Time To Hit The Reset Button!

Land of Milk and Honey: Where?

milk and honeyThis year will be 14 years since we migrated to Canada and specifically settled in Edmonton, Alberta. Things had reach a point on our island home of Jamaica that it was time to hit the reset button. The political temperature of Jamaica was always running high and sad to say, most of us were accustomed to that so that was not the main reason. My career was transitioning, moving away from a primarily public relations and communications focus to a more spiritual/counselling one. In that sense, the reset button was already being pounded for me.

However, it was my mate at the time who was the driving force, pushing us to migrate. We had previously considered another country but Canada seemed more promising. Being the researcher and general mover and shaker in our relationship, it was I who did the legwork and put together our application for permanent residency. At the time, there was a point system for independent applicants and you had to get at least 70 points to be considered suitable. One of the factors that was given special weighting was your desired destination in Canada.

I think it would be fair to say that the majority of Jamaicans at the time were destined to Toronto. My mate was especially excited for us to migrate to Vancouver, British Columbia for several reasons, not least of which was the climate that was a bit more welcoming than most other parts of Canada. However, my research showed that Alberta was a much more promising destination as it had a booming economy. This helped to make it easier for new immigrants find employment and settle that much faster or so it seemed. It then came down to where exactly in the province and while Calgary was the financial capital of it, Edmonton was our destination. The cost of living was less, there was more cultural diversity and the public transportation system seemed more accessible for those seeking employment and not having their own vehicles.

Back then…

Reset When Realities Kick In

For the most part, much of that was true at least in principle but we faced many challenges in the first few years. Despite a booming, oil-rich economy our settlement was hard and some of the issues that we faced ranged from:

  • our educational qualifications not readily accepted by many employers, although they were by the federal immigration authorities that gave us a substantial amount of points for them.
  • our vast and even high-level of professional experiences did not impress (or they scared off) many potential employers.
  • landlords extorting us, charging higher rents than they would due to us being “newcomers” and lacking a local track record when it comes to credit.
  • utilities, phone companies and other such services requiring larger deposits for new service, again because of our lack of a credit rating.
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As good a researcher as I am, nothing prepared us for these realities and others that we faced. Neither of us had expected to step on to streets paved with gold and milk and honey being served on every corner. However, the outright hardships, the rapid diminishing of the money we were required to have (at the time C$14,000) and the borderline poverty that we were facing had us again pounding the reset button! We had to “wheel and come again,” as was the saying in Jamaica, change career courses, adjust our living standards, eat differently and generally downgrade our lives, expectations and standard of living.

But we survived, albeit with shaking knees and copious tears for several years. We kept up a brave front for my daughter, who had not wanted to migrate. We had to make it to show her that things will and must work out in the end. They did and 14 years later, with much trial and tribulations, ending of the relationship between my then mate and I, strain on the one with my daughter, several career changes – we all held our own.

Today’s Reset

2016It is now 2016 and as I prepared for the day, scheduling posts to my social media profiles, the television kept me company in the background. It got my full attention when an economist/analyst commented that the province will have to hit the reset button as the much-lauded oil economy continues to decline. Since we migrated here in 2002, Alberta has enjoyed the profits from its “oil sands” with the price per barrel being well above US$100. So many people migrated from other provinces to come work “up North,” here and their lifestyle and tastes adjusted to meet the high incomes they were earning up to a couple of years ago.


Thanks to the Saudis, a large number of these “newcomers” to Alberta had to go back to their provinces or to other cities as their jobs have been cut. Those remaining in the northern parts of Alberta, where the oil fields are, or who are working in oil companies across the province have seen a drastic reduction in their incomes.Β  Reset buttons are being pushed all across Alberta as top of the line vehicles are being traded in, rent is dropping as fewer people can afford to rent or even get a mortgage, more people are accessing food banks, spending habits are changing as people become more frugal and many other measures to live within a vastly reduced budget.

Now, all of this does not scare me. Concerning as it is, I am not biting my fingernails. Why? I know this scenario very well. As I wrote yesterday, change and are I friends. One of my favourite sayings in life is “Change is the only constant,” and my reset button is always on ready. As the economist/analyst said earlier this morning, the economy is on a slide and the government of the province, as well as industry leaders, will have to make sharp adjustments to meet the new realities. That might include – raising base salaries for some sectors, reducing the spend on social services, and generally adjusting forecasts as they were predicated on US$100 per barrel oil.

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It Is An Art – Learn It!

resetOne thing that life has taught me, no – one of the many things – is that it will always auto-correct. Whether we are dealing with the economy of a province or an household; whether it is a relationship, a job/career path, friendships or societal issues, the reset button will get pushed at some point. That is why the art of embracing change is such an important “skill,” and one that I would suggest that you take some classes in asap.

Reset and start anew or resist and stagnate. It is as simple as that. Yes, I know it is easier said than done but with practice it becomes less scary. So start with something small. Reset your coffee drinking habit is one way. I inadvertently did that. If you read regularly or follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you will know that coffee is one of my greatest loves. However, for a couple months now I have been drinking a small cup of lemon/honey warm water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. The motivation behind that was an almost constant stomach burn. My doctor was threatening to send me for that test where they send a tube down your throat. I refused and started drinking my special brew. Result: no heartburn, regular bowel movement, no binge eating and (the sad part) I can only handle two mugs of coffee a day now.

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Wherever you live, whatever your circumstances in life, you would be doing yourself a great service by learning to reset when necessary before Life has to do it for you! If you need tips and a listening ear with this, be sure to sign-up and join the community here. When you do, you will get my FREE monthly newsletter that includes an affirmation poster. As well, subscribers now receive my Weekday Wisdom from Mondays – Thursdays to help them put a focus point on their day.

