I took a bit of a hiatus from this blog while I did 3 months of student teaching bootcamp this spring. It's all part of the master plan, I’m happy to say. I left the corporate book publishing world in 2010 and became a consultant so that I would have enough time to finish my Masters in Education and become a middle school French teacher. An important part of the program was completing 12 weeks of actual teaching and as anyone who has been a student teacher will tell you, it’s brutal! I have never been so terrified or worked so hard in my life! Who knew that a classroom full of adolescents could be so intimidating – but they are! Especially when you have to speak to them in French and they point out your every mistake. Well, the good news is that my formal training is over, the better news is that I survived and the best news is that I know I made the right choice by marching down the French teacher trail. While we’re in Europe, I’ll take every opportunity to loosen up my French jaw and hope to take a course for French profs when we’re in Provence next summer. This way, when we return home (wherever home will be), I can start a new career with the scent of lavender and goat cheese still in my hair. As to what Joe will do when we get back, well – he’s just not sure yet. It’s part of what he’ll be doing while we’re away: figuring out what he wants to do with the rest of his life. And pondering the big questions like that one from the vantage point of being far, far away from all that is familiar can often help the possibilities appear. A different backdrop can sharpen the senses, broaden the horizon and let the most important things float to the top.