The Dust has Settled

This post is a follow-up to Wheels Down.

“Be brave enough to be bad at something new.” Jon Acuff

Well, that certainly has been me … bad at something new.  I’ve spent the last few weeks struggling to learn French.  It’s been four weeks of full immersion in another new language. The good news is I’ve passed through the mouth open wide (huh?) phase.  I’m where I waited to be, on the other side of hopeless-ness (I’ll never get this) to hopefulness (I can do this).  Whew!

And, I must say, my classmates have helped in the transition.  They are a lovely, funny group from all around the globe (Russia, Afghanistan, Colombia, Korea, Turkey, and China).  It’s been a joint effort in collectively making progress in our language learning.  Also, their camaraderie has been a pleasant surprise as we adjust together to a new culture and a shared transition.  Finding others who are navigating a similar change in life is certainly helpful in the process of successfully adjusting.

The dust storm of the physical move has settled as well.  We found and rented a furnished flat that I love. Our landlord is chill and wonderful. It’s fun when we get together and struggle to communicate with a little French, a little English, and a lot of hand motions.

Routine has been re-established.  The unknown is now becoming the known and I’m on my way to feeling settled.


“Transitions are part and parcel of life, in which nothing ever stands still or remains the same. To learn to navigate transitions therefore is to learn to navigate life itself.” Handling Transitions by Alex Lickerman M.D.


Thank you for stopping by to read my ramblings.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Create Space says:

    10 out of ten for courage Brenda and thanks for sharing your adventure. Au revoir.

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    1. Merci, mon amis (with a bow and a big smile)!!

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      1. Create Space says:

        Merci beaucoup Brenda. My french is sadly lacking despite 3 years of french at school. Maybe you will share little everyday snippets to rekindle my interest!

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  2. Ann Coleman says:

    I’m so glad you made it and are settling in so well. And keep working on the French language….you’ll get there!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ann! Off to class now. =)

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