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There I was on Facebook, staying in touch with my friends in the USA, England and France. As I was scrolling through the different posts I stopped at a post from one of my friends in Southern California who shared a link to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk. This fundraising event is of great interest to me as I was the Campaign Manager for the Light the Night Walk in Anaheim, California thirteen years ago shortly after the 5k evening walk had been introduced.

I had worked very hard to take the walk from its modest beginnings of $10,000 in funds raised to over $500,000 in just three years.  It made me feel happy to know that I left such a legacy and that after 12+ years it is still raising over a million dollars a year for cancer research to find a cure as well as for patient support.

The Dolgin Do-Gooders
The Dolgin Do-Gooders

However after watching the video showing short clips of the walk and the large crowd of people – I even spotted a few of my friends – it made me feel sad as I missed not being part of it any more. Living in another country so far away makes it difficult to stay connected to things that once were a big part of my life. As I shared how I was feeling with my husband Steve, he reminded me that there is a cancer organization here in South of France – Cancer Support France (CSF) that will have opportunities for me to become involved.  I am happy to say that I have already met with the leader of CSF in our region and we have discussed some of the opportunities that I have for getting involved with this wonderful organization.

Moving forward with our life here in France, we are fortunate that in a short time – less than a year – we have laid a strong foundation and planted many roots. We have a wonderful group of friends that have welcomed us and invited us into their lives. We know that it is important for us to continue being involved in local clubs and organizations, as we integrate into our village and the surrounding communities, as well as immersing ourselves into the French culture and language to really feel at home in our new country.

When moving to another country one needs to be consciously aware of the fact that there is going to be a transition period. I call it part of the process of letting go of the past, the familiar, people, places and things that you are used to and conveniences, too, and opening yourself up to a whole new culture, language, way of life.

On the Set of Days of Our Lives
On the Set of Days of Our Lives

There will be those emotional moments when you miss the people, places and things that you have moved away from. However  it will open you up to so many new people, places and experiences on this new adventure as you continue your journey that we call life. Enjoy the Ride…

3 thoughts on “Retiring in France

  1. Good points, Maxine. How many times have I wished I could live in two (or more) places at the same time! And it’s true that in the beginning of an adventure like moving abroad, the excitement comes from new people, learning a new way of life, and all that. But once you start to get settled, it’s important to find ways to pursue your interests and discover new ones. You and Steve are doing great! 🙂

  2. We both know first hand how difficult transition can be. Thanks for sharing your stories but more importantly…your thoughts and feelings as you make your way into a brand new life. You and the mister have been having the adventure that most of us can only dream about.

  3. So true, Maxine that as one door closes another opens, which is all part of life’s rich pattern. So, enjoy the present moment as I am sure you are doing.
    All our love to you both, Pat & Peter

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