Quarter of a century is a big scary age. I thought turning 20 was horrible because I was supposed to be responsible to some degree, but 25 I think is an even bigger one. I've had a degree for well over two years, I should really be pulling shit together now. So where am I do you ask?
Well in the last year I abandoned the place and the people I love the most (St. John's, Newfoundland which I to this day refer to as home) to move to Ottawa in hopes of starting some sort of life for myself.
With the help of my awesome brother, I moved up here knowing no one else. I got on my feet little by little. I worked a hell of a lot. I made friends. I found an awesome house and ended up with an amazing cat by sheer fate. I have moved from waitress to cook to now working in an office and today I received an e-mail telling me I'm on a shortlist for an admin assistant position with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. That's right governmenty job, people. Why I came up here.
So while I am still no where near the position of having a career or a life, I think I'm at least on the track. I miss my friends back home dearly, but I have grown even more fiercely independent than before.
So what do I hope for the upcoming year? Well I'm going to steal something from one of my best friends in the universe, Sarah. I'm going to have a list.
Twenty-five at twenty-five
- Exhibit something in an art gallery: I've had many things exhibited before but not since I graduated.
- Make an epic meal: It will be tough to top some of the stuff at bacon party, but I will try. See photo.
- Get a professional massage: No. Seriously. I have worked five 85-90 hour weeks this year (two in August and 3 recently) and I am soooore. I have never had one.
- Get one respectable full-time job that I can live off of comfortably: Is that too much to ask?
- Go on a vacation to somewhere I haven't been: While I have done some traveling in my life I haven't done enough. Ideally I would love to go back to Europe, but maybe this year it might be more realistic if I just pop five hours over to Toronto and check that out.
- Get back to St. John's to visit: I've been trying since I left
- Start a webcomic: When I first moved here I started drawing a webcomic but as I worked more and more jobs that petered out. This year I will do it, damnit!
- Ice skate on the Rideau Canal: I went to winterlude last year and didn't even skate on the canal! I've always wanted to do it since I was a kid. Ideally I would like this to be while on a date with a cute boy.
- Go camping: This was the first summer I didn't go camping since my parents felt I was old enough to trot off into the woods unsupervised for a night. Not letting that happen this year.
- Lose weight: I lost 25 pounds last year, but I could afford to lose a bit more. I've seen way too many of my family members health be compromised because we are a genetically overweight family.
- Get my teeth fixed: Soooo many teeth problems. I just got dental care for the first time in three years! Git 'er done.
- Make sure my friends all know how much I love them: I'm generally pretty good at that you can always be better. : )
- Make 10 close friends in Ottawa: I've been working hard on the friend thing since I got here, but I need some really close ones in this province. And I'm greedy for pals.
- Buy a camera: I feel like this will be a necessity in a life as a Visual Artist.
- Get my learners permit: YES I'm 25 and I don't know how to drive, shit happens okay?
- Apply to go back to school: Imma do it. Whether it be Graphic Design, Advertising or stupidly a Masters of Visual Arts, Imma do it.
- Sell a piece of art: Doesn't matter to who or how much.
- Try 10 new foods: That one was totally stolen from Sarah.
- Make my own website: For my art. More professional that way.
- Break a bad habit: In a perfect world it would be smoking, but there are many others I can work on too.
- Learn to walk in heels: I feel like if I'm going to be a professional this has to happen. I bought a pair the other day let's see if I break my neck
- Have a clean room: If you know me you'll know this is legit a yearlong process.
- Fight for something I believe in: I'll let you know as soon as I figure out what I believe in.
- Stay independent and motivated: I've got it now, I have to keep it.
- Always be 100% who I am: I'm pretty good at that too, but I don't want that to ever change. : )
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