How life changes when you move to France

How life changes when you move to France is something you speculate about until you actually do it. In fact, doesn’t that apply to everything we take on in life? So much dreaming, wondering and stressing when the only real wisdom is to have a go.

So here are some ways my life has changed since relocating.

1. I feel more open to the world and new experiences – my door is open literally and metaphorically.

2. I have private outside space where I can sit and take in the sun including a super terrace with a view of the church. This is so much better than the small yard I had before.

3. Mornings are leisurely with no school runs or commutes to work to factor in. There might be a time for a little fun shopping or a coffee at a café where the locals are always friendly even if everyone does not know your name like in Cheers.

4. I find work is just something I do rather than the be all and end all of my existence. I wonder how many of us use work because we have not really found ourselves and a job title will do.

5. Housework is manageable and I think this is probably because the house is more attractive but also because of my more positive mind set and the help of the family.

6. After initial splurges, my eating is healthier and my exercise levels have gone up particularly with walking at the coast or around the lake.

7. Evenings do not have a set end point because we do not feel exhausted or stressed about the next day. We might cook, talk or watch a DVD. We might head out for a country walk and probably will. Life is more balanced.

8. We always were a team of five but that unit and the individual relationships within it seem stronger here.

There are lots of reasons to be cheerful here but I think those are the ones that really strike me. Life is good and better than it has been in a very long time.

Life changes when you move to France or it did for us anyway.


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    • Catherine

      Thanks Becky and you and yours are most welcome to visit. I would love that! It was easy for us as we have no close family in the UK and had very few friends really so we don’t miss people which is always the hardest part if you move abroad I imagine. It is a big life-change for me and is changing me as a person too and for the better. Thanks for popping by and leaving a comment and remember your move helped inspire me too.

    • Catherine

      Thanks Madeline. I have never really enjoyed or being able to relax but I seem to have changed and can now chill with the best of the. Thanks so much for reading and leaving a comment.

  1. Oh Wow! You are making me wanting to move to France. It sound like paradise. I haven’t consider moving out of UK until now. It seem lots and lots of people are immigrating to a better life. #TheListLinky

    • Catherine

      Thanks Su and I was hoping I might inspire dreams in other people so your comment means a lot. With dreams I have worked out it is just a case of going for it and seeing what happens. I think Brexit and other issues in the UK have made people think if there is somewhere better to be right now and in the future. Thanks so much for reading and leaving a kind comment.

  2. I fear my life went in the other direction: started in France then moved to the UK, haha! Glad you’ve enjoyed the move. That said, you’ve clearly moved to a nice spot. I think the fringes of Marseilles or the suburbs of Paris would not have been quite so pleasant. Do like the idea of living near a lake though #thatfridaylinky

    • Catherine

      I guess every country has places some of us would choose not to live. Thanks for popping by and leaving a comment.

    • Catherine

      Yes C – that is our greatest win and something I knew I needed but am amazed how easy it was to find once we shook things up a bit and made the leap of faith. Thanks so much for reading and leaving a kind comment.

    • Catherine

      Thanks Victoria for taking the time to read and to leave a comment. We are loving it but I hope to live by the beach too when it comes to my final days.

  3. Sounds like you are loving it I will be honest it’s not for me I love the uk great read Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

    • Catherine

      I love the UK too Nige but worry for it and its people right now. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

  4. I’m totally in awe of this move Kate, it sounds as if it has been so good for you all and despite living in 220 acres of amazing land, I really do miss private space by my door, your sounds perfect. Mich x #R2BC

    • Catherine

      Thanks for such a generous comment Mich. You were one of the people who made me realise that we can change our location and our thinking too as I was so impressed with your big move personally and location wise when you did it. We are moving to a place in September that is even more special outside space wise and I hope some bloggers will come and share it from time to time.

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