A nation of apologists?

Written by Diane. Posted in on everything else


Hello there!

Tom and I spent a wonderful Thanksgiving with family in the US. It was my first Thanksgiving stateside in 6 years and Tom’s first ever!

So about that nation full of apologists. I’m talking about AMERICANS. YES!! And I’m just as surprised as you are. I’m writing about something we noticed after a few days in the US.

Maybe it’s always been this way, but what I’m going to talk about in this post stood out to me and Tom after being away awhile. It’s the frequency of Americans saying “sorry” for the tiniest things. I’ve never thought of Americans as overly apologetic – that’s a Canadian thing – but now I’m second-guessing that.

Do you say sorry when you have nothing to be sorry about? Is it a reflex? Just a word to say?

Read on…

The little things in life lately

Written by Diane. Posted in on everything else, things we love

The little things in life lately

Do you ever get so busy with work or school or everyday life that you forget to slow down and notice the positives all around you? Or maybe you get so caught up in the what-ifs and the negativity that seems to be everywhere? For as long as I can remember, taking a moment to appreciate the little things in life has always helped me to calm down, de-stress and refocus my energy. Sometimes we are so consumed with our to-do lists and the hubbub of life that we don’t take the time to see what’s right in front of us.

So I’m taking a moment to do that right here.


How to move to France

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on life in France


Hi guys, the most popular question I get from readers is about how to move to France. People write me looking for advice, reassurance and encouragement, all of which I’m happy to give. Some are single people in their 20s looking to study abroad, others are married with kids and want to try something new, and others are couples of retirement age looking to slow down and soak up French culture.

I’m the first to say I’m not an expert on how to move to France; I’m just someone who has done it. My blog focuses more on what life is like once you’re in France and not how to move to France, but I wanted to compile some resources for anyone out there who may be considering a move.

Here are my suggestions and a few pieces of advice on how to move to France.

Read on!

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