One of the most exciting and rewarding things about having started this blog and publishing my first book is all the amazing people I’ve been able to connect with ALL around the world. After all my crazy boy… it’s wonderful that these mostly disastrous (or at the very least, problematic) stories have led to something much more positive: strong bonds with fabulous femmes. I’ve been so fortunate to have linked up with amazing Aussies (THREE of you: one, two, three!), marvelous Montrealers, No-nonsense New-Yorkers … and Sassy Scots. Which brings me to the goddesses of GGI: Girl Gone International.
I actually initially found them in my desperate attempts to publicize my book signing event in Ottawa. Sargent Steve suggested I scour meetup groups to find some with traveling or even French themes. And so I “signed up” for a number of groups that I sadly would never be able to really be a part of, in the hopes that I could then message the group about my event. This coy tactic actually brought 5-8 more people out, so with more time… who knows what the trick could have really accomplished (taking over the world… or at least the literary world of Ottawa… for the night?).
Among these groups, one in particular had drawn my attention, a group called GGI… Girl Gone what? So I went to check out their website. Wow! It was a Tigresse paradise! What a beautiful website! Full of amazing international women expats, it was like a dream! Could I be a part of it? I eagerly wrote to the Ottawa branch’s organizing hoping to get some cool GGIers out to the event. But rien, no reply. Perhaps she was off adventuring around the globe like she should be? I was in admiration of their site and philosophy, though was about to have a nervous breakdown with all the book stress, so shelved contacting them directly through their website.
Then out of the blue a little later in the summer, I received a friendly email from the lovely Hailley Griffis, the Ottawa GGI leader, who hadn’t received my email right away due to account issues… but even better than helping get a few gals out to the long gone book event, she’d put me in touch with the right people at the site and magazine, namely the Love & Sex editor, the sassy Scottish/American Tina Jones. She enthusiastically took me on board and voilà! I obtained my first feature in the gorgeous GGI magazine!
Here is a sneak preview, though I urge you to help support them by checking out their site, you’ll have over a hundred pages of wonderful women’s stories from around the globe! Bravo to Tina and the other dedicated GGI team-members and thank you for helping make that little dream I had of being on your site come true (and more!). Looking forward to the next contributions! And a special thank you to Pascale Vincent Marquis for her fabulous photos of me.
Fabulousness!! And aww, thank you! I’m currently in middle of reading your book. So there’s that, too. 🙂
Thanks Shani! It’s been fun connecting with you! So happy to hear you’re reading the book, hope you like it 🙂
Congrats!!! This is fantastic!
Thanks Tricia! You’re def on the list of great Paris girls I’ve connected with as well!!
Thank you! Likewise! :):):)
I think you should travel to the land of Oz for a holiday.
Bron… I WILL make it down there 😉 when … we’ll have to see… but hopefully sooner than later!
Thanks so much for the kind words, Lily. The pleasure as been all mine! I’m forever grateful to Hailley in Ottawa for connecting us! We were all too honoured to have you featured in this issue. You’re simply amazing!
Thanks for the sweet comments as well! It’s nice when special connections like this are made! Looking forward to more collaborating together – keep up the excellent work!
Congratulations, it looks great! I’m a big fan of GGI, it’s such a fab place to connect with other expats.
Thanks Jessica! I completely agree, a fantastic means of connecting with like-minded women! I’m thrilled to be a part and help promote their great work!
Aww nice to stumble on your lovely words here! Made me smile this cold winter morning! 🙂 Thanks and if there is anything we can ever do for you, just shout!! x Anne (GGI founder)
Thanks so much Anne! It’s been a pleasure connecting with GGI, it’s a wonderful concept! I have a few new story ideas – I’ll write back soon!
That photo is stunning!
Thanks Vicki! It was from a photo shoot of last summer by Pascale Vincent Marquis, here’s her site: http://bit.ly/1yTIkGI