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Musings on moving

My life changed dramatically back in October of last year when we left Victoria and moved across the country to Windsor, yet we’ve settled in to our new home so quickly and well that it’s strange to think we’ve been here such a very short time! Sometimes I have to remind myself just how different things are for me these days.

  • I’m living in a brand new city, in another province, in a whole different part of the country.
  • My home is a very old, fully detached house, not a newer townhouse or condo.
  • My immediate family is some 4,000 km away from me.
  • My co-workers and friends are also some 4,000 km away from me.
  • For the first time in a couple of decades I no longer work full-time, and as of April will be working even fewer hours.
  • My workspace is a room in my home, instead of a downtown Victoria office shared with my co-workers.
  • I am writing every day.
  • I am taking better care of myself by making good food choices and getting enough sleep.
  • I am losing weight and starting to feel better about myself.
  • I am spending less money on frivolous, unnecessary things.
  • I have more energy and enthusiasm and hope for new ventures and possibilities.
  • I am making new friends, and it’s not as difficult as I thought it would be.
  • I am happier, more content, and excited about the future.

Several people wondered why on earth we a) chose to leave Victoria, and b) chose to move to Windsor, of all places… but despite the physical distance between me and my loved ones and old friends (plus the fact that tornado season appears to have started a couple of months early!), moving here was the absolute best decision we could have made.

I feel a tremendous sense of empowerment and strength, because WOW… we did this! We identified issues that needed to be dealt with, came up with solutions to address those issues, put a plan in place, and, most importantly, successfully executed our plan.

If we can do this, we can do anything!

The other day my husband told a friend that it’s like suddenly we’re in the springtime of our lives.

He’s right. And I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.