It Feels Good to be Lost in the Right Direction


DSC00118 copyIt’s official. I’ve made my choice for next year. I will be returning to France as an English Language Assistant. I will be working in one of the same middle schools, but also in one of the high schools. I am very excited about this opportunity and all of the new adventures ahead of me. This was not the easiest decision for me to make, and a lot of planning and consideration went into this choice. Ultimately, I’m not quite ready to abandon my love of France. I was offered the position in Vietnam, but decided to turn it down to follow my dream. In the past, I’ve always done what would earn me the most money, and ultimately, I have not been happy with these choices. In fact, many might even say that I was quite miserable. While I would have earned significantly more money in Vietnam, I wouldn’t have the friend base I do in France, I wouldn’t know the language, and I’d be starting over all again. That is not to say that I wouldn’t seize this opportunity in the future, just that I’m not quite ready right now.

I’ll be spending most of my summer in France/Europe, but will be returning to Michigan on August 14th. I haven’t officially decided when I will return to France, but it will most likely be mid-September. I still have a lot of things to take care of in order to be prepared for next year, all administrative, of course. I’m trying not to focus on everything that must get done, as I have been feeling very overwhelmed lately.

Instead, I am choosing to focus on the good things in my life. I just had one friend visit me, and we road tripped around Western Europe. In just over two weeks, Jeannette will be returning for her second visit. I’ll be visiting Portugal, Spain, and Morocco with Jeannette. We will be traveling by plane, car, ferry, and bus/tram/metro. In just under one month my mother will be visiting. I haven’t seen my mommy in almost one year and I’m really excited to see her again. This will also be her first trip to Europe. My mom will be here for five weeks and we’ll be visiting Poland, Italy, Monaco, and France. I have some crazy adventures planned for the rest of this summer and am very excited for all of the adventures that await me back in the States. Here’s to another amazing year in France!


About Tracy S

I'm an adventurous and outgoing individual who is trying to live her lifelong dream in France. I took a year's leave of absence from my teaching position in Michigan to work as a language assistant in France, which then turned into a two year experience. My original plan was to return to the states after one year of teaching abroad, but changes in circumstances caused me to stay for a second year. Teaching in Michigan continues to become more and more difficult, and unfortunately, I was laid off from my position. I viewed this as the perfect opportunity to continue living in France, so here I am. Following your dreams isn't always easy, but in the end, I believe more and more that it is worth it. The pain, the struggle, the loneliness that I feel from time to time. The journey isn't always easy, but I hope that I will grow as a person from my experiences around the world.

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