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
Have you ever been so, so far deep into something, that you don’t even really realize how bad it was–how bad you were, until you finally start to come out on the other side? Unrequited Love is defined as simply loving someone who doesn’t love you back. It’s a horrible feeling, and one that I feel like most people have felt at one point or … Continue reading Hello From the Other Side
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)
“Our society teaches young girls, […] that likability is an essential part of you, of the space you occupy in the world. You’re supposed to twist yourself into shapes to make yourself likable; you’re supposed to hold back sometimes– pull back, don’t quite say, don’t be too pushy, because you have to be likable. I think it’s also something that’s quite difficult for even older women … Continue reading Notes on Trolls and Criticism