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Goodbye Vancouver

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Vancouver, I love you.

Toronto, you have some very large shoes to fill.

Xo

Tia

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