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6 Months in Paris

I was in disbelief when I looked at the calendar yesterday and saw it was August 1st. That marks 6 months since we moved to Paris. I cannot believe its half over! We originally planned to be here a year but are trying to extend six months (if we can) because a year doesn’t feel like enough time.  Moving here has been so inspiring and life changing. I think that I’ll always look back on this as one of the happiest times in our lives. It makes me a little emotional to think where we were a year ago. We were deep in the middle of medical bills and surgeries and trying to work 60-70 hour weeks in order to pay for them. It was a really difficult time. One year later we are living in Paris. I’m so grateful for the lessons we learned, mostly that if you are going through a hard time in your life, just put your head down and work. Really good things are just around the corner.

  1. Invitation Consultants

    August 2, 2011

    what a journey so far!

  2. Alessandra@ Tribal Times

    August 2, 2011

    With wonderful friends and family, anything is possible!

  3. Caroline, No

    August 2, 2011

    High-five to this. Was just discussing with my mum yesterday. One year ago I had a mountain to climb. Now I’m at the top, enjoying the view, sipping a nice glass of pink wine and about to windsurf down. What a difference a year makes.

    x

  4. Giulia

    August 2, 2011

    Really great that things have changed for the better…and what a positive change!

  5. Carla

    August 2, 2011

    Your quick post just added a bit of cheer to my day. Thanks!

  6. Mariela

    August 2, 2011

    I am really glad for you and your family, you have a wonderful blog, one of my favorites and it is an inspiration to read this. Have a nice day!.

  7. mandy

    August 2, 2011

    Such a great reminder. Love hearing that life in Paris has been amazing! Hope you can stay longer – I’m sure you’ll figure out a way!

  8. Jenni Bailey

    August 2, 2011

    That is so spectacularly wonderful to hear. I am thrilled for you and taking a lot of encouragement away from this post today – more than you can imagine. Big, happy thank yous.

  9. holly anne

    August 2, 2011

    that’s amazing and inspirational! i dream every day of escaping where i am, i just feel stuck in a rut, like i have ideas that i don’t have a chance to follow through with. i think uprooting myself would help and paris, i can only dream of going to paris!!!

  10. Katie

    August 2, 2011

    Happy six months! xo

  11. Jen

    August 2, 2011

    We went through a very rough patch ourselves a while back. And your advice is perfect. I also like that your celebrating the good time. I think it’s so easy to get down after you face adversity that you forget to celebrate the time when you’re not.

  12. Jess H

    August 2, 2011

    Love the advice about hard work. Worked for us in our journey to become parents, We put our heads down to work (we thought for a year or more) and six short days later we were chosen by a birth mother. Amazing how life turns around when you least expect it.

  13. Erin

    August 2, 2011

    It’s really good life advice– when things get tough, keep your head down and push ahead. I’m glad you guys have gotten to such an amazing point! Hope that Paris can last a little longer, too… I hope to spend some time there at some point, and I know a year would feel too short!

  14. Nicole Diana

    August 2, 2011

    That’s such a true message at the end, thanks for reminding us! And I really hope you guys get to extend your stay in Paris, you should make this magical time last as long as it can, best of luck!!

  15. The New Diplomats Wife

    August 2, 2011

    the best is yet to come. and one year in paris will never be enough! take as much time as you can – home will always be there when you’re ready to go back.

  16. Ami

    August 2, 2011

    I needed this today – thanks Jordan!

  17. Melanie

    August 2, 2011

    So true. I was living a completely different life five years ago – going through a divorce, not sure where I wanted to live/what I wanted to do. Now I’m ecstatically married, have a nearly one-year-old son, and am working on making my dream of becoming a professional blogger/photographer/collage artist/graphic designer a reality. :)

    By the way, I LOVE the photo you included in this post!

  18. nicole b.

    August 2, 2011

    Thank you for this. I needed it! xo.

  19. jennifer little

    August 2, 2011

    Love that advice!

  20. Tara

    August 2, 2011

    Such a true sentiment! Congratulations on overcoming the hurdle and cherish all of this good time… and know that more will come!

  21. meg w

    August 2, 2011

    I’m so glad you’re in a measurably better place than a year ago. And to be in Paris! How wonderful indeed :) you’ve made me a little worried though, because we are planning to spend 6 months in Paris in a few years, and if a year isn’t enough time for you, I don’t know what we’ll do with only 6 months! Enjoy the rest of your time while you’re there my dear!

  22. stilllemonade

    August 2, 2011

    Very inspring what you wrote.Life is beautiful.We need to celebrate every day.I hope everything is perfect for you and for your family.With love.

