Editor's Letter #1: Bonjour 2016 !

Note: pour les lecteurs francophones, pas de panique, la traduction de cet article sera en ligne demain, j'ai trop la crève pour le faire ce soir mais je voulais quand même publier quelque chose !

I am starting 2016 in my bed slowly recovering from the laryngitis that I caught the day after Christmas. That is a rather funny thing, because Christmas in DC was unusually warm, so much that I switched my planned outfit for a summer dress and sandals. 

As of two days ago, the Annus Horribilis, with its sinister cortege of catastrophes, betrayals, low blows, fights, deaths, health problems, disasters, terror attacks, mourning and incessant drama, even on its very last day, is over.

For some reason, despite this state (and a peripheral crisis with my ex-girlfriend on New Year’s Eve), I have a very good feeling about 2016. I feel like I am already moving on, and SO gladly, from the drama of 2015 that seems more petty than anything now. Hopefully, I have received the wisdom to know what is to remain confined to the past.

The Magician is the Tarot card I drew for January 2016, and I'm already beginning to feel all that it represents: the power that we have within ourselves to take control of our destinies and, essentially, make things happen. After Death, which I had drawn for the last month, I feel at the beginning of a new journey and a very exciting year where, as opposed to the last one, everything that can go well will go the best way possible. I feel a new wave of change coming over, one that brings with it new potential and possibilities. This is even more confirmed by the 2016 horoscope on Garance Doré's blog

As to this blog, the change has already started on it: you have noticed that after four years, its title is now no longer Sonushka, but French Girl In DC. This is the very first of a series of gradual changes that will take place in the months to come. Why this new name, you may ask? Because I think it illustrates much better the direction that this blog is taking, its themes and its content. Of course, it may seem too generic for some, because I am not just French, but also Lebanese, an opera-lover, a lipstick lesbian and a [mad witchy] pagan enthusiast. But trying to fit all of that (and whatever new thing I get into in the future) into a blog title (and let alone a URL) is something I would have done at 18. 
I won’t lie, a part of me isn’t 100% sure that this name change is a good decision. But the great thing is that nothing is irreversible, and the ever-evolving aspect of blogging and of the internet in general allows taking changes and testing things out. I would, of course, love to have your opinion and thoughts on this change in the comments below!

Now, my goal is not to do any predictions for world events or anything of the sort. But still, I sense (touching lots of wood)(perhaps I should affix a piece of wood to my laptop) that 2016 will be a year where faith in humanity is overall renewed. We will see a large number of random acts of kindness, and many victories against fascism in all its forms. Some fearsome structures will crumble from the inside. Take a look at history: nothing lasts too long. 

I sense that 2016 will also be a memorable year in terms of culture: we will see wonderful films, books, theatre productions and musical prodigies. In regards to religion, I see a rebirth of spirituality, of the intellectual aspect of faith, and of mysticism and asceticism. 

On a personal level, I sense that 2016 will be the year where my life takes a turn for the better. It’s not just because of the tarot reading I made in October to know what to expect for the next twelve months, but a deep, intuitive feeling. 2016 will be the year I defeat everything that brings me down. 2016 will be the year I reconnect with my friends, rebuild certain relationships on better bases, and solidify others. 2016 will be the year I make a full living from my writing. 2016 will be the year I move into a permanent place I can call home. 2016 will be the year I take my health in hand and treat my body and soul well. 2016, hopefully, will be the year that will bring my love and I together, in a solid and healthy bond of trust, complicity and love. 

So bring it on, 2016! I can’t wait! And I wish the happiest new year to all of you, my wonderful readers!



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