Why I Packed Up My Life And Moved to France

Why I Packed Up My Life And Moved to France

I officially announced that we moved to Nice, France earlier this week and I’ve gotten the same question a million times: “Why?”

It doesn’t exactly come with a simple answer, but here goes…

Years ago we decided that we would live overseas at some point when the stars aligned and work enabled us to do so. This was never something that passively sat on the back burner either; we were always working towards this goal from one angle or other. Whether it was trying to get our work set up so we could do it from anywhere, or making sure the timing was “right.” Making this happen is a huge deal to us and we’re really excited (and nervous!) that it’s actually come to fruition. It just goes to show you that when you set a goal, you take it seriously, and you work towards it every single day, it WILL happen. The timing is another story, because it’s not always in the exact time WE would prefer, but nonetheless, it happens 😉 Some people call it God’s time, others say it’s chance, and some say it’s just whenever it’s meant to be.

Whether you’re working towards a similar goal or an entirely different one, let this encourage you to stay the course, even when it seems too far away or not worth it anymore. The Frenchman says it well:

“The hard part isn’t the first step, or the second step [on the way towards your goal]. It’s the 5th, 6th and 7th steps when you’re in so deep you forget why you took that initial step in the first place. The middle of the tunnel, when you left the light behind you but you can’t yet see it in front of you either. When you have to trust that whatever ‘insane’ notion came over you to take the first step is still worth it now that you don’t see where it’s headed anymore. That’s the hard part of doing something big/great. It’s when you’re halfway up the mountain and you’re too far up to turn back but you can’t see the summit camp yet.”

So far so good. And on that note, here’s a few of the sights from our first week here…

Massena

Cours Saleya

Street

Place Massena

Nice Sunset
Thank you all for the sweet words! Can’t wait to take advantage of this beautiful scenery with some fun challenges and other stuff 😉

Until next time… <3

52 Comments

  1. I love this post!!
    And the Frenchman is very wise!
    You are literally living the dream – and you both are my inspiring example!
    I hope you have a great time in Europe!

    Big hugs!

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  2. It looks magical

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  3. Hi!

    Thank you for sharing!
    I really love the Frenchman’s view on doing something new/changing up life. I am in my final year of graduate school in a mess of stuff and wondering why I’m even putting myself through this. So, reading that really resonated with me and gave me the umph I need to keep going.. Graduation is May 14, 2016.

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  4. Good luck, Erin! As someone who moved continents (Germany to the US) I know how scary and exciting and crazy and all these other contradicting things it can be. Nice looks beautiful, always wanted to go. Take advantage of being in Europe and so close to all these other wonderful places, so travel when you have time (make sure you have time!!) <3

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  5. Awesome stuff …….thank you so much….. You’re very inspirational…..

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  6. Me and my guy said we want to visit or live in Europe at some point in our lives. I told you made the move already. And he said “If Erin can do it, then Erin can do it !” You are truly inspiring.

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  7. Hi Erin! At first i would like to wish you all the best. Your life’s gonna be even more exciting than before. Since 2011 i spend every summer close to Nice and i love this part of France. Living there seems to be full of experiences, without stress.. just perfect to practise yoga. If You will have yoga classes next summer in the south coast im the first one who sign up!
    Kisses from Poland,
    Magda

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  8. It is wonderful to realize your dream. I’m glad you were able to start great adventure.

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  9. Lovely I wish you the best of luck and I hope you enjoy your time. I’ve been living about three years out of my “home” but it has been most educating time for me! I hope you get as much out of that time as I have got!

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  10. Enjoy Nice. It’s a beaauuutiful city and if I come back next year I’ll try to make sure to book a class with you. Are you thinking about giving Yoga Classes in Nice?
    Oh and when you can make sure to also check out the coast close to the Spanish border…. (pure relaxation)

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  11. Best to you on your new adventure and the next step in both your lives!

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  12. Welcome to Europe Erin

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  13. I’m really happy for you and the frenchman!! I wish you the best and many blessings!! I’m pretty sure all of us in the Badyogi community just want to see you really really happy and I’m glad you have been able to work towards that goal!! Congratulations on you moving and all your accomplishments!!! You deserve all the rewards from all your hard work and so much more because of your beautiful heart. <3 Take care and sending Love always!!

