This doesn’t make me wonder woman. I have no special powers, I put all my freaking energy into my new job because guess what—parenting is a learning curve. Just because I pushed a baby out of me didn’t turn me into a know-it-all. Mark didn’t come with an instruction manual.
Monthly Archives: April, 2013
Paco Plaza and his wife are originally from Colombia. They moved to Barcelona, Spain, in 2000, and have been living there for the past 12 years. They started the Canadian immigration process in 2008, and finally, in 2012, after a long waiting period, they were granted permanent residence in the self-employed persons category.
A lot of people do get by without a car but really, whether you like it or not, having your own vehicle—and a driver’s license—will make your life in Canada much easier. Opting out of the car culture is something a lot of people wish they could do but it means making sacrifices and finding alternatives, which isn’t always convenient or possible.
People like to say babies bring out the best in everyone. It is true that people love babies—well, especially when they are quiet and smiling in their stroller. I am always amazed at how much attention Mark is getting when we go out together and the support I got from people around me is pretty amazing.
Yet, there are four types of people who are likely to drive you crazy after you had a baby…
Carol is from Philippines and she is currently living in Calgary, Alberta. She came to Canada in summer 2011—her first time ever leaving her home country—under the Live-in Caregiver Program and she looks after a pre-school child.
I am usually pretty good at dealing with applications and legalese (I filled my own visa, permanent residence and citizenship applications all by myself, after all!) but to me, tax return forms are cryptic pieces of paper, even after eight years in Canada.
So I looked for a tax specialist… and ta-da! I found Allan Fefergrad, CPA, CGA, from Better Tax Services, a Montreal-based accounting firm.
At 30 years old, I should have a firm grasp on my life and my unique sense of style. I should. Well, on the plus side, I am not in debt, I kind of like my life overall—even if it’s a bit crazy at times—and I feel thankful for what I have.
But there are these five “girly” things I can’t quite seem to master. First world problems, I know, I know…
Miguel fell in love with Canada when he was just 16 years old. He came here to learn English, and eventually obtained permanent resident through his partner by applying in the sponsorship category.
Can you believe I have been a mother for six months now? I am past the “probationary period”—and I haven’t been fired yet!
Mark is turning six months old on April 12, 2013, and he is not a newborn anymore—he graduated to the “baby” stage. And bébé Mark learned a lot of new skills this month!
The strength of babies always surprises me. You wouldn’t think these tiny little things can wrestle with a grown-up… yet they do. And they are strong!
I catch funny typos all the time for my clients. For instance, “pubic relations” instead of “public relations” (ooops!) or “people who are death or hard of hearing” instead of people who are deaf or hard of hearing” (oops again!), “delicious Chinese dumpings” instead of “Chinese dumplings”, etc. Let me just say my clients are usually very happy when I spot them.
Lou, her husband and her two teenage sons are from a small village in Essex, United Kingdom. They moved to Canada in summer 2010 to find a better work/life balance, and so far, their experience has been positive.
Thank you to all of you who entered the $50 Novica Gift Card giveaway!
I have the pleasure to announce the winner, randomly selected among all the entries. And the lucky one is…
Once upon a time, like, six months ago, I had fantasies—some of which I won’t describe here.
Now I have a fantasy: checking into an a hotel of my preference, alone. I know that I am a backpacker at heart but for that specific fantasy, let’s assume the location of the hotel doesn’t matter—only the amenities do.
Other professionals don’t work for free. Creative people shouldn’t either.
And incidentally, neither should immigrants.
Don’t get me wrong: volunteering can be a great way to rebuild a network in your field when you arrive in Canada, to gain Canadian work experience and to update or expand your skills.
Having a baby changes everything… for a little while. After the first angsty few months, life goes on and you are not so new at mothering. Sure, like in a new job, so you are still trying to please your big boss—but hey, the world won’t collapse if you check your personal emails at work and take a slightly longer lunch break once in a while. Well, it’s the same thing with mothering.