We’ve all heard the expression “Fake it ’til you make it!” and that’s what I intend to do – live like I’m living in France, until I can make the move.
For me, the French/European lifestyle is all about working to live, and not living to work. Taking time to enjoy life’s pleasures. Being an artist. A writer. Dining outside. When I’m in Europe I take the train to visit different cities. I walk more. I eat bread (*gasp*). Spend hours, sometimes entire days in Museums AND Cafés. Drink Champagne. Enjoy Crêpes and Pain au Chocolat (chocolate croissants) – a lot! So why not do this now?
Before I leave for my French Adventure, I plan on doing the following things right here in the Good Ole U.S. of A.:
1. Take the train to another State (DONE and doing more! I’ve traveled from Sacramento to Denver on the California Zephyr, and have take the Coast Starlight to Santa Barbara, and the Pacific Surfliner down the California Coastline to San Clemente)
2. Finish my novel. (Working on this!)
3. Relax in the park with a loaf of French bread, a bottle of wine and a good book.
4. Start drawing /painting again. (Doing!)
5. Enjoy the local museums and galleries. (Done and continue doing)
6. Dine outside as much as possible. (Done and do whenever possible)
7. Host a French Dinner & Movie Night – complete with French music, a French film, Champagne, Hors d’oeuvres and Crêpes! (DONE!)
8. Speak French daily. (Working on!)
9. Cook French cuisine. (DONE)
10. Sit in a local coffee-house for hours and people watch. (DONE)
I better get started tout de suite!