Hello beautiful people – it’s me again!
I have been working and living in Lake Louise, Alberta for the past two months now – and I figured it was time to fill you all in. And what better place to write about this new adventure than sitting on the main street of Banff, 26-degree weather, with local peach ale in hand? For those of you who know me well, you know that I am quite the planner. I tend to go about my days staying pretty focused on my next goal. My flexibility can be limited, simply by the fear of not meeting my own expectations. This summer was really my opportunity to put an end to that way of thinking. I have always been a go-getter and strived to have a greater impact on those around me, beyond the limitations of my own situation. Moving out here has unlocked levels of my personality that I never even knew I had.
Of course, I had support from friends and family, but not everybody understood my decision to pack up and leave. This messed with my head a lot. I knew what I needed to do, so why was it so hard. Was I just running away from something? What do I even want? Loaded questions to say the least. Adjusting to a different lifestyle, new job and having to confront some things about myself, that let’s just say I would have rather forgotten – all threw me for a loop. The adjustment period was a tough one, but I can honestly say that coming out here was the best decision I have ever made.
It has forced me to reflect so much on what I want and where I want to be. Yes, I am fortunate enough to have found a job in the most beautiful place on earth, but honestly this summer wasn’t about making bank. This experience has taught me so much more beyond a pay cheque. For the first time ever, I feel like I have been able to slow down completely. Each day brings new opportunities that have forced me to get out of my comfort zone and build connections with people I would have never met otherwise. I have been really trying to be present during my time here, and take every day for exactly what it is. I have to say it has made a big difference on my mood. Surrounding myself in nature and getting away from every day distraction has been life-changing. More often than not, we get so wrapped up in making plans that we forget about the beauty of the process. Being surrounded by amazing scenery and genuine people has really reminded me of what I value most and what I want to see in my life every day. Beyond that, it has made me want to share this energy with others!
As hard as this pandemic has been on everybody, I think it has forced us to revaluate ourselves and our expectations of each other. I know that I am not the same person as I was 6 months ago, and I am more confident in myself now than I have ever been. I am not afraid to put myself out there or say what I want, why should we be? Life is too short to surround yourself with people that don’t make it better. I think a lot of that has to do with coming out here, and well coming out in general (for those of you who don’t know, SURPRISE I like girls). For the first time in my life, I am very secure in myself and where I am. I am proud to say that the amount of personal growth that has happened in the past couple months… is astronomical. I am doing so many things that I would have never done by myself before, like a massive solo hike or sitting down to eat at a restaurant alone. It’s amazing what a little bit of perspective can do. I am very grateful for this opportunity, and everything it has taught me. This summer has created a serious energy shift and has helped me discover where I want to focus my efforts going forward. I want to leave you with one thing that I have learned this summer; your situation is ever-changing and you have the power to change every single dynamic in your life. Energy flows and is never stagnant. People, places and lessons will come and go, but that doesn’t have to be a sad thing and it shouldn’t devalue the impact that they have had on your life. We are all just a work in progress. One thing is for sure, this won’t be my last time living in the mountains. That’s all for now! Stay safe and healthy!
PS. Please enjoy some pictures of places and people that I have come to love.