Hereâ€™s the Short Version of the story:
Yes, weâ€™re leaving Vancouver. Mark and I have sold our fantastic, lovingly custom designed, dream apartment. Weâ€™re going to load up a truck and then take a very long road trip with Molly & Lexy, seeing a few sites and visiting with family and friends along the way. We donâ€™t know when weâ€™re leaving exactly yet, but Iâ€™m sure our moving date will come sooner than we think.
If youâ€™re wondering why and how all this came about, then hereâ€™s the Long Version of the story:
It all started when Mark began having some trouble with his feet.
It all started when we wanted to move into a bigger place.
It all started when we went back to Newfoundland last year.
It all started when Mark turned to me and said, â€œHow about we take our lives on an adventure and move to Ontario?â€
My wonderful, talented husband has been having a painful time, he has a pretty bad case of plantar fasciitis. Heâ€™s seen lots of doctors, followed through on lots of advice and has been able to manage the pain but heâ€™s been living it with now for about two years. Heâ€™s the Caretaker for the building we live in, it’s a pretty active job. Itâ€™s now come to the point when more than one of his doctors has strongly suggested he find a new career.
While suffering with this problem, life for Mark and I carried on but with a lot less activity. We havenâ€™t gone hiking for a long, long time. Mark doesnâ€™t usually walk the Girls with me, weâ€™ve been to Stanley Park only a hand full of times the last couple of years. Really, weâ€™re not enjoying so many of the things we love about Vancouver.
So why are we here?
We have a stunning apartment. We are living The Vancouver Life. We own a loft Downtown. We have views of the mountains, Stanley Park & Burrard Inlet. Mark is a talented carpenter and designer and together we have created a fantastic place to live. Itâ€™s absolutely beautiful and could be found in the pages of Dwell, but itâ€™s only around 800 square feet.
Wouldnâ€™t it be nice to have a bedroom with a door on it? Or a second bathroom?
The last two summers have been a little tough, Iâ€™ve had to say good bye to two very dear, wonderful people I love so much, both of them in Newfoundland. Each time I went back it took a day and half to get to my family. This country is so big, the flights are limited (and crazy expensive) and the four and a half time zones really suck. This is the drawback to living on the west coast. I am so very far away from my family. And as I get older it feels like the distance widens.
Time is precious.
When we first started talking about moving to Ontario Uncle Bill was part of our plans. I told him Iâ€™d be able to come visit him more often, he said it was a great idea.
Tell me again, why do I live so far away from my family?
Health problems, career contemplations, space issues, a really expensive housing market, home sickness, all of these things were brewing and then suddenly Mark said, â€œHow about we take our lives on an adventure and move to Ontario?â€
I said, â€œYes!â€ without hesitation and spent the rest of the night crying tears of joy. Donâ€™t get me wrong, I love Vancouverâ€”we both do. We just realized that we are not living the lives we want to live here, not completely. Itâ€™s time for a change.
When we made the decision to move we were in the middle of renovating our kitchen. Weâ€™ve been madly working to finish it off to sell the place and Iâ€™ve fallen a bit behind on making pottery but Iâ€™m now getting back into my throwing routine. Iâ€™ll have a special item for the Thanksgiving One Of A Kind Online Pop Up Shop at the end of September. Iâ€™m only making 25 and theyâ€™ll be available for just a limited time online. The shop opens September 27th and Iâ€™m really happy with how these little numbers are turning out.
In the next few weeks while we get ready to leave this wonderful, wonderful place Iâ€™ll be making pottery but I wonâ€™t be able to take on any more workshops or private lessons. (If youâ€™re one of the people on my wait list watch for an email from me in the next few days.)
Iâ€™ve re-opened my BigCartel shop, but Iâ€™m going to leave my Etsy shop on hold for the time being, I just need to simplify a few things for the next few weeks.
Iâ€™ll also be coming back to Vancouver in December for the One Of A Kind Show & Sale, so it wonâ€™t be long before I get to come back to this city I absolutely LOVE.
This has been a very bittersweet time for us but Mark and I are both really excited for whatâ€™s ahead.