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Happy New Year 2023

My 2023 was anything but uneventful. We celebrated the 25th anniversary of finishing school and the 20th anniversary of graduating from the Moscow State University. It was also the 25th anniversary of my first print publication in a newspaper for the grown-ups.

I took part in many events, including conferences, networkings, public poetry recitals. I took several excursions to my favourite Moscow district, and I rode in a cable car!

I made many new friends and I haven’t lost any – the consequence of living the life on my terms and not conceding on my values because this or that person seems important. I am important, full stop.

I published my long story, a collection of sonnets, and a new edition of my English-language poetry collection.

And I had a plenty of walks, launched my own educational community, and started a Christmas Calendar on subscription.

I’m grateful to 2022 for putting many things right and forcing us to see the forest for the trees and to separate the wheat from the chaff. Russia has become bigger, and we as a nation have become stronger and more united.

I hope we all take lessons from 2022 and ensure that we navigate through 2023 with more confidence and faith.

Here’s to the New Year! S Novym Godom!

As per this blog’s tradition, some Soviet postcards.

Author: Julia Shuvalova

Julia Shuvalova is the author of Los Cuadernos de Julia blog. She is an author of several books, a translator, and a Foreign Languages tutor. She lives and works in Moscow, Russia.

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