It’s all too easy to let our days be dictated by a to-do list. Once in awhile it’s good to plan a special day for ourselves. And if, like me, you admire the lifestyle of the French, you can use their example to craft your day. Here is how to create a perfect Francophile day.
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The Perfect Francophile Day
No one’s life is perfect, not even the French. But with a bit of inspiration and intentionality, we can at least occasionally give ourselves a perfect day.
Check your calendar and choose your day. I used to try to do “French Fridays” and that’s something I’d like to institute again. By working hard on Monday through Thursday I could take off at least Friday afternoons to do just what I desire. In fact, it’s a good incentive to stay focused and get my weekly work done.
So what would my perfect Francophile day look like?
Morning or “Le Matin”:
Arise, turn back the bed covers and open the window to let the room air.
Dress in something with a touch of French style – perhaps adding a scarf.
I’m not generally much of a breakfast person so I appreciate the typical French breakfast. For my “special day” I would be sure to have purchased croissants or a fresh baguette for my breakfast.
After breakfast, I enjoy a quiet morning routine of journaling, meditation and a bit of reading.
Even a perfect French-inspired day requires some basic household chores. I make the bed, tidy the bedroom and bathroom, take down the laundry and start a load. By putting away the clean dishes in the drainer and emptying the dishwasher, I have places to put dirty dishes throughout the day and following dinner.
My French Friday would not include any major household cleaning tasks because I would have finished them earlier in the week. This leaves me free to enjoy hobbies or little projects I’ve been wanting to work on.
One way to add a French touch to my day is with music. There are many French playlists available on Spotify. Here is one I created myself:
Lunch or “Le Déjeuner”:
Taking time to prepare and eat a lovely lunch is très French. One of the things my husband and I loved about Paris were the three course lunches with wine. That may not be very practical on a regular basis but on our special day? Sure!
Need some ideas? Here are what real Parisians eat for lunch:
One of my favorite French Friday activities are French movies. I have subscriptions to Netflix and France Channel so I can choose a French movie each week. Here are some favorites:
Dinner or “Le Dȋner”:
No Francophile day would be complete with a delicious French dinner!
Is there anything better than a bubble bath to start a relaxed evening routine? And no French day would be complete with careful attention to the skin:
Clean, fragrant and swathed in a silk gown and robe, it’s time to wrap up a beautiful day with a good book before turning out the lights. Bonne nuit, mes amis!
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