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Moments of Happiness

Night time in Paris by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

In the taxi on our way home after shooting under the Eiffel Tower an afternoon this weekend I turned to Nicole and said “Do you ever have those moments when you almost have a hard time breathing just because you’re so overwhelmed with happiness?“. That’s how I feel when I walk home during the evenings in Paris. It sounds both cheese and kind of silly – and I’m fully aware of this, but it’s also exactly how I feel. When I walk home over the bridges that crosses the Seine, when I have to pass the beautiful Notre Dame or when I see the light show put on the by the Eiffel Tower reflected in the water, the hair on the back of my neck stand up and I become so overfilled with happiness that I’ve actually started to smile (and yes, even giggle) all in my lonesome. I certainly don’t blame Paris for all of it – amazing friends, my dream job and many other things are of course all reasons to why this bubble of happiness exists but the fact that I get to spend my days in Paris certainly help. Sometimes I just feel so ridiculously happy to be where I am right now. And that’s a pretty amazing feeling to have.

  • Chica Loca

    Im hooked on your blog! ;) and love your photos! x *

    • Paris in Four Months

      Thanks, happy you like it :)

  • Yvonnelaura

    I know exactly what you mean! And I would feel the same way if I were you. Every time when I’m in Paris I wish I could stay forever!

  • Lize

    I know exactly what you mean :)

  • Christina Stielli

    Do what you love. Love what you do. I admire you.

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  • Anastasia

    I’ve been volunteering at the Olympics in Sochi last month and when I was standing right by the ice at the Pair Short Program Event this was exactly how I felt. It was incredible to realise I’m now part of the history, part of the Olympics, I’m right in the heart of it. Magical moment.

    I love this quote:
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away (c).

    • Paris in Four Months

      Ahw, that’s such a sweet moment (and quote). Thank you so much for sharing :)

  • rebekahcheng

    I’m so happy for you, Carin! :)

    • Paris in Four Months

      Thank you!

  • Darina

    I would feel the same way if I was in Paris and do the job you love do the most. I admire your photos and your style of writing (I am writing a book at this moment, so I am very curious about others writers and read a lot). I recognize very much in it. Thank you for sharing your life through this beautiful blog which I read every time when I see an update!

    • Paris in Four Months

      Thank you so much Darina :)

  • vire-tue-elle


    ♥♥♥ ♥♥♥

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  • Gabriela

    Those moments are the best, especially when they come out of nowhere and just overwhelm you with their amazingness. Your gorgeous photos absolutely show that happiness!

    • Paris in Four Months

      Haha yes, exactly :) Thank you!

  • Michelle H

    Such a beautiful post; sounds like you’re really living the dream life! :) Happiness is a combination of things, I believe, and I’m glad you have it. Your photos are always so pretty btw!

    ♥ Michelle/MICHALOGY

    • Paris in Four Months

      Thank you :)

  • Hannah

    This is so lovely :) Glad you’re happy. xo

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  • Wendy Marvin

    I know that feeling, I spent 2 weeks over the holidays all by myself in Paris. It was the greatest feeling…overwhelming happiness!! Can’t wait to get back.

    • Paris in Four Months

      Happy you liked Paris!

  • Celina

    Your positivity is infectious, I’ve had a terrible day at work, but settling down in the evenings to read your posts and browse through your photos helps put me in a much better mood!

    • Paris in Four Months

      That makes me feel good :) Happy I could help!

  • yasaman

    i am so happy for you. you deserve it girly!! enjoy every second. kisses from Amsterdam

    • Paris in Four Months

      Thank you :)

  • Casey

    I come to Paris a couple times a year and I feel like this every time I’m in the city, it’s a place that just brings those exact feelings that you wrote out of me too!

    • Paris in Four Months

      Yes :) Although it has to do with more than just the city but the city is definitely a part of it.

  • Anna

    It’s awesome! And I’m so jealous of you! Because madly in love with this city and happy every time when I am in it. I wish I could live there too and return home in the evening along the streets of Paris

  • Lauren

    Aww I got goosebumps reading that. Very inspiring!

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  • Coren

    You only can have that kind of feelings in Paris!!!! Paris is amazing and you know the best city in the world….

    • Paris in Four Months

      No, I don’t think so actually… I think you can have them anywhere as long as you’re truly happy with what you’re doing :)

      • Panna

        Agree with you completely. I woke up Saturday morning to find both kids had climbed in bed with me and my hubby. Watching them tease each other I felt the exact same thing — overwhelming joy and gratitude for the “here and now.”

        Your blog is beautiful! I have it on my bookmarks toolbar and check it every morning. Thanks for your lovely work.

  • Quyen Nguyen

    It is great to have these moments that take a step back and take it all in. I love your work and wish you the best!

    • Paris in Four Months

      Thank you :)

  • bianca malata

    well you know what they say…”Choose the job you love and you never have to work again” :D


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  • Megan Madison

    This post just makes me really happy. Your experience with paris (and life!) sounds fantastic. :) Gorgeous photo as well!

    • Paris in Four Months

      Thank you :) I’m happy it makes you happy.

  • Dominica C

    what a feeling !

  • Nicole K

    I hope that I can experience that feeling in the future! Being a university student drowning in coursework, it’s a little hard for me at the moment, haha.

    xx Nicole

    • Paris in Four Months

      I hope so too :)

  • Melis B

    I find those little moments as little golden lights in my life and day. Sometimes you just stop and think “Well, I’m glad I’m here” and I think this is what we live for most of the time. To find those moments and make it longer. (I must say you have a headstart for living in Paris, though :) )

  • Leftbanked

    You are living my dream life! I was actually thinking recently about bloggers I follow and whose life I’d like to lead the most and it would be you

  • Yukiko

    Your blog, is amazing!!

  • Holly

    I just discovered your magnificent blog…no wonder you are working, you’re amazingly talented…I follow different blogs of Paris and your pictures are extraordinary, the light is perfection…I also wanted to say that in reading about your joy of experiencing Paris reminded me of mine a long time ago…and your delight and happiness are catching…there is nothing silly about your openness to the thrill of experiencing and then expressing the wonder of Paris. That’s why we all dream of getting there and then we we are back home, we dream of returning. It pulls you in forever. So thank you! Also, you caught Central Park perfectly in the morning. I should get up earlier!!

  • ifoxwell

    This made the hair on the back of MY neck stand up! And also, admitting you’re overwhelmingly, joyously happy is such a refreshing and wonderful thing. That tingly feeling of feeling complete and content is the best. I hope I find it in the city I dream of moving to. Thank you for being an inspiration.
    Bella xx

  • jag raina

    this post put such a big smile on my face. your happiness is contagious, and it brightened my entire day. Thank you for your beautiful, inspiring posts.. although I am not in paris, you inspire me to take any surroundings around me and infuse it with as much love, positivity, laughter and fun as possible. xx