Have a wonderful Throwback Thursday! Remember, while it is great to look at where we are coming from, do not get stuck living in the past.

Happy Birthday to Contributor, Clara Brown! She is celebrating her 30th birthday today for the 10th time! LOL


Claudette P. Esterine


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46 thoughts on “Time To Hit The Reset Button!

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  3. jewell5022

    Thank you for sharing ! I think sometimes we should all reset a little bit for focus and clarity.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Absolutely, at some point in time we all need to hit that button – like it or not. Thanks for your visit! πŸ™‚

  4. Angie@chasingmyhalo

    “Reset and start anew or resist and stagnate”. How true! My nature is to fight against change, but I’m learning to set my reset button more and more in life. It’s hard, but it’s also life!

    1. Ms Claudette

      It’s hard and whoever says otherwise is a liar. But is is a must do or it will be done for you. That’s just how life works. All the best with it Angie. πŸ™‚

  5. Hitting the reset button, I like this. I always do this whenever I feel down or rusty.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Keep it greased that reset button! πŸ™‚

  6. I like the idea of having a reset button! And I also agree with the fact that everything will auto-correct itself. I try not to get too bent out of shape about things.

  7. Change many times causes us to see life with a new set of lenses, which causes a chain reaction when we interact with the world differently. Change can be difficult but many times it is a time of rebirth.

  8. exactly the art of embracing change is a skill and learning this skill is very important to moving forward

  9. dltolley

    ‘Change is the only constant’. So true. We’ve had three bread-winner family members affected by the recent downturn here in Edmonton. Scary times if you are unwilling to make the adjustments!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, you have to be willing to adjust. I am standing in the gap for you and your family Diane! πŸ™‚

  10. Sometimes it has hard to reset your mind and move on to something else, just to think all that we have to leave behind and how starting is sometimes hard. But sometimes all we need is a fresh start. I absolutely love this post

  11. The idea of hitting the reset button in our life is a great idea or concept. I do think it is important now a days for everyone to be open to change. You mentioned about drinking the honey and lemon water warm in the morning with your stomach issues gone which I will be sharing with both my sons. Thanks for a great post.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome! Yes, I have been drinking that brew for about two months now and it has really helped my stomach burn. πŸ™‚

  12. I’ve had to use my reset button in the past and as of a couple of years ago, using it was the best choice I have made in a long time. I enjoyed your post and I wish you luck in 2016.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Terri and the same and more to you in 2016! πŸ™‚

  13. I made once a big mistake in my life and now I think i I’m going to reset my button.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Go for it girl! I wish you all the best Nicole. πŸ™‚

  14. Sometimes I wish I could have a reset button and be able to hold my babies again, but yeah we all sometimes need to tighten our belts and batten down the hatches to weather storms on the horizon.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Absolutely Heather! Wondering what you meant be “holding your babies again,” if you don’t mind my asking?

  15. I am not good with the reset button. I hate making changes even in day to day things.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Like I said Tara, it is your choice how you experience change. πŸ™‚

  16. Embracing change is really important, sometimes I had to hit my own reset button.

    1. Ms Claudette

      We all have to do that and it is important to know how, even if you don’t need to too often. Thanks for your comment Lexie. πŸ™‚

  17. I just reset my button and ready for changes. Just hope things go smoothly and as I plan

    1. Ms Claudette

      Good for you Rika! πŸ™‚

  18. laci

    if i didnt have a reset button i would be in a huge mess it seems so hard and it is but i also thank god for reset buttons !!! you are doing amazing !!! Laci

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Laci and thank heavens for that button! πŸ™‚

  19. Elizabeth O.

    Hitting the reset button is tough, there will always be unexpected events and surprises along the way. I’m glad you’re able to withstand all that and come out stronger. I hope this year is the year to just run along the tide smoothly.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Elizabeth! Yes, I am claiming this year as the launch pad of all the wonderful ones ahead. πŸ™‚

  20. I get heartburn all the time! It is important to make a change when needed.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am not a doctor but have you tried that lemon/honey water? It works wonders for me Ana. πŸ™‚

  21. I have had to press the reset button a few times in my life. I can’t say that I love change, but it’s inevitable and we have to be flexible!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Flexibility is key! thanks for our contribution to the conversation! πŸ™‚

  22. abccreativelearning

    I have to hit those reset buttons once in a while too! It’s a great way to start fresh and ready to rock again!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Precisely! I love that rocking again attitude! πŸ™‚

  23. We all have access to the reset button even without our dong a thing. Its called our inner spirit. We go to bed and wake up at dawn having changed in ways we cannot begin to imagine. We get a whole new day to start afresh…Then we consciously can take up the Universe’ offer for a new beginning…The Reset button is on 24/7 we jut ignore it! As we carry on what we think is our purpose. Divine or not!

    1. Ms Claudette

      As the scientists/biologists or whatever they are report, the cells in our body change entirely over a short space of time. So in fact, we become new very regularly but fail to realise that. The reset button is pushed internally constantly! Thanks as always Julie for your perspective. Namaste. πŸ™‚

  24. The reset button is SO needed. I personally have quite a few big goals for this year, and am taking this upcoming weekend to focus on a plan of action for them all.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I hope a bright light comes on for you Nicole as you do your reflection this weekend! Namaste. πŸ™‚

  25. That reset button is a must now and then….we have to keep it well oiled in case of emergeny

    1. Ms Claudette

      Absolutely! Couldn’t agree more! πŸ™‚

  26. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    My own personal reset button has helped me more than once.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am sure it has! πŸ™‚

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