Surprise unleashed: for some of you this may not come as a huge shock - but yes, I am heading back to my backyard!
First off, I have a long spill ahead so my prior apologies. Secondly, this jumble screen print you see above is the sole reason I am returning to Istanbul. They are the masterminds behind notonlyistanbul.com, a too-cool-for-school, completely innovative video guide to urban living and breathing in Istanbul. From the people, for the people and those Istanbul lovers abroad. Cue Yeliz ;)
About mid-March this year, after my return I become obsessed with the content of this site, it became my screen homepage and my constant connection to the city I fell back in love with over the new year. Their vision was so true to my editorial preferences and passions. It was like I was seeing refelctions of my imagination. My fave video at the time was this trip-around-istanbul-interview with Elle Turkey fashion editor, Seda Yilmaz!
I wasn't in the best head-space after my return, but it was after I read an article in a Turkish newspaper about the two lovely-lady founders of this website that I figured I had nothing to lose but let them know I loved, believed and wanted to be part of their work.
Since then I have been corresponding and maintaining the site's social media platforms and all the photographs we have sent in from locals following our daily themes.
It has been a struggle-and-a-half, the time difference, crazy circumstances, late nights, exams, uni, and lately no internet and finally now, no macbook - yes, that baby broke last Thursday night, I'm so technology-vain but I feel like i've lost a sibling. All my work was about this laptop. Please pray that Mr Mac's memory can be recovered, I've had family on the data-recovery case since the accident.
But to end this note, I feel sick with anticipation over the unexpected future, I am so freaking blessed and the feeling is nerve-pinching too-damn-good-to-be-true. I want to slap my self. And I have been, and will continue so until I rediscover the truth about what I'm really planning to do with my life. This somehow seems like the right place to start.
So it all starts Saturday. Yes - I fly out this Saturday, and for three months.
Bless all your little socks for your sweet comments and support!
I'm hoping I can update on here as much as possible, can't wait to share my crazy obsession with you all once again!
ps. Follow what I'm getting up to on the site - in both English & Turkish - through notonly's twitter & facebook pages :))