Lately, I’ve been feeling differently; and I realize that it is simply because I am happy. To be perfectly honest, I can’t even remember if I’ve ever felt this consistent feeling of contentment. For the first time in a long time, I don’t have to worry about the future–about what’s next. I have so many things to smile about. I have stability. I’m fulfilling my long-term goal of teaching in France. I have a job that challenges me, and students who are motivated to learn. I’m still managing to travel Europe. I have diverse, fun, interesting, open-minded friends, both here, abroad, and back home. I have a really great life I’ve created here– one I really, truly love.
Most bizarrely, I haven’t moved or left the north of France since coming back in January. But, thanks to these people, I haven’t really needed to. Here’s a snapshot of the past month or so, with a few other personal favorites thrown in.