Big life announcement I’m moving!
The 1st January 2017 is when all of this started. My boyfriend and I (Danny, in case you don’t know, now you know) for a while have been both working that jobs that didn’t particularly make us happy. Whilst we’ve always been able to keep a job down, we ultimately felt a bit uninspired and we needed to do something different. We made a promise to each other to do things differently in 2017 and to stop waiting on our arses for something to change, as we are the only ones who can make things happen for ourselves. So came into our head the idea of travelling/moving. We live in Worthing, West Sussex which is a little seaside town, it’s not a bad place – don’t get me wrong, but we’ve both wanted to get out of our comfort zone as the world is a pretty big place and we both felt we’ve only seen a small percentage of it.
I’m 29 and Danny is 30, so it’s the time in our lives where people we know are getting married, buying houses and having babies. Not that we don’t want any of those because WE DO! Just the world is a big place and we feel like we have a lot to catch up on. We both didn’t go to University, nor did we get to go on any gap years or shit like that. So we never had the chance to go explore living in a new area. Also, we’ve both been working since we’ve been 13-year-olds and have never taken time out to go on a break or anything. The biggest thing I’ve done is move 40 mins down the road from my hometown Eastbourne. Other than that, my life hasn’t been the most adventurous.
After a few hours of researching visas, we stumbled across the IEC Visa for Canada which strikes the perfect balance of working and travelling. At this point I didn’t know much about Canada other than the typical stereotypes of lumberjacks cutting wood along with the classic maple leaf – however, I have since learnt (obvs) Canada has so much more to offer!
For me, I’m the kind of person who heavily cares what other people think of me. I hate to disappoint my friends and family and I knew that telling my family about my move would be the hardest thing ever. Not that my family are horrible people because they aren’t in the slightest. Just because I knew the news would make them so sad. It doesn’t help that there is a lot of stuff happening in my family which is already stressful and my announcement just adds fuel to the fire. Tbh what I’ve learnt in my whole 29 years of living on this planet, is that there is no better time like the present – as there will never be a better time – so you might as well suck it up and get it out! I honestly hated telling my parents, I cried before I even got the words out of my mouth. Safe to say it was one of the most emotional points of my life, certainly a bittersweet experience.
The decision to move abroad was certainly not a light-hearted decision in the slightest because I need to plan things out to the T. I sadly can’t always act spontaneously, as I have to research the crap out of everything until I’ve exhausted all avenues. I just like to make sure I am fully prepared for anything and EVERYTHING – I don’t like to let my pessimistic side win. Which I can safely say I’ve been doing successfully researching for the past 9 months now (which is exhausting).
At the time I wasn’t working remotely so I was going to quit my job to make our dream happen. But now I am SUPER DUPER LUCKY to be working for a very understanding employer who is supporting my temporarily move abroad. Danny, on the other hand, doesn’t work remotely like me, but at least one of us will have an income until we can sort ourselves out – one less thing to worry about.
Kinda crazy to think we are moving to a city that we’ve never, ever have visited. However, it’s nice to know that I do know some people from work are in the area. I already had my pal Christina help me with her expertise on neighbourhoods and I’m excited to be able to join her for co-working sessions in fancy coffee shops. #ThatRemoteWorkLife
✔️ Flights booked
✔️ VISA approved
✔️ Travel Insurance
✔️ POA to downsize our whole flat is in progress!
I will, of course, be documenting this because as I am sure there are other people who like me were not sure if this was right for them, but want to hear about other people’s stories. Or just have a general nose.
So yeah, there is my big announcement!
Until next time xo