I returned to Canada on January 22, 2016 after 380 days of travel around the world with a very specific agenda for my time back in my homeland. Traveling sparked an inner questioning process that I did my best to distract myself from while on the road, but I needed to explore this spark and ask myself some really tough questions. Was I on the course I wanted to be on? Was I growing emotionally, spiritually, physically? Was I achieving the connection I desired? Was I reaching my personal and professional goals? If the answer to any of my questions was no, then I had to discover why.
I wish I could say asking yourself tough questions is fast, easy, or fun- but that would be a lie. What I can say is that it is the most rewarding thing you could ever do.
I feel I have accomplished what I set out to do upon my return to Canada. I think in order to live your best life you need to stop, slow down, and take inventory of yourself. As the old saying goes, you can’t see your reflection in running water.
Through this questioning and reflection process one theme emerged as the most important: adventure is a core value in my life. To get the most satisfaction from life I needed to explore ways to continue to work towards my professional goals whilst simultaneously fulfilling my need for adventure. It seemed like a lofty idea at first, but as I began researching different opportunities I realized that it was entirely attainable.
It may seem obvious that working abroad would meet this need, but it took me a while to seriously consider it. Don’t get me wrong, I have always wanted to live and work abroad, but I believed it too difficult as a health care professional due to licensing requirements. Nevertheless, I began researching different countries and their requirements to become licensed as a foreign trained pharmacist. I won’t bore you with the lengthy results of my findings, but the summary is it is difficult in most other countries and you need a lot of money and time to do so. However, there are a few countries that it is (relatively) easier to obtain a license.
I am excited to share with you that I have accepted a pharmacist position in Bermuda and will be moving there in a few short days. I settled on Bermuda due to the proximity to Nova Scotia, the likeness in pharmacy practice, the ease of licensing, the climate, the friendliness of the people, and the incredible opportunity I was presented with. I will share more details of the process after I settle in!
I am very hopeful Bermuda will provide the balance of adventure and structure that I crave. I am beyond thrilled and excited to share this new chapter in my life with all of you.
“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” – Alan Cohen