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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. Stephanie

    August 2, 2011

    how wonderful. I feel that way about my life too. happy 6 months!

  2. Ally

    August 2, 2011

    Beautiful photo. So Parisian chic! x

  3. Madhavi

    August 2, 2011

    So inspirational! Thank you for sharing that. I hope you get to stay! You have changed my life in more ways than you will ever know and I am so grateful.

  4. mamascout

    August 2, 2011

    paris is very special to me too. and you can only have the first time once. it will remain with you forever.

  5. Lesley

    August 2, 2011

    So lovely that you’re enjoying your time in Paris. Try to make it last as long as you can!!

  6. pamela

    August 2, 2011

    i was thinking one night about all the time i spend blog reading while my new baby naps in my lap, and i decided (it was easy) that out of all of them – big ones and little ones – yours is my favorite. you have beautiful style and great bangs and new ideas and fabulous inspirations and art in your life, and most of all, you moved your family to paris! congratulations.

  7. Lori C.

    August 2, 2011

    Thank you…I needed to hear this. Your experiences in France also help me get through difficult times so I hope you get to stay as long as you want!

    Love from Lori C.

  8. Susan

    August 2, 2011

    Wow time flies…I hope you can extend!

  9. RebeccaNYC

    August 2, 2011

    my husband and I often think about taking a sabbatical for a year in France…we always end up saying that a year would not be enough! We hate when our summer holidays are over and we have to come home. Can’t wait until I retire…we are planning to move to France and NEVER come back!

  10. nichole

    August 2, 2011

    I agree! That’s what makes life so wonderful – the surprises. And of course the ability to look back and be gobsmacked by how much life has changed.

  11. Nora

    August 2, 2011

    Thank you for this post. Life is difficult right now, and sometimes all you need to hear is that other people have been there and made it out the other side. Your blog is filled with joyful things that make mine and I am sure others days brighter. Thank you

  12. Petite Mom

    August 2, 2011

    I’ve always enjoyed your blog but this post especially inspired me. I’m currently going through some tough times and not dealing with it particularly elegantly. I like your advice – I am going to put my head down and keep working ASAP.

    P.S. Stay in Paris an extra 6 months – I’ve so enjoyed living vicariously through you.

  13. Jos

    August 2, 2011

    You guys so deserve this time. Hard times are terrifying and while going through it you can feel as if you won’t survive it. But you do and you come out of it changed. Stronger and more resilient and more able to cope with whatever else life throws at you. I too hope you get to stay as I am loving your french stories! xxx

  14. Ashley

    August 2, 2011

    It’s so nice to see the human side of people, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing your true feelings and inspiring all of us. Not only today, but every day! I hope you can stay for another 6 months – mostly because of my selfish desires to see all of your wonderful photos and read about your fantastic Paris adventures! :)

  15. Sigrid

    August 2, 2011

    I needed to hear good things are around the corner, thanks! Congrats on 6 months, looking forward to more and following your next journey as well. Soak it all in!

  16. Whitney @ Whisker Graphics

    August 3, 2011

    What a beautiful post. :)

  17. jan

    August 3, 2011

    i hope you do get the extra time there – and good advice – thanks!

  18. sharon

    August 3, 2011

    love this post. nicely done jordan!

  19. Dottie

    August 3, 2011

    Dear Jordan,

    Thank you so much for writing this post. I needed to hear that. I’m going through a rather overwhelming time in my life when there just isn’t enough of everything and it is draining and fretful and just blah!

    But to see you right now living your dream in Paris is truly inspirational. Thank you. Truly. Thank you.

  20. Hilary

    August 3, 2011

    So exciting!

    I celebrated my two-year San Franniversary this year with dinner downtown and “Tales of the City” at American Conservatory Theater. It seemed perfectly apt.

    I love to celebrate little milestones. It’s what makes life fun :)

  21. Cathie

    August 3, 2011

    Your move to Paris has really inspired me. I’ve always wanted to go out there, but the timing wasn’t always right, or I didn’t have money. Well mostly, it was because I was scared. But I’m happy to say that I’m finally going in September, for a whole month! It’s still very surreal to me and I’ll probably have to pinch myself when I get there. I know if I don’t do this now I won’t ever do it. Like you, I hope this experience will be great and life changing. And without the challenges and trials you go through to get there, you really appreciate the reward. Continue to enjoy your time in Paris!

  22. Charlie(forages and finds)

    August 4, 2011

    This sounds like a great thing to do ! But I would say that… I’m about to move to La Rochelle for a year. On my own… very excited :)
    Looking forward to reading more about your stay in France!

  23. Jen

    August 4, 2011

    thank you for the inspiration…i needed that today!

  24. Natalie Marie

    August 4, 2011

    Thank you for the lovely push forward! I just love when you stumble upon a lovely blog like yours and it speaks to you! Thank you Thank you


  25. Ronnie Lavi

    August 4, 2011

    I’m going through a very hard time right now (health issues)
    and your words are encouraging and inspiring.
    Thanks you!

  26. Ivette

    August 5, 2011

    I left Paris about a week ago after visiting for only a week. I studied in the UK for the summer before that and couldnt miss the chance of visiting Paris. It’s always been my dream! Although I was only there for a week, it was definitely life changing for me. Ah, I already know that I’ll be back, one day… I totally wish I could live there. I’m so happy for you and your family- crossing my fingers that you’ll get to stay for 6 more months.

    Btw- I got the chance to read your post about Les Puces before my week in Paris. Thank you!

  27. Quindome

    August 5, 2011

    I like your advice! All too often, I hear a lot of complaining about hard times, and this was a welcome change. Hope you get to extend your Paris adventure. Nice to be living through you all vicariously :)

  28. Hilary

    August 5, 2011

    Thank you for sharing this. Its just the inspiration I needed today. Seriously, big thank you.

  29. bettijo @

    August 5, 2011

    totally inspiring. THANK YOU!

  30. Nira

    August 6, 2011

    Happy 6 month anniversary. Your blog is so inspiring. I am sure you will learn and inspire no matter where you’ll be. Let’s hope it will be in France for a bit longer, for your reader’s sake lets say.

  31. kimberly geneviève

    August 8, 2011

    Your move to France is so inspiring. Is there more information (blog post) about how you did it? The type of visa you are on, and what made you decide to move for the year? I’d love to do the same one day (soon), and I’m curious to read about it from you. Kim. xo

  32. Anneliese

    August 9, 2011

    How nice to not just see the light at the end of the tunnel, but to be basking in it. And to recognize it! Happy for you. I hope you can extend. Sounds like a dream to live in Paris for 12-18 months!

  33. Jennifer

    August 10, 2011

    Hi – Just found your blog and think its great! I really like this post. I think we are on the same schdule – arrived in Paris the start of April and now just got an extension! I did not know what to expect from Paris when I arrived, but I have really been pleasantly surprised. Things seem possible here in a way they don’t other places. It is a magical place. I look forward to reading more about your journey!

  34. Wren

    August 10, 2011

    Great advice, think it applies to any difficult situation.

  35. Kristina Gulino

    August 10, 2011


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