never said I will never leave Quebec. Maybe it’s a feeling that only « expats » have… I don’t know. I am just talking for myself.

So, we are pretty excited about this new venture. My husband can’t wait to see the beautiful mountains and the gorgeous parks there. As for me, I am just curious to know what the future has in store for us.

I have zero photo of Alberta to show you, so here are some photos of my cat.

xoxo

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