Holy hell I’m so excited… today is the day that I finally get to share some huge news with you guys! I’ve been dying to tell absolutely everyone about this for a while now… but, some key things had to happen before it could be made public knowledge. And trust me when I say that I have a HARD time keeping secrets. Keeping this to myself has seriously been making me sick over the past few months.
Ok, have I kept you hanging long enough? Time to get it out there!
Carson and I have decided that it’s time for both of us to leave our jobs, go back to school, and move to the country. Ya, seriously. But trust me, there’s more to the story than that. Let’s back up a little…
I have spent most of my 20’s searching for a job that I am passionate about and that corresponds with the life that I want to live. I have always loved working but have wanted my professional life to be an extension of my personal life. Life is just far too short to work a job day in and day out simply because it is what you’re “supposed” to do. I am a firm believer that I would be happier working for less money, doing what I feel passionate about, than working a 9-5 for a larger paycheque.
That being said, I have found quite a few jobs that have brought me halfway there. I don’t dislike my current job by any means; I have formed very strong relationships and enjoy being in the office each day with my coworkers, I enjoy the majority of the tasks that I am responsible for, and I’m sure I could comfortably stay there for years to come. But… it just isn’t what I’m looking for long-term, you know? I’m lacking the passion, the excitement that blends my work into my life. It is simply a 9-5 for me. And I know that now is the time for a change. Now, when the economy is uncertain and the future of my job has the potential to be uncertain, it is time for me to chase a new dream.
I won’t get into Carson’s journey much because it is his story to tell, but he also is at a point in his life where he has been on the same career path for a long time and is ready to steer it in a new direction!
Since we were both craving change, why not just go all in and do it at the same time, right?
Yes, we may have lost our minds a little.
Regardless, as of August 29, I will officially be a full-time student in a Holistic Nutrition diploma program in Calgary. I have been on my own nutrition-based journey for over a year now and the amount that I have learned already has blown me away. I absolutely can’t wait to learn more and to take my newfound knowledge to help other people on their own journey! It’s a topic that I have become extremely passionate about and that I want to talk about constantly [I definitely annoy the people in my life with that, I’m sure!].
I’m so excited to work one on one with other people, and to offer education and guidance. I have so many ideas of where this could take me; everything from meal planning and prep, to customized one on one plans and counselling, to group wellness programs, to health retreats, to book ideas, to online programs… ah, I just get so excited even thinking about it. The options really are endless with this type of education, it’s just all about how I choose to use it. I don’t have it all figured out yet, but I know that there will be many exciting changes to come!
Carson is taking his love of beer and brewing to the next level; he is heading back to school to take the Brewmaster & Brewery Operations course. He has found something that he loves to do, and I’m so proud of him for taking the leap to turn it into a career! Not to mention the fact that craft beer is booming, so fingers crossed there will be lots of opportunity when he’s done!
You’re probably all wondering where the moving to the country thing fits in right? Well, Carson’s program is in a small town about 45 minutes outside of Calgary, so we will be moving there for the next two years. It makes more sense both financially and with our schooling schedules, so we’ll be making the move at the end of the summer! I’m not quite sure how I feel about that part yet; some days I am excited about living somewhere totally new and trying out a lifestyle that we haven’t experienced together before. Who knows, maybe we’ll like small town living? But there are other days when I feel devastated at the thought of leaving our beautiful home, and the way of life that I’ve known for a long time now. I have a great life and a routine that I love, and it just won’t be the same without the conveniences of the city and without my friends close by. However, it is a short drive so the silver lining is that we will still be commuting back and forth quite often. We truly won’t know how these changes are going to work out until we are fully invested in them… so we just have to take a chance and jump right in!!
Through this whole decision making process, I have learned that there will never be the “right time” for anything and that we will never truly be “ready” to make a huge life change. We will always have excuses, we will never have enough money, and we will always have a better, easier option.
Overall, these changes that we’re making are slightly terrifying. We are accustomed to making a certain amount of money and living a certain lifestyle and that will no longer be. We will have to go out and find new part-time jobs in a small town. Who knows what that will look like? We’re venturing down career paths that we have never explored. Mine involves a substantial amount of work to build myself up to [hopefully] start my own practice and build my own brand. We have to physically move everything to a new location, and sell our condo in Calgary. All in all, it’s just a lot.
However, whenever these negative thoughts creep in, all I can do is take a step back and think about the long-term goals that I have for myself. These next two years will prepare us for the changes that will follow. When we’re done with this stage, we will be able to move anywhere in the world and start fresh in our new lives. We are opening doors that were never opened for us before. We are creating the future that we want for ourselves. Because no one else is going to do it for us. And that, friends, is the most exciting feeling in the world!
Whew, that was a lot. I truly feel so, so much better now that it’s all out into the blogging universe. And I’m so glad that I will have this blog where I can share my journey as it’s happening. For now though, I’m going to focus on enjoying the rest of my summer here in Calgary, before life is turned upside-down!
Cheers to new beginnings! 🙂