GreenJoy means seeking happiness in a way that works in harmony with nature. It’s about minimising the amount of crap you buy, own and throw away, while maximising the positive things in your life. It’s about loving yourself and others around you instead of fixating on your ego or trying to make money. Living for experiences, not things, and experiencing the world by seeking authentic experiences instead of falling for pre-packaged tourist traps. Living with respect for others and for the earth, treading lightly and being conscious about the impact you have on the world.
This started as a travel blog, but I also love healthy recipes, permaculture, the environment, positive psychology and the odd political rant, so hopefully they will find their way into here, too.
I’m Gwynnie, and I’m originally from North Wales. I studied Psychology at the University of Manchester and graduated in July 2009, then ended up in Hamamatsu, Japan from March 2010 until July 2011, teaching English to children and adults; an experience which I found amazing and life-changing.
You can visit my still-active Japan blog at http://gwynniegoesjapan.blogspot.com !
In August 2011, I moved to Prague, Czech Republic. For four weeks, I took the challenging 4-week TEFL course at TEFL Worldwide Prague, a qualification that massively boosts anyone’s chances of finding a job as an English teacher in Europe (and not just the piece of paper – it’s given me a lot more confidence and a bunch of skills I didn’t have before). I spent two years in Prague teaching English in the mornings, and observing/giving feedback at TEFL Worldwide in the afternoons.
I am also a qualified Life Coach, meaning that you can come to me if you need direction in life, want to shake things up and make changes, or just want to feel more alive… the blog for that is www.greenjoyliving.com ! I have a huge emphasis on spending time in nature, making authentic connections with people, being mindful and forgiving with yourself, and eating natural food (that’s still healthy and exciting).
In June 2013, I went to the UK to do my Masters course in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of East London, while living in Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare town) and then Birmingham. In October 2015, I relocated again – to Cluj-Napoca, Romania, but after 9 months there I found myself back in Prague again…
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Hello! My name is Christine. I found your blog about a month ago and I think it’s great! I’m taking the TEFL worldwide course in Prague starting November 19th. I have some questions that I would love to email you about if you wouldn’t mind. Hope to hear from you soon!
Dear Gwynnie, could you please write me your email. Kindest regards Elishka
Good for you, my son has just graduated with psychology- looks like going to czech R might be a good option for him! good luck in all you do.
I remember reading your blog with anticipation before I came out to the Czech Republic myself.
That was six months ago now and I would like to say a big thank you for the inspiration! I definitely made the right move. As a thank you, and because I think the blog is great ( favourites: 33 Things I Have Learnt from Prague, Dreary Dresden, Cheap Eats Prague and Tabor Beer Festival), I would like to nominate you for a Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.
To accept the award, please go to: http://centralstationblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/central-station-annoucement-sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/
By the way, I am an English teacher in dear Tabor!
great blog. I really laughed while reading your latest post about Czechs. Actually, we are looking for a native speaker living in Prague who could help us with English in our speed reading online app http://legentas.com (here in Czech better known as Rozečti.se). Would you be interested in working for us a few hours a week/month?
Don’t get it, why is it “a fellow English teacher WHO I met in Japan. ” you are reffering to object, not subject of the phrase. You would say I met him, not I met he.
Hey, well done. Technically, yes, that should be “whom”. But we English natives often don’t conform to “correct” grammar rules, and you’ll probably find that most people make the same mistake here. As my TEFL teacher told me… if enough people make the “mistake” for long enough, it becomes correct!
Hi Gwynnie! Just found your site and am enjoying poking around. I see you haven’t written much recently, and I wondered if you’re still blogging? I am actually looking for bloggers to contribute to a collaborative post about getting jobs teaching English in various European countries, and if you’re interested, I’d love to have your advice for Czech Republic. Please get in touch with me by email if you’re interested: indefinite adventure [at] gmail [dot] com. Thanks! Sam
Greeat blog you have