Let’s Unpack Trevor Noah and Race Relations in France

On July 15th, 2018, France’s Men’s Soccer (Football) team won the World Cup for the second time, and for first time in twenty years (the first time being in 1998). I was in Lille in 2016 during the Euro Cup, and although I have never been much of a soccer fan (much less, a fan of men’s soccer) I did get into the World Cup … Continue reading Let’s Unpack Trevor Noah and Race Relations in France

Conflicted

In the midst of everything— and I mean everything-– going on: Gun control reform, the #MeToo Movement, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, among so many other things, I saw a quote about a year ago on Twitter that especially jumped out at me, and stuck with me. This tweet was written just days after the Women’s March on Washington and Trump’s inauguration. I’ve outwardly identified as a … Continue reading Conflicted

“Little girls don’t stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world.”

Yesterday, I came across Simone Biles’, Gabby Douglas’, Jordyn Wieber’s, and Aly Raisman’s testaments about being sexually abused by sports doctor Larry Nassar. Today, I watched some of the trial on TV, and I felt a mix of emotions– physical illness, repulsiveness, rage, and the urge to scream. I felt my fists start to clench and my eyes begin to close, as my brow curled … Continue reading “Little girls don’t stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world.”

Me, too.

When I originally posted the words “Me Too” on my Facebook status, I typed them, deleted them, typed them, posted them, deleted them, waited 12 hours, and typed them and posted them again. Since the #MeToo campaign has come out, I’ve tried to write this post several times over the past couple of weeks. I’ve written fiercely, gotten emotional, gotten scared, gotten angry, and put … Continue reading Me, too.

“Take the Sourest Lemon that Life has to offer, and Turn it into Something Resembling Lemonade.”

When I started blogging consistently four years ago, I promised myself that I would not become one of those (well-intended) TAPIF blogs that starts off really strong, and then tapers off somewhere after Christmas. I wanted to create the blog that hadn’t yet existed- an ordinary TAPIFer who gave valuable information about bureaucracy, teaching, traveling, everyday insight into life in France, and was there until … Continue reading “Take the Sourest Lemon that Life has to offer, and Turn it into Something Resembling Lemonade.”

Notes on Faking it ‘Til You Make It.

“Fake it ’til you make it” is a common catchphrase mostly referencing a person’s fear of not being confident enough. In fact, this mentality is a actually a common technique used by therapists to combat depression. Patients are encouraged go through life’s everyday motions as if they were enjoying them, and eventually, they will enjoy them again. When I was at the absolute peak of heartbreak a few … Continue reading Notes on Faking it ‘Til You Make It.

I’m Still With Her.

On November 8, 2016, I woke up feeling so, so happy and proud to be an American. I went to work listing to Beyoncé’s Run The World on my iPhone and sporting my “I Voted” sticker I had been specifically saving for the occasion. I did mini-Election Day lessons with my 9th and 10th graders, and collected Election-based essays from my 11th and 12th graders (as we … Continue reading I’m Still With Her.