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It hasn’t been all great: Moving to France

Moving to France was a major life decision that we always knew we’d make. Adrien (The Frenchman) was born in Nice and partly raised here, so we always talked about spending time here someday.

But the process of moving and the first few months that followed (actually, the first year that followed) were less than smooth. I went through some really tough times.

I’m going to answer some of your questions about the logistics of moving here, and a few of the lifestyle ones as well.

Enjoy!

Over to you! Have you ever been to France? Would you ever move to a foreign country? What are your biggest fears in doing something like that?   

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    Jacques

    September 13, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Good decision to come to Côte d’Azur.
    I visit the region quite often, as I bought an appartment near Antibes.

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    Adriana

    September 13, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Hi Erin! Thanks for your video. I’m a Brazilian girl and i lived the last two years in Paris. I share with you all your opinions and thank you for putting this in such a easy way to understand!!! I love your videos!
    Xoxo,
    Adriana

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    Christine

    September 13, 2017 at 8:41 am

    I was stationed in Europe with the Navy for 8 years and loved every minute of it! I can sooooo identify with everything you mentioned, most especially the part about being “different” to all your friends and family. Do I mourn in a small way for that -sure. But would I go back and give up my experiences – absolutely no!!!! I just learned to tell my stories in a little different way. I loved Italy and would become an ex-pat there in a heartbeat with one exception: healthcare. Unless you are very fluent in the language, it would be difficult. True, many medical professionals all over the world speak English, but….maybe it’s because I’m a little older now and more concerned with (minor) health issues, but it would be something to research before you made the decision to move overseas.

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    Alex

    September 13, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Wow, thank you for sharing that. I think the first year is always really hard- it takes about a year to settle into a new place and afterwards, it gets better. 🙂 You said you´re a writer- how do you write? Do you have a certain type of structure or do you just go with the flow?

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    Julia

    September 13, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I’m gonna move to the US from France next year – I’m most afraid of learning how to drive a different car than the manuals we have here, and the financial state since I’m not gonna be able to work for a while, and of course making friends over there too. I’m not a very social girl but hanging out with people can be nice sometimes. I’m gonna need a yoga BFF ! Haha
    It’s very exciting though, I can’t wait to finally be there and build a new life with my chosen family… without forgetting the one I have here in France ! 🙂

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    Rini

    September 13, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Erin, I love your openness and your realness!! You are the kind of woman that I wish lived in my town and were a part of my tribe. I just love you!!! Thank you for all you do and share to help others become better. You and your husband are super blessed and appear to have a beautiful life, congrats!! 🙂

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    Ayala

    September 13, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I moved from NYC to Jerusalem when I was 23…(a baby!), I think being young really helped me roll with some punches of trying to figure out how to be an adult in a foreign country. I framed everything as “figuring out health insurance would be hard anywhere”. 😉

    I really relate to what you said about feeling different to people “back home”. I really love the pace of life here and I don’t notice how much I’ve changed until I go back to NY for a visit.

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    Erich M

    September 13, 2017 at 11:47 am

    I took six years of German school on Saturday mornings as a kid. FORGOT EVERYTHING! I think my brain is wired more for analytical, and not language. I probably know more Sanskrit, at this point!

    Happy that you two have gotten the chance to take that leap of faith!

    Célébrer le voyage ! (I had to use Bing Translator for this. 😀 )

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    Shannon

    September 13, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    This was really interesting, Erin! I sent the link to my friend who lived in Bristol for two years, because I felt like she could really relate. On an unrelated note – I LOVE your (Adrian’s?) desk – so minimalist!

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    Amy

    September 13, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing – I just moved from San Diego to Oahu and have struggled a lot – it’s not a new country, but almost! So I actually just wrote a blog post about how to survive moving to a new city to help others out! It can be hard but you just have to have the right mindset and be prepared to get uncomfortable. 🙂 Maybe it can help out anyone going through the same thing. xo

    https://www.infiniteembers.com/survive-moving-to-a-new-city/

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    Roger . Dutchie

    September 13, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Viva la france.Erin the Francesco people are different in al they speak slower and they thrink wine and cheese .l live a feaw km grom belgium germane and france . They living al difrent .Bud l love they. Whey ,a are standing whit my open mind. ,My daddy was a franko file .but je love franchie .je helpen You. Aurevoir

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    Diane

    September 14, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Hi Erin! A friend just sent me this post. I could relate to so much of what you were saying in your video. I am also married to a French guy and moved to France 5.5 years ago. What you said about it being a time or growth and self-awareness is true and living here isn’t the romanticized life so many people think it is. Also, joining a gym was so important for me as well. It’s where I go to chit chat, so from a social and health perspective, it’s been great.
    Last thing, as a spouse of a French citizen, you should have the right to work on a vie privee et familiale visa. Maye your situation is different, not sure why you’re on a visitor visa? Just curious.
    Anyway, great post!

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    Heather

    September 14, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I can relate to so much of this, your posts on the good, the bad, and the ugly of moving abroad are always so great. The romantic notion of what living in Europe might be like is definitely very different from the day to day struggles, the bureaucratic nonsense, and the moments of loneliness. But I can confidently say that after nearly nine years, this is the best decision I ever made. The good days, the experiences, and the friendships I’ve had in those years outweigh every stupid form I’ve had to fill out to make it happen. 🙂

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