  23. jillian

    August 2, 2011

    wow thats pretty fantastic, i hope you and your family are able to stay an extra 6 months. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  24. NY_NKE

    August 2, 2011

    You guys deserve it! Enjoy!

  25. lynne

    August 2, 2011

    great advice, and so happy for you guys! i love your blog – it has quickly become one of my favs.

  26. Janan W

    August 2, 2011

    Love the pic….hope you get to stay longer.

  27. Melissa Allam

    August 2, 2011

    I enjoy reading about your adventures in Paris. So glad you had the opportunity to go and are having a wonderful time, after such a difficult time. Way to press onward. You are very forward driven. Definately an inspiration for motivation.

  28. Phuong

    August 2, 2011

    Thanks for being so inspirational Jordan. Hope you find a way to stay longer :)

  29. Collins

    August 2, 2011

    amazing post and good luck extending your time there!

  30. Hannah

    August 2, 2011

    This is a really fun and inspirational post! It has always been our dream to move to Europe for a year- as we’re from the UK it will possibly be a bit easier but still so scary! You are a true inspiration!

  31. lisset

    August 2, 2011

    thank you for the bit of perspective jordan. right now we are in the trenches and it is so, so hard to believe that it will ever be over. i needed to be reminded that there are good things waiting for us on the over side. your post did just the trick.

  32. Summer

    August 2, 2011

    Thank you for sharing this! Life is challenging for everyone at some points, and what a refreshing reminder that it when it’s at a low point, the only way to go is up. Glad you’re having fun, and I hope you get to stay that extra 6 months!

  33. Corrie Anne

    August 2, 2011

    Hugs & happy thoughts. I’m thrilled for you! <3

  34. CAMILLE STYLES

    August 2, 2011

    Happy 6 months, and thanks for inspiring all of us every step of the way. You’ve inspired SO many readers to set out, take a risk and pursue our passions, no matter how unlikely they may seem.

  35. Lovely words…very inspiring. It’s been great to follow your journey. Hope you’re able to extend your stay!

  36. Barb

    August 2, 2011

    The best is right around the corner just waiting for you to claim it. Happy 6 months!

    hugs,
    Barb

  37. jenny

    August 2, 2011

    LOVE this (and u :))!!! amazing what a difference a few months can make! high five, as u say! to six months…and beyond!!

  38. Alexis

    August 2, 2011

    You are such an inspiration to me! I feel like I’m in the “head down and work” phase right now and I recently turned the corner from griping about it, to realizing that sometimes life is hard and I just need to work through it. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us!

  39. Molly

    August 2, 2011

    I don’t ever comment here, but I felt I needed to right now. I opened this post, was distracted in the middle of reading it by an email from my husband letting me know that (once again) he was turned down for a job. This one would have been in the UK. I would have been able to quit work and stay home with my boys. We wanted it so badly. I came back to your post a few minutes later and finished reading. I felt like the last two sentences were written just for me to read in this exact moment. Thank you.

  40. Risamay

    August 2, 2011

    Happy six-month anniversary! And loved this post.

  41. gabriela

    August 2, 2011

    woohoo to you, i always say (when things get bad) to myself ‘will this matter in a year?’ soo happy for you, thank you ever so, for letting us join you on your adventure

  42. Jessie

    August 2, 2011

    I love this sentiment. I recently celebrated reaching my first six months in Reykjavík after a really difficult year, and it has been a life-changing time since! Love your blog.

  43. Kacie

    August 2, 2011

    Wow. I’m not sure why but I teared up reading that. My husband and I are new parents and we are loving every second of it. In the past 7 months we have been under lots of financial stress and I have never worked so hard in my life to catch up. I feel caught up now and ready to get ahead. I am constantly inspired by your blog, your photos and your attitude. I’m so glad I found this blog. It’s truly my favorite. Thanks so much.

    Kacie
    http://acollectionofpassions.blogspot.com/

    p.s. I want to you stay an additional six months so I can keep living vicariously through your adventures and picnics!

  44. Ashlea Walter

    August 2, 2011

    I think this is my favorite post yet! Congratulations.

  45. Michelle

    August 2, 2011

    This is a sweet post.

  46. Arbine

    August 2, 2011

    You inspire me practically every time I visit your website.

  47. Andi

    August 2, 2011

    So glad I came by your blog. I am from the SF area and I love it here but I am a traveler at heart and I would love to live abroad at some point in my life. For now I will vicariously do it through this little space of yours :)

  48. Emily

    August 2, 2011

    Extend it as long as possible! What an amazing experience.

  49. Dana

    August 2, 2011

    Simply lovely.

  50. Denise Laborde

    August 2, 2011

    So happy for you! I hope you get to extend your stay in Paris. Love the photo. You look like a Frenchie 😉

    Bises
    D

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