[Ep. 10] Moving Away & Starting Over

July 21, 2015

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I mentioned a ton of blog posts in this episode to give you a full timeline and understanding of what went down, so brace yourself for the longest list of blog post links ever!

I’m not gonna write too much more, because you really do just need to listen to the episode. I’d love to hear from any of you about your experiences, or make sure to send me your feedback in the form of a Stitcher and iTunes review! I’ll thank you by giving you a shout out and reading your review on a future episode, so thanks in advance!

My Trip to Thailand & Budget Breakdown

My Journey from Vancouver to Toronto

My New Life in Toronto

Jump Starting My Career in Toronto

Do you have a similar story of moving away from your hometown and starting over? What was your experience like?

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  1. Ah! Thailand! That is awesome. I recently took a trip to Peru for 2 months, but Thailand was my runner up country to volunteer in. I can’t wait to visit one day.

  2. Rob says:

    Once again, a great podcast Jess on your move to Toronto. Here’s my take on coping with loneliness when moving far from home. Years ago we moved to Toronto from Montreal as part of my employer’s (at the time) Head Office move. Our families (mine and my wife’s) are located all across Canada, from BC to Quebec (and in provinces in between) and so when we arrived in TO we too didn’t know anyone, other than my work associates who had transferred as well. In a way though we were somewhat lucky in that we never had time to feel too lonely. Back then I was totally swamped with my new IT job in Toronto and my wife had her hands full raising our 2 quite young kids (at that time). She and the kids did soon meet other moms and their kids on our street (where we had bought our new house) so that helped our family to meet the neighbours. Of course I realize that you and Josh were in a different situation when you moved here, him being a freelancer (not associating a lot with many other work mates) and you (not yet anyway) having any young kiddos to keep you busy (so you had a lot of – maybe too much – free time on your hands back then).
    I daresay though I bet that you guys are not as lonely in TO these days. And I think that’s because:
    (1) you now feel more comfortable having lived here awhile, but also (2) I bet that both of you are much more busy and into interesting things. If in future you decide to perhaps start a family (and perhaps by then move into your first house) then I bet you will then really start laying down nesting roots, whether it still be here in Toronto or somewhere else. Time will tell, eh?
    So, to sum up, we never regretted our move to Toronto. Sure, it wasn’t a walk in the park in the beginning but my wife and I both knew that our’s and our kids’ futures were here. And time proved us right!

  3. Katrina says:

    When I was 18, I moved from Regina, Saskatchewan to BC to go to school at SFU. I basically knew no one (I had a great-uncle and great-aunt that I am super close with now but that I had met maybe 5 times before I moved). My first semester was incredibly difficult, I had a hard time meeting people and making friends (I’m super shy). In my second semester, I started trying to get more involved and signed up for some activities and started meeting people, including the guy that I am still with to this day!
    In September I’ll have lived in BC for 6 years, and I am fairly certain that I will live here for the rest of my life. I have a great job, a great boyfriend, and great friends. It certainly wasn’t a smooth road to get to this point (I switched majors halfway through university, have moved within the Greater Vancouver area about 10 times, met and lost touch with a number of people through the years), but I have built a life here that makes me very happy. I think that as time goes on you will find yourself getting more and more comfortable in Toronto, although I certainly couldn’t blame you if you do move back to BC someday!

  4. Ellie says:

    I loved your honesty in this Podcast. I moved out half way across the USA right out of college with 3 friends, but we knew no one there. It was all the things you described. We were lonely and homesick. The only difference is I moved back home after 2 years, but even though I moved back, the move was the best thing I ever did with my life. I learned so much independence and grew up. It was great to come back home though!

    • Thanks for the comment Ellie! And I totally agree. Even though we’re still in Toronto, I can’t believe how much I’ve grown up and all of the risks I’ve taken that I never thought I would be able to do if I’d just stayed in my hometown. Thanks for listening!

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