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I'mEva Marie

French student and blogger

Welcome to Free the freckles, where I love to write about anything that comes to my mind, with no taboo. I’m 23, I’ve got freckles (you get it now) and I’m a grumpy French, sometimes, who writes in English. I love books, cats, le barbu, pizzas and Dicaprio. Besides that, there is not much that you need to know about me. Except that his blog has seen is first day back in 2017, and I'm proud that I manage to keep it that long.

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How I get organized for the new year


One thing to know about me is that I am really organized. I just love planning on notebooks, writing stuff down so that I don’t forget about it, organizing the cupboards and anything in the house. I’m not a Marie Kondo – even though I hate keeping things with no purpose – but I sure like to organize things. I don’t think I’m too crazy about that, as I love being spontaneous, but I like to think it’s a quality. Therefore, I wanted to share some of my tips when you need to get a bit more organized for the new year to come.

Use a calendar 

It may sounds simple, but a calendar is the best way to not forget things. Keep it simple for the main things (birthday, events, and appointments), it could save you a lot of time. You can put it on your wall so that it catches your eyes, or you can use any apps on your phone. I personally use the Google calendar app and it’s so simple and easy. It’s also a great tool for planning your weekends of evenings. 




Try a bullet journal 

Well, this is probably one of the best invention for people who like to take time to write stuff down. It’s not for everyone, and you really have to make time for it. You have so many possibilities now: the one already done for you, or the completely blank one. It’s your choice if you want to keep it minimal or if you want to get creative. But at the end of the day, it’s the best way to track things down, to write list and not forget anything. 

Actually use the tools offer to you 

If it’s a calendar, an app, a journal, anything: if you want to, use them. I would advise you to keep everything in one place if you tend to write things down everywhere. Or if you are a bit more organized, you can have a color code or even a journal for all of the things you want (a reading journal or a bullet journal for uni for example). 


In the end, the possibilities are endless, you just have to find what works best for you. I personally love having one journal for everything – as my love for them as no boundaries. But tell me, what system do you use and how does it work for you?

Here’s to 2020!


Last year, I did not post about resolutions – which I never really keep – but I posted about “honesty”. It was important to stick to a meaningful value. I think I did a pretty good job at it, especially with the staying true to myself part. I knew how important it was to listen to my instincts, they never failed me. I wanted to do something similar for this year, finding a word and stick with it. However, I’m not sure if it’s the right move. Honesty felt natural and easy, I knew I needed it. For 2020, I don’t want to feel any pressure, even though I do have resolutions after all…

I don’t know how this crazy mind of me is working. I don’t call them resolution, but I sure do want to keep up with it. Read 80 books, watch more movies, go to the cinema more often and work hard. I want to keep my blog running every week and bring my instagram to a different level. I want to stop being crazy about tidying and leave my boyfriend be if the keys are not in their right place. I want to focus more and the positive in people and stop being so grumpy. Voilà. I’m sure I can manage those - not sure for the grumpy part actually.







2019 was a great year: I was graduated from college with an English degree, we found the perfect flat in Paris, I came back to London, I moved to Paris, we adopted a kitten, I found an internship with a new degree in French literature. I am fully happy even though everything did not come easy, at all. However, I’m hoping that 2020 will be a good one. I have my share of crappy years and this time, I want it to be even better and be as happy as I am today, with my boyfriend, my cat and our home in Paris.


Happy New Year guys, I wish you all the best for 2020! X

2019 and books


It is that time of year when you take a good look at what you have achieved during the year. This time, I’m only doing it for books because it was actually the first time I’ve managed to read a lot. In total, and thanks to my kindle, I read around 72 books in 2019. I’m really proud of myself for being so good at finding time to read and searching new books all the time. But as good as 2019 was and as much I have managed to read, it was not the best in term of favorites, sadly.  I had some good 4 stars, but mostly, I’ve been reading books that did not make me feel anything. I don't want this post to talk about all the books I read during the year, therefore I'll be talking about those who stands out a bit.

Romance
I read a tone of those during December because it seems that all of the Christmassy books are romances. But I am not going to talk about those - if you want my opinion on them, you can check my goodreads account. First, I wanted to talk about the last two books of the "Me before you" by J. Moyes series. First, I was not sure about them because they were so different from the first one. But then I found that Louisa was such a wonderful and colorful character, really moving and kind. This is the sort of character and evolution I want to read about. 

Fight of Flight by S. Young was another good one, even if I did not expect to love it that much. It was full of stereotypes and nothing about it was realistic, and that is precisely why I loved it. Don't get me wrong, those sorts of things can ruin a book, but sometimes, one needs a romance story with nothing too complicated to understand and feel. It was simple.

And Vers la beauté by David Foenkinos was a really special one. If you don't know him, he is a French writer, probably one of my favorites. He writes the most beautiful and deep stories, often romances, full of sensibility and beauty. This one was one of them and I can't wait for him to write another book.





Poetry
I wanted to read more poetry because it was not my favorite genre, but I discovered some really good - and famous - ones this year, like The Sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur. I loved her first book and this one was as beautiful, visually as well. She is touching because what she writes resonates, it's simple, yet really deep.

