As I stand here and look out my balcony I am washed with gratitude, excitement, joy and a touch of sadness.
Gratitude for the many blessings God has given me in this home. I have lived at the foot of the ocean for so many years now, that falling asleep to the lap of the waves on the shore is my bedtime song. I have gazed at countless sunrises and sunsets that have left me feeling absolutely tiny in the greatest way possible. I have been surrounded with a community of friends and family that all share a similar love of the outdoors and adventure. I am so grateful for the richness of all these gifts.
Excitement for the journey ahead. I am off to chase the unknown. I am leaving to start a new chapter in a new city with a new community and a new job. That is a lot of new. I am about to write the first pages of what is going to be an extraordinary chapter. This is going to be epic.
Joy for the fact that I am standing where I have dreamed to be for so long. I have been working towards this very moment for 5 years. After over 1,500 rides in 4 different cities over 60 months, I am now a SoulCycle instructor. I successfully graduated the instructor training program. I spent 7 weeks in New York City training and learning to become the best coach and athlete I can be. It took a lot of sweat, passion, food and energy to complete it and man, it was so worth it.
Sadness for the season that has now come to a close. I moved to Vancouver with my family when I was 5 years old. Every time I left the city for another modelling contract, I always had a home to come back to in Vancouver. After 8 years of travelling, I moved to NYC for 3 years, yet always had this place to return to. Now, at 29 years old, I am the last of my nuclear family to be leaving the city. It will forever have a piece of my heart and I know I can always return, but for now, this is the last page of what was a beautiful chapter of life.
Vancouver, I love you.
Toronto, you have some very large shoes to fill.