The Blog.

I started this blog in 2016 as a senior in college. I was getting ready for graduation and my first big move abroad to teach English in France. I started this blog intending it to be a place to document my thoughts and experiences abroad. Before I knew it, my teaching contract ended and I moved back to my hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah.

During that time, I got a full-time job at an arts nonprofit organization doing development and I quickly lost the motivation to write because I felt that my experiences no longer fit into the “theme” of my blog. After all, I couldn’t really write about my life in France now that I lived in the U.S.

It’s taken me a while to come up with this direction, but I finally realized that I shouldn’t force myself to write for a specific “niche” like travel or expat life. Instead, I should continue writing about things that interest me, whatever those changing interests might be. What I needed to do to make my blog more cohesive was build a larger framework to encapsulate those interests.

That’s how I finally landed on my tagline–a blog about the lessons learned. I realized that I didn’t start writing because I wanted to build a brand, be an industry expert, or become an influencer. I started writing because I wanted to capture and contextualize my lived experiences.

So that is what I’m going to continue to write about. Whether I am writing about my travels, personal, or professional projects, I want this to be my little corner of the internet where I can feel free to express myself and share my lessons learned.

About Me.

Let’s keep this short and simple.

I’m a classically trained musician, grant writer, and non-profit professional with an unruly habit of thinking big and a love for social progress. This combination has pushed me to cultivate quite the varied tool belt. University of Utah graduate, Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) alumna, part-artist, part-educator, part-community organizer, and perpetual learner.

Promoting arts, culture, diversity, and community is what gets me out of bed every morning. Peruse my blog for more of my writings.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Cindy Chen