During the 28 years of my life to date, there have been many occasions where I have held my tongue (and a fair few when I havent!) when forced to endure monotonous conversations with others. Most recently, when I met someone who was going travelling,he was excited about his travels, but spent ALL the time talking about it – ”When I’m in Australia… blah blah blah” eventually I had to resort to a constant response of ‘oh, are you going traveling?” in a sarcastic tone. Now, I was pleased for him, and pleased he was looking forward to it, but I always promised myself that I would not do this to others now I have my Canada plans. It would seem that this has not been possible. I find myself talking about it again and again, ”When I’m in Canada….”, ‘Next year….” etc etc. I can hear myself doing it, sense the repetitive nature and risk of driving people away from conversation with me, but still I continue! I am so terribly excited, I cant shut up about it. So, right now, I think everyone that is involved in any interaction with me deserves a medal for putting up with me and my excitement, fears, nerves, dramas, stories about Air B&B, bears, suitcases, jobs and the IEC process. I am a self confessed hypocrite. Will I be stopping this behaviour any time soon? What do you think?
Todays Canada based activities –
Shellac – practising painting the Canadian flag with Shellac so that when the time is right, I can have Canada nails. I anticipate this being the day I get accepted. This was a fun venture, needs some more practice but definitely on the right track – watch this space…
Pole – learning of a pole show in Toronto a couple of weeks after I intend to arrive. It looks right up my street. Nice to have an event to look forward to. This gives me an immediate project on arrival – find a friend who also likes living life upsie down to go with!
Jobs – I started looking at different jobs today using the kijiji website that everyone speaks of on the IEC pages. Really useful to get an idea of what is around. I have been looking at jobs in the the addictions fields, gyms or in a bar. There seem to be lots of things around – this puts my mind at ease. Also going to complete the Smart Serve, Ontario online training for people serving alcohol to get something extra on the CV. I also learnt today that my Resume needs to have the dates in Canadian date format – now I know this, it seems obvious! This is a job for tomorrow….
Anxiety – the IEC forums are a hive of anxiety and nerves. The websites keep changing slightly or closing for maintenance – this is creating emotional rollercoasters in the under 31s in the UK with a Canadian dream. I have everything ready to go, just have to wait, along with thousands of other hopefuls. I write this in the hope that next week, I wont end up writing a blog titled ‘Disappointmet and Devastation in Devon’. Fingers crossed that next week is the week.
For now, I am going to raid the fridge – the best way to deal with the unknowns right now seems to be to seek somethiing sweet. Yesterday in Sainsburys, I spotted a new GU treat, a chocolate milkshake that can be microwaved for hot chocolate. I dont even know how I want it, but I am off to make one decision that I have complete control over. Hurrah.