5 YEARS IN FRANCE: How Living in France Has Made My Life Better


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It's been 5 years in France already! Hear about how it has made my life better :) Merci La France for 5 wonderful, challenging, years!

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This video is a little bit of a love fest about the things I absolutely adore about living in France. I'm not talking here about baguettes, croissants and people watching - though I could - but more fundamental mindset shifts that have occurred for me as an expat living in France and the ways in which it has pushed me to become a better person.

Major life lesson 1 2:19 - live in the moment

The French aren't in any major rush to get through life. French people enjoy the moment and live for experiences and connection with others. Moreover, they prioritise this - whether that be at the individual level or the state level.

Major life less 2 - less consumerism, more experiences 5:13

French people, in general, would prefer decent amounts of paid annual leave to more money. If you ask a French person if they could earn 20 000 more per year but only have 2 weeks holidays, most would say NON MERCI. There is something to learn from appreciating the most simple things in life and prioritising time with family and less, high quality things than working tirelessly for that big fat pay check.

Major life lesson 3 - getting outside of the comfort zone 8:10
This isn't unique to France but my immersion into a new culture, new language, new mindset.. well! I learned so much by getting out of my comfort zone.

Major life lesson 4 - At ease with debating, expressing my convictions 9:44

Debate, discussion and challenging each other is a hallmark of the French culture. At first, I thought French people were super aggressive and now I join in :)

Major life lesson 5 - More eco friendly 10:49
Being more conscious for our planet/mother earth!

I hope you guys enjoyed this reflective video about life in France after 5 years. If you want to know more about living in France as an expat or have an experience to share of your own, please let me know down below!

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