Life is too short not live the way you want. After my wedding, I decided to move to northern Ontario for the time being to be with my husband. Just another adventure! I’ve lived in a handful of places, been to over 30 countries, backpacked my way around the world–why not add another experience to the list? Corey has been based in the north working as a commercial pilot for Thunder Airlines for two years. We figured it was high time we were both in the same city for longer than a few days at a time. For nearly two years, we commuted back and forth from wherever we were to be together. Whether it was me flying back from Australia or another continent during my around-the-world travels or him flying to the east coast when I went back to work, we both added miles to our log book. Distance makes the heart grow fonder which is so true, but we’re so much better together. Our wedding marked a good excuse for us to be based in the same city. After one of my best childhood friends passed away in May it was then when I realized just how short life is and that I should always follow my heart. I’m committed to saying ‘yes’ to life and taking as many leaps of faith as it takes to make my dreams come true.
Due to the fact that I can work from anywhere, it made the most sense for me to go to him. I took a leave from my teaching position, packed up my car, and hit the wide open road for new opportunities and another adventure. It wasn’t long before I had a dream job teaching at a college lined up with plenty of time left in my schedule to do what I love–travel, blog, and yoga. Trusting that it would all work out paid off. One of the most freeing moments I’ve ever experienced was driving away with only the belongings I could fit in my car. It’s unbelievable how little we actually need. This journey is taking me to the unknown and I haven’t looked back. I’m learning that minimalistic living is so freeing.
Like any experience I’ve had, this will become another story. Living in the north is an authentic Canadian experience. As a Canadian, I’m trying to see as much of my native country as I can–from south to north, while still exploring abroad. One foot at home and one away is how I choose to live my life. A stint in the north is part of the true Canadian reality. Although it has already started snowing and winters are long, I have warm thoughts and a long bucket list of what I want to do with my time in the north. I’m embracing the reality that there is no bad weather, but only bad clothing choices. I’m stock piling my thermal and winter gear and getting ready for the temperatures to drop. It’s inevitable–I might as well be ready for it! With snow shoes in my trunk, I’m ready to experience the best northern Ontario can throw at me.
Since landing in Northern Ontario in September, I’ve sampled my way through Timmins’ fall markets, visited Sudbury’s big nickel, been flown as far as Peawanuck on the Hudson Bay, which is one of the few communities you can reach before northern Manitoba, but my favourite part of living in a new region is the opportunity to meet new people. The people I’ve met have hearts of gold and they each love to show me what their home has to offer. My group of friends is growing and I’m feeling more like I fit in rather than being a visitor. If I’m going to make this my temporary place of residence, I want to feel as part of the community as possible. I’m looking forward to what’s to come and checking off my winter bucket list in the north.
A few items on my bucket list include:
With fall in full swing, and winter around the corner, have you started thinking about your winter bucket list?
Jessica, Turquoise Compass