Hello my friends!
By the time I was able to get around to bringing you an update for March, I realized that April was also almost over. I’ve decided to combine them into one cohesive, delightful update.
When we last spoke, I had just moved to Vancouver in a last-minute sort of fashion, and was just soaking everything in. Part of the joy of moving somewhere new is being able to be a tourist in your own city. And the fun in that regard hasn’t stopped.
For example, just last weekend we walked through the trendy area of Kitsilano, exploring the neighbourhood, the trendy shops, and a great (also insanely busy!) cafe. We then took a boardwalk back towards our neighbourhood, exploring an area that is so close to use that we hadn’t had the chance to enjoy yet.
We rounded off the afternoon by stopping for a vegan cinnamon bun at a cafe just a few blocks away from us. It’s all still so fun and exciting. I know eventually this feeling might fade, but in terms of all the things we could see, we’ve barely touched the tip of ice berg. There will be more adventures for many more weeks to come.
Settling into life here has been very rewarding. I have a job I enjoy, I’ve been trying new things (dance classes!!) and I’m settling into a routine overall that works for me.
But the one thing that sticks in the back of my mind is that I never want to become complacent. I always want to keep pushing the envelope to see what’s possible for me. And that’s not because my life right now isn’t good enough – it’s just because I know for me that growth is the key to happiness.
Speaking of growth, spring is here. It’s just so beautiful here. I am eagerly awaiting summer – all I can think about is beach days, picnics, iced coffee, and feeling the sun on my skin.
We’ll be doing some kind of adventure this summer, but we haven’t decided on what exactly. It could be a house boating weekend, it could be a drive down to the US, it could be a week somewhere warm. All of those ideas are on our list, but right now we have bigger fish to fry… like finding a more permanent place to live. Once we get that ironed out, we can move onto the next big thing.
In the meantime, I’m looking forward to my twin sister and her partner coming out here in June (yay!) and my mom coming out here in July (YAY AGAIN!). The only downside to being here is missing my family, and although we stay in touch constantly, I miss their energy and physical presence. I can’t wait to see them again.
Aside from missing my family and friends a great deal, life is so great right now. It’s peaceful. And this move was a great reminder that some of the best moves in life challenge you, test you, and are incredibly scary. But if you trust your gut enough, and you’re willing to take the leap… it just might pay off.
What are your plans for this summer? I’d love to hear them! Maybe it will give us some more good ideas to consider.