Pretty Things and Ergonomics: Thoughts on Aesthetics

Hello, dear readers! Happy Friday! According to my notifications, my blog now has 10 followers! It may not seem like much, but it’s a start! Thank you so much to all of you who are here to support my humble blogging beginnings! I also recently reached my 150th follower on Twitter, which I’m very pleased about!

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I just started a new job. I’m an ergonomic consultant for an occupational health and safety company. It’s quite a mouthful, I know! In a nutshell, my job is to adapt a person’s workspace to best fit their needs. I help my clients to obtain the proper posture and prescribe the appropriate equipment to help relieve pain and discomfort. For example, if an office worker is suffering from low back pain, I may recommend a workstation that allows them to alternate between sitting and standing to help relieve the pressure on their lumbar spine. I make observations, take measurements and recommend devices with features that are most suitable for them. An ergonomically adapted workspace increases productivity, comfort and satisfaction and decreases fatigue and risk of injury. All good things! Yeah! Continue reading

A New Year

Well, here we are! It’s the first day of 2016 and our first day back home. Returning to real life is going to be bittersweet. Reverse culture shock is a real thing and I’m already starting to feel it! Coming from Oaxaca’s warm, sunny weather to frozen, snow-covered Ottawa is far from being the hardest part. I fell in love with Oaxaca and I’ll miss it terribly. However, I am looking forward to seeing my friends and family and I’m curious to find out what the new year will bring! Continue reading

On Generation Boomerang

But you’re trying to find a job! You’re 25 and you’re still living with your parents! You have student loans to pay off! When will you become a real adult? 

In my previous post, I wrote the above segment as a bit of a joke. However, upon further reflection, I realized that it’s pretty real, and it strikes a chord. Nobody has ever said that to me, yet I still think it! I seem to have internalized quite a bit of criticism regarding the current trend of boomerang kids (grown children who move back into the family home after some time away). If you’ll bear with me, I’d like to give some background (and perhaps attempt to make myself feel better about my current situation in the process)! Continue reading

Productively Procrastinating: An Oxymoron

Oxymoron (noun ox·y·mo·ron ˌäk-sē-ˈmȯr-ˌän): a combination of words that have opposite or very different meanings. (Merriam-Webster.com)

I’ve always loved this word! You’ve got to admit, oxymoron is a pretty nifty noun! The oxymoronic title and inspiration for this blog came to me as I was contemplating where my life is currently going. I recently graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy MSc(OT) and I have been applying for jobs for a few months now. No takers yet!

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy taking a break from the usual course of things to reorient myself… Most of my classmates have already begun their careers, so I do feel like I’m lagging behind slightly, but I’ve also appreciated these few months of time off. Oh, the contradiction!

I’m at my best when I’m being productive, so to keep myself from going mad during this uncertain time, I’ve been keeping busy by learning new skills, attending workshops, brushing up on my pop culture (thanks, Netflix!), studying for the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination, figuring out how to dress like an adult (more on this later) and doing some long-needed decluttering. Oh yes, and preparing for my six-week trip to Oaxaca, Mexico.

Mexico? But you’re trying to find a job! You’re 25 and you’re still living with your parents! You have student loans to pay off! When will you become a real adult? Well, here’s the story. My mother has been dreaming of taking intensive Spanish lessons since she was a student in 1972. She’s been saving up to make her dream come true. She’s now retired and I’ve just finished my studies (after 20 years of school)! Neither of us is attached, so it’s now or never! This trip will also be a fantastic opportunity to further productively procrastinate. I may be currently unemployed, but learning to speak a third language is on my bucket list, plus it will look pretty sharp on my resumé! My mother is my best friend and a wonderful travel companion. When this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came up, we grabbed it by the horns!