I have been tiptoeing around this blog of mine for far too long and one of the main reasons being is my laptop broke in the Azores. Having something break so far away from everything can take ages to be replaced or repaired! (The lesson: Drop your valuables at home before heading to the festa).
I finally got a new laptop, but after not writing for quite a period of time, it felt as if I have completely forgotten who I write for, what I love to write about and why I actually write. Anyway, after wallowing in self-doubt I decided that here I write for myself because I love writing and I write about anything I want to write about! That is the short end of my writers block story.
Up until today, I have been reaching out to other online platforms to do some freelance writing for them, it has actually been working out really well and I have some exciting opportunities coming up!
Apart from not writing, the past few months have been like a big baking bowl filled with chocolate chips and some unwelcome raisins added to the mix (If you know me, you will know that I despise the existence of raisins).
If I think about everything in retrospect I just want to have a big fat belly laugh it at all! Below is a summary of the happenings in the past few months:
We went to South Africa:
After almost a year away from my home country, we got the opportunity to go and visit Cape Town right before the Pico season. It was a jam-packed two and a half weeks of seeing family and catching up with friends! In between all of the “Braai’s” and moving around we finally got to do our SSI Freediving level 2 course with Sophia at Shark Explorers, it was a huge mental turning point for me and I will forever be grateful for it!
A wild Azorean season:
Pico Island, in the Azores, welcomed us back with old friends, new-found friends, and moody weather conditions. We rented our own house and it was heaven! The dive season kicked off and the weather gave us a knocking or five, but we still managed to send the divers home smiling! I have been diving non-stop since January, and some kind of bacteria must have decided to tag along somewhere on my salty adventures…midseason I got an ear infection and throughout the season it would just leave and come back. Appreciate your ears people! It was a mental and physical killer and I do not wish it upon anybody. Apart from things breaking left and right and losing a pair of fins to the Atlantic ocean in the mix, I still became so attached to the warm Azorean people and their simple culture. I am looking forward to returning in April! Oh, and we made it through hurricane Lorenzo!
Adulting in The Netherlands:
As Pico island became quieter and tired of tourists, it was time for us to head back to civilization and take care of a few things. After getting used to the normal order of life, it was time to find some non-diving related work. I saw it as an opportunity for my ears to heal properly. Being in The Netherlands and spending more time here than I ever have before, I really got pushed back into writing, finding some great freelancing opportunities and preparing for some great diving coming up!
I have two weeks left here in Holland and then it will be time for me to head back to South Africa to catch up with family and friends for a while! This will be the first solo trip for me after two and a half years of traveling with Marty.
I will be chopping and changing a few things on here in the meantime and there is some pretty exciting stuff to come!
I came rather close to the point of closing this account, but thanks to an extremely supportive husband who believes in me during the most impossible times, I have decided that I will keep at it here!