Time to slow down

I was born in Brandon, Manitoba and spent the first 20 years of my life in the same house living with the same people.

At 20 I left my home town and moved to Calgary. I lived there for 4 years and in that time I had 3 addresses and in those homes had 7 living situations. I had two different jobs and finished a degree in Environmental Science.

After feeling like I got what I needed from Calgary, I left to go travel for a year and spent some time in S.E. Asia (Thailand, Viet Nam, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore) and then headed to Australia to work and travel. I lived in Melbourne for a 3 months, travelled for a month and then crashed on the floor of an Irishman’s bachelor pad in Sydney for a month so I would have enough money to get back to Canada.

I moved to Toronto at 25 with $300.00 and no idea how much harder living in a big city was. I stayed until I was 29. In those 4 years, I had 6 living situations and worked for 1 company but within that company I was employed at 4 different stores and had 3 different roles.

Once again, I felt fulfilled so I decided to leave and this time it was all travel and no work. I went to Europe, Morocco, India and back to S.E. Asia (Thailand, Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia).

At 30, I returned to Toronto where I have been living ever since. In the last 9 years I have had 5 living situations (slowing down a bit). I have always worked for the same company and this time upon my return I have worked at 4 different locations and within those 4 locations I have had 7 roles.

Believe it or not, I am actually a good roommate and reliable employee. Life in my 20s moved at a crazy, fun speed. Life in my 30s has presented some interesting moments and some solid challenges.

Until now I have never know where I wanted to be, which I think might be evident of what you just read. When I found my land, I found a lot of calm and the place I cannot wait to be.

This blog has been a number of different things for me. Right now, it is the journey of a woman who has decided to give herself the best 40th birthday gift ever – space to sit, breath and take in all of what just happened over the last 20 years.

I am slowly packing up my life in Toronto and heading “up North” to build a 100 square foot home. I have no idea what I am doing but everything will work out just fine because I feel like I am going home.

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Just Broken In – The beginning

jbi-3The hardest thing was getting the courage to start attempting to follow my dream. Last year I turned 38 and decided that I either had to start looking for land or stop talking about looking for land. I started in August and was the owner of 23 acres at the end of November.

There were so many magical moments in the process that I believe there is no where else in the world that I am supposed to be.

I put in my offer on Oct 4, 2013. I went in $18,500.00 under the list price.

On Oct 5, 2013 I crashed Nuit Blanche with my first guerrilla art experiment. I wanted to talk to Canadians about the Idle No More movement and Stephen Harper’s horrible environmental policies.

On Oct 8, 2013 they came back and accepted my offer. I think it was a karmic thank you for taking a vocal and public stand on what is happening to Canada under Harper.

The woman I bought the land from was 92 years old and wrapping up all of her business. She was also married to James Cooper. I don’t think it is a fluke that the North and West border of my land is a public access trail that he donated.

I am going to build on what he started.

 

 

 

 

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