Hello! Long time, no see. I figured that maybe I should do a new introduction. My name is Deanna and I live in Alberta, Canada. I grew up on the ocean in Nova Scotia, Canada but moved almost 10 years ago!

I had a baby in 2019 and he just turned 2 years old. We also just bought our first house this summer and are still learning how to be a homeowner. We were hoping to get some house projects done this winter, but that didn’t work out due to money uncertainty.

I am dealing with finding a new employer after being with my last company for over a decade, and let me tell you, job searching during a pandemic is no joke. Since being laid off in August, I have applied to over 100 jobs with practically no call backs. It is very possible I am being too picky or am not qualified with the jobs I have been applying for on paper. But I feel like I am a fast learner and could do the jobs I have been looking at.

While I did start a new job in November, the hours are not consistent, which is hard. I was on salary for the last 5+ years so I’m used to knowing how much I will be paid each pay period. I hate uncertainty. I have also been looking for ways to make money from home during my downtime, but I’m not really sure where to look for that.

I also would like to go back to school. There is an online Accounting Diploma I have had my eye on, but I need more money first. My goal right now is to have a job that pays me a little more than I need to cover my bills, and also one that gives me enough free time to actually do the courses. The nice thing about this diploma is that there isn’t really a time line to finish. You can do it at your own pace. Ideally though I would try to complete it as fast as I could.

Speaking of the pandemic, I can’t wait until things can start going back to normal. While I was on maternity leave I had started meeting up with other new moms trying to make friends. I had finally found a couple girls that I enjoyed hanging out with, and then lockdowns happened. Now I feel like I’m going to have to start all over again. Making new friends is not something I’m good at. My best friend lives about 4 hours away so I rarely ever see her. Other than that, I haven’t really had someone to spend time with since I moved to Alberta!

This year has been another boring one. We had hoped to buy a house this year but then my boyfriend got laid off from his job in December. It’s been a rough year for him in particular. In the last 8 months he’s only had three job interviews. That can be pretty depressing as I’m sure you can imagine. He’s been spending most his time playing video games at home. Thankfully, he is starting a new job on Wednesday so we can start saving money again for a down payment on a house. If the universe is nice to us, we will be buying a house in the next two years.

We haven’t really gone out and done much this year. Partly due to depression and being unmotivated, and partly due to not wanting to spend money. I haven’t even gone camping this summer! I think that’s only the second year in my life where I didn’t go camping at all, and that makes me sad.

We did get to take a trip in June/July to visit my brother in his new house. He moved to Quebec in November and my parents met us there too. My parents drove out from Nova Scotia and met us at the airport in Montreal. We all then spent a night in Ottawa with my mom’s friend before driving the rest of the way to my brother’s house. It was nice to spend time with family but it was a lot of time driving and sitting on planes. It was also over 30 degrees Celsius the entire trip so we spend most of our time sitting in the shade.

Next year we have a plan to make things more exciting and interesting. We have been working on a new project together since May and we are almost ready to share it with you. I have been writing blog posts since then but haven’t been able to share them with you. I am finally going to be able to share our news with you next week so keep an eye out for that!