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Woman shares how her work-life balance improved after taking a job in Paris: 'The best decision'

She claimed that moving to Paris gave her a significantly higher quality of life, including an opportunity to reside independently in a Parisian apartment.

Woman shares how her work-life balance improved after taking a job in Paris: 'The best decision'
Image Source: TikTok/@iamsoldana

Work-life balance is the equilibrium between an individual's work responsibilities and personal life. Achieving a good work-life balance is essential to maintaining physical and mental health, improving job satisfaction, and enhancing overall well-being. However, the work culture in corporate America often leaves workers burned out and with no time to focus on their well-being and personal life. People often go to great lengths to achieve that balance. But this is not how it is all around the world. Soldana, a TikTok user who goes by @iamsoldana, has the answer to this as she compared the work-life balance of an American job with that of a workplace in Paris.

Image Source: TikTok/@iamsoldana
Image Source: TikTok/@iamsoldana

 

She claims in her video, "Moving to Europe gave me a significantly higher quality of life." Merely three years ago, she had recently completed her college education and was earning a base salary of approximately $80,000 annually. However, due to residing in New York City, the priciest location for a solitary individual, Soldana had to share an apartment in downtown Manhattan with three unknown people to meet her rental expenses. Subsequently, after a few years of such living conditions, an option presented itself to her, providing an alternative course of action. The offer was for a comparable consulting job, but located in Paris, granting her the opportunity to experience life in an entirely new city. However, she was a bit unsure about taking the job at first.

Image Source: TikTok/@iamsoldana
Image Source: TikTok/@iamsoldana

 

She said in the video, "If you know anything about the European job market, if you compare it to New York salaries, the salaries are a huge cut. But I said ‘f*** it,’ and I took the job even though it was a lower salary, and it was probably the best decision I’ve ever made." Soldana claims that owing to the lower cost of living in Paris, she could upgrade from a four-bedroom shared apartment in New York City to residing independently in her Parisian apartment, a considerable improvement. She said, "On top of that, the additional paid vacation time is just insane. I went from three weeks of paid time off in New York City to having seven weeks — legal minimum — paid time off in Paris." Moving to a different city also comes with a delightful advantage – the opportunity to make short visits to other European countries over the weekend for a significantly lower expense. Soldana said, "Also, if you’re a foodie and you love going out to eat. Going out to eat was not a possibility for me when I was a new grad, it was just too expensive. I would limit it to the weekends."

Image Source: TikTok/@iamsoldana
Image Source: TikTok/@iamsoldana

 

In contrast, dining out in Paris is a reasonably priced experience, where a regular meal with friends, including cocktails, would only cost her around 30 euros ($32.94). Moreover, tipping is not mandatory in France, which further contributes to cost-effectiveness. Soldana said, "Last but not least, I think that it was a lot easier for me to make friends in Paris as an American than it was for me moving to New York from California. It may sound counter-intuitive, but being a foreigner, it was a lot easier of a conversation starter and made it easier for me to meet new friends."

Image Source: TikTok/@iamsoldana
Image Source: TikTok/@iamsoldana

 

According to Soldana, the ex-pat community in France is well-established, making it easier for Americans who have migrated to form connections with each other. It may take some time and effort to become part of the ex-pat community, but it is worth the patience. Her life in Paris interested many people who commented on her video. @emmascottdoyle said, "Im moving from LA to London in the fall. This was so reassuring," while @jaclyn_gwyn commented, "You’re so lucky! Those opportunities don’t come by often so good for you for taking the leap." 

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