Tieing up the loose ends

What a crazy past few days it has been for the gorgeous city I live in.

How a city can go from having loving, hopeful and joyous citizens who are full of pride and positivity – to the utter chaos, brutality, destructive and pure hatred for the city we call home – all in the matter of a few hours still leaves me speechless. I do not want to go into detail because I think talking about what occurred after the Canuck’s lost the Stanley Cup final was unnecessary and disgustingly embarrassing for Vancouver. I can’t justify the happenings that occurred by a bunch of ignorant morons by talking about it more than this. I don’t understand how people can be so inhuman and live the privileged lives they do.

I love Vancouver, the people in it, the beauty it radiates and am so glad to be here every single day.

Moving forward life has been so busy I haven’t even had time to blog about it! I finally made a big decision today and I wanted to share my reasons (not that I need to explain myself) as to why I have quit one of my jobs. Over the past few months of living in Vancouver I’ve been determined and focused on landing a job that I could be passionate about, love the work that I’m doing and finally be able to get into a normal routine that allowed me to find that work-life-balance. As you all know, I did land a(n) great amazing, first professional job of my career – Communications Assistant for the Vancouver Park Board.

In order to get to this point I’ve had several wonderful opportunities that have allowed and helped me to get to where I am right now. One was working as a social media consultant for a company and serving at the Kits Boathouse. I finally felt it was right to say thank you for the opportunity, but I’m not happy serving and I quit my part-time job at the Boathouse. I don’t know why I feel so awful about quitting – it’s probably because I take pride in my work and appreciate all opportunities that I’m given – but I felt that it was the right choice. I moved to Vancouver to experience its beauty, hike it’s mountains, camp it’s wilderness, swim its beaches, and live the active and meaningful lifestyle that I dreamed of… and I won’t be able to do that serving on nights and weekends with money as my main priority.

Moving forward – I’m almost done week #2 at the Park Board! In this short time I’ve already learned a valuable lesson and have even completed a few small projects – talk about productivity and learning by mistakes! I’m so excited for the summer and for what is to come – and I’m even more excited to be working with the wonderful professionals who take pride in their work and do a damn good job whilst doing it.

I’m kind of in a temporary office spot right now – but I wanted to share a few cool things with you all! First of all they didn’t have a desk for me… so they literally dug deep and found a really old desk stored away and had it brought over from another location! Weird maybe, but it’s one of those hand-crafted secret desks! You have to open certain drawers before others because there is a lock system built into the back. I love it, it has such character and a hugeeee top to spread out all my ongoing projects on.

I finally just got my phone set up yesterday… So now I have a laptop, email address and a phone – wahoo! God I’m a loser when it comes to organization, but it is SO important for productivity! I must have separate files (paper, email and hard drive) for everything and know where everything is so I can get to it immediately when needed.

Can’t forget to mention I make to-do lists EVERYDAY and sometimes re-write them throughout the day to keep myself on task and productive!

I’m still struggling a bit to the huge change of routine… but things are finally starting to come together. I’m loving the simple things like getting up early and taking transit with all the other people on their way to work downtown. Getting coffee from my local coffee shop before hopping on the bus . Breathing in the morning air as I walk along the beach to my office. Checking my email and newspapers as soon as I get in… and most importantly feeling like I’m being productive! When it comes to food – I’ve started off pretty well I must say! I have breakfast at home every morning…. typically this:

 Or I take yogurt, berries and raw oats in a container if I’m running late. Followed by a snack of raw carrots and broccoli with a few tablespoons of hummus for a snack and a salad for lunch that looks a little like this:

Honestly, it’s having the nights to myself that I’m slowly adjusting to. Before I used to sleep in, workout, coffee shop hop for the afternoon and typically still be job searching or working into the night. Now, I don’t have to look for a job – or work from home – so I can start planning fun, active things into my schedule.. but what do I choose? Gym? Community class of some sort? Yoga? Running group? Crossfit? There are SO MANY options!

So along with trying to get this food preparation and planning down this weekend (Faith and I are already planning to dedicate Sunday to food prep day – stay tuned!) I am looking for my *extracurricular activity* if you will!

Any suggestions of a cool physical/active/fitness related something I can get involved with in Vancouver a few nights a week?



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2 responses to “Tieing up the loose ends

  1. Katie

    Congratulations on your new job, sounds fantastic and I’m sure it is a big adjustment from working evening shifts. You could take a dance class (great workout), or swimming (hot tub, laps, sauna, then cold shower) or bike riding.

    Just a side note: I love those old school desks as well. Pretty much all teachers for the Vancouver School Board use those desks. It took me a few minutes to figure it out when I first began as a teacher-on-call.

    • Thanks Kaite! Those are all great options – I am hoping to get a bike in the next few weeks so a nightly bike ride is definitely a great option.

      I was so surprized that they brought that huge desk in instead of just getting a new light small one haha. I’m glad I’m not the only one who had trouble figuring it out! I think my favourite part about it is that it has those slide out desk extentions right above the drawers! I use them everyday :)

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