We will remember 2017 as the year we moved to France. Although we had been planning to make the move for some time, this year is the year we did it.
Some people would call it fate. I like to think of it as destiny – we actively made this happen.
Regular readers will know that Lille wasn’t quite where we had imagined we would live. However, it’s where we found our opportunity – and we’re happy here.
Now on New Year’s Eve, as we anticipate the year ahead, I can’t help but wonder what we will make happen in 2018.
There is the usual list of things we should do, such as lose weight, exercise more… Then there are some really dull things we need to tackle as part of our lives here: register for tax, get a social security number, find a doctor… blah, blah.
Fortunately, there are some fun things too, such as making new friends.
One of the reasons we moved to France now was to improve our language skills ahead of opening a business further south. Damon, in particular, is unhappy with his spoken French. So that’s something he can work on over the coming year.
I’d like to improve my speed and confidence in speaking the language.
Of course, it would be good for me to get a job here in Lille too. Although I am finding the commute and Airbnb-ing in London 2 nights a week bearable, it is expensive.
Brussels would be a more obvious place to work for someone with my skills and background. However, it looks as though Brexit means I won’t be able to live in one EU country and work in another.
“One of the reasons we moved to France now was to improve our language skills ahead of opening a business further south”
Also, I have to admit, there is something on the horizon for me at work in London.
On the plus side, this ‘something’ would more than make up for the money I hand over to Eurostar and to my bed-and-breakfast hosts each month. On the minus side, it would keep me tied to the UK a few days a week.
Either way, I can’t say to much about it at the moment – but, trust me, if it comes off, you’ll know.
So, 2017 has been a year of great change for us and 2018 is certain to bring challenges, surprises and – I hope – plenty of good times.
I wish you and yours all the very best for the year ahead.