ESL: choosing to embrace or avoid sensitive topics

If you are a teacher or mentor; whether it’s a primary school teacher, an instructor in a college, a high school teacher, or even a parent – chances are you encountered a few topics or questions where you had to pause and choose two options: answer or change the subject. You probably had a situation…

Post-MIN: integration and processes

It’s officially been just over a week since I came home from the Mindfulness in Nature retreat. There’s definitely been some ups and downs that I’m going to try and describe in this post. My latest post was brief, and I’d like to share more deeply on the integration process after a week of being…

Mindfulness in Nature: epilogue

I’m so happy I get to blog about this now. Following the past few events over the summer, I had decided to register for a retreat called Mindfulness in Nature. It’s a program that brings you back to connect with yourself, the natural environment, and other like-minded people. This experience was so refreshing, and I’ve…

thoughts on balance and flow

So the past few weeks have been… a learning experience to say the least. Actually it really felt like my whole world was shaking, as if an earthquake hit me and tumbled me to the ground. Before that, however, life was peaceful. I had a routine, was staying healthy and I really felt I was…

This day made history

(Long post ahead) This morning I woke up to what was a typical Tuesday morning. It felt more like a Monday though, with July 1 being a stat holiday. (Happy Canada Day!). The past weekend was pretty relaxing to say the least as well, some good time well spent at Pat’s family’s cottage. When I…

Every day is a process

It’s that time for us, folks. Ever since we decided we weren’t moving to Japan to teach English, we decided that maybe a change of scenery is really what we need. So, we are moving! Still within Ottawa, of course; but this time we are moving out of the basement, away from the trolls, and…

Updates

About 2 months ago, Pat and I were preparing for the JET Programme interview. After about a month of paperwork for the initial application process beforehand, we nailed an interview with the Japanese Embassy. It turns out, we were successful! As of March 28, 2019 we passed the interview and were accepted into the JET…

A shout-out to well-being 🌻

Let’s face it, this winter was freakin’ brutal. Between temperatures dropping below -30 degrees Celsius and the amount of snow that fell, it felt like winter would never end. Yesterday, April 27, 2019, Ottawa had snow! The chill came back with a vengeance and an awful reminder that we are only subjects (or should I…

Made in Canada

Have you ever stopped to think about the landscapes in Canada? This country takes on many shapes and sizes and with these, various cultures and ways of life. I’ve traveled a bit through Canada, visiting Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia (I have obviously failed to visit the east coast – but soon, I promise!)….

Tasting culture

As previously posted, I was teaching an ESL course called “Fee for Service” where students pay a fee and get lessons – as opposed to other ESL classes such as LINC where it’s government funded for new immigrants. In this class, my students were visitors here on vacation, or here on a visa of some…