All posts filed under: Polish Gal in London

The Advice I Would Give to My Younger Self

Recently, I met a young photographer who asked me what advice I would give her now that could help her career. So I have decided to tell her, very honestly, what I would have done differently about my career knowing what I know now: 1. You don’t need to know everything; nobody does. Not knowing answers to all questions is ok. You will learn, keep on learning about yourself and your job for years to come and no one expects you to know everything. It is impossible. 2. Remember that everyone’s path is different so don’t compare too much yourself to others. 3. Don’t waste years trying to please other people, especially those you think you are competing with. 4. Don’t feel ashamed of your work. Take pride in your work and projects you managed to complete. Remember that most people don’t even begin any projects, not to mention finishing them. 5. Don’t the ashamed of doing something else than working in your chosen profession for a while. If others make you feel guilty about …

“Submersion” the Water Tank Escape.

Dave got in touch with me after I wrote a blog about Woolwich, where I currently live with my family (If you have not read it yet, this is the link.). We met locally one Saturday afternoon to chat about life, careers, Dave’s street performing and the fact that his water tank escape he does is a dying art and only a handful of people perform similar acts around the world. From that chat, we decided that since Dave together with his team are preparing an exciting new show that is on in September in Greenwich for everyone to come and enjoy for free as part of Totally Thames 2018, we should put something together to let the local community and Londoners know about Submersion. Dave Diamond works as an accountant in London Bridge. But at weekends he is an escapologist, performing on the streets of London, you can usually find him along the banks of the Thames or in Covent Garden. He also performs a show whereby he is locked in a tank of …

Storytelling Lives in Our Bodies

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about storytelling and the different ways we tell and communicate our stories with the world. We live in super exciting times and can tell stories in many different ways using the variety of tools. The beauty of storytelling is that every one of us may tell the same story differently, adding personal spin and personal touch to every spoke, written or visual word. I wanted to tell stories and to travel since I was seven. I even packed up my small travelling bag (a plastic, colourful bag, which I treasured dearly since communist Poland didn’t have many of those); I took a notebook, a pencil, and a passport, which I made for myself on my imaginary travels. Already back then I knew I was going to aim for a minimalistic lifestyle. As a child, I didn’t really know that I longed for the freedom to do whatever I wanted to do and whenever I wanted to do it and associated travelling and writing with freedom, which we didn’t have …

After 6 Months of Homeschooling, I Know That…

1. Little M. made massive progress with his reading and writing. At the beginning of the year his reading age was five and now, after 6 months, it is seven. That is a huge improvement for a boy who felt stupid at school because he was falling behind and was let down by the people who were supposed to look after him at school. 2. In Little M.’s case, shorter lessons are the key to successful learning. He cannot focus for longer than 20 and 25 minutes without having a little break. 3. If you give him the right tools to work with, he can learn fast. 4. Individual attention is a Godsend for dyslexic kids like him. 5. Using online recourses for teaching is fantastic, especially for children with weak or non-existing phonic awareness. 6. Objectives and plans must be modified, especially when something you do with your child is not working. We started our homeschooling journey using one program for homeschoolers but after realising it had very little what we needed at the …

London, My Love Story, I ❤️ Woolwich

I’ve decided that my London, Love Story should start with Woolwich. Woolwich is the place where I live now with my family, and it is fantastic, regardless of what some people may say. We moved here in 2016 after an extensive and emotionally draining journey called “hunting for a place to buy”. Buying a property in the UK is an exercise in persistence, goodwill and sheer determination. It takes ages; the sellers can change their mind any time and walk away even on a day of exchange.  Most properties are chain connected, which means that if someone along the chain fails to complete you are fucked and out of thousands of pounds spend on your lawyer’s fees, which you will never see again. After months and months of searching high and low, (it is not easy to find a right size property in London) we finally exchanged on our third property (two previous ones fell through). But by some mysterious miracle we ended up in Woolwich with our own parking space (so grateful), quiet neighbours …