Keeping busy with BIG plans

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As you may have noticed, I have had other things on my mind lately. Various projects I’ve been working on and my wordpress blog here isn’t getting the attention it deserves.

I appoligize to all you none existant audience that might be somewhat interested in what I have to say.

So my point is that, even thought I’ve had this blog set up for about 9 months now, which I can’t even believe its been that long. I’m not ready to let it go, in fact, i’d like to keep it alive forever since really, it’s my first step into many things. My first website published for the world to see, my first blog ever, my first ever writing that I ever decided to do in a none educational atmosphere, the first place I shared more thoughts and actions than with any other person (other than my wife) and a couple more firsts I can’t think of right now.

This blog was a gateway into the internet that has had actual views, comments and I really appreciate and cherish that. I can’t possibly let this place go just because I’ve started something that has grown much faster and with a different end goal.

I’ve been working on HealthGainCenter.Com for the past 2 and half weeks and i’ve been hitting it hard. I’ve invested in my own domain and I spend everyday looking for ways to make it better, something I have not done here on My Thought Pattern.

What I might of forgotten is that this place is actually suppose to be MY THOUGHT PATTERN! So I do feel obliged to share it with you.

I created HealthGainCenter.com since its something I became pationate about, and something I figured I would have no problem writing about since its constantly on my mind. Its also a place where I can share my struggles with gaining weight and at the same time, help out those people who can relate. I plan to grow this website to encompass alot of different aspects of health, and I don’t think I’ll ever be short on ideas with something so valuable to our life.

If you have a minute, I urge you to come take a look and even drop a comment or suggest on the website to let me know if you agree or if I should improve something.

Just today I did a big overhaul of the appearance of the website, hopefully its for the best.

I will be dropping more updates as I go onto you guys.

Thank you!

The Difference!

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So I decided to list the differences that I perceive between Canada and Russia. Mostly because I’d like to have somewhere to write them down since I often get asked what they are. Since I get asked so often, I thought it might be something of interest and worth typing up..aaand I just don’t know what to write about so thats whatchu get.

So what I noticed right away, is the absence of a lot of different wildlife that I was used to seeing everyday back in Canada. I might of taken it for granted but rabbits, squirels, deer, racoons, the occasional bear, coyotes, foxes, turkeys and i’m sure i’m missing some species but yeah, thats a lot compared to here. So far I’ve met a lot of dogs, a lot of cats and the usual birds, like robins and pigeons and the such. Last week I heard of a bear coming onto one of the neighboring towns but apparently it hasn’t happened in a really long time and everyone I asked told me it was the first time they heard about a bear coming this close to the city. My guess is that the city itself is much older than Canada in general so that might explain why everything is so scarce.

What caught my attention the most are the dogs. They definitely bring something to the city. I know there are dogs specifically trained to help those who are blind go for walks or do their groceries, but when you see an average street dog walk up to an intersection and either look BOTH ways before crossing or wait for the pedestrian light to change to green before going is just great. It looks like the dogs blend in with society and have their own thing going on. Something i’d advise the groundhogs back in Canada to learn… look both ways.

It was meant to be…

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So its been about 3 months since i’ve returned to Russia. All my paperworks good to go. I can stay here for 3 years without issue. I love it here. Even after 3 months, I feel like this is my home. I can’t say I fot in 100%….YET! But I know its just a matter of time. Yeah its hard to know your friends are on the other side of the planet. Most of my family’s back in Canada but hey, they chose to take me away from here at an age when I was too young to make my own decisions. In no way do I blame them for doing that and in fact, I think it was for the better. I got to learn 3 languages with relative ease instead of 1, I believe i’m more openminded, but who knows… I could just be lying to myself…

I was born in Ukraine, my parents born in Russia but moved to Ukraine for work. Situation back then wasn’t the same to what it is now. Technically I was born in the USSR and my parents dipped out when it was about to fall apart. 25 years later the countries in turmoil. Gotta say, that was a good call on their part.

Still a iffy subject to talk about. Whos right and whos not in Ukraine. All things aside, their current “democratically elected president”  isn’t a good choice to run that country. But thats just my opinion, influenced alot by what my grandparents and family of our close friends who also live in Ukraine. Propaganda’s being played out on both sides but thats just the natural course of things these days. To get a glimpse of the truth, you’re forced to read from mutlple sources from both sides of the front line. Take in real time accounts and peoples reasons to act a certain way, and even then you can’t be sure what you think you know is right. That honestly scares me and what really drives me to dig as deep as I can for that glimmering piece of whats really going on.

All I hope for is the blooshed to end, but sadly, it doesn’t seem to be dying down anytime soon. Too many hidden agendas.

Hopefully well get some more insight as time goes by.

