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Moving to PARIS!

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Yes. I am moving to Paris! I cannot believe I am actually typing that sentence. Ladies and Gentlemen, this has been a dream of mine for almost a decade and I have finally made it happen. There was no more exciting feeling than booking my one way plane ticket last week 🙂

HOW and WHY?!

AS you know, (if you have been following my posts) I had left my job in Los Angeles, and actually had been gearing up to be an entrepreneur. I never said exactly what that was going to look like, but I was actually in the process of buying a restaurant, a french bistro, bien sur! Long story short, things fell through on the deal and I was left with NO job and NO plan. What to do next?! I thought long and hard about this and I could have gone down many paths. I could have found another restaurant to buy, went and found another job, or …. possibly found a way to live my dream and move to Paris!

Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs. ~Farrah Gray

So, I started brainstorming about what I would DO in Paris. I journaled about everything I love…food, wine, travel, pastries, bakeries…. and I started to think that maybe studying in Paris would be the ticket. I researched and researched and finally found a fit!

After a long interview process, and embarrassing Skype chats, I was finally accepted as one of 20 students to a top Sommelier Program! I will spend a year learning all there is to know about WINE – in Paris. Not too shabby 🙂 The course is taught in French with a british translator. The students come from all over the world…Spain, Australia, Asia, Argentina, Canada and America. I am beyond thrilled to embark on this once in a lifetime experience. I have always been fascinated with the world of wine and to actually make a career out of it would make life so sweet!

Everything else naturally fell into place.

~ I found a charming flat in the Latin Quartier (5th Arrondissment) to rent- and it’s affordable!

~ I met and connected with several people that actually live in Paris- so I will have a comfort and safety net of knowing other souls in my dream city.

~Tuition was paid and accepted.

~I started taking French Lessons…

~I received my VISA (very long and frustrating process)

And now I am pinching myself and filled with extreme gratitude that this is life. This is my REAL life 🙂

Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.

When I tell most people…the first question I get is “how did you make that happen?” All I can say is, it was a deep, deep, desire within me that I somehow believed would come to fruition one day. I did not know when or how…I just took the very next step. I have read 5 novels about women, American women, that have done exactly what I am doing. Left their job and up and moved to Paris. I am not the first.

As a friend said to me “Just take the leap and let the net catch you”

I will be documenting this journey on the blog and I am so excited to celebrate and share this adventure with the world!!

So much to come in the City of Lights!

XOXO

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anais NIN

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21 thoughts on “Moving to PARIS!

  1. Je vais venir te voir, c’est promis!! Je suis trop trop contente pour toi.
    Bises,
    Sandrine.

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  2. Krista…I’m so excited for you!!!! Love and big hugs, Aunt Jenny!

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  3. Congratulations!!! This is so exciting. I look forward to reading about your adventures!

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  4. I am in awe how courageous you are Krista. You have grown big wings that you do not need a net to catch you! Your travels will open so many opportunities. And lucky for us who cannot travel, we still get to follow you! XO

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  5. So happy for you ma belle soeur! Can’t wait to visit 🙂

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  6. How exciting for you–going for your dream! I have a sister that lives in Versailles (formerly Paris) if you ever need another person to talk to, have coffee with, etc. She fell in love with Paris upon her first visit and never came home again except for vacations and short stays. It’s an awesome city!

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    • K Walsh! Sounds like I need to meet your sister! Would love to have coffee with her. If you could email me her contact info that would be great! Thanks for reading!

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  7. Krista, glad to read your dreams are turning into reality. You know how I feel about Paris….I’m very happy for you and the adventures you are about to experience. Be good to yourself!

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  8. Dear Krista,

    We are so happy for you – to be achieving your dream – also very sad for us to have you so far away!!!! Wishing you the very best experience and with a happy heart – hopefully, we can still keep in contact… Love you very much! Our very first Grandchild – will never forget the happiness in our hearts & souls!! You always been a very special blessing to us — full of fun, excitement, and challenge — you have definintely conquered and enjoyed so much in a very young life!!! I know your Mom will keep us posted and if possible I will txt or e-mail too!!!! ….. ALL OF THESE INCLUDED!! XXOO

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  9. I am so happy for you and can’t wait to hear all about the new adventures. Cheers to following your dreams! xo seanne

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  10. What an exciting time for you…a dream come true!! Life is a journey and a gift…I’m so excited to get to follow you on your amazing journey!! It takes a special person to follow their heart and make a dram come true…you are that special person!!!
    Love, Doreen

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  11. You look FABULOUS darling!!!! Happy. Content. XOXO

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