I’ve been keeping busy for the last few weeks; I went to Nocturne (I knew one of the presenting artists) and attended a week-long job search workshop at Job Junction. I also ended up getting work; I’m not going to say where and what it is on this public space, but it’s a little different than what I had been doing for the last few years. Money will probably be a little tight for me for a while, but I’m glad to get something so soon after I moved here. It’s still a bit of an adjustment waking up so early, though: to catch the bus, I have to make sure I’m down at the corner by 7:20 (also want to make sure I don’t get held up in traffic): it’s quite an change from my days of staying up and sleeping in, which I admit I still do on the weekend.
I live in the outer edges of Fairview (depending on who you ask: Google Maps puts me in Clayton Park West and the HRM Neighborhood Map puts me in Mount Royal). It’s not that close to downtown but at the same time it doesn’t feel cut off from it; that was the big problem I had when I lived in Riverview. The bus system isn’t perfect but it’s by and far better than anything else in the region. I think I’ll post pictures of the apartment once I have it all cleaned up a little bit more. I still haven’t unpacked/sorted all my stuff, owing partially to exhaustion and owing partially to procrastination. Still, a good chunk of it is in its proper place. I’m fastidious like that.
There’s a lot to do here: different food to keep my palate from getting bored, cultural events and artistic exhibits, a decent music scene and a greater openness. One thing that really helps is that I know some people in the area, either from school or online. I know I need to be putting myself out there a bit more and meeting new people, but I’ve met up with a couple of friends already. Now that I know I have money coming in, I’m more willing to meet people up for coffee or a beer. The important thing is to network, though, and meet new people: not something that comes easy to me. I don’t meet people sitting in my apartment, though…I need to summon my boldness.
I’m convinced that moving to Halifax was the best decision I made in a while.