New Year, New Home!

I’m sorry the adventure stories (TFH 1-4) are over…but not as sorry as I am that the adventures are over. The first week back (la rentrée) has been a little bluesy. I’ve heard tell that January is the hardest month to be abroad if you’re away for a year, and I can sort of maybe see why already?

However, one great thing about coming back is that I moved!

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Here are some shots of my room, which is nice, plus I also have a kitchen, a living room, and two lovely housemates! IMG_0663

Essentially, the friend who had my room decided to move to Lille, and I seized the opportunity to get out of my tiny, moldy, noisy apartment-room and into this beautiful house with two of my favorite people!

I’m happy that I moved but also happy that I waited until the perfect situation arose. I think had I moved into a colocation (housemate situation) at the beginning, it would’ve been more risky because i wouldn’t have known my housemates first! In this case, it was a no-brainer considering how much time I spent at their place anyways. I am also convinced that my old place was bad for my health. There was actually black mold on the window, and the two nights I spent there when I got back gave me a cold…

My advice to future TAPIFers: if you want to move mid-year, do it! It’s not nearly as difficult as the first time, and 4 months is a long time. I’ve got more time left in France than I’ve already spent here!

Oh, and one more update — I’ve been accepted to a month-long intensive training program to become a certified TEFL teacher (teaching English as a foreign language), so I will be living in Toulouse for a month after my contract ends. I’m excited to experience life in yet another part of France, even if it’s only for a short time!

Bonne année à tous!

New Year, New Home!

Mornings are my favorite.

In an effort to curb some end of the year anxiety, I took one of my friend/mentor’s suggestions and have been waking up early every morning. This gives me an excuse to go to bed really early (LOTS of sleep is another of my favorites), and it also means that I wake up with the sun! And doing this has reaffirmed my staunch morning-personness.

My wise professor once said that mornings are the best time to write, because it’s the time of day when no one else’s voice has interfered with mine. I write a lot of letters, and I’ve recently been reflecting on my voice in letters, and how it’s totally different depending on who I’m writing to. Not just in content, but in style – it’s a reflection of how much I match people’s talking styles in communicating with them. In the morning, I’m the only one in my head.

Sometimes I spend my two extra morning hours journaling, or doing some homework, or writing the thank-you notes for the project I’ve undertaken of thanking influential people at Whitman for their influence. But, whatever I’m doing, my focusing powers are superhero-status. Focuswoman, that’s me!

But above all, the joy and inner peace that come from driving into the sunrise at 7 AM in search of solitude and my morning coffee…it’s the best.

Mornings are my favorite.