From My Journal

A Change of Pace

It’s time for a change of pace.

Paperwork brings me to Bratislava. That, and the fact that I have a home here – a retreat – that allows me to rest when life becomes too hectic or uncertain.

I’ll keep posting my images from Istanbul but I want to focus more on the here and now in whatever way it presents itself and however it may inspire me.

Being home has always been temporary and although I already have plans for elsewhere – for Portugal, Hungary and even Armenia – I think this time I’ll nest a little longer at home.

I need the quiet to anchor me and of course, I am never sure how long the paperwork will take. Things happen in Slovakia on their own time and very slowly.

But I can’t really complain. This time gives me a chance to bond with family that I have missed. It also gives me an excuse to cook big dinners in my kitchen to share with both old and new friends.

Lately, I have been going out of my way to connect with people who are brilliant and brave and who inspire me. There is nothing holding me back and I am grateful for the time they give.

I realised the other day that I need companionship as much as I need time alone to work.

Last month I started studying at the London School of Journalism. My mentor is lovely. He’s also a journalist and gives me great feedback on my work. My studies are online which gives me the freedom to move when I want to. It also gives me the opportunity to pursue other goals at the same time.

I am so inspired by my studies that I have taken it one step further on my own initiative. I organised and conducted my first interview a few days ago. I am currently going through the material and will turn it into an article and share it with you as a blog post.

To be honest, I feel like I am walking into unknown territory now. I have no experience in any of this but it feels right. I am learning as I go and following my intuition. It tells me that there is something here for me.

While all this is going on in my life, I am also making plans to return to teaching. I miss it very much and spending too much time researching and writing at my desk is not good for me.

I miss teaching and interacting with my students. Before moving to Istanbul, I taught English in Prague for 6 years and now would like to continue teaching English but with a focus on exam prep.

Once my paperwork’s finalised it will be time to decide what next. Perhaps destiny will give me a series of other options to consider when the time comes. I don’t know.

For now, I want to dig deep where I am. I bring myself back to the present moment. There is so much I don’t know about Bratislava. I only tend to live here briefly and so much has changed in this little city.

I will relax into all this newness again and try to see it with fresh eyes. It’s definitely a different and slower way of life here and I look forward to sharing it with you. I hope that my stories and photographs will entice you to visit and to see Bratislava differently.

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5 comments on “A Change of Pace

  1. Change is always good. It expands our way of seeing and helps us grow. May your change of pace, of place bring you closer to where you want to be.

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