So 2015 is officially gone, kaput, over… it was an interesting year, that’s for sure! I think the biggest change for me was my moving back to Québec from Calgary. Why would I do such a crazy thing you ask? Mostly because my family is here, but also because Calgary is crazy expensive compared to where I’m living now. Alberta is a great place to live, and its proximity to the rockies is a HUGE bonus (one that I miss daily), but I wasn’t able to meet any of my financial objectives without seriously sacrificing some quality of life. In the end, it didn’t make sense to stay… so I came back. Maybe when things are a little different, I’ll move to Banff and teach snowboarding in the winter. A boy can dream, right?

Other than that, I changed jobs twice — although still with the same employer. This has been a mixture of positives and negatives. My first job was awful. The good thing is that I discovered that I’m not made to be a secretary (even if my boss was really cool to work for). The real problem, however, was my co-workers — I’ll just say that they weren’t the friendliest bunch.

My latest job is definitely an improvement, and my new coworkers are much friendlier, but it’s still not amazing. I’m not excited to wake up in the morning and spend 2/3 of my day doing what it is I’m paid to do. It’s bearable and it pays the bills and for that I’m grateful, but I want something more out of life. Right now, I feel like I’m working to live and living to work. It feels kind of pointless.

Another big change has been this blog. I can’t believe it’s been nearly 6 months already — and I haven’t missed a post (although I was late a couple of times). It’s been a lot of fun putting my thoughts “out there”, even if I doubt anyone has read them yet – lol! I’m okay with that, since I still feel like I’m trying to find my voice. Nevertheless, I’ve got a lot of ideas that I’m excited about, and can’t wait to implement them. That’s what 2016 is hopefully going to be about – focusing on this space and finding alternative sources of income so that I can finally be free!

On that note, I want to wish you a happy new year full of amazing awesomeness!

André