Tonight after I got home from work, I decided to unwind and catch up on some of my favourite blogs. As most of you know, in the past year I've had very little time for my blog and ultimately let it go. As I scrolled through my list of favourites, I stumbled upon Amy's new blog. Amy, who has been my favourite beauty blogger for the past two years, decided to create a new domain for herself and explained that her old domain did not truly reflect who she was anymore. In my mind, I commended Amy for her bold move and began to think about my own reality.
As I sat at my desk, sipping my tea, and pondering over what life has in store for me, I thought back on the past year and realized what a gigantic turn it has taken. Though I didn't intend for this post to be as personal as it's about to get, I decided, as I was writing it, that I want to let my readers in on my year of triumphs, realizations, happy times, and sad ones... here goes.
In May of 2013, after graduating from university, I found myself struggling with some post-grad blues. I had no direction, no job, and had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with my life. I decided to apply to a graduate program at McGill, literally on the day of the application deadline. To my surprise, I got in and started a new path in Public Relations and Communications Management. Totally confused and unaware of what the world of PR was all about, I dove head first into my classes and realized that I had that PR flare. Going to class became the highlight of my day and learning about the industry was probably the best thing I could have done for myself.
With the start of the academic year came the start of a new job. I worked at a shoe store in the "waste island of Montreal". I thought that it would be a good way to make a bit of extra cash while in school and ended up realizing the true reason why I am still in school. I worked this job through to May until I signed my first real "big girl" contract at a job that I'm actually proud of. At the same time, I interned at a boutique PR firm and got to learn the ropes of my industry first hand.
In between my school life and work life, my family experienced a tremendous loss. My world was turned upside down in December as I grieved the loss of my beloved Uncle Peter, a man who was none less than a father to me. In my darkest moments, I thought about how unfair life was and how if I could only have him back for a few moments, there is so much I would have told him. My Uncle's death taught me that life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain. The process was difficult, but it taught me to be thankful for the people in my life, to enjoy the small things, and not to fret over the insignificant ones. It taught me that failing my drivers test at 17 was not the end of the world, it taught me to not to get caught up in my own life and to go for lunch with my loved ones, and it taught me to have that shot of grappa that we were saving for that special occasion...while we still can.
As the year progressed, my relationship with C became pretty serious and I found myself going on frequent and elaborate trips to the United States to visit him. Managing to squeeze in a few weeks off here and there wasn't easy, but we did it... and it's working. Between Florida and North Carolina, and now California, my relationship with C is taking me all over the place. While the hustle and bustle of it all is good fun and exciting for the most part, it's tough to be away from him for sometimes weeks at a time.
This past year has been a year of change for me.
It's been a year of new experiences and new people. It's been a year of happiness as well as a year of sadness. But it's change... and change is good.
Since my year was all about change, I thought it was time for allthingskma.com to go through a bit of an evolution with me.
Welcome to the new site.