As always, Christmas is approaching and I am starting to feel a touch overwhelmed with all of the things that need to get done. I seem to find myself in this position every year and this year is no different.
As far as Christmas goes, I have yet to begin any of my shopping for my 5 wonderful nephews and this is causing me a touch of stress. I think I am feeling so behind this year because I am working quite a lot and don't seem to have as much time to get everything done. No excuses though, the kiddies need their gifts so I'm going to have to get my arse to the mall!
I am also wondering how in the heck I'm going to start up this tomato sauce business when I can't seem to find any spare time. I don't want to overwork myself but I also have so many things I want to achieve and they all require money. I am going to have to slow down come the new year so that I can focus more so on my blog and business ventures and less on working my life away.
I have to admit though that I was quite elated at the positive responses I was getting in regards to starting to sell my tomato sauces. There was a good amount of interest from friends on sociakl media so I'm looking forward to seeing where this takes me! I was recently in touch with the Canada Business Network and they provided me with all of the necessary steps involved with registering your own business. I'm so excited to get this all started but it definitely won't be until the hussle and bussle of Christmas is over with.
Do you find yourselves overwhelmed at this time of year or are you the cool, calm, collected type?
Among the obvious reasons that I took the trip being sightseeing and visiting some veg friendly joints, I also was looking for something on a personal level. Up until then, I had never traveled alone. I had never really gone anywhere without a group of some kind and never really just picked a destination, booked, and went.
This experience taught me quite a few things about myself. I have grappled with anxiety for a large portion of my life and felt like it was holding me back from so many things. This trip was my way of proving to myself that my anxiety doesn't define me. I believe I will always be anxious but I refuse to allow it to be in control of me or my decisions. What this trip essentially taught me was that I am much more self sufficient than I ever realized.
This trip was a big step outside of my comfort zone. I wanted to prove to myself that my desire to travel wasn't just a pipe dream but that it was something I could actually do. I can honestly say after this trip that solo travel is totally manageable and something I can see myself continuing to do long after my veggie trip across Ontario is over. It was so exhilarating being in a new place alone, figuring everything out alone, finding my hotel alone, words don't describe the feeling.
The moral of this post is simple, do not allow what's in your head to hold you back. Anxiety is totally manageable if you fight hard enough and want to be in control. Sure I was still nervous laying over in Toronto surrounded by thousands of busy bodies, I was also nervous arriving in Kingston unaware of what my next step was. It didn't change the fact that I still went ahead and conquered and that's what I'm most proud of.
The sky's the limit and my anxiety can take the backseat!
I can't tell you how badly I want to travel. I'm at the age where I just want to escape and see things, learn things, and try things that are new. I attained my EU Blue Card which unfortunately hasn't resulted in my getting a hospitality job overseas.
I have always considered taking the ESL course and now with my desire to travel really influencing where I want to head in the future, it only seems natural to take advantage of this opportunity. Teaching English is great for so many reasons. Firstly, helping people learn! What a wonderful feeling knowing you're contributing to someone's success. Secondly, think of all the traveling / eating I can do!!! I can only imagine the world of vegetarian food that is waiting to inspire me. There is much to learn about food and I can't think of too many other fun ways like this to really take advantage.
Thirdly, you can live pretty much anywhere! Being self employed makes it so much easier to live abroad because you are not taking jobs from the local communities. In essence, I could move from place to place until I wanted to settle. It sounds so amazing!
I also have the option of taking a job at a school in a predominantly non-English speaking area. Despite the fact that this kind of scares me I also feel like it would be a challenge that would be so enlightening to overcome.
I am going to be researching different schools that tach the ESL course online and comparing prices within the next few weeks. Another opportunity knocks so I'm answering!
As summer (finally) comes to an end, I am looking forward to the cooler temperatures and all the wonderful dishes I'll be able to prepare in the oven. I've been avoiding the oven because it's just too darned hot to get near it.
