Notes on a Quarter-Life Identity Crisis

Just over a year ago, I published my most ever-viewed, and definitely most controversial post, When the Grass Isn’t Greener: Falling Out of Love With France. And just over a year ago, The Local France picked up the piece and ran an edited version on their site. And just over a year ago, in response to the words I wrote and the things I had … Continue reading Notes on a Quarter-Life Identity Crisis

Confessions of a First Year Teacher

I may not remember much about the first half of September through December of last year, but I do remember this day perfectly. It was a few days after hosting Thanksgiving. I had just finished grading 47 essays. I had seven preps. I was having doubts about my teaching abilities. I was exhausted and I was stressed. I spent little time sleeping and a lot … Continue reading Confessions of a First Year Teacher

Life Recap: May and June 2017

I started blogging in order to create a helpful and informative TAPIF blog as well as to record my travels during my “Year in France”. However, as time has passed on, the style of my blog has shifted. I also realized that I simply like having a dedicated space where records of my life have been documented over the past few years. One of my … Continue reading Life Recap: May and June 2017

How to Get a Job Teaching at an International School

In case you have ever questioned my sanity or my craziness, let me make it clear just how crazy and dedicated I was (am?). Long story short, I have wanted to teach at an international school ever since I realized that it was a thing (more specifically, back in college). Even when I was still a student, I used to research the American School of … Continue reading How to Get a Job Teaching at an International School

Life Recap: April 2017

Back in March, I wrote a post confessing that I was having a bit of trouble finding a new direction for this blog, especially since my life has taken a new direction in France. I started blogging in order to create a helpful and informative TAPIF blog as well as to record my travels during my “Year in France”. However, I also just like having … Continue reading Life Recap: April 2017

“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.”