The Next Chapter

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.

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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 areaSo 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

“Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely, and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next. We can choose to be afraid of it, to stand there trembling not moving, assuming the worst that can happen or we step forward into the unknown and assume it will be brilliant.” – Cristina Yang, Greys Anatomy

36 thoughts on “The Next Chapter

  1. Laura, your blog is so adorable, and I teared up cause you say such nice things about your parents. It’s funny because normally I would comment on this and say “ya ya whatever, come home asap”… but I don’t want you to come home because I’m so excited to see what your life has in store for you. FOR ONCE I AM HAPPY THAT YOU ARE LEAVING. Love you 🙂

    1. You could always come and visit me my dear 😉 Miss you already and I’m going to be so excited when I get to see my little Evan again <3

  2. thank you for sharing. I could feel the love you poured into writing this and as a mother I can only share what you already know: the best gift to give your parents is to live your life to your full potential, with love, dreams, friends. how you come through challenges is what makes you whole. I am so excited for you, to think of that quick conversation in your kitchen not even a year ago makes me smile xo

  3. Awesome blog, so heartfelt and real. You are an inspiration to our whole family and I have a feeling that we will be the next in line sending off our little one to visit you at some point.
    We can’t wait to see all your adventures on the other side of the world!
    “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

    1. I definitely think Anna should come to New Zealand! It’s a safe and super easy place to travel around. Plus she would have some family down this way 😉 I will certainly keep you guys updated about where I am and what I’m doing! 🙂

  4. My husband and I had the good fortune to spend five weeks in New Zealand in 2008. We, too, fell in love with Auckland. The second day there Milford said ” let’s go home, sell everything and move here”.
    We did not do that, but we enjoyed thoroughly the land and the the people for the time we were there. Our interest in New Zealand continues and we are excited to hear about your adventures, Laura.
    You and l share a common ancestor, Sarah McAuley. She married Daniel Dougherty who was captain on a whaling ship. They eventually chose New Zealand as their home. During our visit to New Zealand Milford and I met a number of distant cousins who are descendents of Sarah and Daniel. This, along with your connection continues to make us feel a strong bond to New Zealand. We wish you much joy and happiness in a country that we care for a great deal. Your blogs will help to keep us joined.
    Joan (Macaulay) Lewis and Milford Lewis
    Living in Mactaquac, NB

    1. That seems to be the general feeling that comes with visiting New Zealand! I will definitely keep you updated about life in New Zealand 🙂

  5. Laura thank you for sharing your experiences. It helps me put things into perspective. My daughter is 15 and has had quite a transition from middle school to high school. Grade 9 has been a rough year for her with so many changes . I keep telling her that life will get better and that there are so many opportunities out there for her. Her father & I give her as much support as possible & keep encouraging her that she will be just fine. I am going to have her read your blog & show her your pictures so she can see for herself. This helped me more than you know. Your parents are good people & I can see how proud they are f you.
    Much happiness to you with your new adventure!
    I will stay updated with your Mom .
    And Laura I agree everything happens for a reason & as Dr. Wayne Dyer said “there are no such things as coincidences”!

    Tammy

    1. Thank you so much for such a kind comment! I’ll be honest, middle school and high school sucked for me and as cliche as it seems it DOES get better once she is out of school. If it wasn’t for the awesome friends I met later on in high school, it would have been a lot worse. It’s easy to feel confined to being one thing, especially if there are a lot of changes and rough patches going on too. But make sure she knows that the only one who can ever stop her from doing anything she sets her mind to is herself. I wish her all the best going forward in school and to push for what she wants, even if what she wants changes a hundred times.

  6. No matter how big the step forward we take is, it’s still damned scary at times. Kudos to you for sucking it up, putting on those ‘big girl’ panties, and taking a leap of faith. I’m positive you’re going to love this next adventure and can’t wait to read about it here. Safe travels!

  7. I don’t know you but have met your lovely mom at her shop. I’m not surprised you have grabbed the ring of life – I believe you have probably been raised in an atmosphere of ring grabbing! Although you may find things tough as you move into your new life, you will always know you took the right path, that is, you took the path!! Too often people don’t and in later years, that reticence becomes their ‘I wish I had’ song. Best of luck to you. Have fun! Take each day as it comes!

    1. Haha yes growing up with my parents has definitely shaped me into who I am and what I’m doing.

  8. I am very proud of you for living life to the fullest. I am glad we got a chance to meet Elliott because this time I am not nearly as worried as I was your on first trip. I will still miss you though…..

    Love you! Make good memories!

    “May your life be filled with good adventures, lots of love, challenges & enough rough times to appreciate the good” – Margaret Batten

    1. I’m so happy you guys got a chance to meet him too. It was definitely different getting on the plane to Auckland without balling in the bathroom for an hour first. I’m a lot less worried this time. Thank you xx

  9. Laura, you’re a great inspiration for young women your junior. I related very strongly with what Tammy said as I also have a young lady in high school who I hope will learn to dance to her own tune and see theres a world out there for her to explore beyond the challenges and small bubble of high school. Best wishes to you and have fun!! Make the most of it all!

  10. OK John, you made me cry with that quote from your Mom. I know how thrilled she would be for Laura!! I still remember chatting with her at FLB while she waited for Laura. Wow, her grandbaby is all grown up and now you’re a granddad yourself and your baby has flown the nest. Hugs to you and Wendy. Laura, so excited for you and all your adventures. Making memories. Awesome!!!!!!

    1. Thanks Kate, mom was always saying it and truly believed it. I know she is looking down with pride at Laura’s sense of adventure……

  11. Okay, another one of your parents friends weighs in on your blog! Your Dad’s quote from your Nan made me cry too!! I am so thrilled to learn of a young woman taking life for what it is and not being afraid to explore and become the woman she is meant to be….. Good on you and I hope others will encourage their daughters to do the same. I often say to my daughters, “you can always come home….. So go live and learn!” It is harder for those of us left behind, but it is so wonderful when we get a front row seat to watch what you can and do do!! Enjoy the journey and thanks for sharing with all of us. We will look after Mom and Dad xoxoxo

    1. That is exactly what my parents have told me 🙂 and it’s very comforting to know I have such an amazing support system back home if things don’t turn out the way I expect. Make sure they are eating the good steaks and drinking the good wines, that along with a few trips to Lunenburg monthly and they will be good until I’m back 😉

  12. Laura, safe travels to you! I know that all the adventures past and future have and will shape the amazing young woman that you are/ will be!! I am totally in awe of the amazing adventure you are on and so vary grateful that you are sharing it with us.
    The only piece of advice I can offer you is the following 4 words: “What have I learned?”.. Go from there and keep blossoming.
    Keep in touch and enjoy every moment!!

    Lise

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