Since I made my big announcement a couple of weeks ago regarding my upcoming move to France, I have gotten a lot of excitement from friends and followers and a lot of questions. I’ve heard everything from ‘what made you decide to do it’ to people saying I’m crazy and they could never see themselves doing it. Now, I have yet to have the actual experience of living abroad so check back in a few months and see if I’m hating it, but for now I could not be more excited about the opportunity. I thought that this might be a good chance for me to share some of the pros and cons that we discussed before moving to France and some of the things that have come up since we made the decision.
PRO – Moving abroad would allow us to experience the life and culture of many other countries over the course of our year. My husband and I have bonded over food and travel since we started dating and find ourselves constantly talking about the countries that we’d love to visit. Having an entire year planted on another continent would allow us to explore an entirely new world and hopefully learn a few things.
CON – Keeping your home and having a relative stay there to babysit your cats while you’re away means you still have to pack like you’re moving! I never imagined that it would be so much work to not actually move out of your space! My husband joked the other day that my closet was like a clown car because things just seemed to keep pouring out. But alas, it is finally empty and in bins for storage so that my cat-sitter can have space too.
PRO – Living abroad would help me slow down a bit and take in more of what life has to offer. I often find myself in the rat-race of life going from work to workouts to cleaning to blogging and it honestly gets a little crazy at times. I’m hoping that when you subtract out all of the chaos of owning a home and running around to functions with friends and family will give me more time to live in the moment.
CON – Being away from my family has always been a reason that I never moved too far away. I’ve already dealt with many tears from my mom and as things get closer to our move-date I’ve been finding myself getting a little sad to say goodbye to my family and friends. Oh, and my cats. There are plans for people to come visit while we are out on our adventure and I think that technology makes things a lot easier to stay in touch so I’m hoping that will fulfill my feeling of disconnect. Plus, like I keep telling my mom, it’s only for ONE YEAR!
There are less than four weeks left until I board a plane and say goodbye to everything familiar. It seems like the days are flying by and the list of tiny tasks that need to be wrapped up before we leave is getting smaller and smaller. I’m sure there will be a few moments of tears right before we leave the familiar but those will hopefully be wiped away by the excitement that awaits. And by tissue. Au revoir, for now!