Breaking the blog-silence

And before I realized it, another week had gone by without blogging.

I keep postponing, I don’t know why, not because I don’t want to blog or because I don’t have anything to say, but just because….I really don’t know. Lack of focus, self-discipline, spending too much time at the computer anyway, I don’t know. I don’t really have a good excuse.

Anyway, this past week flew by. I started working in a new schedule. Instead of working 5 days of 6 hours, I started working 3 days of 9 and one of 3 hours. The other one and a half day I’ll be either working at the office of CDCS (Center for the Development of Civil Society), the organization where I work as a volunteer, or at home. Besides, there are my students Dutch as well. We’ll see how this schedule works. The reasons why I decided to change it this way, are that I do not want to go to the office every day and because I want to be able to work on my things for CDCS (website administrator, translating and project management) in a more structural way, as that work is what I want to do, it’s what I really like doing. The work at the office most definitely is not. I hope I will be able to keep my sanity this way and I hope this way I’ll be a bit more productive outside the office. Because that’s really where I want to shine and to be productive. 😉

So, the seminar in Tsaghkadzor. It was great: very interesting, I learned a lot and I met some very interesting and inspiring people. The seminar was organized by the Ecumenical Network for Youth Action (ENYA), an NGO from Prague, and hosted by CDCS (yes, there is a website, but it will undergo major ‘remont’ in the next weeks, so I’ll point you to it at a later time). The topic was violence against young women and strategies of overcoming it. The participants were young women from Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine and the Czech Republic, aged between 19 and 32. It was very interesting to hear their views on things. Part of the training sessions were more general on project management and grant proposal writing, which was very useful as well.

Besides the training sessions, I was one of the two responsible for writing the final report so I had some extra work to do, but the week felt like a vacation for me, both physically and mentally. I was absolutely thrilled to get away from Yerevan and from work for a week, but this seminar also gave me a kick in the behind when I realized how much this is the kind of work I want to do, this is the kind of topic that really interests me. Not what I am doing at the office, which leaves an enormous amount of my skills and capabilities and of my brain unused. I have been very aware of that, but I needed to be reminded of that again. That’s what laziness does to a person… I came home with a lot of fresh energy.

Otherwise, the week was mostly non-eventful. Too much work at the office, a new student Dutch (who is a friend of one of the participants of the seminar), some short nights.

This morning I had a big argument with my landlady resulting in me moving out at the end of August. Of course, it started out over something tiny, but that grew big until we were literally shouting at each other. I got so angry at her, that after she left I was shaking and that has happened to me only once or twice in my life. I got my little bit of revenge, though, as I made her drag a folding bed (and a rather heavy one at that) back to her own apartment even though she wanted it to stay in mine. The folding bed (though not the question whether it should be in my or in her apartment) was what caused the argument in the first place. So sorry, I don’t have any room for guests anymore, not until I move to a new place…

11 thoughts on “Breaking the blog-silence

  1. Lots of work to do here for (young) women as well. Another interesting fact: This week the Turkish government send an alert letter to all the governors in Turkey for rising violence against minority groups…read the 1% Armenians, Christians, Jews, Syrian Orthodox…
    Good to see that you are productive, I was lazy due to a heatwave…

  2. Is that because of rising violence against minorities in general or is it a warning because for whatever reason it is expected to temporarily rise? I guess I didn’t express myself very clearly, but I hope you get what I mean.

    By the way, I thought Turkey didn’t have minorities, only Turks? 😛

    As for the productivity: that went drastically down this weekend! I had a few things I wanted to do or finish, but didn’t manage to. Well, I did want to write a blogpost, so that I managed! And I read quit a bit, which is always good and I hadn’t had much time or energy for that over the week. Maybe I am just too demanding on myself sometimes.

  3. By the way, are minorities really only 1% of Turkey’s population? I always though it was more. But then again, Turkey is not a small country so 1% of Turkey’s population is still something.

  4. The Greeks and Turkish consider by the Lausanna treaty only Jews, Armenians and each other (Muslems and Greek Ortodox as minorities)
    For example: Christian assyrians ae not a minority.
    And with the Turkeyfing of the Kurds, Kurds are not consider as a minority.
    Here are the figures: Armenians (70.000) Jew (30.000) Greek Ortodox (20.000) Christians (10.000)…not more than 150.000 on a population of 75 million.
    Main targets are Armenians, Greek Ortodoxs and Christians. Jews are living peacefully here.

  5. If you consider Kurds as minority, yes, I would think so….
    Saw lately a map of Koerdistan, and it overlapped a small part of Armenia and both are claiming land in East Turkey…interesting or not..)))

  6. Thank you, Hans, for your clarification. Though I am not sure I agree with who do and who don’t fall into the category of minority.

    Kurds or Yezidis are a relatively large minority in Armenia (that is, I think they are the largest minority in a country that is over 95% homogeneously Armenian). Onnik at One World has written extensively on the Kurds/Yezidis of Armenia.

  7. Myrthe, I do see Kurds as a ethnic minority. But I dont see PKK as their representatives. They are simple terrorists.

  8. Wow, your work life sounds so fascinating and rich.

    Too bad about having to find a new apartment. It’s so hard when random stress just pops up out of the blue like that. And I know that feeling of being so angry you’re shaking, though I too have only felt it a few times.

  9. Dewey, that’s only part of my worklife. The interesting part, that is. I work part-time at this NGO and part-time at an IT-company, where I am working waaaaayyyyy under my level of education and where I am using an incredibly unsatisfyingly small part of my skills and capabalities. But that job is what pays the bills at the moment…. 😉

  10. Is it your work at the CDCS that you like the most? What exactly do you do there? Is there a way to make this work pay the bills?
    Thanks for boosting my spirits today.

  11. Yes, the work at CDCS is what I like much more than the other job, because at CDCS I use my skills towards something that I stand for and I am learning a lot there. Besides, I met some really interesting people through CDCS. Actually, hopefully when things work out, that might turn into a paid job (part-time almost for sure, but it’s a start).

    As for lifting your spirits today, Margaret: you are very welcome! 🙂

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