Long story short…
This is probably fourth blog I’m starting in my life. For some reason, blogs I run consequently seem to match phases of my life. And I have clearly just entered a new, exciting one.
For those, who don’t know me, let me make a brief (or not) introduction.
My name is Justyna. I’m a Pole living in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. I came here in July 2015 as a result of a trip I had taken 3 months earlier. Believe me, once you visit Uganda, you’ll never want to leave… At least that’s what I thought some time back. Recently, I’ve been having episodes of missing Europe a bit more than before.
Anyways, back in 2015, I had filled in my backpack with couple of t-shirts, trousers and a camera, and set off on an adventure which lasts until now. It has only became a bit more mundane than it used to be. Clearly full-time backpacking can’t be compared to 9-6 office life which at some point took over my life.
And I love backpacking. It frees my soul. Looking back in time, I had taken dozens of unforgettable trips. From solo hitchhiking in the Middle East, to weekend trips to European metropolis, to being adventurous in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, to “hangover trips” to Jinja which we took with my husband before Chloe was born.
“Wait. Who’s Chloe?“, you may ask.
Well, I’m a mom now. We’ve been having this Little Monkey in our lives for 6 months now. And that’s where this whole new phase of my life has started.
Me, once active, doing sports on a regular basis, a volleyball player, positive traveler, sporty and fit, realizes something is not right. For weeks, I had been feeling blue, moody, started gaining weight regardless of being active. I had no motivation to work, write the blog or go out. Uganda stopped being fun as it once used to be. I’ve been hearing: “It’s normal, you’ve just had a baby“. But it wasn’t normal to me, though. That’s when I decided to go for a check-up. I didn’t want to feel that way anymore.
It took one blood test and 12 hours to find out there was a reason I had been feeling that way. My thyroid decided to just stop working properly and developed a condition called postpartum thyroiditis. I know what you’re thinking, but no worries – I have no idea how to pronounce it, too.
Taking into consideration it affects only 5% of women, I must’ve been really “lucky”.
My first thought was: “Fuck. What do I do now?“. I imagined myself taking tones of tablets and medications, growing bigger and bigger, and being constantly unhappy. My second thought was a bit more positive, though. At least I knew what was wrong with me already. Instead of staying worried, I decided to make changes to my life – change the way I’m eating, sleep better, come back to regular, high-intensity workouts.
This blog is a space for me to stay sane. I’ve always been the one expressing my thoughts loudly. Some even say too loudly 🙂
As I said in the beginning, all my blogs seemed to have matched a specific phase of my life. And so does this one.
So, welcome. I hope you’ll stop by to say hi once in a while!