Frenchified for life!
Today, I am going to share with you the French secret(s) for embracing life!
Now that the holidays are over (seems like a lifetime ago, doesn't it?) and a New Year upon us, you may have made some resolutions, whether it be to learn a new language to saving money to choosing to become healthy. I made some resolutions too, I would like to learn to sew, (again) improve my French, and continue losing weight.
Today's article is about embracing... French life. It is an outline I created that has helped me survive in this crazy country called France, but more importantly, IT WORKS!! That said, I ask you to seriously ponder the questions below in hopes of embracing.... your best self. To truly embrace la vie français, you must simply K.I.S.S. and make love!! Explaination below.
But first.... Questions to ponder: Have you ever noticed the world is passionate about all things French? Think about it... what springs to mind? Perhaps French Champagne? French perfume? French women? French men? A French lover? French fashion? French wine!? French kiss? French cuisine? See what I mean? I must admit, the French do have that certain something, which keeps one intrigued, (afterall, they have a reputation to protect!) but truth be told, the French are very practical people. Surprised?
As mentioned above, this is the outline I have followed that has helped me truly embrace life: K.I.S.S. and MAKE LOVE!
1. The KISS method -- Keep it Simple Sexy! I would say this is the French credo, but HOW do you master it? For that I turn to Bruce Lee, "It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
Deep down, we all know what we SHOULD do, so why don't we? I often tell my students, (I teach English) Do not make something easy, difficult, and they immediately comprehend, because they practice it, everyday.
To truly embrace la vie française is to simply: Do what gives you pleasure, as long as, it doesn't break The 3 Lines! And remember... Keep it Simple Sexy!
** The Three Lines, also know as The Three B's, is something I wrote late one evening in my personal journal, dated June 2, 2013. The Lines are as follows: (the lines of the) Body, (Crossing the line) Behavior boundries and (The) Bottom (line), meaning money.
The Three Lines/The Three B's
Bottom line: The Three Lines works. After making a routine and sticking to it, I know that at the end of the day, I'm saving money, feeling good, and looking good!
AND... You know exactly what I mean, because YOU TOO have had these same feelings! It's TRUE!
Humour me a little bit.... I want you to think about/recall that feeling of slipping on that perfect dress or well cut suit!
Are you picturing it? Do you remember how you felt? Did you perhaps feel a sense of pride or confidence?
That simple garment had the power to make you feel as if you could take on the world!
Now recall the feeling of finding money in your winter coat. Remember what you felt? Perhaps a feeling of excitement and surprise? Did you attempt to remember how it got there?
Now think of your best achievement! Think about all the hard work, stress and perhaps pain you felt to reach that particular goal. Do you remember it like it was yesterday? Did all that work and strain make you a better person, one who can overcome any odds and get it done, like a boss!?
We ALL have had the feelings of pride and confidence, the feelings of surprise and excitement, and the feelings of pain and stress! These feelings make us who were are! It is these feelings we must cultivate!! We must feel the force, Luke! (yes, I love Star Wars.)
I feel if one commits to the K.I.S.S. method by adhereing to The Three Lines, you are on your way to embracing... perhaps your true and loving self? Your best life? French life? Your life!
2. MAKE LOVE! I recently came across this quote from Langston Hughes, an American novelist and poet. “Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love. I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.”
How simple, how perfect, I thought. To embrace life is to love life! Do what you want, enjoy, eat good food, take care of yourself, cultivate your feelings, pamper yourself, read more, take up something new, learn, and above all mind, The Three Lines!
Have a happy and healthy and wealthy new year! May you and yours be blessed! Take care of yourselves, KISS often and make love! -- Jenny! xoxxox
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...