The time after holidays is bound to be a crisis. You feel awkward about everything and start to rethink about your life and routine. You start looking at your life from a distance and try to bring your holidays to your daily life.

Not all crisis are bad, sometimes they are for the best. After doing some minor adjustments, I decided to make some changes in my daily life, so I do not feel down like the first weeks after my holidays.

The first was including new (and easy) food I tried on my daily routine. Instead of the average chocolate biscuit(s) I would have at midday, I now eat one big rice cake with hummus (so hipster, I know… but I enjoy it and finding out it’s a healthier choice than the many biscuits I would have in one day, it seems I am going the right way).

Second change in my persona was: BE MORE CREATIVE. Besides the novel I am currently writing (in which I take any moment off I can to write it), I also want to start taking (more) photos. With a friend, we’ve organized a photo outing for 2 weeks from now (taking advantage of the nicer weather in Santiago) which will be fun.

Third change: SURROUND YOURSELF WITH A CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT, and yes, you can create that environment. Listen to the music you really like, guilt free. Watch what you really want on TV. You can look for inspiration everywhere… even at things you really cannot stand (because they are great for plot twists on book).

You cannot change your life completely over night, but you can start with taking baby steps in order to achieve what you would really like.

Back from holidays…

This past month I was on holidays. I went back to the country I learned to love and practice its language, met new people, a new country and the most important thing… I grew up some more.

First part of the trip was the Tricity area in Poland: 3 different cities joined by a common geographical location. I will always remember my evenings filled with food, beer and old Polish films. And, yes, THAT night too. Then, I moved on to my second hometown: Kraków (not without mentioning the moment at the train in which I joined a conversation held mostly in Russian and Polish with people I’ll probably never see again). I stayed in a beautiful, old kamienica in the old Jewish district. So close to everything I feel close: cafés, bars, old buildings, graffiti/urban art, among other things. After that, my brother joined me for Warsaw, the city trapped between modernity and tradition, but not in a tacky way like in Santiago. Having dipped my toes into the sand in the city beach was one of the highlights. In the end, we went to Berlin: the vibrant city of Germany with its many, different districts.

All of these experiences made me took important decisions in my life: learn more Polish, cutting some problematic relationships in my life, focus on my closest goals in life and… going back to writing fiction. Yes, I am writing a novel. No, I cannot say many details about it in public, but it is making me happy for some time.