Bad Blogger | Hopes + Dreams 2017

January 30, 2017 0 Comments

So… it’s been a while, yes? Since last we spoke I have spent Christmas in the US with my family, visited Paris a few times, and finally became legal in France! I’m a bad blogger, I know, but it’s also been kind of an odd few weeks. To be honest, I didn’t blog when I got back from Christmas because I got very sick when I arrived, and after I got over that… nothing really happened. My second period teaching has gone off without a hitch, and I feel like I’ve acclimated back to real life in France, which is quite exciting!

I did spend Christmas at home in Colorado with my parents and family. My dad and I hatched a plan way back in October to surprise my mom for Christmas. We are both really bad at surprising my mom, but we succeeded in this! She was so surprised when I walked into the loft… and it was a wonderful two weeks with them. I was able to see my wonderful friends, my former museum co-workers, and my other family, so Christmas was just lovely.

Aside from being sick, everything in Bethune has been quiet. A few weeks ago, I posted on my Instagram account about how things are just starting to click here, and I am so grateful for that feeling. My students are starting to “get it” and I think they might actually enjoy working with me. I’m making friends, and I feel like even though this will not be a permanent home for me, this little corner of France has become home. I also finally (after three tries) had my OFII appointment and I’m legal! It was the most efficient system I’ve encountered in this country.

I love the way this building looks against the blue sky.

So I have hope for 2017, on a personal level. While this move and job and adjustment has been one of the most challenging undertakings of my young life, I have learned a lot about myself. For the rest of my time in this wonderful place I hope to just enjoy it. I am so used to constantly moving from one place to another, looking ahead and deciding what to do next. Here, I’ve been forced to slow down. I’ve learned that I like to live in the moment, to go with what the flow and pace of this life offers. I’m not that great at mindfulness… I am always looking ahead. So for the rest of my time here in France, I just want to slow down enough to be fully present in this time and this experience. I had a lot of expectations back in September when I started this adventure, and to be honest very few of them have come to fruition. So I am going to try very hard to let go of my expectations and just be fully present during the rest of these finite moments, because I am painfully aware how few of them are left.

Now here are some pictures of other things I’ve been up to:

We went to a football match between Lens and Nîmes and it was SO FUN!

And I bought a scarf.

I liked the mirrors in the museum in Lens.

We had the most beautiful fancy dinner (seven courses!) but this was the 2nd dessert and it was as delicious as it was beautiful.

Thanks for making it to the end! Until next time… bisous.