I invite you to find a new level of beauty, to live your dream, to have your best version of a beautiful life. Of course, we can all learn from every culture’s lifestyle habits, but the French do have a joy of life that we can all agree is unique.
Below I share with you, what I call The 7 Lifestyle Habits American Women can learn from Spending Time in Paris.
Are you hungry?
Yes, the French are known for their culinary delights, and before I came to France, I imagined that every meal was seven courses of indulgence. French women don’t deny themselves treats; however, they are also aware when to stop. For example, a croissant on Saturday morning vs. every day. A piece of tiny dark chocolate with their tea…
Most French women they allow themselves “guilty” pleasures, not that they would ever feel guilty, foie grois at Noel? Bien sur! Raclette during the ski season? Bah Oui! There are certain types of food you eat at different times of year, and I LOVE this. I can remember sitting down with my girlfriend, and she said, “Oh I am so excited to have the first melon of the season with you!” In France, they pay attention to the season of foods and the timing!
Also, French women do not snack. When I lived in the USA food was available ALL the time. The kitchen was open 24/7. Not so here is France. Breakfast is typically between 8-9, lunch is between 12-2, Coffee/tea time at 4 pm and dinner between 8-10pm. If a French woman is going out for a big dinner, then she’ll have a small lunch, or she might skip her lunch altogether. It’s not about denial; however, it’s about not over indulgence either.
Are they rude?
Once you know someone in France though, what do they do? They kiss you. Bisous! Privacy is not about hiding; it’s about not over-sharing. So less is more. There’s a different level of privacy here; it can be mysterious and powerful, sensual and romantic. Consider whispering the next time you are out in public or at a restaurant with your lover. It can be a much more intimate experience. Also, consider keeping some secrets to yourself and feel the power in honoring the silence.
When people talk to me about why we live here, one of the first things they say is “Wow, your kids speak fluent French?” And yes they do....however to me it is SO much more than that.
My children are learning there is more than one way to say something, do something and experience something in life. They are opening their ability to impact and influence the world in their way by learning there is not only ONE way to experience life.
For some women, simple pleasures are saved as a luxury. To me, this is madness; life is so short, and we should live every day with passion and beauty.
Don’t save your wedding gift china for Christmas or Thanksgiving, use it every day.
Don’t hide your new handbag away in its box and only bring it out on special occasions; use your Birkin as a beach bag because what’s the point of having beautiful things if you’re not enjoying them.
Beauty Regime and
It’s not uncommon for French women to spend 20 minutes cleansing, moisturizing and caring for their skin every day. It’s the ritual, the self-honoring and taking time to honor your body. To a French woman, washing your face before bed is just as vital as brushing your teeth. They would never dream of going to bed without doing this. I do this now without thinking, and it has changed my life.
Self Loving Discipline
A.K.A. lèche vitrine
It’s not about changing; it’s about truly being, embracing your soul and being the very best version of yourself.
The women who attend will spend 2.5 days with me in my Parisian apartement receiving my personal guidance and feedback on their unique situation.