Whenever I talk to someone who has just gotten back from a trip, I ask them two questions: What was the worst part? and What was the best part? By starting with the worst part of their trip, they can vent and get any frustrations off their chest. Finishing with the best part of their trip serves only one purpose: to take them back into those moments, as they share all of the details, which usually leaves both of us smiling.
Recently, I decided that I want to start asking myself these same questions weekly – maybe even daily. This would probably be a little easier to do if I lived with a roommate or a partner, but I can only imagine I’d get a much better sleep at night after venting away my frustrations and then remembering / smiling / laughing while talking about the highlight(s) of my day. Before we head into another weekend, I’d like to share the high and low of my week. Let’s start with the low…
Low of the Week
Unfortunately, I found myself on a bit of an emotional roller coaster this week. Again, some of it goes back to the frustrations of feeling displaced and unsettled. I love that I’m done work around 3-3:30pm everyday and can spend my afternoons with family and friends… but I am sick of living out of a suitcase! I am so organized (probably to a fault) that I literally feel lost seeing my stuff scattered and not having any level of order in my life. Then, after seeing at least a dozen apartments and applying to a few, I began to grow tired of hearing, “It was so nice to meet you but we’ve decided to offer the apartment to someone else.” Not to mention the fact that spending two weeks apartment hunting left me totally broke. It’s been so long since I’ve had to make $60 last me an entire week, I almost forgot how crappy it feels to have to stretch your money…
Anyway, the low wasn’t any one of those things, in particular; it was how it all left me feeling. I was pretty down and depressed from Sunday to Wednesday. It wasn’t until hitting the gym with my favourite #pfworkout buddy on Thursday that I finally started to feel normal again. (It helped that the sun came out again, too.)
High of the Week
Without a doubt, the best part of my week has been seeing my family and friends. I spent Monday night at a hotel in downtown Vancouver with my aunt. We hadn’t seen each other since last summer, so it was great to just hangout, talk and watch some hockey. Then I came back to Victoria on Tuesday night and have spent most of the last 48 hours laughing until my face hurt. From early mornings at the kitchen table with Mom and Dad, to various outings with friends, the jokes have been constant and more outrageous than usual. Other highlights include: having my favourite 3-year-old yell, “Auntie Caitlin!” in a store, as she ran and jumped into my arms; bumping into a good online friend at Starbucks and working together for a few hours; and last night’s workout kicked serious butt (thanks, E).
Oh, and did I mention that I found a place for May 1st, just hours before boarding the ferry back to Victoria!? I probably won’t move over until May 5th, but now I can enjoy the next few weeks here, knowing I’ll soon have a new place to call home. <3
What was the low and the high of your week?