I had the privilege of sitting down with my best friend Vicky, and delving deep into her remarkable journey of leaving her cozy life in the UK to embark on a new adventure in France. Where she shared her initial fears and doubts about the move, along with the overwhelming sense of loneliness and isolation she experienced in a foreign land. The bureaucratic hurdles in France didn’t make things easier either.
- Don’t let fear hold you back: Despite feeling scared and uncertain, Victoria took the leap and moved to France. She encourages others to push past their fears and pursue their dreams.
- Seek support and ask for help: Victoria initially struggled with asking for help and felt like a failure for not understanding the bureaucracy. However, she learned the importance of reaching out for assistance and found that people were willing to offer support.
- Embrace change and adapt: Moving to a new country and starting a business brought many challenges for Victoria. However, she learned to adapt and make the most of her situation, even during the pandemic. She reframed her mindset and found ways to appreciate her new life.
- Value relationships and community: Throughout her journey, Victoria realised the importance of family, friends, and building a supportive community. She found comfort and strength in connecting with others, both in France and back in the UK.
- Live life to the fullest: Victoria’s ultimate message is to seize opportunities and make the most of life. She encourages others to pursue their dreams, no matter how big or small, and to avoid regrets by taking action and enjoying every moment.
“I think it was never going to happen… I just thought this is something he’s got this idea in his head… it’ll run its course… but it didn’t.”
“I think it’s just the experience… life’s too short… grab it if you can do it… just do it because I’ve… spoken to friends, family… that have wished they’d done something… and regret it.”
“I’m the biggest wimp… if I can do it, anybody can… if there is a little dream… just do it because you don’t want to get to that stage where you… regret it.”
“It’s not altogether happy… there are so many life lessons… she talks about her regret, her fears… but also about how COVID… helped her to flip that into being courageous and positive about making the most of her life’s opportunities.”
“You’ve got to somehow figure it out for yourself… it’s just taking that leap of faith to go… I’m not perfect… I just don’t know because this is completely alien to me.”
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