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  14. It is a new adventure. and I am glad that someone like you is in Europe. Come and visit Slovakia 🙂
    Looking forvard to year of yoga 🙂

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  15. This is so awesome! I love how the Frenchman described doing anything great- it’s so true. Really happy for you guys that you’ve finally accomplished your goal!

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  16. Erin this is awesome! My husband and I quit our jobs, sold our stuff and traveled around Europe for 7 months last year and you came with us then! We did the 30 day yoga challenge while on the road and it was a great way to stay in shape and possible to do without equipment (or even a living room sometimes)! Thanks for doing what you do and have fun in Nice!

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  17. Awesome! I’m a Young french and i started yoga thanks and with you, I still use you’re videos almost all the time but since I’m not that good in English, it’s sometime difficult for me. Maybe you will learn french quiet easily and you’ll do some great classes in french! Hope i didn’t make mistakes and Welcome to France!

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  18. I have been curious about your move, because it always fascinates me when people do things like this. I am pretty rooted (and happy!) where I am , but a little part of me daydreams about doing something just like this. So…I live vicariously through braves souls such as yourself 🙂 I love the Frenchman’s thoughts on this…very inspiring for so many times in life. Thank you for sharing this with us, and I look forward to hearing about all of your adventures!

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  19. Yeay!! Great move for you and the Frenchman Erin!!
    It’s never easy when people don’t get why you’re doing what you’re doing but it’s not their life, it’s yours to do with what you desire.
    A few years a go I moved to Andorra (hey we’re kind country neighbours!) from the UK when I met my soulmate- so many people said why?? But I just sent with my gut and left. 5 years later amazing things have happened and it wouldn’t have been so if I hadn’t moved.
    So happy for you two 🙂 all the best, and I can’t wait to hear all the magic unfold!!

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  20. Hey Erin, welcome to France! I hope you both are doing well. Like many of your readers, I too understand your excitment (and sometimes insecurities) due to moving to another country as I did it too. I came in France 3 years ago for my studies. I’ms Serbian and lived there until I was 18. Now I live in Bordeaux and am enjoying every moment of it. It’s an experience that will make you grow incredibly.
    If you’re willing to take a tour to the Atlantic side, please let us know via Instagram or Facebook.
    I wish you all the best and I’ll see yous soon maybe 🙂

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  21. A year and a half ago I was offered a job in Germany. I’ve been here a little over a year. Chances to live and experience the world in a different way don’t come around that often. Best to take the moment by the shoulders and shake all the joy out of it you can. Enjoy!

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  22. Life is too short to allow doubt to cripple you – I always figure you’re going to be afraid ( or anxious or excited) of a thing one way or the other – may as well jump in and move while you sort out the fear.
    I’m proud of both of you- you have each other first and foremost; hopes and dreams always grow , change, shift; but as long as you have eachother you will and can maintain your balance… Together.
    Enjoy this new chapter in your lives!

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  23. Is the Frenchman from Nice? Are you close to his family…proximity, and emotionally?

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  24. Hey Erin !

    Welcome to France ! I hope you’ll meet a new public here and enjoy the life of that peculiar country lol
    I live near Paris : will we have the chance to see you in the capital for a meet up ?

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  25. great post and important topic about following your heart. I personally would never have asked why as it seems obvious…why not!! Life can be a beautiful adventure if we choose for it to be! Looking forward to the inspiration that comes out of your new adventure! Thank you

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  26. Beautiful pictures! Congratulations on your move & all the best.

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  27. Nice is a great place to be

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  28. Hi Erin, thank you for this inspirational post. I strongly identify myself with that french quote. Wish you all the best. Bonne chance et meilleures salutations from Switzerland!

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  29. Thanks for sharing. Your a breath of fresh air. Keep going on your amazing journey to success. Dreams and hard work become reality.

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  30. Amazing! All the best in France! I’d love to read more about your experience there 🙂

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  31. its sooo beautifull

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  32. Great advice! Have a great time there 🙂

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  33. best wishes in your new home !

