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Life Update

by Daley

Bonjour tout le monde!

Last time we spoke, I told you about my new job.

For those of you who don’t know, I started working as an English teacher at the beginning of May.

Full disclosure, the transition with this new job has been a little bit rough.

I am so thankful and grateful to have a job in France and to be able to use some of my teaching skills, but adjusting was (and has been) really hard!

My commute is getting to me a lot more than I thought it would. It takes me about an hour or so to get to the school from my apartment and this is actually my first full-time job, so it’s been different from what I’m used to. I keep reminding myself that the first year of teaching is hard on anyone and this is my first experience really working at a job (I’ve been a student for almost all of my life), but it has not been a seamless transition by any means.

I did come into the school year at a pretty awkward time. The school year ends at the end of this month, so I’m really looking forward to the summer and the start of the next school year when I can make my classroom more of my own and have more time to prepare lessons. Right now I’m kind of just taking things as they go and trying to make the best of the situation.

Though I have been feeling pretty tired and I got really sick this past week. I had to take my first couple days off of work which I really did not want to do as I’ve only just started, but in the end, I think it was for the best. I’m feeling a lot better and now I’ll have more energy going into this next week.

In other news, I turned 22 last month! This probably sounds weird, but I honestly wish I were older sometimes. I’m by far the youngest person working at my school and I feel very awkward about it! I get questions about my age a lot and it makes me really uncomfortable. It’s a completely different situation from what I’ve been used to. I only just graduated university last year and I went to UC Davis which is a major college town. Basically, the university makes that town and college students are everywhere. And, as an English assistant, I interacted a lot with other assistants so I’ve been used to being surrounded by people who are around the same age as me.

I have no problem relating to people of different ages but sometimes being so much younger at work makes me feel like I have less authority. Like I said, I’m still getting used to this job and I think it will take some time for me to really feel comfortable and toughen up. But, I’m getting there.

Anyway, back to my birthday! This was the first birthday I had where JP and I got to spend it together. Last year, he was in Australia and I was in California so he went out of his way to make this one really special.

I’m the type of person who loves my birthday. But JP and I had gone kind of crazy a few weeks before my birthday celebrating our first wedding anniversary in Bilbao (belated blog post to follow) so he kept telling me that for this birthday, I should not expect anything. I told him I was already disappointed haha but I accepted and really didn’t expect anything.

Lo and behold, he showed up to my work with a bouquet of flowers and a car full of balloons. Then, when I got home I came to discover cute little signs and was served some delicious champagne.

In true gentleman fashion, he took me out to dinner after our little apéro. Of course, this birthday celebration was so sweet and cute, but JP makes even the most benign days exciting ones. I’m a lucky girl and I’m so grateful to be able to call this man my husband. He makes me feel so loved and he makes my heart happy <3

Our lease runs out at the end of this month and we’re moving apartments! We found a great deal in a really cute part of Bordeaux. It’s a little bit bigger than the apartment we have now and I’m excited to move in and make it our own. We only had a 6-month lease for the apartment we’re at right now and the next one is only going to be for a year (the lease is a year long, I’m not sure how long we’ll be in Bordeaux for, probably a while), but I still feel like that’s a long enough time to justify decorating and investing in the place 😉

I think that’s everything for now! I feel like this blog post was so rambly and disorganized, but I guess that’s reflective of how I feel in life right now lol.

Let me know if you have any questions or requests for future blog posts!

I know a lot of you who are reading this are future or prospective TAPIF participants and I want to hear from you guys too! Especially those of you who are coming to Bordeaux! Drop me an e-mail or a comment 🙂



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