November: Life Updates from Dana

Having only posted three times since August, I’ve been noticeably absent from the blogging world. This absence didn’t start off as intentional– coming back from a month-long stay in the USA to jumping right back into a new school year had taken its toll on me, and there was also a lot (A LOT) of things going on behind the scenes in my personal life. … Continue reading November: Life Updates from Dana

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.

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

“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.