I can’t believe that it’s been so long since I’ve anything to The Literature Empire.
Honestly, I’m not going to come up with any excuses – life just happened. But I feel ready to share some of my thoughts and my love for books in the online world again. Before I even share any of the articles I have planned for you, I thought it would be a good time to catch up and have a little chit-chat about what’s been happening.
So, here are the things that have happened in my life since we talked for the last time.
I Graduated With MA in Publishing
I don’t even remember what I was doing with my life when I wrote the last blog posts, so I thought we’ll take it from the beginning. Right in the middle of the pandemic, I graduated with MA in Publishing – and it’s really hard to believe that it was 3 years ago!
It was fun, and I’m really grateful for everything I learned. Even though I don’t work in publishing (sadly… but I still have some hope), it gave me a lot of knowledge and helped me to expand my skill set. Of course, with the pandemic making our lives complicated, many of our lectures were online, and our time on campus was limited.
Who knew that it would take more than 2 years for me to be able to go see my family in person again?
I Got a Job… And Then I Left
I thought that studying for my MA during the pandemic was difficult… Well, looking for a job at that time was even worse, and I truly wished at that moment that I had finished my education with a BA in Media and Communication instead. My mental health was awful, and my anxiety got stronger than ever. So, of course, I accepted the first job offer that came my way.
In my defence – I really thought that it was the job of my dreams. I joined a small agency as a copywriter and content creator. While it was all amazing at the beginning, I decided to quit after two months. I don’t consider myself a quitter – I work hard, always try to improve and want to grow.
But sometimes, you need to admit that you’re not in the right place.
Photography Took Over My Free Time
The pandemic was almost over, and I was looking for a job. Again. And, of course, it didn’t get any easier. Between all the CVs I’ve been sending, I had time to learn. I signed up for marketing courses with free certificates and tried my best to boost my resume. But I also started going for a walk every day, and that’s how I got more into photography.
I’m not a professional by any means. Yet, I find it incredibly calming to look at the world through the lens of my camera. You suddenly start to notice the smallest details around you. When you’re in nature, it becomes easier to notice all the little birds in the trees, butterflies flying from one flower to another or squirrels looking for food. You learn to find beauty in every blossom and always notice something you haven’t seen before.
In a sense, it’s become my form of therapy, and I’ll always be grateful for such a hobby.
Reading Has Become a Chore Rather Than Something I Enjoy
Readers who’ve been with me since I’ve been writing my blog in Czech would’ve noticed that I have become less active in the past few years – and the reason is simple. I stopped enjoying the reading. That sounds like a horror story, right? Honestly, I’ve been having a tough time with my mental health and stopped enjoying the things that have been bringing me the most joy before.
I’d like to think that I’ve left this in the past, and I’m close to being the kind of person I knew before I went to the uni. It’s been around 5 years now, and I finally feel really happy again. I also started to read more. Or should I say – I’m learning how to read again. Now I spend a few minutes with Pride and Prejudice every day.
Spoiler: That’s a series you might see here in the not-so-distant future.
Everything Crumbled, but I Picked Up the Pieces
The takeaway is… That I’m still looking for my way in life. But at the same time – isn’t that what everyone does? I’d like to think so. Life is full of changes and unexpected moments, but that’s what makes it so exciting. There are going to be many bad moments when you feel defeated. Then, there will be times when you feel so happy that you feel like your heart could burst with all the love and pride. I think that without the bad moments, we wouldn’t be able to appreciate the good ones as much. At least, that’s how it’s always been for me.
In the end, I managed to find another job. I’m currently a content writer, and I adore the variety of topics I get to work on every day. I also think that it helped me to become a much better writer. I’m still very much into photography, and if that ever turned into a career, I wouldn’t be mad at all. And I also keep learning. I’ve signed up for a copywriting course and want to get into coding.
I’m excited to keep learning and picking up new skills. What should I learn next?
What’s Coming to the Blog Next?
Now that we’ve caught up with everything that’s happened in my life, there’s only one question left. What’s coming to The Literature Empire next? The answer is relatively easy – more book reviews! And now that I’m on my way to learning how to read more again, I thought that I’d share my journey with you. I know many people who used to love reading, but as they grew older, they lost their passion for the hobby. And if that’s your help, I’m hoping that I’ll be of some help.
There could also be a surprise article. Those of you who’ve been around for quite some time might know that I adore Pride and Prejudice. Honestly, it’s one of the reasons why I moved to Derbyshire all those years ago. So, there might be a little photo diary from my birthday trip that took place yesterday. Honestly, I’m still speechless.
I hope you’re excited about the next part of this journey, just as much as I am. I can’t wait to meet more readers and dive into reading again.
And now that we’re at the end, I’d love to hear:
What’s the best book you’ve read recently?
I can’t wait to hear your answers!
3 thoughts on “We Need to Catch Up”
Great to see you back and sharing your latest updates, Eva! Congratulations on your MA in Publishing and finding a new job as a content writer. It’s inspiring to hear how you picked up photography as a hobby and found joy in it. Looking forward to your upcoming book reviews and surprise article. Keep up the fantastic work!
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I appreciate it.