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…