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  34. It’ s strange how, while you moved to Europe, I, an Italian girl, am travelling through California/utah/arizona and liking it a lot. In Europe isn’t easy to find a job and a lot of immigrants from Siria and Africa are arriving looking for something… good luck Erin. I wish you all the best and I hope to meet you one day. Xoxo

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  35. I was off on an adventure in Istanbul and saw that you had arrived in France. But i was busy with a yoga teacher training and didn’t realize you had moved! Good for you!! That’s great!

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  36. Dear Erin, I moved from one country to another 5 years ago. In my case it was only 250 kilometers (Europe is small) and I still can communicate in my mother tongue. So this isn’t really comparable to your big leap. However I experienced that even small differences can feel big if you look at them from very close. France is a beautiful and extremely interesting country but as well it can be a difficult and challenging place for strangers, kind of a place for experienced internationals, “pour étrangères. qui ont de la bouteille”. The surprising thing about exposing oneself to such a challenge is that through all the ups and downs of this process of adapting and accommodating is that you will be learning unexpected thngs about yourself. Very surprising things that you would never have learned otherwise. You will see who you are from a new and different angle. So I wish you all the best! Enjoy the practice!

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  37. My neighbour’s kid goes to some piano college there. He said amazing things about Nice. I’m so glad for your Erin even though I only know you over Youtube videos.

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  38. Yay, Bad Yogi is in Europe. I love it. Welcome and have best time ever in this beautiful and historical part of the world. Don’t forget to visit Czech republic. 😉

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    • would love to visit! next year maybe 🙂

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  39. hey erin,
    wish you all the best in your new home city!
    When I read your last post, I had to smile. We have been to cote d’azur as well and always had the same problem – to get in touch with the people. They really make you feel like an alien sometimes…
    If you ever make it to the italian border, there is a really wonderful garden called the gardens of bordighera. It is worth to stop by!
    In Italy there are nice places as well like noli or dolceacqua.
    So have a great time, glad to welcome you here in europe!
    nina

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    • thank you for the tip! i’ll keep an eye out next time i’m there 🙂

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  40. THX for sharing we all hope to see how you are progressing, you are so right I have been doing the same thing you words inspire me to keep plugging along walking through the trenches in a loving way, may you always be blessed and always be as successful as you please. You are a very talented person I wish you all well and may your travels be light.
    See Ya!!!
    Mary

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  41. Thanks for sharing Erin
    Good for you for following your hearts desire
    Love your blogLove your yogaLove your clothes
    Namaste from Canada

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  42. The Bad Yogi community is here to support you through steps 5, 6, and 7. Live your life with no regrets Erin! Thank you for inspiring so many people!

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    • thank you so much! it really makes it much much easier to hear this 🙂

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  43. Erin,

    I adore everything you stand for and love watching you achieve your dreams. So incredibly happy for the both of you. Keep inspiring with your bad self!

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  44. Hi Erin!

    Congratulations on starting a new chapter in an amazing country! Hope everything will workout well for you. xx

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  45. Hey, Erin, great to hear that you’re in Europe! Trust me, Bad Yogi has a lot of fans here and you’ll never feel lonely! Think about your next project and enjoy European lifestyle 🙂

    And you can always visit Bulgaria, we can practice yoga together 🙂 Namaste <3

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  46. Hey, bienvenue en France ! It’s nice to have you closer to us 😉 So looking forward to your projects here ! Also, if you’re looking for a French-English Practice Buddy, I’d be happy to keep in touch. I’ve been living in Paris for ten years now and trying to improve my English. Enjoy le Sud, so beautiful !

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  47. Erin, I am new to the yogi lifestyle. But, I must say you and the Bad Yogi community are both very inspiring! Thanks for taking the steps you have already made and my your future steps be blessed! Let me tell you…My year in Saudi Arabia just got better after finding you all!

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  48. I came to your website to catch up and inspire myself to restart my regular yoga practice after taking 7 months off to hike the Appalachian Trail. And lo and behold, you’re making huge moves! I have always loved following you, and seeing you chase your dreams is so inspiring! Congrats to you and the Frenchman for taking this huge step together. Cant wait for more photos and beautiful new settings for your yoga videos 🙂

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  49. I’m so glad I came across this! I’m moving to Uzes in 6 days and have been getting so nervous, though I’m very excited. I love the analogy to climbing a mountain, it so applies. I feel halfway there in a dark abyss right now and can’t wait to see the light!

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