Category Life

New Blog

This blog has been quiet for a while now for a very good reason – as my current interests have shifted away from my online education, I’ve created a brand new blog. Head over to Let the Journey Begin to read about bilingualism and raising kids in a multi-cultural environment with a little expat life, travel, and […]

Self-motivation: the challenge

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. /Zig Ziglar/ In one of my last posts I mentioned self-motivation among the five challenges of successful learning online. The ability to carry through that what you have started, and doing it without outside influence, is important in so many ways: […]

Learning to be lazy

Relaxation is bliss! Since I’m home I’ve been not only partying but I’ve also read more books and watched more movies than in the whole semester, my music collection is expanding and I’m even beginning to think of getting back to computer games. To use an old saying – I’m dreaming away my time, and surprising myself about […]

The Other Side

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” /D. Adams/ -> that’s my quote of the week! And what a week it was… 2 papers due, an exam, some work for my job and yes – having a life should be counted in as well. And I still can’t […]

Lost in translation?

For a little more than 3 weeks Latvian has moved to my ‘most spoken language’ Top 3rd place. 10-15 min on the phone with my mom is all Latvian I get to speak these days. The first two places on my Top are undoubtedly taken by English and German which compete for the Nr. 1 […]

Fitting my life in one suitcase

In the last two days I’ve started to sort out things for packing my bags and cleaning the rest of my stuff meanwhile. And while doing this I’m beginning to get more and more amazed: how will I manage to pack all that?! I am measuring all I have against one suitcase! Its one level […]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

We have a tradition for summer solstice: one has to stay up til dawn and watch the sunrise otherwise one will sleep the whole year. I celebrated midsummer by the sea and after 4 a.m. we went to the seaside, climbed up a small tower just above the treetops and sat there watching sun rise […]

New Year’s feeling half a year too late

At New Year’s Eve people are usually looking back to the year that has passed and they’re making resolutions for the next year. At the beginning of 2007 I didn’t have those feelings at all, I felt like in the middle or rather in the beginning of something. What endings?! Funnily that New Year feeling has struck […]

You live, you learn

It’s a nice saying – “you live, you learn” (Alanis Morisette even wrote a song about it). And learning doesn’t even have to be anything globally serious, there’s tons of small, often silly realizations I get from day to day. After all, a walk in the park can teach about as much as playing with fire, who cares […]

CISV spirit

It’s been a long time since I wrote something in this blog but I have a pretty good excuse – being very busy with a thing called CISV – Children International Summer Villages. Something I’ve been a part of for half of my life! And now I’ve spent a whole month in Denmark being a […]