November 2010


Although I have been done my degree since June, last Friday (November 12) was the official day of convocation. It felt so surreal to be there, and it was a really great ceremony, if I do say so  myself. My lovely mother threw a celebratory party for me afterwards and all my family and closest friends came by to join in the celebration. Times in life like these make me truly thankful for the people in my life and the opportunities I have been exposed to.

My mom has adjusted somewhat to her being an empty nester now, but I take it as a compliment that she still misses me and has talked to me everyday this week. It was the first weekend I didn’t have anything to move or planned so it was finally a blip of relaxation for me — a moment to soak up my new life and the full transition I have made into adulthood. Prior to this moment I had felt accomplished, however the actual physical move and receiving of my degree have strangely enough finally forced me feel the shift in my universe. I love being here in this moment and it feels great to be proud of what I have done, the future has never looked so welcoming, which is a nice change.

I noticed something earlier this week as well, as much as I love traveling and have a desire to visit many international friends and see the rest of the world I have yet to explore, this period of elation I have been living in hasn’t seen me overly concerned with “escaping”. By this time of any of the previous four years I would have already had my big trip of the next year planned out but I currently have things like completion of debt and career movement on the brain oddly it seems to me the true feeling of being content with where I am.

It’s time to relax and welcome the holiday season, got my Christmas lights put up today and a makeshift tree. Happy shopping and Christmas-ing?!

I did it!

So a little over a week since my last post and I still feel great about the way things are going — thank goodness! This will be the beginning of my third week working as a public servant and it only seems to be getting more and more interesting. What I love about the fact that I am finally in a “career role” is that people actually take me seriously and are interested in my expertise and my views on the situation — I actually feel like a contributing part of a team that has results you can actually see and feel good about. Some people may tell me it sounds like brainwashing, or whatever remark they want to make due to the nature of my work, however I am so proud of myself and am enjoying things for once, how can I go wrong?

Since my last blurb I have also been kept busy with moving. ¬†My friend and I lucked out and found a really nice condo inner city that we are super excited about. We found our place on Kijiji of all places and it is a great deal for what it offers and it really will be lovely once we are all moved in. This weekend we were bound to find a couch and spent two days looking the perfect one, who knew couch shopping could be so tedious? The typical greasy salespeople you hear about swarm the floors of furniture stores everywhere and couches are not cheap! We ended up getting our kitchen all set up with a good amount of our stuff moved in, and we did end up getting a couch picked and ordered, which is going to be great once it gets here by the end of the month. It is really crazy to think I am finally leaving the nest but I couldn’t think of anywhere more ideal than what we have arranged. It also makes my first move a lot easier the way we have been leisurely doing so, hopefully we get our beds and big furniture (minus the couch) all moved in by Saturday and are settled by Sunday and ready for a new work week!

Our lovely kitchen (before we made our additions of course)

Another view of the kitchen and our excessively high bar which is making stools hard to find

Our downstairs guest washroom (0.5 of 2.5)

Our livingroom

Master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in-closet

Big things this week; convocation and moving day! Wish me well as the beginning and end of another chapter are among me.