New Beginnings


Today I am venturing into the unknown with my first blog!  I’ve been thinking about it for some time.  It’s actually quite scary, but I’ve finally decided to take the plunge.  It’s now or never!

I’ve decided to do it now as my life has taken a new direction, so it just seems like the right time to do it; a new start, new ideas and a new adventure!  Whether I will manage to keep up with it remains to be seen…

After teaching EFL (English as a Foreign Language) to Emiratis in Abu Dhabi, my husband and I have recently returned to our adopted home in the Andalucian mountains.  Yes, it’s a bit cooler here, but I find the fresh mountain air extremely invigorating!

We returned to Spain with plans…a long list of them!  Top of the list is to finish renovating our old Spanish farmhouse, which we started around five years ago.  There is still rather a lot to do, but we’re looking forward to accomplishing it together and making the place our own personal paradise!

We live in a very rural area surrounded by craggy hills and mountains, small holdings, almond trees (which are in blossom right now, and look and smell gorgeous), and lots of goats and dogs!  It makes for very relaxed living…but not much employment.  So, next on our list of plans are ways to make a living!  As our expertise lies in ELT (English language teaching), we will, of course, focus on that as a means to earn a crust.  More on that later…

I am also completing a proofreading course with The Publishing Training Centre (  Odd though it may sound, I thoroughly enjoy scrutinizing a text in the search for errors.  Time really does fly by!  Once I finish the course, I hope to set up as a freelance proofreader…the tranquillity around here is perfect for it.

And so I come to the end of my first blog!  Short but sweet, I hope.  In the future, I will attempt to post what I hope will be useful or interesting (hopefully both) nuggets on English teaching, setting up as a freelance, and life in Andalucía.

Feel free to comment.  In fact, I welcome it, but please be kind.  Remember, I’m a newbie!

And, many thanks to Liz at  for arming me with the basics necessary to start my blog! Thanks,  Liz!




©Natalie Murray, 2014. Copying strictly prohibited. Extracts and links may be used only with full and clear credit given to Natalie Murray/English in Andalucía with appropriate links to the source material.

4 thoughts on “New Beginnings

  1. Congratulations on your first blog post, and I’m so glad that my how-to posts have helped to give you the confidence to get blogging! Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog letting me know that, too – it’s what I write the my blog for and I love receiving feedback. So best of luck with your new blog and your new life!

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  2. Well done, Natalie – you’ve done the hardest thing – your FIRST blog post! It’s all downhill from here 🙂

    If I can help you with anything, just give me a shout.


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