Aliyah 2 dot 0

Last month I visited home for the first time since making Aliyah in March. And now I’m back. Yeah, so now what? Well, I know one thing: whatever happens next, it has to be more than before. More? More what? More varied-rich-fulfilling-new-risky-complex…for starters. I mean that’s the whole point of building a life somewhere; it has to grow.

Fortunately, I’m not in Ulpan anymore. Suddenly I have mornings!!! This is going to help a lot, I think.  Already, I’ve gone out to clubs a few times, and gotten home at 4am. Two words for you – sleeping in.

My first six months here, I was scheduled to within an inch of my life. I’ve always been someone who needs a full plate, but studying Hebrew in an intensive Ulpan course (8am-1pm) and working full-time (2-9pm), plus 1-2 hours Hebrew homework a night, plus blogging, plus writing these columns, plus hitting the gym left almost no time for a social life. I was OK with this. I made a conscious choice to invest first in learning Hebrew. The social life can come later I said. But it’s a crucial element to making it in a new country. You can only backburner it for so long. And so I’m exploring this. Friends are setting me up, and I’m also meeting men online and in clubs; I’m suddenly doing a lot of dating. Call me Carrie Bradshaw. (Hmm, future column ideas?)

In my first six months here, I was fortunate to have made a few friends. It’s kinda nice now to have some time to, I dunno, see them? I mean, besides on Facebook. So, my dance card is filling up with breakfast, coffee and lunch dates. Table for two, please.

I’m also disciplining myself to sit in front of the computer and write 1-2 hours every morning at least three times a week. Write what? Well, these columns don’t write themselves, and I’ve also got my blog to feed. But the big news is I’ve decided both of those are training ground for the book I’m now writing – about how I made Aliyah in a span of five minutes. It means a lot of work for me, but I’ve got the time, I’ve got the drive, I’ve got the ego, so sign me up.

Time to hang out my shingle as a freelance writer, too. Maybe you’ll soon see columns from me in other publications. Maybe your business has a website, and you need better copy for it. Maybe there’s a Hebrew software manual just waiting for the Scotty Touch.

I’ve also decided it’s time to start a family. Of sorts. I’m going to rescue a dog from a shelter. I grew up with dogs my whole life, but never had my own to care for. But I work from home, plus I live right next to Park Hayarkon, so – why not? It’ll be good for at least one future column.

Israel has been wonderful to me so far. When I saw friends and family in the U.S. last month, I had a lot of joy and enthusiasm to share. But I’m not the type to be satisfied with more of the same. This has to be Chapter Two. I want to add a relationship, or career progress to the mix. C’mon, with my Hebrew already atrophying (no more Ulpan), I might as well have something to show for it.



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