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I wrote the following vision in May 2016. It’s now 1.5 years later, and my vision has almost exactly come to fruition…

The original vision:

“I am working at a nature conservation organization in a city that we love. I love my job.

My husband is working as an electrical inspector, and  enjoys his work.

We easily and effortlessly sold our home for a great price.

We easily and effortlessly found a beautiful 3 bedroom home mature trees that is centrally located that we love and can easily afford. We have great friends in our neighbourhood, and Alex has friends on our street.

Our move and transition was seamless and effortless for all involved.

Alex is going to a great school and after-school care program that he loves.

We have great friends with soul connections.

Alex loves his new hockey team.

We are all happy and healthy.

So be it and it is so and so it is.”

 

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And what came to be:

“I am working for the university in a city that we love, on a project that is dear to my heart. I am deeply fulfilled by the work that I do. I love my job and the people that I work for.

My husband is working as an electrical inspector and enjoys his work.

We sold our home for a reasonable price, just in the nick of time, one day before the moving truck arrived.

We easily and effortlessly found a beautiful 3 bedroom home mature trees that is centrally located within the community that we love and can easily afford. We have great friends in our neighbourhood, and Alex has friends on the next block.

We were well supported during our move.

Alex is going to a great school and after-school care program that he loves, and where he has made good friends.

We have great friends with meaningful connections.

Alex loves his new hockey team and has 3 friends on his team from school and his soccer team.

We are all happy and healthy.

And so it is!

 

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Joy is sledding with our 9 year old and his best friend and breathing in the crisp wintry air.

I didn’t take my camera today, so these pics from January 2009 will have to do. 🙂

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Sledding (2009)

 

My boy is so much older now.

Look at how small he is.  My boy is so much older now.

I have been decluttering and letting go. I love Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I have been following her advice and letting go of things that do not spark joy. I’m still in the process of going through our stuff, but a lot of things have been leaving our home. Clothes, books, toys, etc. Most significantly, I have let go of all of my journals / writings. There is still more to clear, but it feels like some significant space has been created.

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This past week, I let go of my snowboard, snowboard boots and helmet, since there are not any good snowboarding places close by to where we live in St. John’s (unless I wanted to hike up some hills on my own – which I don’t). I haven’t been snowboarding in well over 10 years. It’s been a long, long time. But still, I’m surprisingly sad to let my snowboard equipment go. I loved my little board. And, it feels like the loss of an (old) identity. Ironically, even though Mel loves to snowboard, we have never gone together given the lack of good opportunities nearby.

I found some old pics from back in the day.

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Perhaps if we ever make it back to Alberta / BC during the winter (or more likely, make it out to the west coast of Newfoundland), we can rent some equipment, but until then, I have some great memories. And by letting go of these things, someone else can enjoy them and I am creating space / freeing up energy for something new in my life now.

 

I am grateful that Mel feels the same way about keeping things simple at Christmas and we don’t exchange Christmas gifts (between the two of us, at least). Instead, we make a special donation to World Vision at Christmas, in addition to our monthly donations to:

This year, we also have make donations to support refugees in Canada, including:
Association for New Canadians in Newfoundland; and
Refuge4All – a friend of mine in Calgary together with four other families sponsored a Congolese family who have been living in the Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania for more than 15 years.

And, throughout the year, we also support other organizations, including:

We are blessed to be able to give back since we have received so much.

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Shave for the Brave

Our new favourite thing to do is go to the museum, called The Rooms because the one building holds the museum, the provincial art gallery and the provincial archives. Alex, our three year old, would rather go to the museum than go to playgroup, the park, the beach, the playground. To him, the museum is the best thing in the world. We went to the museum for the first time about a month ago when my mom was visiting. We were so impressed with it that we got a year’s membership for the family and we’ve already gotten our money’s worth as we’ve been going once or twice a week since then. It helps that the museum has some exhibits that cater to kids, like puzzles, computer interactive exhibits, stuffed animals, kids books, etc. Last month, they even had an exhibit that allowed kids (old and young) to use ink stamps on a Newfoundland map that was mounted onto the art gallery wall.

One of Alex’s favourite exhibits is the seabird exhibit because you can hear the sounds that different seabirds make. Since birds are also one of my favourite things, we both thoroughly enjoy the exhibit together and are learning what puffins, gannets and murres look and sound like.

The Rooms is a beautiful building with huge windows that overlooks the harbour and has a beautiful view of St. John’s and Signal Hill. I’m thrilled that we’ve found this treasure in our city.

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