Living in France has been an adjustment, but having American in-laws within an arms reach has really developed a crutch for me when it comes to my confidence in communicating in French. Last Thursday, my Mom and I decided to drive to Brive (the biggest city in our department) to do some lunching and some shopping. It was a day full of anxiety AND triumph. From getting there by myself, to navigating the roundabouts, ordering and paying for lunch in French, and the biggest challenge- returning something without a receipt. It was a big accomplishment for me and the most independent I have felt since I have been in France.
The trip made me realize I need to put myself out there and become more confident and independent in speaking French. My mom was impressed with how well I did, but I am just used to having my built in translator (Logan) by my side at every outing. My goal now is to challenge myself to not rely on my in-laws, but to go out on a limb (and yes, mess up a few times) and try things by myself. "I think I can, I think I can...."