Bonjour mes amis!
The past couple of weeks, I have focused on taking care of yourself, finding inspiration, keeping your New Years Resolutions, how to behave at a dinner party and French fashion and style tips that I have picked up from the locals, on the streets of Bordeaux.
Today, I want to share with you some of my growing pains of learning this language and the importance of family.
When I was in the States, I took a semester of French at the local community college for fun and to challenge myself. Never did I realize that 10 years later, I would be living in the South of France.
It was an easy and difficult decision to reach, however don't think for one minute that it has all been butterflies and tulips, au contraire, mon frère!
Being a foreigner in a foreign country has its peaks and valleys, mais C'est la Vie, non!
There are so many things that have changed in this past year of living here, and I have accepted the fact that I am what you call "The International" group. I am an ex-pat (I didn't invent the word) living in another country. I will always be different, no matter how perfect my French mannerisms may be, I will never be one of them.
I am a tolerated outsider -- That is how the French treat and perceive me. Sometimes I am ok with it, and other times, I want to stab people in the face with a fork, but again, C'est La Vie, non!
Today, I am going to share with you (the) French, according to me, according to the French! (How confusing is that!!?!)
I describe it to being a Queen or King.
You have to hold yourself with your head up high, yet be humble.
You have to be polite and respectful, yet don't be taken advantage of.
You have to be smarter, kinder, sweeter, wittier, in fact every word you can think of
with an ER suffix, would suffice.
ALWAYS SAY BONJOUR, S'IL VOUS PLAÎT, MERCI.
You have to be a scholar of the world, yet be open to ebb and flow of the times, be updated on current events from across the world, enjoy and indulge in life's pleasures, but not be opulent.
It's a fine line, but a welcome one!
That is why I am so grateful to have met other ex-pats, who are now my family that I can share and vent my frustrations with and vice versa.
This week, I will introduce you to my extended immediate French family, who I lovingly call THE WITCHES - because when we get together magic happens!
Love -- Jenny! xxoxx
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
By the way, I mention the name Cachou (or The Cash) a lot, I'm referring to her...