Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Better late than never.

 I'm still here, I promise!!

Things have just been such a whirlwind since being Covid let go from my job (again) and starting school.

We are now mid semester and things are going really well. Most days I'm coming out with 90-100% on my assignments but I'm finding some of the course work a little hard to take... 

First off, as an immigrant, I have been severely naive to the atrocities settlers imposed on Indigenous peoples. I have been holding back from watching all of the course videos on residential schools as it is just horrific, but I know I have to educate myself if I want to support and advocate for good and justice. 

Further to that, we have been tackling tough empathy and its clear to me that I still have some work to do on compartmentalizing ... like what if my clients actions or behaviour go completely against my own morals... Ive got to step in if something is unlawful of course, but mostly, Ive got to support this person in crisis. Ive got to separate the two. I’m learning and I have the rest of my life to work on it and thats it right, this whole career change is going to involve life long learning and growth. Its going to be as beneficial for my journey as it is to my clients. 

I also had my very first interview for the field and although I didnt get the job, 5 of us were selected for an interview out of 50 applications AND I was number 2 to the post. Very exciting for my first attempt!!

Other than that Ive been working on my wellness goals. I started a 16 week program with one of our PR Media bloggers but I've been letting myself down a wee bit. To come back from it, I have decided to enlist the help of a personal trainer to work one on one with my fitness aspirations. Extra portions of fruits and veggies, meditations, more hikes and some gratitude are the simple tweaks I am making to promote body and brain health... hoping to have more success in the coming months than I have done in the previous 4 weeks but hey! baby steps is key.

Well, I think youre caught up.. lots of doggie snuggles and school work for me ahead.

I'm off to make my breakfast smoothie - have a fab day! 

Love xo


Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Cheers to dreams, old and new.

I feel like I've been neglecting the blog and Instagram quite a bit of late!

Please forgive me, I am a busy bee. . and honestly I was having so much fun reliving past years on my last few posts that I have totally run out of things to talk about haha

I still can't believe its almost September, like it was just March?!

So some things have happened in the last wee while, of course 🤣🤣

WE BOOKED OUR WEDDING VENUE!! 

In 2022 we will becoming husband and wife in the beautiful coastal town of Parksville. It’s going to be so wonderful and we just cannot wait to share such a special day with our family and friends.

What else?

During Covid I started a little project called Positive Relations Media. It is the beginnings of a nonprofit that will soon be offering tools and programs to help others on their journey. On our social platforms you will find stories of hope and empowerment, as well as informative and inspiring posts from our bloggers around the world. Check us out here!

I finally went back to work after 2 and a half months off (due to Covid)

But through it all I came to some harsh realizations...

I have been working for 17 years in the hospitality industry and I have nothing to fall back on. 

No pension, no vacation days, no health, no dental, no sick days. . . It got me quite sad actually.

AND THEN I thought some more. . .

How can I change this?

What am I passionate about?

You probably know the answer to that question just as well as I do. 

My psychiatrists' words echoed in my wee head, 'YOU are the poster child for recovery, YOU should be working here and helping people just like YOU'.

Since joining this online community I feel like I have found my calling I’m helping people and advocating for mental health.

Cue looking at mental health jobs at my doctors' office and assessing required qualifications. 

BAM. The local college offers a course that could land me one of those jobs.

So of course I had to apply.

 AND today I got my 'Congratulations we are offering you a place on the course' email - I am thrilled!!

Fuck it. I'm going to try and I'm going to try hard this time to change careers.

I keep picturing it, someone like me helping someone like me ✨❤️

Can you tell I’m a little bit excited??

Anyway, that’s about the long and short of it. Keeping busy, setting goals and moving forward. 

No one said recovery should be boring 😜

Love xo