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“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.” - Amy Bloom

Do you know how long it took me to get used to all the different ways someone would ask me how I am when I was barely able to say a full sentence in English because I had just moved from France to the US.
Well now let me ask you: - “Are you okay?”
How many times do you ask yourself this question? How many times, when you do ask yourself this question, you take the time to answer? And what is the answer whether you do or do not ask yourself the question? 
If I am doing great, then what makes me feel like it, and if I am not okay, I will want to find out the answer to the same question, what makes me feel like it.
The truth, and this is very personal, I am trying everyday to wake up happy. I do not open my eyes with a smile on my face but once I open them, I just smile right away so I can reach that state of mind where I feel good. It sounds stu… , that is what I would have thought few years ago but "only stubborn don't change their mind". 
Embrace the day “when you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love” – Marcus Aurelius.
I used to and sometimes still am what we call black and white. I am intense in the way I handle my routine, work, education, house chores, even friendships. I like to have things organized and a little under control. But I realize I am not doing it for the good reasons. I like the control just because I think the worst will happen if I let go. 
There are people opposite to me and sometimes I wish I had a little of their personality, but I also wonder if, like me, there is a reason behind their disorganization, their laxness (I am not using that word in a negative way). 
And guess what, most of us know the answer, my Dad taught and teaches it to me all the time… I am still trying to apply it in my life. When I was a child, he used to write for my brothers and I to learn, on a white board in our kitchen, complicated words, and proverbs in Latin. One of them was: "In medio stat virtus" - Virtue stands in the middle. It works with everything, food, workout, television, news, education …  and control. So what? I smile in the morning and apply moderation to my life and that’s it? The answer is: - “Yes!”
I am understanding that life is unpredictable. The World is made of so many combinations that no one is the same, but we form a whole. I am not controlling anything and never will.
Recognizing what I am made of, working on my inner peace so I can find the light within me and hopefully make it shine, this is how I feel good, remembering, in that journey, that we are exactly where we are supposed to be.
The answer is within you, let love guides you and let go of the fear. 

Cheers to that with a glass of Clos Solène Harmonie, the name says it all. What about pairing it with the easiest revised tacos I ever made.
For the tortillas: (about 8)
370 grams baker’s flour
1 teaspoon salt
180 grams lukewarm water
40 grams olive oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
Combine all the ingredients and mix them together. Then knead for about 2 minutes.
Tip the dough onto a floured surface and roll it in a ball.
Divide it into 8 even pieces and roll them out into circle as thinly as you can.
Place each one at a time into a preheated frying pan and cook 1- 2 minutes or until bubbles start to form before flipping it over to cook a little more on other side. 

Ingredients to add in the tortilla:
Peel and crush an avocado to spread it on the tortillas.
Cook together minced beef with tomato sauce in a fry pan (you can add onions, garlic if you want to). Add it on top of the spread avocado on the tortillas.
Slice a tomato into pieces and spread it on the tortillas.
Add a little salt and pepper to the toppings.
End up with some shredded cheese (swiss or cheddar or mozzarella)
You can close your tortilla and enjoy! Remember your glass of wine!

Bon appétit