Just like any other of my kind, I carry things inside me that you would be astonished by. Things that would disgust you, things that would perplex you, things that would amaze you. And — just like any other of my kind — I also carry things that will comfort you. These are the pieces you reach for when you are lonely or otherwise lacking, desperately digging through me until you find what you are searching for.
Very grateful for the opportunity to be featured on this great site for British people in Toronto. It’s called http://www.britsintoronto.com, funnily enough.
It’s been absolutely zonks since we featured a Successful Brit in Toronto, maybe because we’ve all been caught up in the excitement of the Pan Am Games or something.
What made you decide to choose Toronto as a city of choice? Did you plan a permanent move, or wanted to “try it for a while and see how it goes” and it turned out to be longer than planned?
My decision to move here came at a time when I was searching for “more” — more from my career, more ways to see the world, and more opportunities for myself that I knew wouldn’t be possible from my relatively small Scottish hometown.
It’s been nearly two years now and I’m excited to see what’s next!
What steps did you take to land your first Toronto job? Did the infamous “Canadian experience” hinder you in any…
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I am lucky enough to be under the direction of a group of passionate, ambitious individuals who want nothing more than to see their business - and its people - excel. I strongly believe that the first step to being successful in a business begins with having the same values and goals as those who lead. During the first few minutes of my interview, my director said: "This is not a nine to five job." And I thought, "good." Because that wasn't what I wanted.
I overthink every single minuscule, seemingly unimportant detail when it comes to things I care about. I care about work, so I always strive for perfection in everything that I do. If I'm pushed for time, I fret over being unable to proofread a proposal as many times as I'd like to before I've turned it in - even if I know that the spelling is perfect and the concepts are sound. If I'm pitching a new, slightly "out there" idea, until I hear...
Lungs crackle with ice And hot coffee slides Down muffled throats Smoke swirls from cigarettes And shivering hands Seek solace in pockets Battered boots beat Solemn streets Under cold wind Crushing down Legs and lips Burn whisky-warm As fierce fire gives way To an incandescent ache Exposed ears And naked noses … Continue reading Winter
For the past couple of months - and I'm willing to bet that this is true for almost every Scottish person who has Facebook - my newsfeed has been overflowing with posts about the upcoming independence referendum. We've seen posts about "yes," and posts about "no," and even posts about "maybe." We've seen posts about … Continue reading I’m Not Voting in the Independence Referendum
1. Keep your family close. Keep them in your mind and keep them in your heart. But most importantly, keep them in your contacts list so you can call them at 2.30am sobbing uncontrollably because your favourite character died in that TV show you've been obsessing over for the past few months (sorry, Mum). 2. Do nice … Continue reading How to be Happy
To Nando's and Buddy's and rum on the beach; To passing it on and taking turns each. To street parties and house parties and the mess that comes with them; To eating 4am burgers on the floor of my kitchen. To accidental cock-blocks and stolen life rings; To tipsy walks home and spicy chicken wings. To … Continue reading To Andrew
Breaking Bad is many things. It's funny, it's inventive and it's intelligent - but most of all, it is human. There are lots of reasons to love Breaking Bad. These are mine. 1. Well-placed and often visually stunning time-lapse shots. 2. Wonderfully imaginative camera angles. 3. Walt Jr.'s unshakable, unbreakable devotion to the fine art of … Continue reading 20 Things I Love About Breaking Bad
Facebook and Twitter and checking your newsfeed Miley and 1D and feeling your ears bleed Iced frappes and thigh gaps and tight-fitting leggings Gym sessions don’t count if you didn’t check in Untagging, retweeting and following back Hashtag “nofilter,” did you Instagram that? Beyoncé and Ugg boots and Marilyn quotes “This is amazeballs!” “Yeah, babe, … Continue reading #NoFilter