Going Back to My Roots: A Month Back in KW

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I’ve been living in my childhood home for the past month, and it’s interesting, because this is the first time that I’ve been here, for more than a two-week period, in years.

As some may know, from following me on Instagram, I’ve been keeping myself busy with gardening. However, this is not the only way I’ve come home to ‘go back to my roots.’ (That may or may not have been an attempt at a pun; if you love it, let me know. If you don’t, then, let’s just carry on.)

Photo taken in Uptown Waterloo, outside the Original Princess Cinemas by Janice Lam (lamjylam). Unsure of what it is, however.

Photo taken in Uptown Waterloo, outside the Original Princess Cinemas. Unsure of what it is.

There’s the fact that I’m home in itself. I love my family, yet living back here for more than two weeks at a time, has been a transition. It means getting used to certain schedules, and reminding my family members that certain foods aren’t safe for me due to my anaphylactic allergies. It also means getting to truly explore my hometown, as well, and see what changes have occurred, such as all this construction with the light rail being built. It’s cool, in some ways, to come back now and be more independent in getting around, which leads me to discover more cool things that Kitchener-Waterloo (KW) possesses. It’s also thought-provoking, to see what is gone, and what has replaced these.

With exploring KW and reacquainting myself with the city, part of this has included seeking new opportunities. I’ve been trying to get more involved in the community here, be it through different positions, various programs, or even events held by the city (see the Slideshow below for photos from the DISC program kick-off). Living in London the past few years for university has taught me a lot about myself, and has helped me grow – both as a person, and with regards to my skillset. I want to put those lessons, be it from in or out of the classroom, and continue on a path of discovery.

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I am happy to say that I am employed, part-time. At the moment, I’m working remotely for Western University, as a content developer for a project that will help incoming Psychology students in their transition to university. It has worked out nicely, since this position allows me to live and work from home, while utilizing my creativity as well as my education, and comes with a lot of flexibility. That last component is especially great, as I have found myself picking up some old hobbies.

One is gardening, as I mentioned earlier; I’ve always liked being outside, enjoying the sun and fresh air (though, not the mosquitoes. I donate blood already!).

As well, there’s the hobby of photography. Right after I finished my undergraduate studies, before I went on my Ottawa trip, I bought a new phone, one I chose partially due to its camera functions. Some friends would say I’ve always been a bit of a shutterbug, but this phone has truly led me to explore more in this art. Not only do my photos come out better, but I also have enough storage for photo editing apps like VSCO (feel free to check me out here; also, let me know if this site is still relevant?).

This is partially why I’ve been posting so much more on Instagram, and why there have been several photos of plants, and the outdoors; the beautiful weather, and exploring KW, be it my backyard or the towns, has provided me a wide range of opportunities to play with my phone camera. An aspect of that, for me, is trying out different angles, to find the best shot; different angles can also lead one to view things and places in different ways.

Wild fungi growing in my backyard. Photo taken by Janice Lam (lamjylam)

Wild fungi growing in my backyard.

Coming home for the summer was always in the plans. Coming home for a time with no exact deadline has been different, and was, at first, unexpected. However,  it’s been a good time so far, and I hope more here continues to show me different things.

End note: There’s also the fact that I started blogging here again, and that’s nice. I just hope anyone reading this enjoys what I write somewhat as much as I enjoy writing these random – with regards to both timing and content – posts.  

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