A few of my favourite...moving helpers

I think boxes with proper handles actually make your things weigh less.

Playing music (loudly) makes packing so much more bearable

Two of the most essential pieces of equipment when it comes to packing.

In case you didn't guess, I'm moving!

When I graduated last year I knew I was going to take the coming year to figure out my next move. I saw myself doing one of two things - going back to school to get a masters degree in counselling psych and becoming a play/art therapist for kids OR going back to school to pursue a career centred around creativity online. Over the past few months I really started leaning towards one option and began doing some research into what it would look like. I met with a few people, made long pro/con lists, had many a conversation with family and friends, and have ultimately decided that going to school and studying to become a web designer and developer is what I want to do.

Within the span of about 3 and a half weeks everything was pretty much sorted. I’d applied and been accepted, figured out where I was going live, got my finances in order, freaked out about the decision, and told the people who needed to be informed (roommate, landlord, bosses).

This is a big move for me. I love it here in Victoria. I’ve met some wonderful people, had some incredible experiences and opportunities, and turned this city into my home. There is so much creativity here on the island and a supportive community of makers, doers, and thinkers and leaving it feels really sad. I’ve loved being a part of the community and am so grateful to all of the people who I connected with and got to share things with. All of them were integral parts of my experience while living here and I will forever be grateful for their support, kindness, and generosity.

As hard as it is to leave, I am so freaking excited to start my next adventure. I’ll be in school full time, doing creative work, and turning my love for technology into a career - how lucky am I?! I’ll be living in the garage of my parent’s house which someone recently pointed out to me, has historically been a place where incredible things have happened: Steve Jobs started Apple in his parent’s garage, the original Patagonia started in Yvon Chouinard’s parent’s garage, Google started out in a garage, Amazon was first located in a garage… the list goes on! While I don’t have dreams to become the next Apple, Google, or Amazon, it feels good knowing that my garage dwelling won’t be a hindrance to my success.

So, to world I say this: this is not the end of the blog, just the end of a chapter of it. I’ll be focusing less on places and more on lifestyle - living a creative, simple, and sustainable one. To my Victoria peeps, again I want to say thank you - for supporting and reading the blog, collaborating with me, and just being an inspiring creative force of awesome people. I have a few more Victoria-based posts up my sleeve but if you’ve ever wanted to be part of the blog, please please please let me know, I would love to have you!