How Paris Changed My Life

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Paris, Paris, Paris -- just saying it out loud evokes images of the Eiffel Tower, Audrey Hepburn, sidewalk cafes, art and romance.

 

My 9 month program kicks off with a retreat in Paris.

Here’s why:

My first trip to Paris occurred in my late 20’s post-divorce. I came almost on a whim because I lacked just enough credits for in interior design degree (the one I had abandoned in favor of the marriage I was now divorced from) to graduate. And guess what, a summer in Paris would give me the necessary credits. It was a win -win, getting over a broken heart, seeing a city I had always dreamed of and finishing my degree.

I boarded the AirFrance flight and was immediately blown away by the service (the attendants wore white gloves back then and served everything in real china).

Halfway across the Atlantic however, I began to get nervous. Although my classes, through Parson’s SD, NY would be in English, what about the rest of the time? How would I get around, get what I needed, etc?

I suddenly lost my bravado. I was 27, all alone. I was going to a completely new and unfamiliar place, where I did not speak the language and knew no one.

My mind started doing what it (and all our brains do) best, trying to keep me “safe” by keeping me in the familiar. By the time I landed I was sure I had made a huge mistake.

I was wrong. My brain was wrong. Everything that told me not to come was wrong.

Paris changed my life, not just the city, the experience. I made friends I still occasionally hear from. I saw things I had previously only read about. And I discovered things about myself I never could have learned any other way.

That is why I am inviting you to step out of your comfort zone, do what I like to call “pattern interrupt”. If you feel like you just can’t live the way you are anymore, take the 9 month journey. Start in Paris and Untangle your marriage, your dreams and your life. Allow yourself to begin to write the life you want to live.

Getting on a plane alone to fly somewhere you have never been requires courage, the belief to know you have things to do and places to go, and the moxie to do it.

Once here you will be surrounded in a cocoon of support, you will see things you have never seen, or, if you have been here already, you will see them in a way you have not experienced. You will discover more about yourself in 5 days than you have in the last 5 years. You will leave after 9 months knowing what to do, and with the confidence that yes you can do it, whether that means staying or going. Why? Because you were brave enough to take the first step.

So what, my lovely, are you going to do with your “one wild and precious life”? Fill your cup in Paris, with me, with us. Because you can’t give back if there is nothing left.

Join me for my next webclass, I Just Can't Live Like This Anymore: 3 Secrets to Joy Whether You Fix Him or Leave Him.

 

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