It’s always great to get away. I would love to travel to places around the world, but instead I have to travel the great land of Canada. This weekend, I was able to go up to the mountains of British Columbia. I really do believe that British Columbia is a beautiful province with amazing sights. One of the places that I went to was Emerald Lake.
The lake was so green and clear. I wish I could stay there forever.
Never in my life have I ever seen the end of a rainbow. I thought it was amazing to see.
To explore British Columbia has been an experience. Next, I will have to explore the east coast of Canada. I will plan to do that next year.
Your mental well being is important. Especially, since we are living through the pandemic. How are we going to pay our bills, will I get COVID or will I still have a job? These questions has consumed our lives. I can tell you that I did go through this process. I had fears that seem to grow each day. At times, I was afraid to go outside. Since summer has rolled around, I did subdue some of my fears.
My wife and I wanted to get away, so we rented a cabin in the woods. The Cabin was in British Columbia. That area of the province has beautiful mountains and forest that I believe is unmatched.
During our stay in the mountains, we went on hikes to enjoy the beautiful scenery. We sat near the fire while having some drinks. Just listening to the sounds of nature, relaxed my mind from the fears that seem to be gripping me.
While on this trip, I was able to talk to my wife about how I was feeling. We discuss all about the fears we were having during this pandemic. I realize from our conversation that everything thing was going to be okay. Our bills were being paid and if I do lose my job, it did not define me. We were going to make it.
On this trip, I realize that talking about my doubts with someone else helps. It is a burden to carry this around by yourself. I’m so fortunate to have a wife that is caring and always willing to listen.
I know that not everyone has someone to talk with. Here are some resources to help you find someone to communicate with.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline (open 24/7): 1-800-273-8255.
United Way Helpline (which can help you find a therapist, healthcare, or basic necessities): 1-800-233-4357
While in isolation, I have been watching a lot of shows on Netflix. Other times, I have been on online getting lost in the countless YouTube videos. My days have been blended into each other. The reason is because I was laid off. After a few days, it got me thinking. This is the perfect time to set some goals.
I started to plan out my 1, 5 and 10 year goals that I want to do. I recently, listen to Dorie Clark. She is a marketing and a strategy consultant. I know that a lot of these life coaches can be unbearable. I tend to find them a bit of a turn off. What I will say is that some of them do have some great points.
I decided to give Dorie Clark’s philosophy a try. What I like is the planning of monthly goals to reach my yearly goals. This has helped me to focus. It is very easy to do and not a stressful process.
I’m going to share some of my goals but not all. The reason is that they are personal to me.
Year One Goal: I would like to be a multimedia designer in eLearning. I did work on an eLearning program at Football Canada and would like to focus on sports again.
A monthly goal: Learn more about eLearning techniques like gamification which I have been doing.
It is a tiny sample of my goals, but it is a thought out list that I created for myself.
It will be hard trying to follow my goals. At times, it will be frustrating. As long as I try to accomplish them, I will feel proud of myself.