Thursday, March 3, 2011

Making a move

Alright, alright, I know I’ve said it before, but this time it’s for real. As sad, exciting and terrifying as it is, we are definitely doing it – we are leaving Paris and moving to Austin. And soon.

We’ve finally decided to take a chance on Texas and move back to the city where we first met. We have friends and family and a little history there that we’re really looking forward to making a part of our lives again.

This isn't the first time we've planned to move back, but this time, we're really doing it. The first time, just as I had resigned to the fact that I’d never find a decent job in Paris, my current job just kind of fell into my lap, and we took it as a sign that it wasn’t the right time to move. It was originally supposed to be only a year contract, but my boss created another position for me to stay on another six months, thinking that by then he’d be able to finagle a way to add me as a permanent part of his team. Well, my 6-month contract is ending the last week in March, and although I'm fairly certain I would have been offered an opportunity to stay longer or permanently, I don't know that I would have been 100% happy to accept the offer knowing I wouldn't be earning to my full potential nor pursuing all that I could to advance my career at this point.

As for Guillaume, I think ever since the idea to move to Austin sprouted, he’s had his heart set on going back, and ultimately, I left it up to him to make the final decision. Working as a consultant, he just finished his mission with the company he'd been working for over the past 3 years, so it was decision-time for him, too. What it really came down to is this: Take what we're offered at our current jobs, move to a new apartment, stay in Paris and maybe think about moving back to the States in a few years, or seize the moment, move now while we have nothing to lose, knowing that even if things don’t work out or if feel like we made the wrong decision, Paris would still be here. So, friends, we chose Austin.

Honestly, we're very happy in Paris. I’m far from the homesick wreck I was only a year ago, and we have great friends here, a nice apartment, our favorite hang-outs, a very nice life. But, at the end of the day, we both miss the pleasures of living in a lively, young city like Austin. We want to wind things down a bit, be outside more often, under sunny, blue skies, riding bikes to the park (even during the winter), grabbing a slice of pizza in our flip-flops, coming home after work to sit on a terrace and chat with friends.

Neither one of us has snagged a job, yet, but we have a few ideas and are working to set things in motion quickly. We haven't found an apartment, but we've been looking, and let me tell you, it is not easy to find a place in the area we want to live in, even with a decent budget. I guess Austin's always been a popular destination, it's just become even more so since we've been gone.

I'm a little scared, a lot worried, but mostly excited. I don't expect the transition to be harrowing, but cramming our lives into a shipping container and several check-in bags and replanting our roots 5000 miles away won't be a breeze. I've never lived in America as a married woman, and I feel like a totally different person than I was when I last lived in Austin.

Living in Paris has given me the opportunity to test my limits, embrace my personality and learn an entirely new way of living. It’s also opened my eyes to the wonderful world of social networking which has led me down so many paths to many different and beautiful people and places. There is loads to do to get ready for our move that’s a mere month away, but I'm making the time to treasure my moments here and savor my last few days of being une vraie Parisienne.

11 comments:

Brian said...

Fellow Austinite here. Austin is definitely wonderful. Looks like you'll miss SXSW, but make if for ACL. :-)

When I've lived abroad, it takes me about a year to miss the States. I think my wife could definitely find work quickly back in Paris, but I think I need another 6-12 months before my French is up to par. We're also thinking about moving to Berlin or Z├╝rich, but I'd need to definitely brush up on my German.

Have a safe trip back. There's plenty of Tex Mex and BBQ waiting for you!

christine said...

Hoping you have an easy transition back to the states.

Jennie said...

Good luck with the move! Like you said, Paris will always be there if you change your minds in the future. I think I would move back to the US too, if my boyfriend wanted to and we weren't so incredibly poor right now.

Emily Marie said...

You know I'm excited about you joining me int he big state of Texas!! Everything will work out -I am sure. I can't wait to join you and Gui for some Tex Mex and margaritas :) Good luck with the big move - It can be overwhelming but y'all will get through it. And I'm only 3 hours away if you need any help!

Justin said...

I miss you guys, so I will be very happy to have you closer to me once again. I'm already looking into flights to Austin!

Crystal said...

wow, exciting news! I wish you guys all the best for a safe, easy move to the States. I wish I could say that Max and I were leaving too, but we'll just have to live vicariously through your move back to North America ;)

cathy said...

hi! i'm also a texan in france, and i just randomly stumbled upon your blog... just as you are leaving back to austin! hope all works out well for you! cathy

misplaced texan said...

Thank you, everyone! So excited about the big move and looking forward to where I'm headed!

Brian, definitely doing ACL this year (even if the line-up is crappier than usual).

Em, can't wait to see you in Texas!!

Justin, we'll be over just as soon as possible! :)

Cathy, a fellow Texan AND Texas Alum! What are the chances?! Hope you enjoy your time in France - I'll look forward to your beautiful photos when nostalgia hits me.

Animesh said...

Having just visited my US-home in sunny Los Angeles, I totally understand the stuff you miss :).

Good luck with the move -- I shall miss your dressing advice :).

cheers,
-A

Chez Loulou said...

I know Paris and the friends you've made there will be sad to see you go, but I'm sure you'll be coming back for a visit from time to time. :)
I enjoyed meeting you in December and am sorry we didn't have more time to get to know each other. Wishing you all the best and hope to see you again some day in the future. Take care!

~meredith~ said...

It sounds like a good time for you and your husband to make the change. I sometimes wish we could go back to the USA, but our lives are so anchored here in France, now. I'll enjoy hearing about your transition back.