I am still working two jobs and have a trip to cedar point coming up that I am looking forward to heavily. It's so nice to get away from all the responsibilities of adulthood and just be an immature kid for a few days. Other than that, my life is consisting of work and only work. I am hoping to find another avenue to make my cookbook available to you all because the original website isn't secure and I am too scared of information being stolen from someone which would devastate me.
I will check back with y'all again soon!
It's been a long few months thanks in part to my working 2 jobs. I've been working so much that I regularly forget what day of the week it is. It's all for the greater good however, I'm looking into purchasing / leasing a car in the next little while so all this work will pay off!
I'm absolutely in love with my current job at Healthy Mama's. It's wonderful to work closely with a great group of ladies who all happen to love food as much (maybe more) as I do. I'm learning some new things but most of all it has helped me work on my speed in the kitchen. I've told you guys before, I'm extremely slow. This is usually because I am writing the recipe as I cook and adjusting this or that but I am definitely slow. I've already started improving on the speed of my chopping which is great and I am feeling a bit more confident with the chefs knife.
It's looking like I am going to work the summer away. I have a good friends wedding coming up in July and that may very well be the only thing I do this summer lol Again, it's all for the greater good!
Hope you all are enjoying your summers so far!
Chat with you all again soon!
I'll be taking you guys with me for the ride so don't panic! :P
There aren't many things about my current hometown I'm necessarily awestruck by so having Ojibway Park close is such a blessing. It's an astoundingly beautiful park full of all sorts of different trees, plants, wildlife, and insects. Nearly every way you turn is the perfect photograph ahead of you, stunning. I am so glad I decided to utilize my only day off this way, it was so calming and relaxing (minus the mud trail we almost sunk into).
I wanted to share some snaps with you all!
Make sure to visit www.ojibway.ca for information about the park, its activities, and hours of operation.
Oy! I've gone from not working and leisurely cooking to working 7 days a week between both jobs. I can't say that I'm loving my lack of a life but it's all in the spirit of padding my bank account. I decided to get spend happy while I was off of work which is pretty much the worst time to go on a spending spree. Until I am back up high in my savings it looks like I'll be working myself in to the ground y'all!
I absolutely love cooking at the vegan restaurant. I'm learning so much about the vegan diet that I'm slowly warming up to the idea of going full vegan. My cheese addiction is the only thing holding me back but I can see myself taking the plunge soon. It's a wonderful environment full of lovely ladies who all love and appreciate food. I couldn't be happier. Check us out! www.healthy-mama.com
I'm also working to put together my first cookbook. I've recently discovered an app that allows you to create and sell a cookbook as a downloadable app. This is cost free and a quick way to get my book out. I'm definitely considering my options at this point.
Check in with y'all again soon!
One thing that has always crippled me with fear is driving. I had my license around the time I was 17ish and it was a disaster. I was such a basket case and didn't feel comfortable behind the wheel. Let's just say I removed my foot from the brake at an intersection and kind of rolled into the middle before speeding through and bouncing up a curb nearly killing both my father and myself. That was the last time I ever drove.
Now, over 10 years later, I'm back at it. I've realized the necessity and I'm working to overcome my fear. I've now driven twice and I feel so much more comfortable than I ever did. I hope to be road worthy in a week or so. I will keep y'all posted. This is just another thing to conquer in my life and I'm determined to do it!
The moral of this story is never give up, stay determined and you can achieve anything!
Here's where I'm at since last I updated y'all.
I got a job at Tim Hortons and within a week I also got a job cooking at a Vegan restaurant. I couldn't be any more excited as my only cooking experience is my blog so working as a cook in a vegan restaurant is just so exciting. What an opportunity :) I sure am glad I decided to start this blog for more reasons than one now! I'll let y'all know how it goes!
All of this while waiting for a contract for a job to move to Europe and I am up up and away! Getting my blue card was such a nerve wracking yet exciting experience but I'm glad I was approved.
Here's to the future!