My life has been feeling rather surreal lately.
Take today for example. I’m currently sitting in the middle of Whistler village just north of Vancouver, I just had a great coffee and had ice cream for lunch. Because I’m an adult and can have ice cream for lunch if I want to. I like to think of it as the pay off for now having to pay bills and make those tough adult decisions.
One of those tough adult decisions came up recently when I was offered a job in Auckland. A place I completely fell in love with while I was there a few months ago. (If you want to read about my adventures there check it out in my New Zealand blog post!) However while I’ve done a few months of traveling I still lived at home. My entire life was in Moncton; My friends and family, my job, the barn I rode at, everything was in the Moncton area. So the thought of packing up and moving to the other side of the world seemed a bit daunting. But Battens are nothing if not challenge seekers (seriously have you SEEN everything my parents are doing right now, I can barely keep track of them), and so I packed my bags, sorted out my visa’s and am enroute to Auckland.
While I can make it seem like something easy to do, I have to say that this was the hardest thing I have ever ever done. It’s included a lot of anxiety attacks, uncontrollable crying, weird unexplainable worries and a heck of a lot of paperwork. And there is no way I could be doing this if it wasn’t for my amazing parent’s who have completely supported everything I’ve done, for what I’m doing (no matter how crazy it sounded), and for teaching me how to face challenges and push for what I want even when it veers from the well worn path.
Saying Goodbye at the airport never gets easier, but this time was especially hard
I’d like to think that everything happens for a reason and sometimes we don’t know that reason until years down the road. There are a few people who have entered my life and without them I wouldn’t be sitting in Whistler getting ready to start a new chapter of my life. So from the bottom of my heart I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me get here, from my unconditionally supportive friends, my old coworkers who understood my need to leave Moncton and helped me along the way, and of course my favourite coach Sandra for showing me that me that limits were meant to be pushed and I’m stronger than I believe.
View on the way to Whistler
So while I sit here with a deep sadness for leaving, I have an even larger excitement for what’s to come. And I hope you’ll follow along with my adventure, either directly on my blog, on my Facebook page or whatever social media floats your boat over on the sidebar ->
I’m very lucky to have an awesome boyfriend who flew all the way from Auckland to little ‘ole Moncton to see my town and meet my family. Ok, he also knew I was a huge baby about flying so he came to fly back with me. And now we’re taking a few days to relax and explore Vancouver befoure our flight back to Auckland. So expect a post about our adventures here shortly. I’ll leave you with a quote (from greys anatomy of course) that seems to sum up perfectly how I’m feeling right now.