January 2017. I was stuck. Literally. The Philippine embassy managed to mess up my passport and I couldn’t go on the big road trip that my aunt, uncle and I planned to do while I was on forced vacation. I was also near the end of my one year agreement at work in Tofino. I was at cross-roads. I planned a trip to Vancouver with my best BB, mainly to eat — reapply for my passport and had some job interviews set up. By the end of January, I had a few job offers waiting for my reply and I had decided to stay in Tofino indefinitely. Moving to the pastry shop at my request. I thought I was working towards my goals. Sometimes, the grass in not greener on the other side. I don’t know when the lightbulb moment came but after yet another night of trying to sleep as I lay awake in the dark it came to me. What I really want to do, what I need to do, and when I need to do it. I have to move to Vancouver. Tofino suddenly felt like a dead-end, which it kinda is quite literally. I want to develop my knowledge in sausage making and bread baking. And in a small town, there are not very many opportunities but I had to make it happen. One day, I started writing my business plan. The next day, I started was sending of resumes to places I would like to work — butchers, bakeries, salumerias.
And now, I am here. Vancouver — I am enjoying every second I am here. From my walk to work, to $4.00 sushi rolls, to 20 minute bus rides to the best halo-halo this side of Vancouver. I can be as creative as I want at work, I have a great team with me. I have an after work activity with Charcuterie Club. In a few more weeks, I plan to pick up some shifts at a local bakery. I have great roommates. It’s great. Did I mention $4.00 sushi rolls?!
The grass is greener on the other side. In this case, on mainland. 🙂 And my dreams are within my reach.