Chris and I recently marked our one-year anniversary of moving to B.C. It seems like a good time to reflect on why we moved in the first place and whether we are experiencing what we came here for.
The ‘About Us’ section of our blog states”:
“Although Chris & Teri had a really good life in Manitoba, they were craving adventure, challenge, a milder climate, and a more active and urban lifestyle.”
So how is it going so far?
Adventure: The year has been an absolute roller coaster ride. We are living in our third apartment in our second city. We fell in love with Victoria and Vancouver Island while sight-seeing, exploring and hiking. We are just starting to experience what the Okanagan Valley has to offer. We’ve met many people, hosted visitors, become students, and started new jobs (twice).
Challenge: It has certainly been challenging. All the changes have been exciting but stressful. Some things we took for granted back home have been difficult in BC, like finding good jobs and affordable housing. We have questioned our decisions and wondered if we sabotaged our careers. We have been homesick for our family, friends, and comfortable home in Manitoba. At times we have been lonely and bored.
Milder Climate: We loved the mild climate in Victoria and Kelowna’s weather seems nice so far, albeit a bit grey this time of year. Avoiding extreme winter conditions continues to be very important to me.
Active, urban lifestyle: We had a very active lifestyle in Victoria, just as we imagined it. We walked most places and rarely drove our vehicle. I felt very healthy as a result. Living in a prime location in a world class tourist destination meant that there was always a ton to do.
Kelowna is very spread-out and car-centric, but with lots of beautiful parks, trails, and ski hills nearby, we can attempt to be weekend warriors. We are both working on courses and therefore spend a lot of time sitting in front of laptops. Since moving to Kelowna, I am about as physically active as I was living in Manitoba, so that is a bit disappointing. Chris has committed to exercising regularly, so he is in better shape.
I am extremely grateful for the opportunities we’ve had in the past year and the personal goals we have achieved. It’s been interesting to notice, however, how quickly our brains become preoccupied with things we no longer have. One day we may introduce a new blog that reads, “Chris and Teri are moving elsewhere in search of a place to live that is both affordable and comfortable, offers more sunshine in the winter, and provides them with a much-desired social life!”
Oh, the ironies of life. At least, as long as we are willing to experiment, there are endless opportunities to learn, gain new perspectives, and grow.
Best of luck on each of your own convoluted life journeys!