The princess saves herself in this one by A. Lovelace was another good discover. The title got me first, then the poetry. Like Rupi Kaur, it resonated. Just like Fierce fairytales by N. Gill. It is different, interesting and full of feelings, which is what I'm looking for in poetry.

Historical
I love historical books because I'm passionate about History. Therefore is not surprising to see this genre in this post. This year, I managed to read the first book of the Outlander series, and started the second one. It is so full of details - historical or not -, the characters are strong and crazy interesting (Claire, you are my hero) and the setting is dreamy. I watched the show beforehand, therefore I already knew the story but still, I adored it - even if they all are huge books.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is another very good one, especially when you are passionate about this time of history, like me. The fact that a love story is the center of the books changes everything. It is strong, sad, horrible, lovely, all of those things in one. Those sorts of books are hard to read because they carry so much, yet they are the most powerful. 



Others
Becoming by Michelle Obama was probably one of my favorite this year. I loved to learn about her past, what made her who she is now. It was a story about a strong woman becoming someone really important ; not just because of her husband, but because of what she did and behaved. She is a real inspiration. 

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood comes second in my favorites. I have to re-read The Handmaid's tale now (I did not like it) to fully appreciate it, but this one was so good. The fact that it follows three women who are not handmaid gives another perspective to the story, we learn more, we learn other horrible fact about this new world. Atwood is just a queen when it comes to invent new and horrible systems. Now, I have to binge watch the show 'til the end!

Continuing with adaptation, let's talk about Big little lies by L. Moriarty. The show is amazing, and the book was amazing. Again, I knew the story already but it was still so good. I loved the reality of this story, how those women function and how common they are. Yet, they are so profound and crazy interesting.

And that's all for 2019! I hope you all have a great end of the year to start 2020 in a good way. I'm never really ready for the end to finish, I kind of hate January but this month also means new beginnings, and lots of new books to read. See you! x



Dear Santa


Dear Santa,

I know I'm a bit late as Christmas is in two days now. Wow, two days. December went by so quickly, probably too quickly. I haven't got the time to read all the Christmas books I wanted to read, nor watch all the Christmas movies. December is supposed to be a time where we can enjoy ourselves, have fun and have our eyes full of Christmas lights. And yet, here we all are : rushing around to get everything ready before the big day. At the same time, we are not enjoying December as we wanted to in the first place and start feeling pressured by ourselves. How crazy is that ?

This year, I'm not asking for anything, as always - even though I'm not against a good book or two. I just wish for the same thing : the family reunited, smiles on faces, Christmas musics in the back and the afternoon to cook and bake. Simple moments which I will cherish, like I do every year. It might not be the same as a child, but it's still important to mark this day properly.




I'm not sure we're going to be able to wait midnight, we'll see. But I'm really exited to be at Christmas, wait for you - even though we don't have a fireplace - and have a proper day to enjoy ourselves.


I hope you’ll have a good ride.

With all my love,

Eva

PS: Oh, and thank you for not cancelling our train for Christmas!

Feeling pressured by the student stereotypes


“And where do you go out usually?” 

I can’t tell you how much I’ve heard this question being asked to me. I get instantly awkward and … ashamed of myself. I feel like I have to justify for not being a proper person enjoying life like anyone else (even if I don’t feel like missing out…). Having to say that I never go clubbing or I rarely go in bars is really hard when people expect you to be social no matter what because you are a student. And when you are a student, you have to go out, that’s almost written somewhere in the “student bucket list”. 

I won’t say that I’m okay with being introvert while being a student. It’s bloody hard when people expect so much of you, to fit in like everybody else. When you don’t and would rather stay in with friends with a good bottle of wine, or going to the movie, well people don’t get it. That’s the problem, isn’t it? They don’t get it and you know it. That’s why you feel even shittier about yourself because you know you don’t do what’s expected of you.
  


And at some point, you stop caring so much. When saying “no” to a night out feels much better than actually going and having an awful anxious time, you understand your limits and what’s good for you. That, I’m okay with. The other part where I have to justify myself for being who I am is not acceptable because there is not one bloody way to be a student while enjoying your life. Yep, not every student’s way of seeing their experience is through huge amount of alcohol and clubs. Some prefer calm environments, like-minded people, where they can recharge and have a hell of a good time. Trust me, my best memories where spend at home with friends with some good discussions and laughs! 

I’m getting more and more confident when I say that I don’t go out so much even though sometimes it’s tricky. I just know my limits, when I can push them and when I can’t. I like being who I am even if it means not getting drunk all the time like most students, I don’t actually care. The problem always will be other’s expectations and views on life and on yourself. As long as you are happy and truthful with yourself, then it’s fine, right?

Quotes

Don't feel stupid if you don't like what everyone else pretend to love.

Emma Watson

Actress and Feminist

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.

Rebecca West

Author and Feminist

I used to think that freedom was being not attached to anything. I've been working on redefining that, that freedom is not about being not attached to people. You can still be free when people love you.

Jemima Kirke

Actress

EVA MARIE
Rennes, France

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