It took a lifetime to happen. There were a billion setbacks, many moments of discouragement and a whole lot of stress. But then… it finally happened. I moved to Vancouver! June 1st marked my ONE YEAR Van-niversary and I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by! Won’t you join me as I share some of my fave pictures of the beautiful city I now call home and chat a bit about my new life!
Before I lived in Vancouver, I used to stare in awe every time I flew in to the city. I still do! Sometimes I walk around, or drive over a bridge and catch a glimpse of the ocean, or a mountain, or some cherry blossoms and catch myself saying, I get to live here? I live two blocks from the beach. Life is good! I live where people pay hundreds of dollars to visit. Yes it rains here. A lot…. but when the sun comes out, I truly believe there is no better place in the world to live!
Do I love my new life in Vancouver? Absolutely! Am I 100 percent happy?  If you had asked me a couple of months ago, I probably would have said yes.. but something has shifted in me. Maybe it was the months of grey and rain but something has changed. I’m starting to realize you can live in the most beautiful place in the world but if you don’t have the people you love around you, it’ll always feel a little empty.
Something I never thought I would hear myself say… but I’m actually missing Winnipeg! I was just there visiting for a few days and my perspective had changed this time. There was something charming about the small town feel, and I was surrounded by people who love me… it was nice.


 So what do I do??? Stay in the most beautiful amazing city and hope the loneliness passes… or move back to the simple life and be with the people who matter most to me??? Stay tuned to find out!

19 thoughts on “My one year “Van”niversary!”

  1. I was happy there as i sent mesg pm to you about my situation in Vancouver. I was surrounded by loved ones but i moved back home because of a work situation. Although she did move over. Work didnt work out and the relationship didnt work out.
    Its a risk and lesson in learned in life. Money doesnt make u happy

  2. What a great post – Congrats on your anniversary with the city! I totally know how you feel – we left our friends and the amazingness of New York to be closer to home and enjoy a slower-paced life. I can’t wait to see what you decide – wherever you end up will be lucky to have you! xo, LA

    1. Thanks so much hun! You were totally in the exact same position as I am! I can only imagine how hard it would have been to leave New York!

  3. Such a beautiful post and so honest. I loved it. I have travelled the world, 41 countries to date, and there is nothing like that feeling of “home” that truly comes not from a place or postal code but from the love we are able to surround ourselves with in whatever place we decide to make roots. As others have wisely said, follow your heart beautiful Kyla. Van will be there for you anytime you feel like visiting. And if you feel like it’s time for a move and it feels right, do it. If you feel down the road you want to return, that too can be done. The world is your oyster, trust what your gut and intuition tell you. Xoxo Grace

    1. Thanks for your beautiful reply hunny! I am definitely going to spend the summer in Vancouver and then reassess! Haha! I honestly never thought I would consider moving back to Winnipeg! But you’re so right… Vancouver will always be there to visit!

  4. I couldn’t relate more to this post hon. After having left Ukraine and moved to Northern Ireland (where I thought we would settle) we moved again (to England). This time it’s not just me & my better half is with me. But it’s still not easy. We’ve been here for 2 years and feel like this is the place we do love but it’s not home. And I don’t think it will ever be. I am okay with that though because I do feel like this place is a part of a journey and we will soon be somewhere together where we can feel “at home”. Thinking about you gorgeous ???
    Do what makes YOU happy ?
    Xox Nadia

    1. Thanks hunny! Makes me feel better knowing that I’m not alone! I really hope we are in Northern Ireland at the same time somewhere soon!

  5. I can’t imagine you not being here but I also know the feeling of being here and feeling so lonely because your Family is on the other side of the World. You have to trust your gut and make the decision that you feel, in your heart, is right for you. You’ll always have places to stay when you want to come back to visit Vancouver! We’ve not been for that coffee yet though!! Don’t go before coffee time!! <3 xoxo

  6. First off all, you are insanely gorgeous and you look amazing in everything!! It is always hard to move away from loved ones. But it is also amazing that yu are brave enough to follow your dreams! I cant wait to see here it leads. If you ever fly through New Mexico, I better hear abut it!!

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