Can you believe summer is officially drawing to a close? It seems like it passed by in the blink of an eye. Before we head into the busy fall season, I want to take some time to reflect on the crazy summer I’ve had. It’s been full of a lot of ups and downs, and I’ve been a bit all over the place. From going on a grad trip, to graduating university, to dealing with some health issues, to moving to the Okanagan and then back to Vancouver, and finally to starting work – it’s been a wild one.
Most importantly, the end of this summer is not like most because I am actually not going back to school next week… because I’m done!! It still feels so surreal that university is over (for now, at least). I’ve now finished a month of working full time in my new role, and adjusting to a focus on work rather than a focus on school has definitely presented its challenges. It appears I am officially adulting now and to be honest, it has been a bit of a struggle so far.
Work in itself is amazing and has been going really well so far. I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to take part in something that brings me so much fulfillment and happiness, and be a part of a team that wants to see me grow and succeed. The next few months are going to be a whirlwind, but I am so glad that I am starting out on solid ground with a strong foundation. Having a supportive team makes such a big difference, and I am so so grateful for it, and ready for everything coming next.
However, the adjustment to adult life outside of work has been a bit more bumpy, to say the least. I am so used to having so many things going on at once, running around like a crazy person trying to balance it all and still keep my sanity intact. All of a sudden, I now only have one thing as my main focus, and it feels a bit… weird. A new structure to my life has opened up and I’m not quite sure how to approach it. Things feel a bit out of balance and I’m struggling with how to create that balance in my new ‘adult’ life in which I have much different responsibilities than I had when I was a student. And I am only one month in, so I can only imagine that this disparity in student life and adult life will continue to grow.
I had been so excited to no longer be a student and get started on my career, but I didn’t think about how it would actually feel to leave a big part of my life behind. Though I am very happy about the way my life is progressing now, it is changing a lot and will definitely take more time to get used to than I had anticipated. Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how I can attempt to cultivate a new life that reflects the things that are important to me now – which is also always changing.
Adulting has thus proven to be a challenge, but I’m not one to back down from a challenge. Many exciting things are coming soon over the next few months, and I can’t wait to share them with all of you. I hope you will continue to join me on this journey as I navigate adulting and all of the inevitable chaos that will come with it – which is what life is all about.
Love always, C.