Here is my long awaited one year anniversary to living in British Columbia post.
Yes, that’s right. I have lived in beautiful British Columbia for more than a year now. It’s actually been 387 days to be exact.
With that accomplishment, I thought it would be nice to do a little look back post about what’s taken place in the last 12 months.
When I moved to Kelowna, I didn’t know anyone. I had never been to British Columbia and I had never seen the mountains. I didn’t know street names, the best places for a beer or the place with the best nachos. You could call me a complete tourist.
A year later, I know that Tree Brewing is my favourite brewery and that Fernandos has the most incredible nachos. I know my way around Kelowna and it finally feels like home. My little apartment oozes out “Molly” and Obi and I are completely happy. When people come to visit me, I can be their tour guide now. It feels cool.
It hasn’t been easy, though. This past year has had a lot of ups and downs. Friendships ended, I was severely homesick and my anxiety and depression popped up and caused me a lot of pain. That’s a whole different post, though.
Here are the three most important things that have happened to me since moving to British Columbia.
- I have the most amazing group of friends.
I’ve always had guy best friends (hello Ryan and Matt). I know a lot of girls say they get along with guys better than girls and I am one of those girls. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some amazing best friends that are girls, but girls can be mean and I’ve experienced that first hand.
When I moved here to Kelowna, I was scared I wouldn’t get along with anyone. But, a year later, I have the greatest friends. Steffanie and Alex mean the world to me. We’re the gals and we lift each other up. It’s amazing. There’s also Kelsey and even though she doesn’t live in Kelowna anymore, our friendship means a lot to me and I miss her every day. ( ps Kelsey… come visit me)
I’ve never had such positive girl friends in my life. Girls that aren’t jealous and that want to watch you succeed. Girls that help you grow and are always there for you.
Honestly, I could talk for years about how much Steffanie and Alex have influenced my life. I look up to them as women who rock the business world, women who rock the fashion world and women who are just kick ass women.
Thank you both for always being there for me. Lifting me up and showing me that not all girls are mean.
- New career opportunity
I have been presented an opportunity to work as a content editor for a magazine called Okanagan Woman Magazine. It’s a whole new world for me, but I’m so excited to get my hands dirty and start working in the magazine world.
I’m going to be using the skills I learned in college and as a journalist, but I will also be learning a whole new set of skills.
One of my favourite things about this new position is that I will have a tangible copy to hold onto. I may seem like a hoarder… but I loved collecting my newspapers and now I will have my magazines, too.
We have our cover shoot today and I’m very excited about that.
Okanagan Woman Magazine is Clever – Classy – Confident
- I’ve grown as a grown up
Like I said previously, my anxiety and depression kicked in this year (for the 100th million time). I want to just mention it here, but I will be doing a completely separate post in the near future.
Having my anxiety rear its ugly head has taught me to deal with things by myself.
Yes, Lori did encourage me to see a doctor and without her telling me to, I might not have so quickly, but it was also me who stepped inside the hospital and vocalized that I needed help.
Living alone has taught me to be a grown up. I have no one else to make decisions for me, to fix things for me and to pay for things.
It’s all me.
I made the decision to take the Content Editor position with Okanagan Woman magazine. I made the decision to get help for my anxiety. I’m paying my bills and paying off my debt. It’s me and only me and that feels amazing.
I can look at the life I have and relish in the fact that I created this myself.
Yesterday at work, my office chair was delivered in a box. My boss asked who was going to put it together and I told her I would.
Within 30 minutes, I was using my new office chair. My boss was surprised that I could do it and I told her, I’ve always grown up and done things for myself.
It’s a good feeling.
After this rambling post, I just want to say thank you to everyone who lives in Kelowna who has made my time here amazing.
I can’t wait to write my two-year anniversary post and then my third anniversary post. This city finally is starting to feel like home and it makes my heart really happy.
I was born very far from where I’m supposed to be. So, I guess I’m on my way home.