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Reflecting on 5 years in France

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

reflecting on 5 years in france as an expatsmaller

Time is a magical thing. Sometimes it feels like life is creeping by at a snail’s pace and other times it whizzes by and you can barely catch your breath. Time can help to put things in perspective, mark different periods of our lives, and maybe best of all it allows us to heal, grow and reflect. This past winter marked 5 years in France, and wow, I can’t it’s been half a decade already.

Truth be told, this post has been in my drafts folder for months. I kept starting it and then deleting what I’d written not sure what I should say or how I should say it. It’s difficult to condense 5 years of your life into a blog post and to accurately convey what the experience has been like. Anyway, I’m going to try.

It’s a long one clocking in at over 3,500 words, so pour yourself a beverage and settle in, OK?

Enjoy. Maybe you can relate.

7 Everyday things that are more difficult to do in France

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

more difficult in france

No one ever said moving to France would be easy and I’m reminded of that all the time. Is it more difficult than my life back in New York City? I wouldn’t say that either — it’s, well, different. Life isn’t easy for anyone, but if you keep a level head and can laugh at yourself, the everyday stresses seem to roll off your back that much more easily. Here are 7 things that are personally more difficult for me in France than they were in the USA.


Life lessons from living abroad

Written by Diane. Posted in on everything else

Life lessons from living abroad

Sometimes we don’t realize we’ve made such great strides until we get some distance from a particular situation and look back. Lessons take time to process and little personality shifts don’t happen overnight. Some of these are directly related to living abroad and some are just truths I’ve come to realize with time and it just so happens that I live abroad. As we get older and see more and do more, we can’t help but allow these experiences to change us. I like to think it’s all for the best.


Are you happy in France?

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

happy in france

A few weeks ago, I caught up with an old colleague I hadn’t spoken to in years. We chatted a bit and a few minutes into our conversation she asked me if I was happy in France. I thought about it for a few seconds and confidently answered that yes, I was. After 4 years of living abroad, I can honestly say that I am happy — but does being in France play a huge role in my overall happiness? How much does your physical location factor in to who you have become? How much should it?

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