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.

Book Review: The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo

As much as I try my hardest to stay up-to-date with current world affairs, I admit that sometimes pop culture completely passes by me (I actually had to Google what “The Dab” was the other day). I love comedy, but I shamefully admit that I didn’t really know much about Amy Schumer until my sister went to see her live show in Milwaukee about a year … Continue reading Book Review: The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo

Notes on Being an American Abroad During Election Season (Plus Why #ImWithHer)

Fun fact: I grew up in one of the most conservative counties in the country; my parents are both Republican; I was brought up in a secular household and attended a (very, very) liberal congregation (Unitarian Universalism, a shout out to you). When I was fourteen and a freshman in high school, President George W. Bush was running for his second term, and we had … Continue reading Notes on Being an American Abroad During Election Season (Plus Why #ImWithHer)

So, You Want to Live in France…

Let me make this clear: I love, love, love getting comments, messages, and email from readers, and make a point to respond to each one I receive. But lately, I’ve noticed a trending, recurring question in many of the messages I receive– often a derivative of the following: “I want to live and work longterm in France/Europe/stay in France after TAPIF. What did you do to get there? … Continue reading So, You Want to Live in France…