All posts tagged: blogging

1er Mars

They say that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. I think global warming has mixed that proverb up a little, because following a period of chilly fog and huge wind storms mid-February, it’s been 60s and sunny for weeks. However, March has come in with a brand new Slice of Life Story Challenge! I participated last year, thanks to my mom, and will attempt once again to tell a story on my blog each day during this month. Though I’m already really energized by reading others’ writing, I’m a bit nervous about my own, as this month has completely snuck up on me and I haven’t prepared nearly as well as I’d like to. But nevertheless, I will persist! It helps that a lot has changed since last year’s challenge. Then, I was a full-time substitute teacher at an elementary school in Arlington, VA. Now, I’m an English as a Foreign Language teacher in three elementary schools in Marseille, France. Then, I spent my weekends eating pizza and running children’s …

2016: Greatest Hits!

In 2016, I had 4 different jobs read over 40 books started a bookclub that read 6 books together directed 3 plays, produced 2 more, and put on 6 camp sharings wrote for 31 consecutive days in the March Slice of Life Challenge oh yeah, and moved back to France… where I’ve travelled to 4 countries and (at least) 11 cities so far! where I teach 16 amazing classes of primary school students where I’ve met new friends from over 8 countries where I’ve amassed a wine bottle graveyard who’s current count is about 38… (we host a lot of parties) I’ve been struggling a bit this time around to keep up my blog, but I have a handful of posts in the works and hopefully will continue to be inspired to write more as time goes on. For now, please enjoy the Present Perfect Greatest Hits of 2016!! These are the posts I’m most proud of, pleased with, either because of a fun story, or because I pushed myself to try out a different form of writing, …

Books: who’s with me?!

Pretty much my only goal for 2016 (because I am so not a resolution setter) is to undertake the Popsugar 2016 Reading Challenge. There are plenty of reading challenges floating around out there, but this one appealed to me because of the huge variety the list encompasses, along with its quirky specificity… Setting a goal of just a number of books to read in 2016 didn’t seem like much motivation to me, but choosing a book that is at least 100 years older than me, or about a culture I’m unfamiliar with, or with a blue cover seems fun, and I feel like it will lead me to books that I may not otherwise pick up! A bunch of my friends in real life (and a couple of my blogging friends!) have also expressed interest in this reading challenge. So I had an idea: what if we all got together to choose some books that would fulfill some categories in the book challenge and then chatted about them in a sort of digital book club? We could …

2015: year of this blog

In 2015, I hardly blogged as much as most people. I don’t even think I blogged as much as my mom (who has way more discipline and motivation than me in almost everything). But it was the year that I wrote on this blog, and kept writing, even when it took me a month to finally publish a post about something I had done 2 months before that… So I am declaring 2015 the year of this blog! According to the cute annual review WordPress sent me, I wrote 49 posts in the past twelve months, which, now that I’ve written that down, sounds super pitiful, but when you consider that those 49 posts make up a total of 91 total posts on the blog… I’ll just have to keep in mind that everyone starts from zero. And I’m definitely curious about what my 100th post will be!! To no one’s surprise, the most popular posts are ones revolving around the logistics of my year doing TAPIF, including my advice for completing the application, my guide to …

NaBloPoMo: How’d I do?

It’s the end of November and the end of the NaBloPoMo/NanoPoblano challenge, and I’m sure you’re all wondering : How’d she do? Answer: 20 posts out of 30 days. (I’m including this post in my 30 days because I did write it in November, even though I didn’t post it until December because of some technical difficulties….okay, fine I fell asleep before hitting the publish button.) So, I didn’t win the challenge, as much as that hurts to type out loud. But, I did write more posts in this one month period than I did since last winter, so I think I can still solidly count this as an achievement. It definitely showed me that I can make blogging a habit, and that even though my original intent for this blog was to document my experiences living abroad (for both myself and my loved ones still at home), I still have plenty of stories to tell now that those adventures have come to close. My “normal” life can still be adventurous even though I’m not …

I’m basically famous now

Several months ago, I published this post about everything I love about my adopted French hometown of Chambéry, following a National Geographic Intelligent Travel questionnaire. After revamping my answers a few months ago and sending it in to be considered for the site, I got word yesterday that Intelligent Travel decided to publish my post as part of their weekly “I Heart My City” feature!! They made a few edits to make it more consistent with their questions, and they added a bunch of flickr photos, some of which I don’t even recognize where they were taken….but hey! It’s still pretty cool. I hope that this highlight will encourage people to consider visiting this little corner of the world 🙂 And I hope some of you will also be encouraged to publish similar pieces on your own blogs, and to share them with National Geographic. Then maybe you, too, will feel as famous as I do today !! ❂

Motivation November: Day 1

The transition from summer to autumn flew by. October passed by in the blink of an eye and here we are on November 1. Life moves quickly, especially since I am still adjusting to new routines and schedules. So, I haven’t posted since October 2. I do genuinely like writing this blog! I like feeling connected with others who have done TAPIF or lived in France or who have similar interests to me. I like organizing my thoughts and experiences into stories I can share. But I obviously have a motivation problem… So, I decided to commit myself to National Blog Posting Month, or NaBloPoMo, an off-shoot of the popular NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), where hundreds of bloggers commit to posting once per day for the month of November. I’m hoping this will help motivate me to turn the dozens of notes in my drafts folder into published posts at last!! So far I’ve added my name to the BlogHer blogroll and the YeahWrite #NoMo blogroll. Get ready for posts about places I traveled to 5 months ago, as …