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Helena Artmann has a bachelor degree in Communications with a vast experience in PR and the online world. Before moving to Canada in 2005, Helena published a variety of articles in Brazilian magazines and websites, mostly about travel, adventure, outdoor, gear, environment and her favourite activities, mountaineer and hot air ballooning. This is her website: http://artmanncommunications.com

What Am I Going To Do Next?

WritingSince Ricardo got sick, three and a half years ago, I started thinking about the future in a different way. My main question was ‘what am I going to do next?’, without a clear answer until very recently. I jumped between getting another degree, in Psychology, to work in the retail industry, but nothing resonates as much as writing.

A friend was surprised when I mentioned that I was going to attend a writing course. ‘Writing? Like writing books? Like famous writing?’, asked my friend. It sounds like a funny question when I realized this is what I do best but most of my friends in Canada know nothing about it. And I’ve been doing since I was a teenager, first experiencing with poetry, evolving to school assignments and letters to friends. Tons of them.

At the university, when I was getting my Communication’s degree (Journalism), it was probably a daily task specially during my trainee years, first in PR, then working on a local newspaper, on a sports’ agency and back to PR for many, many years. PR writing was not exactly what motivated me so I did reach some editors trying to sell my articles and learned a whole lot with them, mostly in Photography when I didn’t get published because of crappy photos to accompany a good story. I ended up being published – not once or twice, but many times, including a cover, complete articles with text and photos, and monthly columns in some of them.

All this in Brazil, in Portuguese, my mother tongue. In 2005, I moved to Canada and realized that my phone was going to be silent for a while. Accustomed to be known in the industry and have work offered to me on a monthly basis, I found myself in a new country, new language that I almost didn’t speak, and a whole new future that I had no idea what was going to bring. After almost nine years in Canada, I am ready for a challenge: work as a writer, using my second language for a change. And to flex my writing muscles, here I am, ready to write a blog post as often as I can and see where this will bring me.

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3 Comments on “What Am I Going To Do Next?”

  1. ericschaechter December 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Good luck! I’ll be reading eagerly, supporting you from afar, enjoying the wonderful person you are, if only through your writing. It’s about time we see each other again… it’s been too long… this month it’s going to be 15 years since we summited Aconcagua on Dec. 30th 1998…

  2. helenaartmann December 17, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Thanks, my dear friend! 15 years? Waaaay too long. We have to change this. Very soon. 😉


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