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 intended this blog 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.

But life has a funny way of taking us on new adventures. After a few years of working, I decided that it was time for me to get my master’s degree. That’s how I ended up moving back to France, but this time to Paris.

It took me a while to come up with a new direction for my blog, 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. My blog is just a platform that allows me to explore those interests and ideas.

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 will 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. I’m currently a master’s of public policy student specializing in cultural policy at Sciences Po Paris.

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