Yesterday marked the end of my first 4 weeks living my Canadian Dream and as usual it has been full of different adventures. It is a really surreal feeling to think I have been here nearly a month! It’s also a pretty amazing feeling to realise what I have done and that I am making new discoveries and progress every day.
The fourth week has been similar to last week with lots of job applications but there have also been plenty of firsts this week too.
Monday was a pretty big write-off as I had a hellish hangover, oops! Do I feel bad about it? Nope, I don’t do it regularly and I never go out with the intention of getting drunk so if it happens two or three times in a year I don’t beat myself up about it. If you saw my post “Sunday School…with a difference!” you’ll know precisely how it happened.
Once fully recuperated and after a very lazy and unproductive Monday I hit Tuesday with some serious job hunting force, I knocked out 6 job applications. I also received my first nibble of employer interest in me, wahoo! The company wanted me to reply to them with sample responses to queries they get on a regular basis. It’s a customer service job and I’m pretty sure I did a good job but we shall have to wait and see.
The rest of Tuesday was made up of shopping, cleaning my suite (domestic god me), and kicking my backside into gear with regards to getting my eating style back on point. The last point refers to me following a ketogenic way of eating. It’s something my personal trainer in the UK, Chris Wraithmell, introduced me to and it works really well for me.
Since moving to Canada I have done anything but eat ketogenically and boy does my body know it. I’ve had too much alcohol, pizza, bread, potatoes, rice etc all of which are excluded from a ketogenic way of eating and for the 3 months I was following it in the UK didn’t even miss. Anyhow I digress, back to the successes this week.
Wednesday was another really productive day, this time replying to emails. One of the emails was from the editor of Moving2Canada.com. Moving2Canada is an awesome website that I used lots during planning my move and still use off and on since being here.
I’d contacted the editor speculatively last week about becoming a contributor to their website and he said he’d be really interested in seeing some of my stuff. For me this is massive. I have no idea if it will lead to any financial gain but to actually get my work published on a very well read and relevant website would be amazing!
When I started my blog 2 months ago I never imagined it being any more than a tracker for friends and family to use to keep up with my progress so I am really excited to see where this leads. Also anyone who knows me closely also knows I am dyslexic and have never really enjoyed writing much (I prefer talking) but since starting this blog I can’t seem to stop and have a new passion for it. Maybe in time it could become a new career, who knows? Either way I love it so plan to keep it up.
In addition to hearing back from Moving2Canada I also managed to connect with 2 other people who follow a ketogenic way of eating and live in Vancouver! I never had this back in the UK and I can’t wait to meet the guys. Not having people to talk to or show you things about this way of eating does make it harder to understand what’s what and get into the proper swing of eating ketogenically. If you look up about keto it will call it a diet. Personally, I hate the word diet as that gives the impression it is for short term benefits and has an ending point. Although it can be used for that, for me I don’t see myself ever going back to eating a “typical” diet again.
Thursday was a great day. Again, I did some more job applications but I also got to meet one of my new friends who I met as a direct result of my blog. Alex has just moved here from the UK. She’s literally just got here this week and for the last few weeks we have been exchanging messages on Facebook where she contacted me after reading one of my blog posts.
Currently, I have received a few speculative messages from people wanting my advice about moving here. When I met her I asked why she picked me and she said “she couldn’t find anyone else who had written about it [moving to Canada] until she came across my blog” (there’s my USP right there, boom!). It’s a real confidence boost to have people contacting me as a direct result of this blog. As mentioned earlier, I set it up purely to keep in touch with friends and family, and here I am being asked for advice.
I met up with Alex at one of the first places I ever went to in Vancouver, Canada Place. Canada Place is right on the waterfront and is beautiful with views over towards North Vancouver and the mountains. We grabbed a bite to eat in the first bar I ever ate in called Mahony and Sons, an Irish bar right by the water.
Just before I met Alex was also a great moment as I received my first invitation for an interview on Friday. While having lunch with Alex I received a second one so I was really happy. The mad bit was both jobs I had applied for just before leaving home to go into town to meet Alex.
After a late lunch I met up with another friend, Harry, for a beer and catch-up. Harry has been a massive help to me and is a really sound guy to get to know. It’s so nice to have people here who I’d consider to be really good friends already. Although it was only our 3rd meeting it feels like we’ve known each other for years (in a good way that is). We had what is becoming a weekly catch-up and it was so good to bounce ideas off him about my interviews on Friday.
Thursday evening was nothing exciting in itself, I had to prepare for 2 interviews so I went into my fastidious interview prep mode. I go into finite details about businesses, reading all the bits an interviewer never expects me to so I can drop well researched facts into my interviews and shock them about my level of knowledge. 95% of the time this works an absolute treat and is one of the reasons I love interviews (weird or what?!).
Friday was interview day. Both the interviews came and went really quickly. Neither felt like they went as I expected but it’s nice to have actually had some interest in me feel like I am getting somewhere. One good thing that came out of the interviews was meeting a really nice guy called Alan who also had interviews at both the places I did. We only had 15 minutes between us for both interviews. We got chatting after our first interview and spent the whole time (3 hours) between the two swapping life stories and generally chatting about life. He even gave me a lift from the first interview to the second, which was greatly appreciated, so thanks Alan.
Alan is older than me and has 2 kids. He’s had a really interesting life and it was so nice to connect with someone in a meaningful way even though we’re unlikely to cross paths again. I hope he gets everything he wants and if he’s reading this, thanks Alan for being a genuine and decent person, it was great to enjoy your company.
Friday evening was fun. I live with 2 Brazilian ladies who wanted to watch a film in Portuguese. For the sheer heck of it I decided to stay and watch the film with them even though there were no subtitles. It was great fun trying to make sense of the film and by all accounts I did a pretty good job of keeping track of the plot with the occasional input from the ladies. I love doing random things like this, it’s interesting to try and I’d encourage anyone to do it at least once in their lives. What’s great is if it doesn’t make sense you can make up your own plot which can be anything you like. Try it and see what you think.
Aside from watching a film with the girls I also sent off my first article for approval by Moving2Canada. I won’t be able to post it on here due to the website’s publishing rules but if it is accepted I will certainly put a link up so you can read it. Keep posted for updates and make sure to subscribe to my blog (sign up form on the right hand sidebar if you’re on a laptop or at the bottom of the page if using a mobile).
Yesterday was a great day. As I mentioned earlier in this post I connected with a couple of guys through a keto group I am part of on Facebook, and yesterday I met up with one of the guys for brunch. Meeting Rick was really good, he’s such a down to earth guy with great amounts of knowledge and enthusiasm about keto. We had a really tasty brunch and exchanged stories about how we came across this different way of eating. He offered to help me in whatever he can, which is hugely appreciated and I will certainly taking up his offer. It turns out he’s also one of the administrators for the group we are both part of so it’s great to have such an influential person as a friend and contact.
The afternoon was equally as fun as my morning meeting Rick. I met up with the coffee club group I joined 2 weeks ago, see my post about it here. I didn’t go last week as I came down feeling pretty rough after watching the rugby in the morning, which there was no good reason for. The group is made up of a diverse range of people, both age and life background wise. There’s an interesting mix of people from native Canadians through to immigrants from all over the world.
The stories and conversations we have are as varied as the people in the group and it is so nice to have such a welcoming group to be a part of. It was really nice as there were a good number of people I met at my first meeting who remembered me and took the time to ask me how I am getting on. It’s simple acts like this that have helped me settle in so quickly here and I love it. Next week I am meeting another group for the first time, this time a dining club so keep a watch out for a post about that. I can’t wait to meet the group and the fact there’s food involved is an even bigger plus.
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