Trees

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A few months ago I sat next to a tree and leaned my back on its smooth bark. From the top of my head, down my spine, and into the ground a long, violent shiver traveled. Tears sprung out of my eyes and I shook uncontrollably. Then with all its might, I felt the tree behind me, its roots became … Read More

Journeying

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I have always been in love with the sea. This is probably largely related to the many summers I spent with my parents and extended family on a small island in the Croatian Adriatic. There was no electricity or running water on the island. We washed our hair in the sea and drank rainwater collected in a tank during the … Read More

You are a woman!

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Olives have been picked. Next stop: uljarnica! Uljarnica is an olive processing facility and in many of the Croatian Adriatic island villages it is the most prominent building in the village. During the olive picking and processing season uljarnica is the epicenter of village activity. Ever since it has opened its doors this season (and it has been open almost … Read More

Dialogue Between My Inner Writer and Me

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My Inner Writer to Me: I love you. You are an amazing being who can help me express myself. I have so much to say and I need you to say these things. I have no fear, no limit. I am the Goddess within you. You give me a body so I can experience bodily life. So I can cry, … Read More

Beginner’s Mind

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Today, the artist in me is on the fritz. Self-doubt is wriggling its ugly head. What am I thinking having a blog? Who am I kidding? What do I have to offer? I knew there were other blogs and other online material about getting off the hamster wheel of life, each one unique, each one offering precious nuggets of wisdom. … Read More

So You Are Unemployed, or What?

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You know how I quit my regular job and this time didn’t want to get another one lest that put me back on the hamster wheel? The kicker is that by putting myself out of the wheel and getting myself off the single career track, I’ve also placed myself outside of most recognizable boxes Croatian bureaucracy and a large part … Read More

Croatia the Beautiful

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Growing up I resented my home country. I thought that having been born in Croatia, the world saw me as an end-of-the-rope, pathetic, never-going-to-make-it-in-life loser. I felt sorry for myself. I felt angry. Why couldn’t I have been born with a passport that meant something in this world? I left Croatia wanting to never go back. Ironically though, it seems … Read More

Snake Dreams

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Last October I dreamed about a snake. It wasn’t just an ordinary snake. It was a sly snake carrying a message. She bit me on my index finger. I jumped in surprise and grew angry. How dares she bite me? She made camp on my parents’ balcony and feasted on leftover food my parents kept there. She seemed to enjoy … Read More

Best, Tough Decisions

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I honestly cannot remember when I’ve made the decision to quit my job. It was a process, of course, and one that went on for some time. Like everyone else I weighted my options. I wanted to know for sure what the future would bring. How would I live? Where would my income come from? What would all this mean … Read More

The Hamster Wheel of Life

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I have been writing for years, but never actually thought I have something to say that people may want to read about. How could I follow in the footsteps of one Julie Powell, the blogger featured in the movie Julie & Julia, or any other writer for that matter? But then something happened. Not that all of a sudden I … Read More