6 Months

Six months ago I made a decision that was going to change my life. Six months ago I took a leap of faith and made the decision that it was time to try something new. Six months ago I stepped out of my comfort zone. Six months ago I moved to Toronto.

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve already been here for half of a year. It seems like yesterday I was sitting in my kitchen trying to convince my Dad that I am a grownup and that Toronto is a ‘safe place’.

Over the past six months I’ve learnt a lot about the city, but I’ve also learnt a lot about myself.

10 things I’ve learnt in the last six months:

  1. Always try the sketchy looking restaurants; the food there is likely amazing. But always check with DineSafe first.
  2. Act on a whim, nothing new and exciting ever happened living life on a strict schedule.
  3. Don’t take the TTC if you don’t have to; getting lost on adventures allows you to discover new things.
  4. Speaking of the TTC, always have tokens in your change purse; they’re cheaper in bulk and you’ll often need a ride when you have no loonies or toonies.
  5. NEVER make eye contact with the homeless and/or preachers at Dundas Square; you will never be able to shake them.
  6. Kensington might look like a complete dump, but there are lots of hidden treasures.
  7. Never go east of Jarvis alone, even if it’s still light out.
  8. Make a serious effort to stay in and have dinner with your roommate; with crazy schedules these are key to catch up with each other. It helps to have a BBQ and a wicked patio.
  9. Almost all twenty-somethings living in the city are living on a budget, but doing what they need to get by while still having fun.
  10. Cleaning and cooking sucks, but I’m slowly starting to get good at it.

Moving downtown has really been a new experience for me. Sometimes I ponder if I made the right decision; maybe I should move home, save money and eventually get my own place. But then I remember my old suburbia life versus my new and exciting downtown life; I definitely don’t want to play tradsies on that.

Here’s to the next six months!