I don’t know how much of my backstory is truly necessary here, so I will try to be brief. I lived a very consumer-driven lifestyle, which was only enhanced by a career that was image-obsessed. I believed most of the lies the world told me, and eventually my heart became too sick to remain the same.
Our decision to relocate to British Columbia was extremely difficult to make, and to accept. I lived my entire life in one place, trying to learn how to belong, but never quite getting it. I hadn’t dreamed I would ever leave where I had always been, so the thought of starting over made me weak with fear.
Confronting fear is a game changer. It is the force that drives me forward toward the unknown. As scared as I am of doing something new, I am far more afraid of not doing it. Rebel Nerd, they call me. We decided to give the kids a year to adjust to the idea of moving, and then, a year later, we loaded all our crap into a bus and drove that mother out here. I’m sure more than a few people thought we were crazy. Although we do have kids, we don’t talk about them here. First rule of granola light club: Kids don’t want nothin’ to do with granola light club.
Coming here has challenged the way I think. It has challenged the way I relate to myself, and to others. It has deeply enhanced the relationship I have with my family, and my physical and mental health. I feel strong and free. I feel close to the land, and I spend a great deal of time surrounded by fresh air and trees. I can no longer afford to forget where my real home is. I am the original granola-light, because I understand how hard it is to make a huge change all at once. I’m about setting small goals of being more sustainable, greener, more willing to find ways to reuse/repurpose something, instead of buying something new. We try every day to do a bit better, and so far it’s working out well.
I also have a really interesting new job, with a company that excites me and makes me feel like an important part of the team. I’m surrounded by cool people who are into setting and achieving goals, personally and professionally. I like what I do, and the people who I work with. I feel like I might have won the ‘New Career Lottery’ 🙂
Starting over isn’t easy, but it has a lot of amazing rewards. It’s been a chance to start living the life we have been dreaming of since we met. It feels amazing to finally be seeing it happen for real.