So, I am about to make a fairly big change in my life. About 6 months ago my phone rang and my brother was on the phone. I hadn’t spoken to him in 31 years. The ensuing conversations that I had with him tilted my life on its axis. Out of all of it, the message that I got was that life was too short. I know that seems to be a quote from Pinterest. It is too short to keep doing the same thing over and over again. I have kept my head down and pushed forward for years. Just trying to survive, feed my children, do well in my job. I rarely looked up to enjoy my life. When I did, I wasn’t really sure what I was doing. The parent of a friend of my daughter died and I realized that it was time for me to shake myself off and move forward. A few years ago some friends of mine moved to Vancouver Island, one to Victoria and a retired teaching couple to Duncan about an hour north of there. At the time, I thought, that would be so cool. I love Vancouver Island, but there were no jobs in teaching and I needed to keep my well paying union job to support myself and my kids. Then there was a Supreme Court Ruling that sent school boards in BC scrambling to hire more teachers (BCTF win Supreme Court ) and I started thinking that the idea of moving to BC wasn’t as far fetched as I originally thought. One morning in January 2018 I woke up and said..”I am going to move to Nanaimo” and on August 14th, 2018 I will leave with my youngest daughter and our dog and move to Nanaimo. My oldest is already in Vancouver working in her field as an animator (more on her in another post) and I have a job starting in September in Comox Valley. It has been an interesting few months, but I am excited that this is happening. Many people call me brave and daring. I think I just stepped off a cliff with the hope that I will find my way. I seem to do this every 15 years or so. I honestly feel that I am doing 100% the right thing for myself and for my daughter as well. My dog, I am not so sure. I am hoping to keep this blog updated as I pack and move and discover my new home and school. I will let you know how that goes. While I get ready to move I am joining the voicED Summer Book Club. We will be reading “Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and hard truths in a Northern City” by Tanya Talaga. I will share links and include my own Vlog and blog entries about this really important book.
See you soon! Ms. Green