This week I submitted my application for my UK provisional drivers license. Once I have this I will be allowed to do my written test and then in car, on the road training begins – yikes! When I first got my drivers licence in Canada I was 23 years old. I was terrified of driving and held off from getting my licence until I absolutely had to. I had waited until I absolutely needed a driver’s licence which was when my sister was getting married and she was moving out of the house to start her new family. I needed a means of transportation to get to her new house otherwise I wasn’t going to be seeing her as much as I would have liked. Her moving out was a real kick in the butt! When I finished my driving test I felt so silly for putting off getting my licence for so long. Driving was a piece of cake. The minute I passed my test I went the same day to the car dealership and bought my first car. If you know me, when I make a decision about something I’m all in.
Here I am 7 years later and I’m starting from the ground up again, although this time around I am no longer facing the same fear of driving I was back then. Of course, there is a bit of fear in me about getting my British drivers licence. For starters, they drive on the left side of road!! Second is the manual car and the unforgiving hilly roads I will be learning to drive on. If you’ve ever been to Yorkshire, you know what I mean. Fun fact: in the UK there are two tests, one for manual and one for automatic. If you complete your automatic drivers licence you can only drive automatic. I thought I would be able to take the easy way out and do all my testing on an automatic car, but then I still wouldn’t be able to drive as we have a manual car, boo. I will be the first to admit I’m scared, but I also really really want to drive! I miss the convenience of getting in my car and driving anywhere. As I write this I can hear my husband’s voice in my ear saying, “If your WHY is strong enough, you can achieve anything!” I’ve got this, I think.
When moving to another country there are so many little things that you sort of overlook and don’t even think about that will make the transition difficult. You naturally assume it will be all the big things, which of course these still have a big impact, but I’ve found that the little things that creep up out of nowhere and surprise you are the ones that are the most challenging to overcome.
One of the toughest things about moving abroad has been adjusting my mindset to living the Yorkshire lifestyle. A lot of the time I find my head is still living in Toronto and I have the same expectations I would if I were in Toronto, but some of these ideas and expectations are just not possible here. It’s entirely different, and that doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with it. It’s just different. That’s it. I’m learning how to integrate myself into this new world I am living in. Beginning the application process for my drivers licence, joining the gym, going to spin and yoga classes (like I used to in Toronto, although these are not the same, but it’s a start), and finding local shops that I fancy are just a few of the ways I have begun to immerse myself in the local community here and I am finally feeling like I’m adjusting, yay!
Another passed time that has helped me with my transition is time spent in the kitchen and thankfully my husband enjoys this as much as I do. For months, I had been wanting to make a green smoothie. I used to love making smoothies for an easy breakfast or after spin class snack. This green smoothie bowl is low in carb and super tasty! Smoothies can be tricky at times, especially when making them with minimal high sugar fruits and low in carbs. I was honestly pleasantly surprised with how well it turned out!
GREEN SMOOTHIE BOWL
- 1/2 cup Coconut milk, unsweetened
- handful of Spinach
- handful of Cauliflower
- 1/2 Avocado
- 1/4 cup Raspberries
- 1 tbsp Nut butter
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp Pink sea salt
- Pour all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour smoothie mixture into bowl and add your toppings. Some of my favourites are coconut chips, walnuts, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and mixed berries!