I read “The Brazen Careerist” by Penelope Trunk. It’s a blog on career advice. I’m sure I came across it looking for career advice on Yahoo! Careers — if not for me — then definitely for the Ukrainian (not because he can’t manage his own career, but because changing and advancing a career in a foreign country is really, really hard). Rarely do I agree with Penelope’s advice, but I keep reading.
Because of her drama. Her divorce. Her interaction with her younger business partner. Etc. Apparently, she knows this as she notes in today’s blog post:
She also acknowledges how hard it is to write when you have so much stuff going on.
So today, I wrote. And I’m going to try to write more. And post pictures. I will try my best to keep it about learning Russian (language and culture) and Ukrainian (culture only) and all the fun California things we do, but I am hoping to somehow document the beginings of my nascent marriage. I don’t want the writings to be full of drama. I don’t want to turn into Julia Allison.
But I do want to explore the expectations, challenges and rewards of marriage — intercultural and not. None of them are what I was expecting at all. And we’ve been married for such a short time, god knows what the future will bring and how we as husband-and-wife: Team Z! (to be a bit cheesy) will respond.