Ahhhh! Much better! I look around this new space and feel calm and relaxed. It's clean and new and ready for whatever I throw at it, which as we all know, could be about anything!
In deciding to start a new blog, I had to decide what I wanted that blog to be. I have to say that it was an incredibly refreshing and inspiring process! When I started my first blog, it was just this thing that everyone was doing. I liked writing, so it made sense to write in a space like that. But I had no idea what I was doing or what I wanted to say.
That that space became my outlet through a crazy journey to being a mother was really no accident. The way I see it, that was what that space was always meant to be.
But see, now I am a mother and all that pain and heartache (while it'll always still be there in the background reminding me of what I got through) is holding me back. I have a complicated life, or perhaps more to the point, I make things more complicated. Often though, it's not intentional, but if there's anything I've learned in the last year, it's that I really can do with less, and that yes, I can do very well on very little, provided I have a few key things.
This is what spurned the name of the new blog.
In May 2011, after 3 months apart and imposing on the generosity of our families while we had no where to live, my daughter and I finally joined my husband in the UK. Moving 7000 kilometres from Vancouver, Canada to Glasgow, Scotland was never something I ever actually believed could ever happen in my life. In the early days of our relationship, I knew that my husband (a particle physicist) would likely move around, and I, the person with a major travel bug, thought this was amazing. Several years later, after being diagnosed with a chronic pain condition, going through recurrent miscarriage and then a successful pregnancy, coping with depression (including post-partum depression) and anxiety, and raising a toddler, suddenly the thought of packing up our life and moving overseas seemed… well, insane.
Perhaps it was.
All I can say, is that over a year later, I have finally settled into life here in Scotland. I conquered my recently developed social anxiety (care of the PPD) and started to attend toddler groups. I now have friends here. Funny that.
There are lots of things I never got to share when I returned to blogging earlier this year, and I intend to get to those. For now, this space will also play host to my love of good food and my photography. It'll also focus on how to simplify life, or rather, how my life has been simplified and how living with less gives us more. It's a challenge, and the part of me that loves being in a beautiful space and having useful things wants to have it all now. But I'm also learning patience. It's not easy.
I also have a fun long-term project I'll be introducing to you very soon, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, spread the word and let people know that I've moved into new digs! I'm really excited about continuing this journey of mine here, with a little less baggage but a whole heck of a lot of lessons learned sitting in my back packet.