Today I wanted to share with all of you what I’ve been up to for the past few months since I’ve moved here to BC! It’s been a fairly busy few months for me, but I’ve been really enjoying everything I’m learning. So today’s post will be a bit different than my usual posts as I will just be talking to all of you about the wonderful experience I had not long after I moved to Victoria.
First part of my adventure here in BC was to find a job. I had applied to a few places around town not long after settling in, but I never heard back from anyone. It was after that when my significant other suggested that I try out this program called the Youth START Program at WorkLink and I couldn’t be more grateful that I took his advice! Honestly, I would love to see this kind of program available for anyone entering the workforce or changing jobs!
Here’s a brief description of the Youth START Program: It’s a 6 week long paid program which assists people between the ages of 15 to 30 with the skills, support, and certifications they need to obtain a job. Some of the workshops we participated in were: Thriving with Anxiety, Gender Diversity, Ending Violence at IPS (Indigenous Perspectives Society). Some of the certifications we received upon completion were: Level 1 First Aid, Food Safe Level 1, WHMIS, Microsoft Office 2010 Intro. But there is so much more to it than just this!
Do you want to know why I think so highly of this program and those 6 weeks of my life? Because I learned so many wonderful things that I can take away with me and incorporate into my life, whether for work or personal means. We were able to create a safe place full of support, love, and encouragement that we can now bring with us to our new workplaces. Some of the workshops we had were about some of the topics I’ve discussed here on my blog! One of our first workshops was about Assertiveness, another was about Positive Thinking, each one I enjoyed as much as the first and I felt like I could really contribute to them. Throughout the 6 weeks though I wasn’t alone, but instead I was able to share this wonderful experience with 9 other participants, and 3 facilitators. We really had a great group of people where each day we brought support and encouragement to the room and helped keep each other motivated. When I think about all of the wonderful moments I had with each of my fellow participants and facilitators, I couldn’t be happier. ❤
Moving across country was a big step and I’m grateful that I’ve had my significant other by my side throughout it all. The Youth START Program has really helped me settle in to my new home, and I don’t think I would have considered it without a bit of a push haha. I was able to let go of a lot of old beliefs that I was holding onto about myself while I was there. I went in on Day 1 thinking that I was annoying, that I talk too much, that I’m boring and that I suck at telling stories. Not even 2 weeks into the program and with the support and love from the other amazing participants and facilitators I had already begun to let go of those beliefs that just aren’t true about me! I’m now more confident with who I am and with just allowing myself to be me without worrying half as much about how everyone else around me perceives things.
This is why I LOVE the START program – it’s helped me grow so much in such a small portion of time (6 weeks just flies by when you’re job hunting) and of course helped me find a job I absolutely love!
One last thing I’d love to share with all of you is something that we practiced while at WorkLink. We practiced saying “That’s so true about me“ after we received a compliment, and we had to say it out loud. It may sound silly to try but man o man the feelings! Saying it out loud really forces you to stop for a second and tell yourself that you do love that part of you, whether you fully believe it or not yet. It’s helped me let go of some not-so-true beliefs I had about myself and I plan on continuing to say it! 🙂
Thank you all for helping create this safe place where I can express myself ❤
If anyone is in the Victoria or Langford area and would like more information on WorkLink or The Youth START Program you can check it out below:
This post is a bit different than my usual posts as i mentioned at the beginning, but I really wanted to take the time to tell you all about this experience. It’s really helped me open up more and helped me to realize my confidence in myself.
So I won’t be ending this post with a message from my guides today. Instead I’d like to end it by saying this: LOVE yourself, be your own best friend. ❤
Thank you all for your love and support and I hope you’re all having a wonderful Holiday season!
Happy Holidays everyone! 🎄