Our New Life

We’re about as ready as we’ll ever be for the next big change in our life – a move across the country to Montreal… today.

If you feel that this has come on quite suddenly, you’d be right. Kevin and I made the decision about 1.5 months ago and it’s been a whirlwind of craziness ever since. But the thought of changing our lives for the better and doing something drastic; like selling our vehicles, the majority of our things and relocating, has been on both of our minds for the better part 2012.

The time I spent in India earlier this year gave me the opportunity to  figure out where I was in life, what I wanted, and what was important to me. I returned home with a clear picture of what I needed out of life and what I had at the moment just wasn’t it! Although there was a lot I wanted to improve, it was clear that the first order of business had to be for me to leave my job. Instead of getting hung up on the details as I usually do, I just set the intention that an opportunity would present itself and things would just workout.

During my first day back at the office from my travels and, as luck would have it, up popped that opportunity! I was asked to stay on for 5 months while they looked for my replacement which gave us time to save money and come up with a plan. We felt good about my job transition and although I was fearful of the next chapter, deep down I knew it was the right decision.

Just as the opportunity to leave my job magically fell into place, so has everything else. Two weeks before my last day of work on August 31, Kevin and I decided to move across the country to Montreal. New adventures, a smaller home, a brand new place to explore… it fit. We booked a trip to search for a place to rent, explore the city we would soon call home, and introduce ourselves to new people. Oh right, and eat good food!

Kevin and I in front of our vacant lot in 2009

This change is one of the biggest I’ve ever made for myself. It’s been filled with tears, doubt, and a whole lot of excitement, too. We love it in Airdrie. We’ve grown a stable and loving life here, have great neighbors and fabulous memories. We built our home with every intention of growing old here together and now; just 2 years later, we’re renting it out to someone and moving 3,000 kilometers away to a city we’ve only been to once, in a rental home 50% smaller than our current one, and so far away from family that we have no one to depend on but ourselves.

You’d think with all of the crazy things I’ve gotten up to this year that I’d be good with change but you’d be dead wrong, I’ve never been good with it. I hate feeling like I have no control over things, always second guess myself when I’ve made big decisions, and continuously doubt that I deserve to be happy when something good happens in my life. I keep reminding myself that it’s okay to be scared, but that it’s not okay to stop living life because of my fears.

I’ve realized that my life has to be about trying new things, collecting accomplishments, exploring the world, and embarking on grand adventures. Really, I don’t know what could be grander than going to India, quitting my job, and moving across the country all in the same year. I think I’ve hit my maximum allowable change limit, time to take it easy after this.

The movers are picking up our things this morning, we’ll head to my parents house where we’ll stay until Sunday, then hop on a plane with the dogs to Quebec – the place we will call home from here on in. It’s going to be a crazy couple of weeks!

I’ve asked a bunch of my favorite blogging ladies to share some fantastic gluten-free recipes with you while Kevin and I embark on this next chapter of our lives. I’ll be posting updates along the way and look forward to getting into my new (very small) kitchen to whip up all of the recipe ideas I’ll surely gather over the next 2-3 weeks.

As the French say, au revoir!

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  1. Ahhh Leanne! Awesome post! I know first hand how scary it can get to make a big move, and sometimes it is better if you don;t know what might be coming and all the things you have to deal with. I know you guys will have a great time and it won;t be difficult to acclimate to the new surroundings! What an awesome decision. I moved to the US from Switzerland, leaving family and friends behind, to be with my fiancee at the time, it was a bit more difficult since I had no one that was in the same boat, (and sadly a not very understanding partner), at least you guys have each other! I am sooo exited for you and can;t wait to hear about your next steps :)

    • Thank you, Simone! Sounds like you had one crazy adventure, too. Are you still in the US?

  2. Chiming in late here but I think it’s so totally awesome that you made this decision. My husband and I toyed with the idea of moving cross-country once, but I guess we are too comfortable to leave the home we love and our families. Ahh, a girl can dream! I can’t wait to see what you cook up (both in and out of the kitchen) over on the east coast :)

    • Thanks Cara! We were comfortable at home in Alberta, too. The first day here in Montreal has been different, but different good. Can’t wait to get settled. A girl CAN dream and hey, it’s never too late.

  3. Welcome to Québec!
    It’s such a nice place to live, isn’t it?
    Part of me is dying to live in Montreal, but my lovely boyfriend won’t follow me. So I’m sticking in the Gatineau/Ottawa area. Speaking of, if you happen to drop in Ottawa, you have to try The Table. A very cosy, lovely vegan restaurant located on Wellington. They have a good selection of gluten-free plates too! So yup…

    • Yum, thanks for the recommendation, Anne! Vegan restaurants are few and far between in Alberta. My plan – visit every single one!!

  4. Wow! Best of luck, Leanne! I went to Montreal for school and I miss it a lot! I can tell from your last few Montreal posts that you’ve already started to fall in love with the city :) It’s going to be great!

    • Thanks a bunch, Vincci! Yes, I did fall in love with the city pretty darn quickly! It’s hard not to :)

  5. Big one! Good for you guys. Moving is a major thing. The best advice someone gave to me was : Invest invest invest invest in meeting people, volunteer, do courses, workout groups etc. And..enjoy and be proud of yourself;-)

    • Thanks Ingrid! We already have a bunch of courses lined up :)

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