Moving…. to….France is looking more and more like a reality here in Paris. A friend of mine posted on Facebook the other day, that she was leaving her chic left bank St. Germain address. I commented privately that I wanted to see it, if only to put the idea on my vision board. (See here for info about vision boards) I really didn’t think I could afford it or that it was even possible to contemplate considering how difficult it is to rent an apartment in Paris.
You need to prove income which means employment because having your own business back home doesn’t mean squat in France. Then you need to have a French person sign as a guarantor in case you don’t pay your rent, then they are responsible. I can’t even ask my family to do this for me, let alone a relatively new French friend. Not to mention the steep agency fees, first and last months’ rent, double that for a security deposit. The list of why its so hard is endless, but still, I only wanted to just see it….
Rebecca was cool about it, Just meet me Friday night after work, “I’ll show it to you” she said. Rebecca is one of the authors of My Paris Story. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, she lived in New York and works in advertising. It was always her dream to live in Paris so her job placed her here and Rue Cherche-midi is her first apartment in Paris and what an address it is!
I arrived 30 minutes early just to make sure I didn’t get lost and I could take a stroll around the neighborhood. I found the large wooden porte at 25 rue Cherche-midi, just a block from rue d’Assas. Wow, a little chocolatier store from Provence was right next door. On the other side was a cute café and up and down the street were swank little boutiques, a little further was the famous Poilane bakery, one of the best places for sourdough bread. I was in heaven imagining this could be my daily walk, picking up a baguette and eating it while strolling in the Luxembourg gardens. Ahh!
When Rebecca got home from work, I met her in front of the large wooden door. Once opened, there was a cobblestone courtyard and her place was in the building in the back, set away from the street and very quiet.
I was getting Goosebumps.
The studio apartment was on the first floor (actually one flight up in France, so our second floor). It was small but adorably furnished with a comfortable sofa bed, a little table that doubled as a desk and grew to serve 4 for dinner. The kitchen was not fancy but well equipped and the bathroom was rather big. Rebecca said the best part is the large floor to ceiling windows that let light in from morning till afternoon. She loved sitting on her couch sipping tea overlooking the sunny courtyard. I immediately pictured myself doing the same.
Rebecca found the place through an agency and had to pay a lot to live here. She would put me directly in touch with the owner who was part American and had lived in the states for years. This was once her residence when she was young and single. Now a mother of an 8 year old, I hoped she would take a liking to me and want me in her space.
Well, I was smitten. It just had to work out or else I would have to return home. So I went back to my home in Montmartre feeling happy and excited. I wrote down all the terms I wanted to happen and hoped for the best.
This morning I had a vision board session with the Paris Women of Success meet up group led by Dawn Bournand, our leader for the book My Paris Story. (see here for more information about thru book).
Dawn knew I wanted to live in Paris so she handed me a Paris real estate magazine for tearing out pictures of Parisian apartments to put on my vision board. I was clipping pictures of large chic living rooms, balconies with views of the Eiffel Tower, even farmhouses in the middle of France. Just then I got a message from Rebecca, she just spoke to her landlady about me and she was excited to meet me.
Wow, this vision board stuff was pretty powerful!
I was a little stunned but went back to clipping away. Shortly after that, I received a call from Karine, the landlady herself. She sounded very nice and we agreed to talk later that night. I couldn’t even continue with my vision board, it just seemed so freaky. There I was manifesting as I was clipping, its not like the glue wasn’t yet dry, there wasn’t even any glue yet on my board!
A lot of things were going thru my head that moment; my lack of a visa, money but certainly no lack of ideas. I was so inspired by the other ladies there, Yulin, Lesley, Nina, Michelle, Margot, Sabrina and Dawn. These ladies were my virtual soul sisters for the past 5 months, meeting together in person, we have such a synergy of energy to create a whole lot of manifesting and with the book launching May 6, I just have to stay in Paris!