A Year After Moving Abroad

Tomorrow marks one year of living in France. Luckily for me, my long-stay visa renewal was accepted. So whether Julien likes it or not, he has me for another year πŸ˜‰.

Some people say it’s living a dream, and some days I feel like that, truly. I’ve had time to adjust to everyday tasks, like taking the bus or train to get groceries and establishing new friendships. But other times it’s still completely foreign to me as the size of refrigerators, not being able to find graham crackers and still not being able to follow another language – whether it be French, German, Luxembourgish, Portuguese, or any other one may hear in Europe – of an adult conversation (or child, for that matter).

With a bunch of ups (tons of travel, French wine, champagne, and cheese, completing my 8th marathon in Paris, showing family my love of Europe, birthdays and did I mention, so many trips?), a few downs (having difficulty with learning the language, death in the family, homesickness, FOMO with friends at home, missing Pats games mostly because it’s 2:30am my side and nastiness of the presidential election), and most average days, I’ve come to love my new life and my soulmate even more.

Life often passes quickly. I’m so happy to have made the decision to follow my heart and take a leap of faith. Fears of finances and what-ifs are bound to happen, but you know what…in the end as long as you have your health, a roof over your head, minimizing some material needs and choosing to spend my days making memories and exploring, I’ve grown more this year than with any higher education. For all of this, I’ve come to learn to value my blessings and allow myself to experience fear but learning to not let it linger into prolonged worry.

Bring on 2017:

  • Back to Boston for Christmas
  • Barcelona, Spain in January
  • Rome Marathon in April
  • ING night half marathon Luxembourg in May
  • Berlin Marathon in September
  • US Weddings in October
  • And hopefully so much more 😊

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