Hello there. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I don’t think I’ve blogged here in about a month. The past few weeks have been really stressful, but they’ve also been pretty exciting. Some big changes have happened in my life, and I feel like I owe you an explanation for my absence. So here’s what I’ve been up to:
Launching a channel:
Back in January, the company I worked for at the time was sold to news network Al Jazeera in the hopes of bringing their unbiased and in-depth brand of journalism to the U.S. We quickly got to work on building the news channel Al Jazeera America and embarked on a journey that would take several months of hard work. The process was always thrilling and often grueling, taking up most of my time and energy. We just launched the channel on August 20th, so the stressful pre-launch days are over.
Getting in shape:
I’m the first to admit that I don’t have an athletic bone in my body. I’m clumsy and uncoordinated and have stupidly hurt myself with objects as harmless as knitting needles (it makes for fun stories, trust me.) But something I’d been meaning to do was get my body in shape. And when a friend mentioned a 5k run he wanted to do, I figured it was as good a time as any to get fit. So I worked with a personal trainer at a local gym to become a better runner and tone up my muscles in time for the big race. Amanda created a personalized workout and diet regimen, and she helped me adjust to a healthier lifestyle. She’d never worked with someone with a limb difference before, but she was up for the challenge and adapted many of the exercises so that I was able to train both arms equally. My arms became toned and my legs grew strong under her guidance, and I continue to work out all my frustrations on the treadmill. I could barely run for 30 seconds when I met her, but now I’m running two miles at a time without resting.
Furnishing my new apartment:
After 21 years of living at home with my parents, I made the decision to move out on my own. This is not something that is typically done in my traditional, conservative Cuban family. (My parents still think a woman should move out of her childhood home only after she gets married.) So I’m something of a trailblazer in that sense. Let me be clear here: it’s not like I’m moving across the country. My new place is literally five blocks from my old house. But my newfound independence is exciting nonetheless. I’ve even discovered a passion for cooking, particularly baking, that I never knew I had before.
Spending time with my boyfriend:
I don’t think I’ve introduced you to him yet. Blog friends, meet my boyfriend Daniel. We’ve been dating since May, although we didn’t see much of each other in that time. Daniel’s from Norway and spent the summer working there before moving back to the U.S. for school. He got back last week, so we’ve been hanging out a lot since then. He’s a pretty cool guy, I have to say.
So yes, that’s what’s been happening in my life lately. But now that I have some more free time post-launch, I promise I won’t neglect this blog the way I have recently. I’m going to write and write and write much more often. That’s a promise.