“Little girls don’t stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world.”

Yesterday, I came across Simone Biles’, Gabby Douglas’, Jordyn Wieber’s, and Aly Raisman’s testaments about being sexually abused by sports doctor Larry Nassar. Today, I watched some of the trial on TV, and I felt a mix of emotions– physical illness, repulsiveness, rage, and the urge to scream. I felt my fists start to clench and my eyes begin to close, as my brow curled … Continue reading “Little girls don’t stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world.”

NYC: Four Days in the Big Apple for Under $500 (415€ or £389)

Since moving to France five (!) years ago, I’ve realized that I have so much more of my own country to explore and experience. That is why I knew I had to seize the opportunity to visit my high school friend, Michelle, in New York City, on my way back to France this past August. I LOVE and am slightly obsessed with the idea of … Continue reading NYC: Four Days in the Big Apple for Under $500 (415€ or £389)

Life Recap: December 2017

I originally 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 and purpose of my blog has shifted. I have also realized that I simply like having a dedicated space where records of my life have been documented over the past few … Continue reading Life Recap: December 2017

2018: What’s Past, and What’s to Come.

Perseverance. I’ve been toying with finding one word–  the right word– to best describe my 2017. As a teacher, I sometimes have the tendency to start my “new year” in September, but looking back, I realize that literally SO MUCH happened over the last 365 days, both on a personal and worldwide level.. Last year, I rang in 2017 with two of my oldest and … Continue reading 2018: What’s Past, and What’s to Come.

Life Recap October + November 2017

I originally 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 and purpose of my blog has shifted. I have also realized that I simply like having a dedicated space where records of my life have been documented over the past few … Continue reading Life Recap October + November 2017

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.