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MORNING RITUALS - JAMAICA by Monique Pantel

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Ya 'mon!

I'm sitting under a beach cabana in Jamaica and thought I would share my morning with you. I'm here shooting a wedding and whenever I'm somewhere tropical, I always feel the urge to get up early and watch the sunrise.

I've also been considering implementing "Miracle Morning" habits into my everyday routine. I first heard about this practice 4 years ago from one of my best girlfriends and old business partner Rachelle Taylor of Prairie Yogi. This morning ritual has come back into my life through Jana Williams, one of my mentors, fellow photographer and super babe out of Los Angeles. I have a few morning rituals of my own, but nothing as structured as the "Miracle Morning".

Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins, Marie Forleo, Kris Carr all rave about morning rituals, how they increase productivity and quality of life. I'm not entirely sure if I want to commit to waking up every day as early as I did today, but what I can say is that I accomplished so much before 10am and it felt so damn good. 

5:15am Woke up to watch the sunrise over the ocean.

5:35am Sunrise (epic) + meditation/gratitude

5:50am Journaled

6:15am Finished reading "The Power of Vulnerability" by Brene Brown

7am Light yoga session on the pier

7:45am Breakfast (coffee, mango, pineapple waffles, eggs benny - these buffets are dangerous)

8:30am Emails

10am Went over wedding day timeline for tomorrow's beach celebration!

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SO. Do you guys have a morning ritual or practice? I love to chug a big glass of water in the morning and think of at least 3 things, big or small, that I'm grateful for in that moment. It's a really nice way to start the day. Leave me a comment and let me know what kind of positive morning habits you incorporate into you life!

MY FAV TRAVEL LENS by Monique Pantel

You guys know how much I love to travel. But when space is limited, a photographer has to choose carefully what kind of equipment to bring along on any adventure.

I wanted to share the lens that makes my pack list every. single. time.

Also - let me know what you think of my YouTube Channel! It's kind of scary putting myself out there - but exciting at the same time. But scary. Subscribe and by my friend in YouTube land? I'd also love to hear what kind of videos or subjects you'd like me to talk about! I'm having so much fun making these vids!

Lots of love,

M

MEETING THE OTHER MONIQUE PANTEL by Monique Pantel

So you know when you Google your name for the first time?

The only other Monique Pantel on this planet is this eccentric film critic and journalist. Images of her sun bathing topless at the Cannes Film Festival and photographs of her interviewing celebrities (and even a chimpanzee) gave me insight that my Parisian twin has lived a wild and full life. 

I've known about her for years now and I've always hoped one day we'd meet. She's 84. And she lives in Paris.

And today, because the universe is weird and awesome, I got to have lunch with my Parisian twin.

So, let's rewind about two weeks ago. I'll explain how this fell into my lap.

I was sitting at Café Postal in Winnipeg, writing in my journal and day dreaming about my upcoming trip to Paris when I got an email. "Would you like to meet the other Monique Pantel?" sent from Phillipe, Paris Monique's Web Master.

I couldn't believe it. But then I totally could because my life has been a series of weird, hard-to-believe, spooky, synchronistic happenings. 

I screen shot the email and send to my dad immediately. "Holy shit. Imagine we're related?!".

So back to today.

As it turns out, Paris Monique and Canada Monique are not related.

But today, over a big ass plate of cheese and fries at her favourite brasserie (Café de la Place), Paris Monique shared some stories of her colourful career as a journalist and respected film critic.

She told me about the time she sat on Arnold Schwarzenegger's lap to interview him. Said she pinched his thighs to see how muscular they were. (VERY, if you were wondering). She also told me about interviewing the Prime Minister of France and Richard Gere. 

Monique was known for giving interviews on the beach at the Cannes Film Festival in her bikini, laying down on a mattress. She explained her approach to interviews were spontaneous and unique. And cheeky, obviously. 

She also told me about the time she interrupted Shirley MacLaine's meditation before a big event - Monique suggested to make love, rather than meditate. It would put her in a better state, she laughed hysterically.

Her eyes welled up with tears when she spoke of her dear friend François Truffaut who had passed away. (Truffaut was a french film director, screenwriter, producer, actor & film critic, as well as one of the founders of the French New Wave. He was also buddies with Alfred Hitchcock) 

I'm so glad to have met my little Parisian twin today. I'm also so grateful that Phillipe reached out to me. If you're wondering how he figured out I was going to be in Paris, Phillipe saw a tweet of mine. He noticed my dad worked at Le Monde as a journalist for a short period of time in 1973. You can see the email below. It still makes me lol. Phillipe also joined us for lunch and when my French Canadian accent wouldn't translate, he was there to help our conversation along!

All I can say is this afternoon was such a funny, Twilight Zone afternoon. What a hoot.

Today. Cuuuuteee.

Today. Cuuuuteee.