We've adjusted quite well here. I can definitely say our quality of living has increased significantly, in comparison to our life in Inuvik. I may not have mentioned it before, but we struggled financially. The means of comfortable living was just unattainable, with my only source of income being child tax from month to month, it was difficult trying to budget that, but certainly a learning experience. Being in public housing was a life saver, but restricting. I had applied for numerous jobs throughout the year, and only heard back from one, but the employer hesitated to hire me because I had a child and was only available to work certain hours due to lack of accessibility to childcare and conflicts with Quentin and I's schedule. We had been declined income assistance twice, even though we were pretty much living in poverty at the time. It's funny now, as I'm sitting in my social work 100 class learning about these income security programs and how our federal and territorial governments have more of a residual view on income security (deserving vs. undeserving poor) (fact of need vs. cause of need) (Hick, 2010). I think back on it now, and that time of being financially insecure prompted me to takes steps towards a better life by applying for college, and moving. Maybe perhaps, if it were easier to receive income assistance, I would not have felt the urgency to move and further my education.
So here we are, in our cozy one bedroom apartment, we still find ourselves making the most of our living room floor. It feels like home, but I do miss the memories we had made in our very first apartment. I think about the wall I had kept measurements of Taylor's growth, our view overlooking the town, the quietness of our location, and the peacefulness I felt while in Taylor's room. I remember I would imagine how I would decorate our apartment if we had the money to do so, and how I had pictured raising Taylor in our first home, but life changes so quickly, and it is a matter of embracing that change. I finally have the black couches I've always wanted, the black bookcase to support our tv, a cherry wood dining set, and under lit cupboards in my kitchen. We've adjusted well to the busy 'city' life, and enjoy the new scenery and unfamiliar faces.
Blogging will be more frequent now that I have my new laptop and camera! I recently bought a 14" HP Pavilion with Intel Core i5 and a Sony Cybershot DSC-WX350 to assist with my schooling and of course blogging. I'm excited to document our new life in Yellowknife to share with you all, my readers. 🌿