Living in France: French Fantasy vs Real Life

I turned 32 yesterday. Happy Birthday to me! This is a quick little post about some of my ups and downs living in France.

What do I do here in France? Wine tastings in Lyon. You should come and do one, they’re awesome.

I did a cake, amazing what 2 pieces of blue paper can do for cake photography

I love my birthday, in fact, I love all birthdays. I think the reality just is that I’m a party person.

Caroline Conner Peach Birthday Cake
This was my beautiful birthday cake! I made it myself 🙂

I had initially wanted to have a housewarming party back in June to celebrate my spectacular renovation, but ended up postponing that and combining it with my birthday and the results were… amazing!

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How to Party When You’re Living In France

The French have mastered the art of feeding lots of people without going to very much effort. It’s called cheese.

Who got time to cook for 30 people? Not this girl. (I only have time to make ridiculous, elaborate birthday cakes.)

Lyon Wine Tastings Lunch

In France, it is perfectly acceptable to plop down a bunch of meat and cheese and bread and call that dinner, so that’s exactly what I did.

Luckily for me, I live around the corner from Lyon’s best charcuterie and fromagerie, so that makes it pretty easy too!

I bought too much bread though, I always do. Why is deciding how much bread to buy so impossible?

In any case, it was a delightful party. I think at peak we were at about 30 people, it was a mix of French and American, and if I do say so myself it was classy AF.

So now I’m 32, I’m going to continue on my quest to master #adulting.

30s are Way Better than 20s

I can honestly say that I am happier now, in my 30s, than I ever was in my 20s. I have my shit together in a way I could never quite manage before.

I’m living my French Fantasy with my super fun wine tasting business, fabulous apartment, wonderful friends, and hot French boyfriend. What else could I ask for?

Caroline Conner with 32nd birthday cake

And when I do my tastings, I am totally selling this French fantasy life.

This blog is also going to be more and more about my life and how great it is be living in France.

I think that as I continue to grow my career, banking on the fact that Americans are obsessed with France is probably a good idea.

I have some big plans about how to morph my brand into something that has longevity and flexibility, and will be introducing more on that soon.

But honestly, adulting is hard.

Blogging, Social Media, Photography, Oh My!

Y’all this shit is a lot of work. It takes hours, and hours, and hours.

I have not yet mastered how to do it. I need a new website, I need to up my SEO, I need to get more followers, I need to blah blah blah.

The biggest thing I need to do is spend more time on it. As I progress with my wine tastings, a huge part of the challenge has been getting seen on google.

Guess what? To get seen on google, I have to write. I have to write this blog, I have to write for other people. I have to write, a lot.

Birthday Cake and Beaujolais Magnum

I like writing so it’s not a terrible thing, but I’m truly struggling to manage allocating the time for it, and I realize more and more that I have to just dedicate one to two days weekly to writing and social media.

So this is my blog post for this week and last week. I will try to do better next week, and the week after that.

My goal for this 32nd year is to figure out how to approach blogging and social media like it’s my job, cause turns out, it is! Luckily I’ve never had a problem with being my authentic self, so that elusive “authenticity” shouldn’t be a problem. Lol.

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