Leaving Korea, Moving to Paris, and Venturing into Freelancing

Hey guys! It’s been awhile—I guess that’s what happens when you take on three jobs and are getting ready to move continents. Or at least that’s what I will use as my excuse and I’m sticking with it.

So, I wanted to talk a bit about my decision to leave Korea, move to Paris, and take on blogging and freelancing full-time.

It’s a big decision to make to keep on going; to head off to another foreign land instead of heading back to the United States. I mean, it would seem like a big decision, right? But it doesn’t seem like a big decision to me.. it seems like the right decision.

When I first ventured off to China, I felt like I had to keep traveling. Like if I decided to go home, I would be some kind of “failure” and would be going back to all the problems and troubles I’d left behind in the states. Back then, I didn’t feel like going back to America was an option, until I started having personal troubles in Spain and became absolutely necessary for me to go home.

This time around, I actually feel like I want to keep living abroad. Yea, I miss my friends like crazy. I miss going out on the town with my best friend in West Hollywood and I miss exploring the variety of brunch spots that Los Angeles is so famous for. But I just have this overwhelming urge to want to keep exploring the world.

So a couple of months ago, I decided to move to Paris when an opportunity arose to stay with my boyfriend for 3 months. I mean, if you’re a traveler from the United States, you are well aware that traveling in Europe is a) expensive and b) not easy to do for a long time. I’m extremely lucky to have a place to stay (right near the Eiffel Tower too.. what!!) and sure as hell couldn’t pass up this opportunity. It’s always been a dream of mine to live in France, ever since I studied French for two years in high school and three semesters in college.

And for all of you who are wondering.. “Pouvez-vous parler francais?” Oui, un petit peu.

I’ve loved my time in Korea. I’ve made some friends that I’m going to really put an effort into staying friends with and I greatly appreciate the generosity that was shown to me during my stay here. And let’s be real, the food.. I will miss the food. So. Damn. Much.

Some of my amazing students-turned-friends

Anyways, what wasn’t ideal was my academy’s work schedule. Waking up for a 7:30am class and then having my last class end at 9:30? I value my health more than anything and my sleep cycle has been so out-of-whack, I have basically become an espresso addicted zombie that is constantly in a dream-like state. All that traveling I thought I would do on the weekends, quickly turned into me trying to catch up on all of my sleep.

So my schedule, coupled with the fact that the city I’m living in is a bit, for a lack of a better word, boring, made me decide to leave early. I’m not the kind of girl to look forward to going out and drinking on the weekends, which is all there seems to be to do here. I crave culture and a variety of people, and Daegu sadly lacks it.

So when I made the decision to leave early, I had to strategically plan it. I do technically have a contract with my academy that I need to abide by if I want to leave on good terms (and not lose a bunch of money). So that’s why I put in my two months notice back in February.

Around that time is when I decided to try and start-up my freelance business, which is how Lux and Lavender was born! Since I realized that I indeed have this itch to keep living abroad, that in turn makes my life a bit unpredictable, I figured, why not put my social media and marketing abilities to good use and try to create work opportunities for myself that allows me to live wherever the hell I want?

It’s a bit scary, thinking that all my work is going to be purely dependent on my laptop and good Wi-Fi connection. I know it will be unstable at times and I’ll have to work hard and network, but in the end, being able to go wherever my heart wants is well worth the uncertainty.

Fast-forward to the present: I am currently sitting in an adorable café on a Sunday morning, having just finished some revisions of Facebook Ads that I’m currently managing for a company in California. Not only am I able to enjoy the fresh air that is coming through the café’s open-concept layout, but I’ve already managed to land my first remote location gig. Once I leave for Paris, I’ll be able to commit more time and put in more hours with the company as well.

My View as I am typing up this post

My View as I am typing up this post

I really do believe that when you pursue something you absolutely want, put in the work, and network the shit out of every possible outlet that you can, you’ll achieve the results you want.

I seriously can’t believe that in less than a week, I’ll be in Paris. Gahhhhh. I feel my stomach do a mini summersault every time the thought crosses my mind. Not to mention, I haven’t seen my boyfriend in 3 months, so I might just faint the moment I walk out of the Charles De Gaulle Airport. Not only that, but the first weekend I will be there, we are heading to Amsterdam. Seriously.. Amsterdam?? What!

Anyways, expect lots of Instagram photos and tons of Snapchats, as always. If you’re not following me already, go follow me at:

Instagram @wanderwithkirstie
Spapchat @kirstietaylor

Let me know if you’ve ever been to Paris! I’d love to hear any tips on what to do 🙂

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Recent Comments

  • Lia Levina
    04/25/2016 - 6:53 pm · Reply

    Your working hour is terrible. And yes, health is the most important thing we need to value. I’ve had some experiences that affected my health, so I understand why you took a decision to move. How exciting that you’re going to Paris soon!! I hope everything goes well with your move 🙂

    • Kirstie Taylor
      05/17/2016 - 6:30 pm · Reply

      Thanks Lia! I’m glad you understand my concern with my health. I feel like a lot of people don’t prioritize it high enough sometimes! And thanks, I am really loving Paris!

  • Laura
    05/13/2016 - 4:03 am · Reply

    You’re going to love living in Paris! I moved there for the first time after college to be an au pair. Towards the end, I met my husband and ended up living there for years (now I’m back in NYC). I have the best memories! I’m so impressed by your courage to move and travel. It’s not easy, but living abroad is one of the most formative and eye-opening experiences. You’ll never regret following your desire to travel while you’re still young and free!

    • Kirstie Taylor
      05/17/2016 - 6:32 pm · Reply

      Oh wow that sounds amazing! I wish I had au paired in France. I did for a little bit in Spain but I studied France so I wish I had chose it instead! Thanks for your lovely comment! 🙂

  • Jovel
    06/08/2016 - 4:29 am · Reply

    Everything about this post is what makes this journey with you unforgettable. Your insight of what challenges you encounter and tackle are what make your stories enticing and ethereal. Truly a relief to know that you will make Paris your home with ease and find everything you didn’t in Korea within Europe. Hope to read more of your successes and read more of the treasures Europe has to offer.

    • Kirstie Taylor
      06/10/2016 - 6:13 pm · Reply

      You rock Jovel!!! I love getting your random posts of support. I really need to write another article and you just gave me the push I needed. Also, Happy late Birthday!! I meant to post that yesterday but of course I forgot.

  • Krissi D.
    07/06/2016 - 5:46 pm · Reply

    Loved reading your story, Kristie! I wish I would have had more opportunities to get to know you better while you were still in Korea.

    When I finish my contract, I plan to go home for a few months (I haven’t been there for more than 2-3 weeks in nearly 4 years!) and then I’ll be doing the “digital nomad” thing myself. 🙂

    I look forward to following your adventures!

    • Kirstie Taylor
      07/12/2016 - 5:07 pm · Reply

      Aw thanks Krissi! That’s insane you haven’t been home for that long in so many years.. That’ll be some extreme reverse culture shock! I hope the digital nomad lifestyle works for you! It’s hard but so worth it 🙂

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