Okay, so I’ve been keeping some major news from you guys. I’ve been waiting for the right time to share but wanted to make sure everything was finalized first. So here it is: I’m relocating to Europe until the end of the year. I know you may be wondering why, so I wanted to take this opportunity to share the whole story with you.
For the past few months I feel like I’ve been trudging along in Toronto. This city will always be my home and I will always love it, but I’ve stopped feeling excited by it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy here, but do I jump out of bed everyday, propelled by my creative energy? No. I pin this down to the fact that I am someone who feels like adventure and creativity go hand in hand. I’ve lived in Toronto for so long that I feel like I’ve shot at every cafe, restaurant and alleyway. There is nothing new for me to explore, and it’s dampening my spirits.
After months of feeling like I was in desperate need for a change, I weighed out my options. I wasn’t ready to make a blind move to a new city, but at the same time, I wanted a challenge. So after thinking about it for a while and discussing it with my family, I decided to give Europe a shot for a few months. I’ll be splitting my time between Paris and London, two of my favourite cities.
I chose Paris because it’s always been a dream of mine to live there, even if it is for a short period of time. I go there every year, and never feel satiated after only spending a few days there. This will give me the opportunity to experience Paris like an insider while getting to know the brands there. And I chose London because it’s familiar, and I’m extremely fond of it. I went to fashion school there, some of my closest friends live there, and it feels like a second home.
The thing is, I don’t want to look back in life and regret something I didn’t pursue. I don’t ever want to wonder ‘what if?’ Right now, I’m in my 20s, and thankfully, have a job that allows me to be extremely mobile. In fact, traveling allows me to produce content that you guys seem to like more than if I were stationed in one city! Not to mention, I’m at an age where I don’t have any major commitments. I don’t have a family to worry about, I don’t really have anything tying me to one place. So I figured I would take advantage of my situation, and try something that, both, scares and excites me.
I can’t wait to share this adventure with you guys!
Photography by Erin Leydon