Three years ago I started writing this blog, and at the time it existed for a different purpose, and was curated by a different person. A lot has changed. My ambitions at the time were travelling and writing, and not a whole lot else in between. As a member of the most egotistical generation yet, I had a notion of my self and whatΒ I wanted and needed and wished for, and anyone other than myself was back-burner. (Of course I couldn’t see all this at the time.) I had just graduated with an undergraduate degree in philosophy (of all things!), moved across the country, and was teaching 2nd grade at a crummy school in New Hampshire.

Today I am a 3rd grade teacher in Florida. I still want to travel and to write, but I am also newly married [June 8th] and beginning to make tentative plans with buzzwords such as “settling down” and “starting a family” thrown into the mix. My ambitions are no longer just about me, but about the family I want to have one day.


I still go by Tessa and I still have a stilted way of writing the posts I manage to sneak in every couple of months. I still think that messing with gullible kids is hilarious, and that serving people is the best calling out there, however you manage to do it. I still want to walk the streets of Italy and Germany and Greece, and I still want to do mission work. I haven’t stopped making corny jokes or griping about mini existential midlife crises far in advance of due. I still aspire to be a great storyteller, a tasteful photographer, and in some way, a writer. And I will never cease to have an endless curiosity. Thankfully, I don’t see any of those things ever changing. But the trajectory has changed, the author has changed, and so the blog has changed.

Hopefully it’s still a place you like to visit, laugh a little, and continue about your life. I sure do.


last update: July 12, 2018

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    1. Well thanks for visiting! Your blog looks quite interesting – I’ll definitely be reading some more of your posts. (Always nice to meet another nerd, or blerd!)

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  1. Hey Tessa I am Dan nice to meet you I am also a writer. I’ve written 799 short stories and 20 books to check them out go to http://www.curleymania.wordpress.com. My life is just getting on track again after some mental health problems in not being able to get sleep. Now things are going better next year I hope to start to build myself up slowly through part time work. That is cool you teach in New England. I am from New England. You will get on track and find out what you want in life. You got your whole life ahead of you!


    1. Hi Dan – I’m sorry I thought I replied to this back when you wrote it. I guess life just got in the way. It does that a lot.

      Thank you for your words of encouragement. I will continue to poke around your blog when I get the chance – I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far. πŸ™‚

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      1. Yea life does. I have a lot of friends that just got busy. I got a Christmas card this year from a friend I hadn’t been in touch with for two years. She is a real nice girl and it made me happy to hear from her. Your welcome Tessa. Any time you are not feeling well you can write me I am usually here 99.9 percent of the time! I am glad you have liked my blog. I am excited writing this new horror book. I am also going to keep an eye on your blog to see how you are doing. Be well my friend!

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  2. Thanks so much for following Oh, the Places We See. We have a lot in common — first, that love of travel, and second, the love of teaching. I’m anxious to know if you are still pursuing work in China. Sounds fascinating! Here’s hoping your get over your colds, sore throats, etc. Winter can be brutal, especially if you don’t feel well.


    1. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve seen of your blog and I’ll be continuing to poke through it. Thanks for stopping by here!

      I have a job offer in China for February and I’m pursuing it to the best of my ability. Unfortunately a few interrupting circumstances have depleted my bank account, so at this point, whether I am able to go or not is a matter of finances. I’m hoping I can scrape together what I need to get there, but only time will tell. I am optimistic that even if I have to once again pass on this opportunity that it will eventually fall into place, even if it takes longer than I hoped. I’ll never give up on the travel bug, and the teaching seems to be sticking as well!

      Thank you for your kind words, I’m just going one day at a time and seeing what life sends my way! πŸ™‚

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  3. Thank you follow Tessa. I hope you find something that will interest you. I welcome your feedback, thoughts & comments. Blessings.

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    1. Hi Lisa! Thanks for stopping by, I’m always happy to find friends with shared interests. Unfortunately my travelling has been on hiatus and will probably not resume for at least another year, but I cannot wait until that day comes. πŸ™‚ I will enjoy poking around your blog, and I hope you enjoy what you find here!


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