How to find farm work to extend your visa in 2020 and beyond

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The author working on a lime farm

Nothing was as we thought it would be. It took us much longer than expected to find farm work. As Canadian backpackers, we read all the blogs and all the advice on the web, and hardly any of it helped.

That’s why I’m writing this article. I want to help those who find themselves in the same situation that we did — Having a hard time finding farm work. It took us almost two full months to land a job on a farm, and even then, it was on and off.

The secret to finding work for us was all about who we met. We thought that posting in Facebook groups and applying online was our golden ticket, but without experience, it was a basic, supplementary chore. …


5 lessons learned while working as a night manager

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Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash

It’s 2:45 am, and she refuses to stop arguing with me. I can tell she is French; she is drunk, and is on a mission to “speak with the manager.” Well, guess what, sweetheart, I am the manager.

The situation began to escalate when I politely told her and her obliterated posse that the kitchen was temporarily out of bounds because I was cleaning. The floors were wet, and there was bleach on the kitchen surfaces.

The hostel is also at full capacity. Some well-mannered neighbors are trying to get some shut-eye for their big day of waterfall touring and bungee jumping in the Atherton Tablelands, surrounding the small city of Cairns, Australia. …


How you handle frustration speaks volumes about your character

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Photo by Clément Falize on Unsplash

It was thirty-six degrees celsius. Beads of sweat were building up on my forehead, and I could feel waves of frustration ebbing off of my displeased girlfriend.

I was also getting frustrated. We couldn’t figure out how to feed the slackline through the ratchet. A slackline is a belt that you tie and tighten between two trees, like a tight rope, that you then try to walk on while maintaining balance.

We had borrowed a friend’s slackline and intended to set it up at the park across the street to occupy ourselves for the afternoon. …


Getting to the root of the problem is the first step

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Photo by Ralph Sadaka on Unsplash

You don’t feel like writing anymore. You got to a point where every day feels like a Greco-Roman wrestling match against you and your will to write. You still write, but the sparkle in your eye is long gone.

That was me two months ago. “Dammit Mic, what’s wrong with you,” is something I repeated to myself every day until I completely stopped writing. At first, I thought I was lazy. I thought I’d royally fallen off, and there was nothing left to write about.

I started to fizzle after eight months of consistent writing. For some, it’ll be more, and for others, it’ll be less. A rare few will plow on without missing a day for years, but unless you’re a god among mortals, don’t worry. …


Here’s how small shifts in lifestyle can bring great results in overcoming complacency

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Photo by Fernando Jorge on Unsplash

I used to sit in my office believing the story I’d been fed of how life ought to be lived out. I thought that if I gritted my teeth and continued the same routine for years, I’d be the version of success that society wanted me to be.

I believed that doing the same thing in the same place over and over again was how I was supposed to live out my short life on earth. …


You’re chasing the wrong idea of success.

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If you ask anyone at work if they’d want to be rich and famous, they’ll say yes, and if they don’t, I’ll eat my shoe — or applaud them — for they must be wise. Fame and money have been ingrained in us as the definition of success.

Many are working towards a goal with the underlying motivator being fame or money. This isn’t a bad thing, as money can increase the standard of living and fame can increase your income.

Let’s examine the rich and famous for a moment

Why do we define them as successful? Because they’re rich and famous, of course. But what if they weren’t? What if Leonardo DiCaprio worked just as hard, and he was just as great, but his movies were all destroyed before they made it to to the big screen? …


A no-bullshit guide to waking up early.

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Photo by Pim Chu on Unsplash

Every night you go to bed, determined to wake up early. You set your alarm an hour before you need to start getting ready for work. You stare at your phone, crunching the numbers to figure out how many hours of sleep you’ll get if you lie down and pass out right now.

You cringe when you realize you’ll only get six hours and forty-four minutes. No matter, tomorrow is a new day, and you’re finally going to do it. You lie down, begging your brain to shut down.

It’s almost as if your brain can hear your plea, and it doesn’t give a shit. It smirks as it tosses a half-smoked cigarette deep into your grey matter. Your brain mounts its Harley and floors it into the land of overthinking, anxiety, and what-if scenarios. …


#1 Reason: Travel is a super catalyst for growth and purpose

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Let’s talk about the radio for a minute — don’t worry, I’ll relate this to moving abroad in the next few paragraphs. I’m sure you can remember listening to the radio growing up while driving around with your parents.

There was no Bluetooth, and there were no streaming services. If you wanted to branch out, you’d have to hear about new music on the radio, then go out and buy a CD or a cassette. Most of the time, the easiest way to listen to music was to stick to the radio.

Fast forward a few years. It became easier to find new music and new artists you didn’t hear about on the radio. I remember opening Limewire for the first time with sparkling eyes. I spent hours finding songs that I liked and then finding new music by association. I loved the new music I’d never heard before, and I wanted more. …


A practical reminder to be kind to yourself

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When David Goggins started his journey to become a Navy SEAL, he was a 300-pound cockroach killer. He drove around town all night, entering food establishments and killing cockroaches.

He was in no condition to jog, let alone become a combat diver. He would look at his mirror with disgust and loathing while slurping down an extra-large milkshake after every shift.

One day, he snapped. He’d had enough. He was tired of being overweight, tired of looking at the Navy SEAL poster in his room, and doing nothing about it. He stood in front of his mirror and took inventory.

Accountability is about not lying to yourself

When Goggins stood in front of that mirror, he called himself out. He looked at his reflection and said, “You’re fat, you’re lazy, and you’re a liar. …


Another way to grow your mind that doesn’t require books

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You can’t be bothered to read. Every time you pick up a book, you put it down thirty pages later. I’m not here to shame you. I’m here to tell you there is another way to get your daily dose of life lessons.

Yes, reading IS all it’s cracked up to be, but it can take a while to warm up to it. In the meantime, you must learn to see the hidden lessons in daily activities and interactions.

To do that, you need to develop excellent listening skills. And I don’t mean listening when someone is speaking and waiting to answer. …

About

Michal Bernolak

Writer and founder of Hits Different Audio, a mixing and mastering service for music artists.

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