One year ago today, we landed in the Halifax airport a little bleary-eyed from our overnight flight and full of curiosity about what the future would hold for us. We wandered up and down the Halifax waterfront, taking in all the sights and breathing in that lovely salt air. We’ve been here a year now, and while it hasn’t been always easy, it has been so very worth it. To celebrate, I came up with twelve things that I’ve learned over the past year, in no particular order.
1. The seasons here are perfect, just long enough to fully embrace but not too long that one tires of them.
2. Autumn is my favourite season and Nova Scotia is my favourite place to experience it. (Quebec being a very close second)
3. Seafood is not a staple of a Nova Scotia diet. Fresh seafood abounds but from my questioning of where to buy it, it doesn’t show up that often on dinner plans. We love haddock and try to have it once a week. I have yet to cook lobster and mussels, they intimidate me but by this time next year, I want to have cooked them.
4. Going to the library is always a good idea when moving to a new place, our local librarians are fantastic and made me feel at home within the first month of settling in.
5. The Annapolis Valley is one of the most fertile regions in Canada. I love walking to the farm market and selecting produce from whatever is in season and knowing that 70% of our diet has been raised and produced within 100 miles of our home.
6. Peggy’s Cove is more breathtaking then any pictures show. It’s one of my most favourite places in the world and is where my dream home is. Or one of them at least.
7. I love the water more then I ever did before. So do my girls. So does my man. You would have to drag us away from it.
8. People will let you down, hurt you, and challenge you but they will also delight you, love on you, and seek friendships with you.
9. Moving across the country, making a lifestyle switch and choosing to pursue a big dream is both the hardest thing we’ve ever done and also the best decision we have ever made.
10. It takes time to find your groove, your places and your people. Embrace the process.
11. All those pithy quotes about life and dreams are true- its hard, it seems impossible but it is worth it and doing what you love is the only way to live.
12. Slow down. Live in this moment, and do one thing each day that makes you happy.
What have you learned over this past year? Have you made a big move or lifestyle change?