Monday, July 31, 2017

Week 1

Last week was my first week of unemployment. However, it feels like it's been more than one week. I'm not the best person at relaxing; I generally like things to be as efficient as possible, which means that unemployment week one has been filled with a number of activities.

I spent the first and last part of the week visiting my boyfriend; he is settling his mother's estate and there's a lot to do. Upon my return to Toronto, I met with a recruiter. The recruiter suggested I come work for them. I don't really know what I want to do and he offered to let me job shadow him, so I'll be doing that this week. 

I took Intro to Data Analytics at Bitmaker but it was at a pretty beginner level; basic statistics and use of pivot tables. My AI lecture at HackerYou was excellent though and goes nicely with the AI book I'm reading. I also finished my Mindshift class on Coursera. Not sure how much I got out of it; it had a handful of interesting information for me. I also registered to be a CPA Canada financial literacy volunteer. Not sure how it works, but I do like helping people improve their financial literacy. 

I also received an offer for a scanning coordinator position for TIFF; I was planning to accept because I thought it would be entertaining but it looks like a new position might become available that would be more interesting. Not sure what to do. I've been applying to random jobs that seem appealing - I generally have around two hours each day blocked off for job hunting. I switch between looking at interesting companies for jobs and looking for interesting jobs.

This week I'll check for more courses. I'm already signed up for Intro to Python at the library for later in August. In addition to courses and job-related things, I'm also getting to see a lot of friends. I'm also trying to block off​ time each day to sew, read, cook, etc.

Each day's calendar is written on my chalkboard. So I have a schedule but it doesn't feel as urgent as putting it in my phone. And I don't have a recurring alarm anymore, which is maybe my favourite part of all this.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

BLOG 4.0

I quit my job.

For many reasons, this was an excellent idea. Except for my newfound lack of cash flow, there are basically no downsides to this decision.

I have no idea what I'm going to do next.

But I fully intend to keep busy and basically just explore my surroundings to see what catches my interest. After hearing of my intentions, many people seemed curious about what I would wind up doing and were interested in receiving updates.

My original plan was to program something which could provide such updates. But I couldn't think of anything this program would do besides basically email people to inform them I had shared something new.

I resuscitated my old blog.
Because why reinvent the wheel?

1.0 The blog started when I left on a four-month trip.
2.0 The blog became a mishmash and was partially abandoned.
3.0 The blog tried to become your helpful friend.
4.0 The blog will be active until I get bored with it again.

I have begun exploring my surroundings.

People have been very supportive and enthusiastic about what I've decided to do. Toronto is full of resources, so I've signed up for a number of free classes and lectures. Although I am still gainfully employed, I've launched myself heartily into my new program of "do random stuff, see what sticks."

This week I've started a Coursera course called "Mindshift" which is about thinking differently. I'm maybe about 1/3 through the first "week" of the class. No particularly strong feelings about the class thus far.

I'll also be taking Intro to Java and Intro to Data Analytics at various places in Toronto this week. After my roaring toilet garden success, learning more about tech seemed like a good place to start exploring.

I also have an interview for a job as a box office ticket agent during the Toronto International Film Festival. I've basically experienced the festival every other way, might as well see what it's like to actually get paid while working there.