Two posts in one week?! Is the sky falling?! No, far from it! I have exciting news and I couldn’t wait to share it with you guys.
After nine long months of unemployment, Mr. Tiny Ambitions has accepted a job offer! What this means is that our tiny dream is moving north. Sixteen hours north to be exact. To be even more exact, we are moving from a teeny, tiny rural town in Western Ontario, to one of the biggest cities in Northern Ontario – Thunder Bay!
Change is the Best (and the Worst)
It will be a big change for sure, but I’m excited about a new adventure. For those of you wondering, I work remotely, so nothing will be changing about my day job. The only difference now is that when I have to go into Toronto for monthly meetings, I’ll get to fly!
We’ve only known about this news for a couple of days, but I am already feeling swept up with the newness of it all. And not all in a good way. The word ‘frantic’ comes to mind to describe how I’ve been feeling.
I’m a planner (i.e. control freak) by nature, so when we got the news, my mind was off to the races, immediately making lists upon lists of all the things that need to get done before we move (cat vaccinations, trailer hitch installed, packing, FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE, good byes etc.). I’m running so far into the future, that I’m ruining the wonderful moment of right now. Anyone who has anxiety will probably understand what I’m talking about.
I’ve also had a very physical response to the news. My stomach has been in knots, my brain is foggy and my body is buzzing so hard I can’t sleep (thanks, anxiety)!.
What I need to remember, is that everything will get done, because it has to. There is no other option.
Making the Minimal Move
Even though we are “minimalists’, I still feel like we have too much stuff to move. I want to get rid of everything to make moving easier (as if we don’t actually need that stuff to live on the other side). Rather than taking an ‘everything must go’ attitude, I would like to approach our pre-move slowly and mindfully. Basically, I would like to take my own advice, as well as Cait Flanders‘.
My action plan moving forwards includes:
- Breathing, lots and lots of breathing.
- It’s the only thing that will keep me from full-on spinning out.
- Taking stock, literally and metaphorically.
- I haven’t really enjoyed where we’ve lived for the last two years (for a variety of reasons). But, of course, now that we’re leaving, I’m feeling nostalgic.
- We will be deciding what to sell/give away to make the move easier. Currently on the chopping block: our couch and our bed.
- The longest goodbye tour you’ve ever seen.
- Like I mentioned earlier this week, our friends and family are all over southern Ontario, and we want to see as many of them as possible before we essentially become Northern exiles.
Moving might be the best time to do a thorough ‘once-over’ of our belongings. There is no way I’m moving 1477km (918 miles) with stuff I’m not sure about. And definitely not with how expensive moving equipment is. Yikes.
I have no idea how successful I will be in achieving my mindful move, but that’s the goal. Once we’re through the other end and are settled, I will share our experience of moving as minimalists. To be honest, I’m sure moving as minimalists will be just as annoying as regular moving, but we shall see!
If you want to follow along with the actual moving journey, follow me on Instagram (Insta Stories is so handy for stuff like this!). Since the move will take at least a day (maybe more if we stop), I’m contemplating doing some sort of live stream to answer questions, chat with you guys and kill the time – good idea? Terrible idea? Let me know in the comments.
To everyone on Twitter who has expressed warm wishes to me about the move – thank you. It means the world to me.
Thanks for reading! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Regularly scheduled Tiny Ambitions will resume Monday (with an uncomfortable but necessary post about privilege).
Do you have any long distance moving tips you can share with me? I’d love to hear them!
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