WWhen I was little girl I was really obssessed with England and London specifically. My bedroom was like a museum dedicated to UK/Londonfully decorated with Union Jack, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, vintage red buses, phone booth, Underground signs, etc. I even had socks, school bag or worse underwear with the Union Jack flag … Yeah you can laugh! I always told people that when I grow up, I want to be married to a British and live there. I was so sure about this back then. I am now 22 years old and I’m not married already BUT I am engaged and well my fiancé isn’t British. He’s French actually. It’s okay cuz he is the most awesome fiancé and I love him so much. The thing that actually came true is that I moved in England. For those who doesn’t know me well I am from France. I was born in Paris and well I never lived somewhere else since now.
“GREAT THINGS DON’T COME FROM STAYING IN YOUR COMFORT ZONE”
Au revoir la France
As I told you, I was born in Paris and I always been there. I was raised in a neighborhood that I never really liked, but I was happy anyway. But deep down I always wanted to move in a specific borough : 8ème arrondissement as we say in French. When I moved with my boyfriend, we found an apartment inside in the 8th arrondissement totally by chance. We were really happy cuz the neighborhood looked nice, we were few minutes away from Champs Elysées, the view from our apartment showed Haussmanian buildings … A dream come true! Even though our apartment was tiny, we were happy. Then slowly things changed. All I was seeing was Paris flaws and issues : pollution, noises, people that party every single weekend till morning, unpolite people, street harrassment, and much more! You might think I exagerated, but trust me I’m not. This is so much more complicated than that! Well add the fact that I have anxiety you can imagine how stressful it was for me. This is why I wanted to move somewhere else, somewhere peaceful!
When we made the decision the move in England with my fiancé, we wanted to move in London. It was the city we knew well, the capital and a similar city as Paris. With the time, we changed our decision. 2018 was a very stressful year for me, mostly because of Paris environment. This is the year when I started to realize that living in a huge city is something really cool but really stressful too. It was enough! I wanted to live in a place more quiet and away from the crowd. My fiancé wasn’t really happy with this decision at first but then he agreed that a more quiet place would be better. We chose a little city in the county of Kent. We found the while we were exploring the map of England. It was lovely and seems to be quiet! Plus it was close to London and the Euro Shuffle. Coudln’t ask for more! We are now here for few weeks already and we are so happy with our choice. The city is nice and our neighborhood really peaceful and quiet. It’s a big change compared to Paris and for the moment we are not missing Paris at all!
Moving abroad is something huge, a big change! I know that a lot of people are afraid to move abroad. Otherwise, a lot of people asked me if I was scared. You know what? Not really. I was really motivated to move and I was pretty much sure of my choice. The hardest part of it was to get out of my comfort zone. I love my comfort zone! I am really attached to it unfortunately. I am not the only one right? Deep down I knew that staying in my comfort zone isn’t something good for me. I am trying to change these days and I want to start a new life. A better life! This moving is for me a new beggining. A new chapter of my life. This new chapter is the start of something new!