Last August I turned 30 and like most people I hadn’t figured out my entire life plan by that precarious age. This was due to several unforeseen things and I’m totally fine with that. At the end of the day life is meant to be lived as best as we can. In fact, I had 6 blog posts written but unedited that I wanted to post just after my birthday, and they continue to sit, no longer contextually sound, on my desktop. Life, mental health issues, more trauma and healing held me back even further, but I trudged on and learned as much as I could along the way. I had a small support system around me who helped me, spoke to me, listened, and one person even pushed me to work with him in releasing a book. Yes, you read that right, I’m now an writer (and unofficial essayist).
This post is merely an update explaining what is going on, in the briefest way possible as I’ve shared a fair amount of what is happening, what is due to happen, etc across my main social network feeds – minus Facebook. Here goes the run down:
- I applied for an IEC (Immigration Experience Canada) – previously the Working Holiday Visa, and my visa will last two years. I’m super excited and would like the date to hurry on up! For now, I need to focus on making sure I have all the paperwork ready before my move.
- Why am I moving? This year, 2019, marks the 5th year anniversary of my relationship with my love, and he’s Canadian. Plus, it’s Canada, man. I want and need a fresh start in life in order to flourish. Life didn’t go to plan after I graduated in 2016 and so I’ve been struggling since to find a career for myself and use my degree. With almost 70 million people living in the U.K. and almost 40 million in Canada, I knew where I could put my degree and life-long work experience to good use as I haven’t had that opportunity here ever.
- I’ve now launched my author platforms – though I’m still working on the website so continue to watch this space! I have a new Twitter, Facebook Page, IG and YouTube channel for those creative conquests, so please check them out and let me know what you think!
- With that said, I have a book out which I will discuss a little in an upcoming video. This book is concerned around balancing and living with mental health issues, and how alternative spiritual and occult practices have helped me and my co-author tremendously. I can say it over and over now that I’m officially published, and it feels fantastic! Note: I publish under a pen name, so comment, tweet or mail me for more info!
- Also, depression. I went through something so horrible, so harsh, so disgusting that I ended up back in therapy after my panic attacks increased and other issues became more apparent. I had suffered a deep trauma that I’m still learning to cope with. For the most part I’m feeling good, but therapy, rituals and meditation have been a vital focus for me which is why I disappeared from a lot of online spaces. I needed, still need, time to myself. I’ll have a full schedule of creative projects to share soon enough.
- I’m working toward publishing my first fictional story and another essay collection with my poetry. Whilst that is happening in the background, I’m looking into literary magazines to publish early works with.
- This point is a secret, but I’ll reveal once that special date arrives and I have pictures (and a website blog) to prove it. Hint: something shiny and loving, this way comes.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly, but the last couple of weeks have been a huge smack in the face toward progress and success in my life, so I’m dealing with that. There have only been three things I did do well during my 30th year alive – Find love, publish a book, and get a degree. I’ve done them all and I’m happy. I don’t know what the next chapter of my life will unfurl, but whatever it is, I hope it’s good.
Our book: Enter the Circle: Essays on Mental Health & the Occult – BUY HERE
— Sylvia Beckett Davidson