"La patience est mère de toutes les vertus"

Milla Msa - 08/07/13 - www.MyFrenchLife.org

I vividly remember my first French teacher as being stern and one of the most sophisticated women I had ever met. She was passionate about teaching us her beautiful language and when our attention inevitably dwindled, a yell en français, put us back on course. I remember that classroom with it’s green tiles and unfortunate proximity to our deputy head teacher’s office, who would randomly make an appearance whenever we got a little too noisy.  I don’t think she appreciated 20 schoolgirls ‘murdering’ the vowels.

My first-ever trip to France was at the age of 14, when I decided that come hell or high water, Paris was going to be my home. I recall the smell of the boulangerie as I walked by. I A country with shops smelling like that, is exactly the country I need to call home. Over the next 14 years, I travelled to Paris several times a year, though never really discovering it. What I knew was perfect, surely there was nothing beyond that. I found myself travelling to curious, exotic and hectic cities and despite the fact that I could have moved to Paris at any time, it just didn’t feel right and so I continued with my travels.

Milla Msa - 08/07/13 - www.MyFrenchLife.org

When I met my then-boyfriend in 2008, he’d already been living in London for some years and as we became husband and wife, Paris was a natural choice as  mon amour is French, and raised in Paris.

So here I am, living la vie française ! I’m not going to tell you that it’s been all   pain au chocolat and trips to la Tour Eiffel, because that would be a lie. I put so many expectations on what Paris should be, and now I’m learning to accept the world’s most beautiful city for what it is and discover a deeper layer of French living.

I started blogging when I moved to Paris. I knew nobody, which was hard and wanted to stay in touch with the English-speaking world. Initially my blog was fashion, fashion, fashion!

As I started to find my way around Paris and to grow as an individual, I realised that my interests were much more diverse and my blog became what it is today: a lifestyle blog. I write about my life, style, culture and of course, my baking. I generally just write whatever comes to me. As an adult, I’ve always put happiness first and never do anything that I doesn’t feel right to me, which is why my own blog is very important, as I have complete freedom.

Milla Msa - 08/07/13 - www.MyFrenchLifE.org

The great part about my blog, Not Just Another Milla,  is that I get to share my world with other people and in doing so, I’ve met some truly interesting bloggers who inspire me to be a better person.

By far the best part of my blogging experience has been the opportunity to interact with people all over the world, people I wouldn’t normally meet, including an amazing woman who has become my penpal. Yes, people still write letters! I’m humbled by the kindness of apparent strangers and well, I honestly love this little blogging community. I’ve been to meet-ups with people I’ve spent months blogging and tweeting with, only to discover that they’re even more interesting in person.

I am constantly ‘dumbfounded’ by the number of people interested in Paris and French life, which only adds to my passion of seeing My French Life grow…

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  1. Judy MacMahon Feb 23, 2011 at 10:55 AM - Reply

    Hi Milla welcome to our small and fast growing team! Thanks for sharing your personal story, its a great way for others to get to know you… some have already been asking me ‘how long before I read Milla’s following articles?’ Of course, I said soon! just keep checking the site. Felicitations
    My French Life

  2. Carolyn Englar Feb 23, 2011 at 11:04 AM - Reply

    What a beautiful introduction Milla – I look forward to reading more from you! Gorgeous photo as well:)

  3. Opal Taylor Feb 23, 2011 at 8:52 PM - Reply

    Lovely intro! “murdering the vowels” indeed! funny!

  4. Jennifer Geraghty Feb 23, 2011 at 10:46 PM - Reply

    Great story and lovely photos. Can’t wait to hear more. Your French teacher reminds me of mine!

  5. Annewil Stroo Feb 24, 2011 at 1:55 AM - Reply

    Lovely introduction Milla!

  6. Marcela Alejandra Cesar Feb 24, 2011 at 2:55 PM - Reply

    Wonderful Milla!!! Congratulations!

  7. Debra Feb 24, 2011 at 8:38 PM - Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing Milla! What courage and determination to move to the country you fell in love with at 14. Looking forward to reading more of your insights (and baking stories too!)

  8. bobp@f3.com.au Feb 24, 2011 at 9:39 PM - Reply

    I stood beside the exact same pot-plant in Luxembourg Gardens!!
    As you say, these online communities like ‘My french Life’ can show up all sorts of interesting connections in what, at first, appears to be totally un-connected people. Thanks Milla, enjoyed online connection even via a pot-plant!

  9. Milla Msa Feb 25, 2011 at 5:21 PM - Reply

    What lovely comments, merci à tous !

    I’m so happy to be able to share my story with you all and hope to give you further insight into life in Paris through my eyes.

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