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Follow Your Dreams



When I meet a new person in London their first question is “Where are you from?” This is mostly because I am clearly not British, nor am I noticeably European. People often assume I’m American, at which point I have to patiently explain that I am Canadian, no I don’t live in an igloo, but my parents do drive their snowmobiles to work sometimes… 

The second question is “Where in Canada are you from?” Then I tell them about being from a small town in Ontario, but that I actually spent the last few years living and working in the Rocky Mountains. 

The third question, inevitably, is “Why in the world would you ever leave the Rockies to live in London?” 

Okay, ouch. 

I mean, yes. It is a totally valid question. The Rocky Mountains are undeniably beautiful and I fully intend to return to them one day. I probably would have been perfectly satisfied to continue living there instead of deciding to come to the UK. 

But I don’t want to be satisfied. I wanted to follow my dreams across the pond and see the world the way I had dreamed of doing since I was a kid. 

In order to start this adventure I had to say goodbye to the old one, at least for a little while. 

People often ask if I was scared about moving somewhere so incredibly foreign where I didn’t know anyone. The simple answer is no. Of all the emotions I felt leading up to moving here, fear was not one of them. Anxiety over my visa coming through, worrying about finding an apartment, excited about starting my new job, anticipation over exploring a new city and being able to travel to places I had only ever dreamed of… Those were the emotions that swirled around me leading up to this huge, life-changing move. 

It was the same when I moved to the mountains from my small town in Ontario. I wasn’t afraid. I was excited; I was seeking new adventures and experiences. It never occurred to me to be scared and it never crossed my mind that most people wouldn’t have the guts to pick up their lives and move halfway across the country, let alone the world. 

I have always felt the need to explore, and to move on to something new when I felt it was time for a change. I used to hate that I could never seem to stay in one place for very long, but that is just who I am. I am nomadic at heart, and I think I will be this way for a very long time. 

I want to see the world; I want to say yes to every opportunity that knocks on my door. I want to live. 

I don’t want to wake up one day when I’m 80 and realize that I have spent my whole life in one place, because I was too scared to follow my heart. I want to live a life of no regrets. 

The way I see it, you will never regret following your dreams. Even if you fail, even if you go running home with your tail between your legs, you still made it further that you would have if you hadn’t tried at all. 

You can’t win the game if you don’t even play. 

I have seen and done things that 15 year-old me would not believe. I’ve gone horseback riding through the mountains, watched meteor showers over Lake Louise, been a production assistant for The Bachelor, seen the Queen, met my favourite blogger and Youtuber, and I’ve explored my little heart out. 

Words cannot describe how proud I am of myself. Never in a million years did I picture myself being this happy, being this brave, or being this adventurous. 

If I can do it, you can do it. 

What are you waiting for? That dream isn’t going to chase itself.

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  1. such an inspiration! I moved overseas to Australia and had the same feelings never anxious about meeting people only excited to get there and start living!

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    1. Exactly! Australia is next on my list ;)

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  2. This is such an inspiration, love posts which is are shared from the heart. Dreamers are apart form the wishers they and you are right dear, the dream is not going to chase itself we need to follow them and work it out!

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    1. Absolutely! Thank you for reading doll <3

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  3. Such a great post. It is awesome that you decided to live abroad. I think it is a great way to get to know yourself and also see the world differently and also realise how lucky you are. I am from Norway and lived in Ecuador for two years now, it is so important to me to understand the world and to really feel how people live here and that I really appreciate being born in Norway. Good on you for moving to another country. I think more people should do that :D

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    1. I have learned so much even just in the few months I have been here. Norway to Ecuador, that must have been a huge culture shock! I think more people should live abroad too, at least once in their lifetime. Gives you a completely different perspective of the world.

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  4. I am European living the US and I've heard so many questions like that, sometimes it's really funny sometimes I just feel tired of answering the same questions over and over again.

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    1. You have no idea how tired I am of explaining where I'm from, haha. It gets old the more times you have to say it.

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  5. I am a Portuguese girl living in Norway and I completely agree with you!

    www.andreiacoelhoblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Yay for the brave girls all around the freakin world! Love that so many other people can relate to this <3

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  6. This is something that I'm learning late in life- but that is to move out of your comfort zone and take leaps beyond your horizon.

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    1. you can only grow as a person when you do this, and it's so freeing.

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  7. I love this. Thank you so much for sharing! It took me way too long in life to figure it out, but I do think this is great inspiration!

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  8. First off, that is cool your parents drive a snowmobile to work and second you are so amazing for following you heart! What a great story to share!

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    1. Thank you so much! And yes, they are quite proud of that fact haha. They live for winter for that reason!

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  9. I am always impressed by people who can move countries, I thought it was a huge feat to move from my small suburban town in CT to Boston and then NYC!

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    1. But NYC is huuuuuuuuge! That IS a huge feat, and you should be super proud <3

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