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