This thanksgiving I find myself in somewhat of a reflective mood. As I look out of my window at the view across Vancouver, I am reminded how thankful I am to be here and how good this last year has been.
Just like the leaves are changing from green to coppery brown I realise how much I have changed over the past year. I am much more settled, and I feel at ease with myself, I’m fitter and healthy than I have ever been. If I am entirely honest it has been a long time since I have felt this way. I wouldn’t say that I am carefree far from it, but I have this immense feeling of excitement and hopefulness. I guess I have a sense of inner peace about finally finding my path and who I am, maybe it is because I have just had a birthday and I am one step closer to 40 or that for the moment I am just content.
This year has marked big changes in my career and a new sense of purpose. I graduated in April from school after a 20 month program which tested me both mentally and physically and more recently I have taken my registration exams – which I am yet to get the results from (hopefully November). It definitely has been one of the most stressful times I have experienced ever in my life, especially going back to school as an adult. I don’t know whether I have passed but I also know I tried my best and if my best is not good enough and I have to retake them then I have to retake them. I have resigned to the fact that this won’t stop me being the best RMT (registered massage therapist) I can be, it just means that it will take a little longer and I have to push myself harder. So please keep your fingers crossed!!
Another big change is that I have finally got my long awaited PR (Permanent Residency) and for this I am EXTREMELY thankful. For any of you know me, you know I have been trying to get this for the last 4 years on and off ever since I first laid eyes on Vancouver in 2014, so this is a big deal and one which allows me to lead the life I want to lead. Over the last 4 years there has been a constant nagging feeling that I might not actually be able to stay in Vancouver (which I now consider my home) and everything I have done for the last 2 years would have been for nothing, so it is nice to finally put those worries to the back of my mind and focus on my future here. It is like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
My home life has also changed. I have moved from the lovely East Vancouver to the equally lovely Davie Village into my own place. I loved living with the girls for the last 2 years, but it was time for me to live by myself again. Davie Village is an amazing place. I love the people and the community, plus it also helps I have the most amazing view from my apartment, which I am truly grateful for every day I look out of the window or drink a cup of coffee on my balcony. I am looking forward to exploring it further and celebrating the holidays here. Yes for the first time since I moved here I am spending Christmas in Vancouver and I am excited at the prospect – although I will miss my family immensely and it will be very strange not rushing around like a headless chicken all over the UK!
Out of everything this year the one thing I am most thankful for is my wonderful friends and family. Without their wonderful support I would not have been able to get though any of the above. They have been my rock, my north star, guiding me through many a storm. These people know who they are, and I am hugely grateful for everything they have done. I also thankful for all the friends I have made along the way this year via different groups of friends or via social media. The most notable is the Brits in Vancouver group on Facebook who keep me grounded and let me hold onto a little bit of Britishness and have kept me in check even when my accent slips or I say words like “sweater” or “soccer”.
As winter approaches I am excited to see what the next year brings and where it will lead me.
Here’s to another year of great things and opportunities.
I wish all my friends and family happiness for the year ahead and to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!