Here you will find some answers to some of the more commonly asked questions I receive. That way you don’t need to dig around the blog for them. If you have anything else you’re itching to know, you can contact me and I will get back to you (hopefully. I’m not always the best at email). I’ve divided them into Personal, Immigration and Blog-related categories.
How do you say your name?
My name (Aisling) is pronounced like “ashleen.” It is definitely a confusing name to begin with (unless you’re Irish, I suppose), made even more confusing by the fact that it’s usually pronounced “ash-ling.” I respond to both, but my mom got the pronunciation from a note in the book Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy which, incidentally, is a good book although I’m not always impressed with my namesake’s character.
How long have you been gluten free?
I’ve been on an exclusively gluten free diet since October 2013. I was sick for a long time (a few years!) before an elimination diet pinpointed gluten as the problem. When I finally moved to Brighton and was responsible for my own meals I made the change and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I’m never sick anymore (apart from when I accidentally eat gluten) and I’m able to think a lot more clearly. It can be a bit annoying when I need to eat at restaurants, but I haven’t gone hungry yet!
How did you become a web designer?
I started playing with HTML and CSS way back in 1999. I liked making small webpages, mainly as a canvas for my writing. I was never really into art when I was younger. I think the last art class I’ve taken was in elementary school. But, I was a teenage girl, and I wanted my blog to look pretty. Around 2008 I began to take it more seriously and some of my blog designs began to get noticed by blogs in “the industry.” In 2009 I was accepted into the New Media Production & Design program at SAIT Polytechnic, where I studied for two years. I did some internships as a student, landed a job as a fresh graduate and I’ve been a web designer (and front-end developer) ever since.
When did you decide to move to the UK and why?
I’ve always been interested in the UK, and often daydreamed of moving there, but it didn’t seem like a reality until late in the summer of 2012. I’ve just always liked the idea of living abroad, and it seemed like a good opportunity, so I decided to try for a Visa and I got one.
So do you hate Canada?
Whoa, whoa, whoa. No way! I love Canada. Maybe a little too much. But I love other places too, and I want to experience them as well!
How long do you plan to stay in the UK? How long will your Visa allow you to stay?
I really, really love my life in the UK, so right now I plan to stay as long as I can! My Visa allows me to stay for 5 years, with the option of applying for indefinite leave to remain at the end. But, as it stands, the British government has the right to kick me out on May 25, 2018.
What kind of Visa do you have?
My Visa is of the Ancestry variety. Basically, because I am a citizen of a Commonwealth country (Canada) and my paternal grandfather was born in the United Kingdom I was eligible for this Visa, which allows me to live and work in the UK for 5+ years.
What has been the most difficult part of moving?
Definitely leaving behind my friends and family. But, mostly leaving behind my doggy, who died at age 16 in 2015. It’s still my biggest regret about moving.
Which part of moving was easier than you expected?
I am a very lucky person because, for the most part, everything has gone very well. Hopefully answering this question doesn’t jinx that!
What kind of camera do you use?
My DSLR camera is a Canon Rebel T3i/600D. Pre-July 2015 the majority of photos on this blog are simply taken with the camera on my iPhone 5. In July I got the Canon PowerShot G7X for my daily camera. My current phone is the Sony Xperia X.
How long have you been blogging?
Forever. I started as a pre-teen in 1999, got fairly more serious in 2006/2007 when I documented my life in Katimavik, and continued to take it seriously until I graduated from post secondary in 2011. You might best remember me from my blog Dreamling, or perhaps from its spinoff aisy.ca. Now that I’m a bit more settled into my life, I’ve started branching out a bit more again and writing about things other than immigration policies and expat life.
Will you advertise ‘x’ on your blog?
In the past I’ve played a little hard to get, but I do actually like working with brands if it’s something I’m interested in! If you would like more information, or to chat about opportunities, please head over to the contact page. Although I will say off the bat that I’m not one to plaster advertisements all over this thing (I’ve worked far too hard on the design to mess it up with ugly, flashy banner ads!)
Will you design a blog theme for me?
Unfortunately I am a bit busy (but mostly lazy) at the moment, however I can probably recommend a few people if you ask me.