TravelLinda WilsonComment

Living Abroad

TravelLinda WilsonComment
Living Abroad

The Move To France

The scariest but most unbelievable decision we could have ever made for our little family. Moving away from our support network, our dream home and everything that was so comfortable for us for so long was not an easy decision. If I knew then what I know now the decision would have been EASY. How could we not take up an opportunity that allows us to travel, immerse ourselves in a completely different culture, learn a new language and meet so many incredibly worldly people.

It has made us look at life from a completely different perspective. The things that mattered to us back in Australia do not matter to us at all over here. We love Australia and we will happily move back there one day but this whole experience has been an eye opener, as well as a great opportunity to broaden our horizons. We know it won’t last forever so we are extremely grateful for every day that we get to live in this beautiful part of the world.

The Emotions

We are living in the Catalan region close to the Spanish/French border in a coastal town not far from Perpignan. Few people speak English and the first couple months were tough to say the least. Going to the grocery store, making Drs appointments, learning to drive on the other side of the road, finding a hairdresser and then trying to explain to them what you want, finding all of your baby needs; the list goes on. These are all things that I hadn’t really thought about being so difficult. There were many tears as you can imagine but you have no idea how rewarding it is succeeding in the smallest of tasks.

After a few weeks of living over here not being able to go to my regular Pilates/Yoga classes I was extremely frustrated. Lucky for Google which has become my best friend and of course Google translator. Alas, I found a studio that has night classes so that Greg could be home to look after the baby. But that meant having to drive all by myself a good 20 minutes. Ahhh the anxiety! I thought about going to this class for a good week before I actually built up the courage to go. The emotions going through my body driving on the other side of the road, at night by myself, walking into a studio where I wasn’t sure if anyone was going to be able to understand me and then doing a whole class in a foreign language was intense. I may not be selling this whole moving to a foreign country business but oh my god as I walked out of that class I was so proud of myself! I had done it, it was such an unbelievable feeling. Everything from that moment got so much easier and who would have thought that only after a few months of being here I would be teaching my own classes.

‘Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were once walls’.
Joseph Campbell

Could there be a more perfect quote? I am a huge believer in putting vibes out to the universe and remaining positive in situations even when you feel like it is all too much. Trust me I have been through many of these thanks to my lovely Husband. I do say that with a light heart because through all of our ups and downs remaining positive and waiting for the storm to pass has always opened many doors for us.

Live, Learn, Travel, Grow

Living abroad for the good part of a year has made me realise how important it is to continue to grow as a person, to never stop learning, to open the eyes of my child/children and to give them opportunities that will help them succeed in life. Even though everything is entirely different from what I once knew and it all seemed so daunting at first I have always managed to get by just fine.  We are always counting our lucky stars for living this exciting life that is making our little family blossom.