This week I took a couple days to myself and headed back to the Island to check in with my family and best friend! I realized within the first 24 hours that I had absolutely no interest whatsoever in being there. By the time I hit the 48 hour mark, I got up and packed my bag an hour before the last bus left town and before I could even say goodbye to anyone I was already on the road.
Let us rewind a bit…
I moved to Vancouver in late August of 2017 to pursue my communications degree at Simon Fraser University. Within four days of my freshman year, I was running back to the Island because I was scared of being alone in a big city. I’d never been a “new kid” at a new school before, let alone a school with 35,000 students. But after learning how to transit back to the island, getting kicked off a bus, shedding a few tears and missing a ferry, I made it home and I realized that I was running away from a seriously uncomfortable situation. I also realized that there wasn’t much left for me on the island except for my family and best friend, and with that in mind I hopped on a plane and landed in YVR the next morning.
Shortly after running away, I started making friends at school. I remember coming back from Metrotown one night, safely riding the 95, and thinking as I watched as the city glittered below me that I’d be nestled up here for the next four years. I knew at that moment that Vancouver was my new home, and that the friends I met whilst living here would become my family and that’s exactly what happened. It wasn’t even three weeks into my first semester that I knew my entire floor, and we all started hanging out and getting to know each other. Even three years down the road, we still meet up and keep in contact. Everytime I went home to the Island in my first year at school, I did it because I wanted to and I was excited to share my experiences with my family.
A lot has changed since first year. I don’t want to say it’s for the worst, I know I’ve definitely changed for the better but we all have our days when we feel down. I’ve realized over the course of the last couple of years that going back to the island is an escape for me. When I get too overwhelmed from the hustle and bustle in the city, I hop on a ferry in hopes to clear my head. However, every time I go back I find that I’m feeling less and less refreshed and even more overwhelmed when I come back to Vancouver. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the city, but there are times when breaks are needed. At times like these, I worry that I need to take a step back from creating, but I honestly think that this time around, even though it might not seem like it now, that things will fall into place if I just continue working on myself rather than running away. By looking at Plomion’s (2014) 5 C’s of Effective Content Marketing, I’ve already seen myself hard at work developing my brand and I feel at my best when I’m doing that.
Plomion, B. (2014). The 5 C’s of Effective Content Marketing. Retrieved from https://www.convinceandconvert.com/content-marketing/the-5-cs-of-effective-content-marketing/