This week I’ve been doing really well maintaining my schedule of leaving the house in the morning and coming home in the evening with Hubs. Despite leaving the house every day and moving to what I normally consider a more productive space, I did no work in terms of applying for new jobs. The closest I got was perusing some university job boards for new postings but nothing ever went further than that. The first half of the week I just felt tired and not particularly motivated so I spent that time focusing on doing things that require less effort. Most of my day was spent doing some writing, reviewing some french, and watching YouTube videos just passing the time.
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Alright everyone, time for some real talk. A lot of you probably already know this but I’m currently looking for a new job. My old job just wasn’t working out for me. I had recently learned a lot more statistics and programming skills that I was looking forward to using in the work place. Unfortunately, the job I had just didn’t allow me to practice anything that I had learned and I wasn’t enjoying the job much anymore. I was hoping to keep it a little longer until I found something new but alas that didn’t happen. Continue reading “Job Hunt: Week 1”
An old friend of mine has been planning my 10 year high school reunion so naturally I’ve been thinking back to my high school days a little more than normal. I’ve found myself thinking a lot about this mandatory course that I had to take in grade 10 called “Planning 10”. The goal of this course was to teach us skills that we could use outside of the classroom in life. At the time, I don’t think I really understood the importance of the lessons that they were trying to teach us at the time but I feel like some of it has stuck with me over time.
The first one had to do with building a budget and living within your means. We had to pair up with a friend and each of us got a profession and associated salary out of a hat filled with different careers by our teacher. We then had to create a budget that would allow us to survive on our combined income. Some numbers we made up because we really had no clue as to how much anything cost. At one point we had $5 down for groceries (granted I was taking this course in french and the word used for groceries was “épices” which we interpreted as spices and not food). The budgeting was really easy until our teach pointed out that we couldn’t live on $5 a month for food. My friend and I had managed to budget in a car until that point and argued over getting rid of that car for a while before we resigned to transit. I don’t think I really understood the importance of that activity until last year when I started boosting my savings rate to save for a down payment on a house.
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Wow. This is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I was so excited to get back into posting to this blog and but I’m really struggling to write here. Like any activity, practice makes perfect and well, I’m just completely out of practice.
When I first started this blog, I had already been writing daily for a couple of years. I had given myself a lot of time to practice and develop my writing before I even fathomed sharing anything I wrote on the internet. Now I’m just kind of jumping in cold turkey and hoping that I have some muscle memory left. I mean, I’m lucky if I can carve out an hour of time a week to write with pen and paper in my life now but even then the writing is slow and feels clunky and choppy. The right words have a tendency to escape me, I lose my train of though frequently and I find that I’m repeating myself. A lot. That irritates me.
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Wow, it’s been almost 3 years since I’ve been here so I’m not really sure what to say. I’ve been going through past posts and I’m amazed by how much my life has changed yet stayed the same.
My family has grown, I now have a partner in crime to navigate through day to day life, a second set of parents, another brother, aunt, uncle and a few more cousins (all courtesy of my partner in crime).
I’m not surprised to say however that in terms of where I’m going with my life in terms of things people are expected to have a few years after graduation such as a job, I’m pretty much in the same place that I was 4 years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve wandered down a few different paths: I’ve worked a few different jobs, went back to school, trialed an advanced degree and yet somehow I’ve ended up back in the same place. Just older, wiser and with a better vision of what I actually want to do with the rest of my life. I think.
So now that I’ve (finally!) gotten access back to this blog (I tried last year and failed, this year however yielded success!), maybe I’ll try posting a little more often. I think I’d like that.
Until next time,
It’s currently 2am. I haven’t written here in 7 months apparently and funny enough I hadn’t really noticed until now. Honestly there isn’t really much direction, forethought and purpose to this post except for the fact that I feel compelled to write this right now at this very moment and post it for the world to see. I get like this sometimes. This random desire to write and put it out on the page and get the thoughts out of my brain. The impulse generally doesn’t make sense but I go with it. I figure why not, it’s not like I should be doing anything like sleeping at this hour anyway. No, I’m not nocturnal, my schedule is just offset from the typical diurnal person. In my mind work has to be the first thing of the day, but when the work day starts at noon or 1 in the afternoon, one tends to wake up later in the day, stay up later at night and then it just kind of happens over and over and then you can’t sleep at 2 am and it just ends up being the new normal.
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I remember when I graduated from university I was so burnt out, the idea of having to learn something new was the biggest chore in my life. Now, almost a year after finishing my university classes, I’m suddenly not so repelled by the idea of having to learn something. In fact I’m actually excited and looking forward to learning new things. I’m finding that I finally have the curiosity to pick up the sociology books, memoirs and biographies to read to learn something. The fact that I’m reading again is already tremendous progress.
My favorite recent realization is that I’m excited to learn, I want to learn and I look forward to learning something new. This is good.