mon coeur de campagne

living a simpler, rural French life


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Happiness Is??

What makes you jump for joy?  We are often so busy and preoccupied with our lives that we don’t realise until after a special moment or occasion has happened that….yes… we were happy then.

So this weekend let’s stop and appreciate what makes us really happy. 

“I urge you to please notice when you are happy and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, if this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”  Kurt Vonnegut

Be happy! And share what happiness means to you….

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In Your Dreams

Flavigny sur Ozerain 

Imagine making a major life change – either moving out of the city or to a new country – think long and hard about what really matters to you. Try to identify what makes you happy.  Be clear what the real “musts” are for you.  Spending more time with your kids?  Working less?  Remember it won’t be a holiday, it will be real life.

If you hate DIY don’t take on a huge renovation project and if the only veg growing you have tried is a grow bag on the balcony think twice before taking on too much land.

You will still be the same person with the same skills and in the same relationships wherever you live. 

Focus on your passions and talents.  A major move won’t in itself make you more successful or happier, if you have issues, confront them before you go. 

Letting go of old expectations can give you the freedom to follow a different dream.

What are your essential musts?


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Time to Take the Plunge?

Come on in….the water is lovely!  It’s the summer holidays and a chance to relax and re-assess our lives while we are lazing in the sun or walking in breath-taking countryside.  Why can’t life be like this all year round and not just a precious two or three weeks?  

Put your worries to one side and just think…what if?  Is there a smile on your face?  There should be! Imagine jumping off  that relentless hamster wheel of work, eat, sleep and more work.  Ditch the daily grind and all those wasted, stressful hours of commuting. I did and I haven’t looked back! I swopped my high powered PR job in the city for life deep in rural France. 

The grass can be greener, the air sweeter and … a simpler life is far more enriching than you can imagine.

I will be sharing ideas and tips on how to make the move that is right for you whether you are a country-dreaming city dweller or are looking for a total change of lifestyle.

Have you made a major life style change?  I would love to hear from you.