If you have been wondering where I suddenly disappeared to after posting my last piece, then wonder no more. I´d like to reassure my readers, some of whom have kindly been leaving me messages during my rather lengthy departure, that I´m still alive and that, more importantly, I´m back. This time for the long haul.
That said, I feel it´s only fitting that I fill all you lovely readers in on what I´ve been up to the past few months. I smile to myself as I type the words “few months”, realising that next month marks my year long absence. Once the dedicated little blogger, accustomed to posting once, maybe twice a week, I became quite disloyal to my followers, I hope you do forgive me.
Right, time to get the ball rolling and answer that big burning question: why has my absence been so lengthy? I won´t bore you with all the details, just introduce you to the wonderful new journey I have found myself on.
As you might remember, if you can cast your minds back to almost a year ago, I was living and working in Córdoba. An idyllic city that managed to steal my heart from the very moment I stepped foot on it´s narrow, little streets and, if I´m honest, still hasn´t given it back to me!
Well, brace yourselves. I know this will be hard to believe, considering how much I raved about Córdoba, but I no longer live in the dreamy city I grew to call my home. I made a tough decision in May of last year. After a rather gruelling period of weighing the pros and the cons of living in Córdoba. I did it, I made the decision. I decided to move nearer to my family in the Valencian region. After a difficult year I decided that being near my loved ones would be the best move for me, even if it meant leaving a part of me behind.
So I did it; packed up my things, handed in my notice and started applying for jobs. Such a daunting experience. I had become so comfortable in my surroundings, both in work and my social life, that the sheer thought of change terrified me. However, I stayed strong, did what had to be done and, guess what, I´m still here to tell the tale!
Some very wise people, who these people are I will never know, have said that a change is as good as a holiday. And, while it hasn´t all been a bed of roses, I´m inclined to agree with them. Change brings up so many experiences and emotions that you never knew you could have, and they´re not always positive.
Having made a huge move before, when I left my beautiful home country to come to Spain, I thought that I had it down. I naively thought that all it involved was moving my mass of possessions from one part of the country to the other. Oh, how foolish of me.
Instead of being filled with hope and anticipation, like I had experienced in my last move, I was filled with a mixture of fear, uncertainty and apprehension. I was leaving behind a life that I absolutely loved and diving into the unknown without the ability to swim-terrifying. However, this time I knew that, unlike the last time, I had my loved ones around me to mop up the puddles of tears and kick my ass into gear when it needed to be.
That said, I´ve finally started to raise my head above the water again. After what seemed like an eternity, but in reality was only a mere three months, I´m settled. The puddles of tears have dissipated, the fear has subsided, the uncertainty – gone. In its place, thank god, lies a new love, going by the name of Murcia, and a new found hope and happiness. At last, I´ve come out the other side and, you know what, it might even be better than the life I have left behind.
So, that´s it. That´s all I have to offer you as an introduction to what comes next.
You may be wondering, what exactly have I achieved since my last post, apart from bettering the economy with the amount of tissues I needed to mop up the tears. Well, that´s easy: happiness, peace and hope.
I left behind a city I loved, friends who supported me through the toughest time in my life, a job I loved and security but I´ve gained so much since. I´ve gained a new found love for yoga, a passion for photography that I always knew was there but never gave myself the time to pursue, a wonderful new job and a bunch of great colleagues to go along with it, love and support from my family, some new friends, new activities and adventures and lots of visits and Skype chats with my friends.
Córdoba will always have a strong hold on my heart. The beauty of the city, the amazing adventures I had and the fantastic friends I made and miss terribly. However, now I´m ready to let go of my feelings for it ever so slightly to make room for the new adventures I´m about to embark on.
Where does that leave my blog? Well, I´m excited to be back writing again. It´s amazing how much you miss writing when you have to take a break from it. I´m filled with a new found enthusiasm for my blog again. I also have a lot of exciting adventures coming up which I can´t wait to share with you all. So, for now, to give myself a chance to get back into the swing of things, learn how to write again and all that jazz, I will only be posting once a week.
I want to thank you for your continued support and understanding during my absence. I look forward to sharing my journey with you and to reading about yours.
Thank you for reading and I will talk to you in my next post.
11 thoughts on “Time to make my return to the world of writing”
I am with you! Lovely post! Welcome back! I hope you settle down soon, Oh! I would love to visit Spain! Take care! Hugs!
Thank you so much, it feels good to be back! I hope you get to visit Spain some day, it might be a good place to kick start that photo hobby! 🙂 Looking forward to reading your next post! Lots of well wishes and hugs!
My 28 year-old daughter, a career dancer, made the move home a year ago after living in the southeastern U.S. for more than a decade pursuing her passion. The change has been wonderful, albeit a bit apprehensive for her as she attempts to re-establish herself on a different path. She’s moving out of the ballet world into the contemporary world. Having my husband and me to rely upon mentally, emotionally, and financially as she auditions and continues to train makes the transition less anxious. Life forces us to change. It’s easier if we learn to roll with it. Not easy, but more exciting if we embrace it. Best wishes to you as you move forward… 🙂
Thank you so much for your well wishes. Family support means the world, just knowing that there is someone there you can rely on is priceless. Thank you so much for your words of wisdom and I wish you daughter much health, joy and happiness as she embarks on her journey to re-establish herself. Best wishes, Giana 🙂
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You are such an eloquent and beautiful writer! I am so impressed. I cannot wait to get off of work and read your writings. You are so talented.
I am at a tough spot in my life of trying to find a passion, hobby or something of sincere interest. I still have 2 of 3 children at home, work full time and am a single mother. I am just a bag of knots and I don’t like feeling as if I’m spread so so thin – that there’s nothing for me. I don’t mean to sound like a downer. I do find much joy in my children but am in need of some sort of identity! I suppose that that is what I am in search of- and unfortunately, when I don’t get the “likes” (amount) on Instagram it kills me- which means maybe I’m in need of an ego boost. Haha I am too scared to start a blog because I have nowhere near the writing skills that you possess!
Giana, I do find your photos very inspiring, uplifting and adventurous!
So I thank you so much for that and your kind and encouraging words.
First off I would like to thank you so much for your lovely feedback about my blog, it´s so nice to hear such positive words said.
Secondly, I think everyone goes through an identity crisis at some point in their lives. You get trapped, you know that there is more to you and your life than what you´re experiencing at that moment in time. However, I´m aware that hearing this doesn´t make going through it any easier or any more comforting.
Thirdly, never be scared to start something you feel you would enjoy. Life is not about comparing yourself to other people. You are talented and you have something unique to offer. I´m a firm believer that if someone else out there is doing it then you can do it also.
If you would like to start a blog then don´t let fear stop you. Blogging is something you should do for you. The sooner you start believing in yourself and your capabilities the better.
From the comment you just posted it´s clear that you possess a talent for writing. Write what you believe in and the rest will fall into place.
If you do start a blog, which I feel you should, then I´ll be there to follow you.
Good to see you back, Giana. Things have a way of working out for the best. I’m so happy for you that you’ve found a new love who brings such joy and peace to your heart. 🙂
Thanks so much Sylvia! Hope you’ve had a fantastic day:)
Such a great post! So sorry it’s taken me so long to read it! Love the new look and feel of your blog and your style of writing has matured too, what a lovely read! Keep smiling! xx
Thanks so much, Carly! Delighted you like the new look, I spent days debating the change. In the end, I just went for it! Felt right: new beginning, new settling. xx