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.”
“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.
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.
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
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)
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…
As many of my long-term readers may know, I am not shy when it comes to discussing a wide-range of topics on this blog. Besides my TAPIF Tips/Lecteur Lessons, the most popular posts on AsToldByDana are ones in which I talk about details and everyday happenings of my life. From street harassment, to sexual assault, to my trip to the French gynecologist, to using the Diva … Continue reading The Sunburn I Would Like To Save