So back to me and living in Russia. Love it here, everythings going good and i’m being pleasantly surprised every day.

What has me hooked on the most right now, is how people treat you. As a first impression, everyone seems very cold and uninterested in you and your problems. you probably won’t get many smiles walking past anyone in malls or on the streets. But the amazing thing happens when you meet someone and become “friends”. You can pretty much say you become family. The way you get treated changes drastically and you feel like that person would lose a limb for you if it came down to it. There doesn’t seem to be much of a middle ground and that, I find, is amazing. The help I received from someone here who was a friend of a friends brothers friend was immense. I can honsetly say I wouldn’t be in this country right now if it wasn’t for their help.

I’d like to be part of that.

Peaches. My favorite fruit got an update for the better.

  
Summers been a peach.
More precisely a Saturn peach.

Or doughnut peach.

Or a flat peach.

Whichever way you call it, I believe we can all agree the new and improved peach is great.

Different from the usual but much sweeter and I enjoyed it, much like my summer.
But like all good things, they come to an end. Not to say that something better might not come up but this period of warm weather and somewhat less responsibility is done with for the year.

My lineup for the the next 6 months include my full time job, first year economics degree, freelancer translating work, and another minor income/fun activity. I will be busy, but what I’m hoping to improve is my time managing skills. What I find I lack in is just that. What better way to learn than to put myself in that situation.
All I can say is good luck to Me!

Today is THE DAY!

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Today is the day,

Today is the day I can say.

HUUURRRRAAAYYY!!!!!

About 8 months ago, the process began. My fight to stay in Russia began, and was I ever the underdog in this situation. At times I thought they made the process impossible on purpose. It seemed like the country tried to do what it can to get me to give up the idea of getting my temporary residence. I admit some mistakes where made by me misunderstanding and failing to dig deeper for information, but thanks to some people who genuinely put their efforts into making sure everything gets done, I can finally relax (barely) but at least have that off of my shoulders and not have my wife worry about me leaving her for another 3 months. I can finally concentrate on moving forward without worrying about being stunned again.

I genuinely like this country no matter whats being said and how things are being handled. The peoples attitude mirror a very realistic and human way of being. I feel at home here.

I might not have any friends here but my wife is all I need and I’m meeting new people and slowly making connections even thought I’ve never been one to do so. It helps that I work with people now instead of with milk, in a warehouse. Milk has its percs, I enjoyed being able to get lost in my thoughts and just work throught my shift but wokring with people is more satisfying. Human to human relations force me to work on my speech and my people skills.

Forces me to put aside being shy.

One of my worst qualities.

Being shy.

I am getting better though. I can see the progress and i’m liking it. I think this blog is also in a way that I work with that even though I don’t really have to speak to anyone face to face, I still get things out. I must say, I read my posts and it looks like I have horrible structure and my thoughts spread into multiple unrelated branches.

But hey, its a learning process. I just hope it’ll also improve.

Not today…

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So here I am. Figured I’d put in a couple words just so I can say I did. Not motivated at all. Might just be tired since I was pretty busy all day. 

Been working on going back to school for the past couple of months. Very curious how it will go this time around. I reckon it’ll be fairly difficult, but I’m up for it. I’ll just need to stretch a 24hr day into maybe 32hrs.

Brushing up on some math and physics made me nervous, I won’t lie. It’s been at least 6 years since I’ve been in a classroom and much, (seems more like everything), I have forgotten. The fact that I’ll be studying in Russian also adds a twist to it all. And then there’s my full time job I can’t afford to leave at any cost. In other words, I’ll have a very busy next 5 years I think. I’ll have to make them count and be as productive as I can.

Should be fun….

Summer of change.

This summers been very eventful and full of change. 

I find myself getting comfortable with routine since it brings stability and the possibility to plan out future endeavors with a bit more ease. But it doesn’t make me happy. Maybe because I fail to move forward quickly enought to make it count. Whatever the reason, I welcome change. The challenge to start fresh and with a different perspective brings about competitive and exhilorating emotions which I crave. 

I’ve always been a type to take risks, but now that I’m married and have to think of my partner into all my actions puts a twist on what I would normally do. By no means am I complaining since I cherish my better half but I find my thoughts need a bit of tweaking since I guess I’m still not used to this feeling after a year. 

I’m currently in an environment different from where I have been for most of my life and I truly enjoy it, but I am having trouble taking the next step. Seeing a concrete path to take in terms of career.

I’ve decided to try something new. I’m currently employed thanks to my new family who’ve helped enormously in my whole move to Russia, but to stop here and not push further would be a grave mistake I can’t let happen.

In the next couple of weeks, my goal will be to get a second job, which I can enjoy and profit from on the side.

As I write this, those emotions I crave start to build up and tells me I’m on the proper path.