I was fired.
See, ever since the start of Dani Press, I’d been moonlighting as a server hustling into the late hours. I couldn't do one thing full-time, so I did two things full-time.
I chalk that up as the reason I didn't experience Summer 2014. I was catching a bit of sunshine between gigs and that was about it.
If we rewind for a second, I can explain that part of the reason I ripped myself from Vancouver to Toronto was because I had been fired from a serving job. The mental momentum had already started churning for the move beforehand, but it was the proverbial nail in the coffin.
I cancelled a trip to Japan and used the money to move across the country instead.
This time, I charged two cocktails to the manager who fired me and waved goodbye.
I cancelled a trip to Italy and used the money to strike out on my own instead.
If you're sensing a theme, well, all aboard the bandwagon.
I could keep getting puked up and out of an industry I didn't want to be in in the first place, or stay out.
It took crossing the street post-cocktails to know I wanted to stay out.
I would move to the 'burbs, eat ramen for a year and never pass the threshold of a thrift store again for all I cared.
But the decision felt exactly like you would expect it to.
Terrifying, terrifying, and incredibly terrifying.
Yet, I couldn't shake the feeling that I'd rather be terrified and doing what I'm meant to be doing than smiling in the faux safety of serving.
If I had waited for myself to finally give up the financial blankie that it was, I could've been there way too long.
So God, as the knowing Father He is, just jerked the damn thing out of my hands.
This time, I didn't cry.
This time, I was ready.
To be continued...
Why 12 for Toronto?
I want anyone, from a first-time tourist to the seasoned city veteran, to wander through our shops and have their eyes hook on a colourful film photograph taken from right here in our neighbourhoods.
To be able to pen a simple note to someone, not on outdated souvenir paper, but on a meaningful alternative they can send not only from them, but from this diverse, beautiful, commanding beast of a city.
I want these notes to go around the world.
For pieces of Toronto to land everywhere to exclaim the goodness and pride we have in our home.
EACH CARD IS AVAILABLE TODAY, WITH A BOXED SET OF ALL 12 AVAILABLE AT THE END OF THE SERIES ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 28!