So about a year ago, I realized I had been neglecting my blog. It kind of made sense, since this blog was born out of dream to travel and I wasn’t doing too much traveling a year ago. But I found new things to write about: simple pleasures of everyday life, moving to a new home, family vacations and enjoying the on-going adventure that is living in Vancouver.
And then in March, I forgot I had a blog again.
This time, it wasn’t for any lack of travel or adventure. In fact, too much was happening in my life and I kept forgetting to write it all down. So here are a few of the biggest updates from the last few months:
March: In March, I moved (again!) into an adorable and cosy 2-bedroom with my wonderful friend from work, Sophie. Sophie and I had only met in January but barely a month later we were already looking at places together. While it was rushed, here we are 6 months later and I couldn’t be happier. Living alone was exciting, but I do tend to hermit when I’m solo (read: late nights in front of the TV with take-out and week-old dishes in the sink). But now I have someone to watch TV with! We’re in a bit of a suburban neighbourhood of East Van but we’re enjoying it so far. This was the first time either of us had signed a year lease and was the biggest step in settling that I’ve ever taken.
April: April was a pretty busy month for me! Unfortunately, it started on a sad note with my grandmother’s passing. I flew back to Toronto for a quick weekend visit to be with family. But back in Vancouver, things did seem to turn around. I met a very special someone and we’ll be celebrating six months together in October.
May: May (and you might start to notice a trend here) was also incredibly busy. It started with me fostering a gorgeous little puppy named Waffles who was the cutest and most clingy dog in the world. We only had Waffles for 3 weeks and I still miss her, but I think I realized I’m not quite ready for full-time dog ownership. Maybe when I live with a partner and have a flexible work schedule, I can revisit the dog situation. But I wouldn’t be opposed to fostering again!
May was also the month where I officially graduated from UBC! My parents and siblings made the big trek from Toronto to watch me walk across the stage with 300+ other students at the ungodly hour of 8:30am on a Friday morning.
June: June was a bit of an up and down month. Most notably, I set off for 6 weeks of facilitating in China through my job with Free The Children. And while I have no desire to rehash the details, suffice to say that trip did not really work out and I was home shortly after Canada Day. I also finished up my 10 months of serving at the Arbutus Club in June!
July: Coming home early was actually a huge blessing in disguise. I got to take part in so many amazing summer activities and finally spend this season in beautiful Vancouver. Bonus: I also got to see my mom who was in town for a wedding! Some of those summer activities included: concerts (One Direction, Journey and Taylor Swift (in order from worst to best performance)), camping (without running water, unless you count the insane amount of rain we got), kayaking (not my forte), FIFA World Cup soccer games and visiting Pender Harbour on the Sunshine Coast. I turned 23 in July and got to celebrate with my mom, my guy and some wonderful friends in my beloved city.
August: August was a month of some big changes. I decided to move on from my position at Free The Children to try something new. And I got to go on another trip! This trip was a whirlwind 10 days in Toronto, Fort Erie and New York with my guy along for the ride. **I’ll probably do a separate blog about this trip, so more stories & photos to come!** We did a lot of family bonding, friend meeting and sight seeing in a crazy but so wonderful 10 days. I can’t wait to see my loved ones again, do New York in a less humid season and get in some more air miles with my new travel companion.
September: September has been all about settling into my new routine. I’m working in an admin role at a counselling office which has a much different feel and different hours than my previous job. I’m enjoying my new position, but it’s definitely a change from what I had been doing for the last nine months. I think it was a good change, and important for me, but it does come with a few low points – such as missing all of my wonderful colleagues at my old job.
What’s next? I can almost guarantee that whatever I predict here is going to change but here I go!
I definitely want to continue blogging. I love to write and use this medium to express myself and share my life with loved ones far away. I should problem tie myself down to a schedule, but I’m not quite ready to make that commitment. Can we tentatively say 2x per month?
I intend to continue in my current position and keep learning and growing in it. But I also want to take on some side projects. In January, I’ll be taking a course online at UBC in preparation for hopefully applying for a Master’s program in counselling. Less than a month working at a counselling office and I’m already seriously considering a future in this field. I’m still doing my research and won’t apply for some time, but I do want to start lining things up to make it happen.
In addition to my school course, I want to look for a volunteer or part time job opportunity. I’d love to get some counselling experience, maybe through a mentorship or crisis line volunteer position. I’d also love to do some freelance writing. I’m still in the research stage on this too, but I’m definitely open to some new opportunities.
And then, in terms of my personal life, I definitely want to be more intentional. Now that I don’t spend my 9-5 with most of my friends, I have to put in the effort to make plans to see the people I care about. I have so many amazing friends here, one of the reasons I feel at home in Vancouver, and I want to cherish those relationships and not let them slip away. I also want to do some things to better my daily life: try new recipes and pack lunches for work as much as possible, plan fun date nights that take advantage of this awesome city, head to the library and always have a book in my purse, keep on top of house cleaning, institute some sort of workout regime (my new office has a gym in it that I really need to take advantage of!) and still find time to indulge in take out sushi, my colouring book and nightly ritual of Jeopardy and House Hunters.