French Connection

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In order to pursue my PhD in Literature, most programs require students to know at least one other language different than their native tongue, so last night Darrin and I invested in Rosetta Stone for French. I’d love to study French literature for my doctorate degree {fingers crossed I’m still on that path in a few years} and who wouldn’t love a job translating great works of literature from one language to the next? All right…maybe a few people wouldn’t enjoy that job, but I’d love to do translations as a side “job” alongside teaching literature at the university level. So we took the first step and invested in Rosetta Stone! And I’ve been loving it so far! Learning a new language is incredibly exciting. And frustrating. And daunting. But January is all about new year resolutions, so I thought “Hey! Why not pick up another language?”. I think it’s such a marvelous way to better understand people and community and culture! So I’ll keep you all updated on my language learning. Anyone else try Rosetta Stone?

Sometimes Gracefully

Darrin and I have some pretty big travel plans once we both find “real jobs.” We’ve talked about planning at least one big trip each year, where we fly to a different continent and immerse ourselves in another culture. How awesome would it be to invest in the Rosetta Stone for Dutch before we travel to the Netherlands? Or the Rosetta Stone for Italian before we hop on the next boat to Italy? Learning a new language {or anything new, for that matter} can be pretty goll darn humbling. What better way to start a journey than with a humble heart?Β So on that note, France, the Beekmans are comingΒ for a visit one day! And I give you full permission to laugh at my Minnesotan accent and hard American “R”s! πŸ˜‰

Has anyone else used Rosetta Stone before? Also, on an unrelated topic, is anyone else loving this whole “Aztec print sweater” craze that’s been happening lately? The one I’m wearing above is extremely cozy from Forever 21, so I’ve listed a couple more from F21 that I’ve been loving below! Nothing like cozy sleeves and unique prints to brighten up any dreary winter day!

Have a great Tuesday!



  • Reply Caitlin @ The Siren's Tale January 14, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I love your sweater.. so cute and cozy! Good luck in your academic pursuits πŸ™‚ Are you in a bachelor’s or master’s program now? I just finished my MS degree (thank goodness!). It’s a lot of work, but if it’s something your heart is dedicated to, it goes by in a blink. Best of luck with Rosetta Stone as well. I’ve never tried it, but have been thinking about picking it up to freshen up my French!

    • Reply Grace Beekman January 14, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      I’m pursuing my MA, and it is most certainly a lot of work! Hopefully throwing myself into a ton of little projects (like learning French!) will help the time go by quickly! And way to go with your MS! Rock on, girl!

  • Reply Monica Harmony January 14, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Love your outfit! You’ve got a gorgeous style!!

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  • Reply andy January 14, 2014 at 11:22 am

    pretty cardigan πŸ™‚
    great look!

  • Reply Jamie January 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I want that sweater!!

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    The Growing Up Diaries

  • Reply eunicia balaj January 15, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Love the outfit!! How are you not freezing!!

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  • Reply Ashley Parrish January 15, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    This outfit is super adorable! Absolutely love it!

  • Reply jennifer prod January 16, 2014 at 12:32 am

    You look very scholarly in these photographs! Just perfect that French and you’ll be teaching languages before ou know it.. and yes.. learning a new language before traveling sounds like a lot of fun. in my case, however, i usually just go and try my best when i get there (makes for some funny stories)

  • Reply Dejhana Waite January 16, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I adore the aztec trend, and you wear it really well!

    Dejhana | Waite a Little

  • Reply Bonjour, Paris! | April 7, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    […] and my first trip across the ocean, so I’m justΒ one big bundle of excitement. Ever since this post, I’ve been using Rosetta Stone to help teach myself French, and I’ve been so enjoying […]

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