From The Midwest To Here

"Wagon Wheel Watusi!"

"Wagon Wheel Watusi!"

I haven't had much time to blog lately, and neither has the rest of the ishTalk team. Not sure what their excuse is, but I'll share mine with you: I left my job, packed up my life in Calgary, moved back to my hometown for a couple months and am now in the process of moving to Toronto for November 1st.

It's been bittersweet to leave everything behind, but exhilarating at the same time. I've been through 3 layoffs over the past 18 months in Calgary (to no fault of my own), and it just seems like the universe has been knocking me upside the head to send a message. So I'm off to Toronto, a city I've never even visited before. I don't have a job lined up, but I do have a little apartment a couple blocks from the gay village on Church Street. It's a lot of change for a boy from the Midwest!

I don't know if 2016 is just a crazy year for me, or if it is for everybody else too. I think I already know the answer to that. Between the presidential election, terror attacks around the globe, the loss of so many great talents (I'm still devastated over the loss of Natalie Cole), it makes sense that this has been a wacky year on a personal level for so many people.

Through it all though, I hope you're keeping your chins up. There's a passage in The Talmud that I carry with me every single day: "In the midst of the darkest night, act as if morning has already come." And that's really all you can do, folks. Focus on the present moment and focus on finding joy in every single moment. 

And if a bit of spiritual pep talk doesn't work, I find that a glass of red wine, a bubble bath and a great audiobook works magic on the soul.