Looking back, it was 23rd June since I last posted on my blog. I was starting to think that I have just been very lazy and indifferent. The more I have reflected, the more I realise I have just been too busy!!!
Back in June I was just finishing my contract as a Physics teacher in Baku, Azerbaijan. I managed to break my laptop and so was using my school issue for everything. As we came to the end of term the school took away my laptop and I decided to buy a new one when I returned to Blighty – hence no posts.
And there we have it; back ‘home’ for the first time in years. Since 2007 I have taken teaching contracts in Qatar, Abu Dhabi, China, Kazakhstan, Gran Canaria, Morocco and finally Azerbaijan. During that time, I have also visited much of Europe, Thailand, Hong Kong, and America. Moving home meant starting again as I lost so much when I was divorced. So, car, new apartment, register with the authorities, catch up with old friends and family and get to watch Everton. Of course, coming back wasn’t easy. I needed PCR test before leaving Baku. Then 10 days isolation on return, which doesn’t really make sense to me. I had a negative test in Baku and a negative test when I got home, despite passing through airports in Baku, Kyiv, Amsterdam and Manchester (and lost my luggage). However, that is the way it is, so I went with it.
Those first 10 days I spent at my sister’s house, and I treated myself to a new laptop, Dungeons and Dragons, Necromunda and started building models from scratch. I watched lots of online videos including Erics Hobby Workshop and Wylochs Armory. I still refer to those sites for ideas.
I was also able to work in my sister’s garden. She bought a house which had been empty for a year and so the garden was a jungle! I loved it! There is something special about cutting back plants and getting your hands deep into the soil. Back to nature I suppose. Once out of isolation I was also asked to help an old friend in her garden too; so, I became a gardener!
Meanwhile I was searching for somewhere to live, and I found a great apartment on the Promenade in Southport, Merseyside. The view is fantastic across the Marine Lake and out to the Irish Sea. I am now looking to buy a place nearby as Southport is such a lovely place to live.
I decided not to return to full time teaching and so now only work part time as a Maths and Physics tutor. This has allowed me to catch up a lot on reading and writing. So, I am back to motivating myself with ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ and ‘Think and Grow Rich’. These books make you think about life and help to define ‘rich’ – it doesn’t always mean having lots of money! I have also started a course on Property Investment, and I am building my Thinkific site – any hints happily accepted.
As to writing! I published my first comedy novel 10 years ago and wrote the follow up a year later – I just never got round to finishing it! My plan is to publish ‘Trans-Uranic Elements: The Dark side of Uranus’ before Christmas – someone please hold me to account on this! Then in the New Year I will be working on the third in the series, plus a reflection on my time in Baku, where everything went wrong! I am sure someone cursed me! It was War and Pestilence, Crazy women, theft and hacking of my bank accounts!
Being home means I have time to chase up on previous investments that have not performed properly – I will write about that in a separate post.
Then there was an unexpected twist in life. A friend from Morocco came to UK to visit her sisters and so contacted me too. We met up and things have moved on! Let us say I expect to spend a lot of my future in Morocco.
I have written a lot in the past about Affiliate Marketing and so I am now building on some of those ideas. As a Maths teacher I was always frustrated at not being able to teach Financial Literacy and so I am now an affiliate for Kidpreneurs – check out the link. As my sites grow there will be more of this and again, any feedback is welcome.
So, I thought I was being lazy in not keeping up with my blog. It turns out I was just being busy!