I started writing a blog post about my recent trip to Winnipeg until I realized that I kept having to elaborate and explain certain things that had happened leading up to this, so I decided to explain it all in a separate post. Also, my hiatus had also kept me from updating my readers about what had really happened in the last two years for me. I think you guys deserve an explanation.
In my recent post 2020: A New Blog, I mentioned that I took a break out of blogging to take care of some things called adulting. I hadn’t put out a blog since 2018 and that was really difficult for me because I lacked creativity and time, but it didn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy those two years “off-blogging”. To be quite honest, the best stuff happened to me in those two years and I was kept busy by experiencing a breath of life.
In mid-2018, I let go of some toxic people in my life and it gave me a whole new perspective. From that point on, things just kept unfolding for the better. Sometimes you get to a point where you need to put your foot down and think what’s best for yourself – not others. The moment you take back control of your life, the world seems to open up so many doors for you. Ideas, dreams, goals – they all become a true possibility.
Towards the end of 2018, I met my other half – Max. I promise I won’t melt you with cheesy details, but he really is my partner in crime. He is also my best friend, my travel buddy, and soul mate. We understand each other on every level, respect each other, and care for each other unconditionally. To be honest, he’s part of the reason I paused my blogging because we were out exploring everything we possibly can. From visiting museums to going on road trips and flying across the seas, we still try to turn every opportunity into an adventure. And when we’re home, he encourages me to write and then my only enemy becomes my motivation/creativity.
In the spring of 2019, I learned from my General Manager at work that I had been selected as one of the two managers from the entire region (approx. 14 movie theatres across Quebec and Ontario) to participate in the Cineplex Leadership Summit in Toronto. Weeks later, I found myself on a plane heading to the 4-day conference at the Westin Harbour Castle.
I was privileged enough to meet some fantastic inspirational human beings, and one of them included meeting the CEO of Cineplex, Ellis Jacob. The entire 4 days was truly an eye-opening experience and one that I will carry to heart everywhere I go in life. (*Side note: I have a backlog of many blogs to write, and this one was on the list … if I ever get the time, I’ll write an entire blog about this Toronto trip as there’s lots more to write about – including getting a visit from Jay Baruchel, playing Mortal Kombat with my boss, playing at the arcades for several hours including helping Ralph save the internet from the Void, a virtual reality game!)
Now, this is going to sound weird because right after I had experienced a truly unforgettable and rare opportunity from a company I had given my last 10 years of service, it didn’t take me long to apply to a new job a month after. This decision had absolutely nothing to do with the conference, but it was something that I had been doing prior to attending the 4-day trip. Cineplex had been my part-time job during my academic years and now, I needed a job in the real world.
In the summer of 2019, I had applied for a job at Air Canada. I was at a mall shopping for my upcoming Europe trip when I received the call. It caught me off guard and it did take me two seconds to think before I picked it up because I had completely forgotten that I had applied two weeks prior. The phone interview was quick and simple, but the moment I asked when they were expecting the start date of the job, I knew I wasn’t going to make it to the next round of interviews. I had a trip to Paris and Rome for two weeks within days of the phone interview. The interviewer began letting me know that she would make notes of my trip, but that I could always apply again if it didn’t go through. We hung up, and then literally two minutes later, I get another call from Air Canada. I started thinking, “Oh, she probably forgot to ask me something”. The interviewer I spoke to earlier had immediately invited me to the in-person interview even after I had disclosed my travel details. I had only 3 days left to my trip and they were accommodating enough to squeeze me in for an interview a day before I would leave.
Skip to approximately a week later, and I’m in Paris with my parents. It was 9pm and we had just gotten back from visiting the Tuileries Gardens near the Louvre. I opened my computer and noticed an email from Air Canada asking to reach them back. I immediately grabbed my phone and walked out to call them – it was 3pm back in Montreal.
And just like that, I got the part.
After the call, I immediately called Max, my partner in crime who deeply supported me throughout the process. I could barely contain my excitement when I told him, I felt my squeals echoing in the courtyard. I had kept the entire thing a secret from my parents, and I had planned to keep it that way unless I was going to get the job. So when I returned to the Airbnb, I sat my parents down and told them. I had never seen my asian parents so proud – and I emphasize asian here because everyone knows it’s hard to please asian parents unless you’re a doctor or a lawyer.
I started this job literally two days after returning from my Europe trip and it’s been quite a journey. Not to mention, I actually have two jobs. I haven’t quit my former job with Cineplex – I’ve only transferred my position into a part-time role in order to fit my Air Canada schedule. I work about 2-3 shifts a week – still as a Manager! You wouldn’t believe me if I said that when I first started at AC, I was in a limbo phase of not being able to let go of my former full-time position at the Cineplex. So I did the crazy thing of working two whole months with two full-time positions – working 80 hours a week. I’d work in the morning from 7:30am-4:30pm and then head to my other job from 5:30pm-12:30am. How did I function? I have absolutely no idea, but I’m sure glad that I chose to take on a part-time role – eventually!
Now, 9 months later, I’m still with Air Canada and I absolutely love it. I have been hit with a new challenge in my life and it’s very much what I was looking for. Thanks to this job, I’m grateful for the travel opportunities I’ve had over the last few months since I received my wings.
The way I see it is that I earned my wings to fly. I went through a roller coaster of personal challenges throughout the last 10 years. I shared with you in an older post about my mother and that was just the beginning of taking responsibilities in my own hand. I worked extremely hard to get to where I am and I don’t regret any of those struggles. I turned them into experiences and it truly made me a mentally stronger person. Life just kept throwing me curveballs. I dodged some, got hit by a few, and then got right back up to catch some and throw back. Life is never going to be what you expect it to be regardless of how you prepare yourself. The most important thing to do is to get back up. I couldn’t have possibility made it at this point in my life if it weren’t for the many experiences that shaped me today. My wings are those meant to fly out of here. As you obviously know by now, I love to travel and go out there to breathe life in. Earning these wings just feels so damn right. At the right moment in my life when everything is coming together just right, it feels like being given the most gratifying pat on the back.
I may have neglected my blog for a while, but it was for true reasons. And it’s going to happen again at some point. Writing is a hobby of mine and sharing my stories online is rewarding for me. I want to put my stories out there so that people can relate, but I also do it for myself. Five years ago when I started this blog overall, I never expected that I’d continue writing past the first year. And to be honest, my blog has changed a bit over time – the writing style, the stories, the goal, etc. It’s perfect in every way because it showcases all my travels and experiences.
My blog is a true testament of my journeys, and just like how we take vacations, my blog takes some too