Now that I’m living on the East Coast, I’ve had some time to process my move and the changes it entails. A new city, new friends, and a new workload is exciting and fresh! I’ve already experienced some of the fantastic opportunities this move has to offer. I’ve run through coastal gardens, gone whale watching, dressed up for cocktail parties, and enjoyed my first fresh lobster. Everyone I have met has been kind and welcoming. I already feel a lot of love for Halifax. Despite these wonderful changes, I am still overcome with moments of hesitancy. I’ve been working on ways to cope with them.
One of the hardest things I’ve been coping with is missing those who aren’t near. I have incredible friends, and I miss them! The cynic in me wonders if any of the new people I am meeting could have souls as beautiful as the ones I left behind. This is the worst attitude to have! I’ve been working on understanding that you can always have room for more people and different relationships in your life. Relationships take time to reach a level where you are truly comfortable with one another. That is not going to happen right away. I’ve been slowly opening my mind to the idea that friendships take time, and that you don’t have to have sparks or an immediate “click” to meet a solid, incredible person.
A move of any sorts seems to make you reassess your life and the person you want to become. After all, this is an opportunity you are creating for yourself (for whatever reason), that will change the way you have been living your life. During my move I kept thinking of the qualities about myself that I wanted to maintain and the qualities I wanted to change. I’m trying to hold myself accountable to maintain a healthy lifestyle (i.e. keeping up the running Alex and I trained so hard for), and to continue to balance my work life with a social one. I’ve found setting small goals such as scheduling one creative activity a week, allows for you to accomplish these things!
In terms of life changes, I’m working on wasting less time and making the most out of the moments I have “free”. Less youtube and more painting on the everyday schedule! I’ve also been trying to let go of the things I regret. Regret is a painful emotion that becomes very heavy if you dwell on it. I have made my share of mistakes, but I have learned from them. Learning from mistakes and moving forward is what makes you grow as an individual. New city, clean slate? I’m wearing: Top- Modcloth, Skirt- Old Navy (similar), Booties- Target.
Making a big move can be scary, but making the most out of the opportunities change provides you with is what makes every moment worth it! I’m so grateful this beautiful coastal city is my new home.
All my love,