DAY 4 - How the French lifestyle can be
the perfect blueprint for your new life.”
Welcome to lesson #4.
I hope that by now you have gained plenty of knowledge about yourself
and what you really want your life to look and feel like!
And since i started this course with a promise to teach you to live intentionally the French way,
I guess it's about time I tell you more about what the French lifestyle
is all about.
That's what today’s lesson is all about.
I'll show you how the French lifestyle can be just the blueprint you need
to move your life in the direction that you want.
First, let’s recap what the intention of this whole course is:
To get rid of stress and overwhelm and start living your life with intention.
Actually, this sums up the French lifestyle rather well.
Here’s a brief description from a woman who knows first-hand what it’s all about,
since she herself is French:
“The French lifestyle is all about living a simple life.
Life in France doesn’t revolve around work,
money, or having the nicest and most expensive things.
Instead, it’s all about enjoying the best moments in life.
Whether it’s through social gatherings,
amazing food, art, fashion, or architecture.”
You don’t have to live in France to follow this lifestyle.
You can adapt it to your own life wherever you are in the world.
Because – as you read in the quote above: the French lifestyle is exactly about the things
you want to achieve by taking this course:
Savoring each moment.
Focusing on what matters to you
and letting go of what doesn’t.
So how do you do it?
How exactly can you use the French lifestyle as a blueprint for your own life?
Here are some very practical tips:
- Have a relaxed attitude towards life
- Slow down!
- Have confidence in yourself and your own capabilities
- Develop a positive body image
- Enjoy good food (but remember that balance is key!)
- Exercise without really thinking about it
- Make sure you have a social life that you’re happy with
- Engage in great conversations and in activities that stimulate your intellect
- Be discrete!
Let’s look at some of the areas of your life that you worked with in Lesson #1
and see how you can follow the French lifestyle in each of these areas:
1)Your physical environment, meaning your home and your things:
Earlier in this lesson you learned that life in France doesn’t revolve around having the nicest
and most expensive things. In France it is actually considered vulgar to show off your wealth or even talk about money. And even if you are wealthy, it’s not about having a lot of stuff.
Most French people go for elegant, but simple interiors with a minimum of furniture.
However, the things they do have, are of good quality.
So quality over quantity is the key to living according to the French lifestyle.
Clutter is therefore not something you often experience in French homes.
This should match perfectly with your desire to live a simpler life.
2) How you spend your time:
Since this is what will have the biggest impact on your daily life, study this part particularly well:
For the French, it’s all about slowing down when you have a day off,
because that’s the best way to enjoy the most simple pleasures in life.
So stop scheduling things to do whenever you have some spare time!
Instead, just ask yourself what you could do today that would make you happy.
It can be cooking a nice meal for yourself and/or for your loved ones,
reading a book in your favorite coffee shop, or maybe buying fresh flowers.
I’m sure you have plenty of ideas yourself to what those things could be.
Just take a look at what you wrote in your journal about what you need more of in your life!
The French consider being educated and well-read
to be one of the most important parts of their lifestyle.
They consider your level of education and your knowledge
to be far more important than the amount of money you earn.
So if this is something that appeals to you and is something you want
to be a more important part of your lifestyle,
I suggest you stay curious and embrace cultural activities and reading books.
Reading is still very much a part of daily French life.
Most French people are still reading newspapers and are supporting their local bookstore.
Why not do the same?
An important part of the French lifestyle is also enjoying cultural activities,
such as going to a museum, the cinema or the opera.
The French are very much into the arts, and most of the cultural institutions in France
are actually subsidized by the government, so culture is available to most people.
Depending on your level of income and the cost of such activities where you live,
you might find it difficult to do quite as the French in this area.
But I’m sure there are lots of things you could do that don’t have to cost much,
so be creative about it and search for the things you have a special interest in
and see if you can find a good deal!
“The cultivation of the intellect
is man’s highest good and purest happiness”
Engaging in good conversations with family and friends is also a good way to stimulate your intellect. Make sure you always have something to talk about.
Read, listen, and get informed about events, locally and world-wide.
Remember: It’s always better to have those good conversations
with a meal, a glass or wine, some coffee or tea.
The French enjoy long dinner parties where they can relax,
eat good food and have great conversations.
They can sit around the table for hours!
I think this is a great way to learn about new things and to share your ideas with others.
Don’t you think so, too?
Well, the purpose of this course is to give you a kick-start for your new life,
a life where you live with less stress and overwhelm and more intention,
- so I want to keep each lesson as short and manageable as possible for you.
So that will be it for today!
Now, remember: This is just an introduction to what the French lifestyle is all about,
and how you can apply it in your own life.
If you’re interested in learning more when these 5 days are over, and dive deeper into how you can use the French lifestyle as a blueprint for your own life, I’ll be launching my signature course
“La Vie Adorable Blueprint” in just a few months from now.
If that is something you think you would be interested in, I’ll give you the opportunity tomorrow,
in the last lesson, to be among the first to get notified when I’m ready to send out more details about that course and open up for registration.
Tomorrow we’ll talk about the future, - what you can do when this course is over,
to make sure that what you’ve learned about yourself and what is important to you, and the clarity you’ve gained on what you really want - is something you will commit to doing something about.
See you then!
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