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Born into the large city of Vancouver BC, Canada I was brought up in a nice suburban home with my parents and two sibblings. I attened large schools, had many friends, and the close convinience of everything I need around me, with more and more being built and cities expanding. My whole life was living the "standard " lifestyle I had always known as "My Life". Once I graduate highschool, it was to the working feild for me. I was never one for continuing my education (although I sure wish I had now). I took a view courses in college, but nothing stood out to me. So my life was, working, going for drinks with the girls, shopping with friends, even the club scene for a while. I was free to do what I wanted, when I wanted and whatever I wanted. Everything was at my finger tips.

"My Life" was becoming a little too repetative you could say. I loved doing things with my friends, but something was missing. I decided to quit the well paying job I had and move 5 hours away on my own, where there were 2 people that I new there. Still being in a city where everything was there for me, it's population was approx 20,000 from the 1,986,965 population that I came from. My family and friends were just in shock, and I think I was for a while. Until I met my loving hubby!

Things were going great, financially there wasn't much for work at the time and we decided to make a very big life change for our family of 4 (me, hubby, 2 daughters). We packed our stuff and moved to a very small mining town in Manitoba, Canada. Population 200. The winters are longer, the weather is colder, the bugs are multiplied by, I have to say a million, and the heat is totally different. At first I was excited, my hubby's family is all here, I already had friends, he was going to have a great job and I would be able to stay home with my daughter (step-daughter on holidays/summers). This was going to be great!

Well, to start, it was soooo small, all there was was a store, resturant, hotel w/ bar and the Mine. There was no mall, large grocery stores, starbucks, 7-11, Pizza Hut, none of the things that I was so used to having right there at my finger tips. The closest all those places were, was 2.5 hours away.


Well, I came to realize that we were crazy! I love my husband, he loves his job, and we adjusted, of course not over night, in time. I started to realize that all those, shops & emenities that we had right there in front of us were a blessing, I enjoy our long drives into the city to do our shopping. We have so much more family time, my hubby and I have much more time to chat! I appreciate those days more than anything!

Our community is small, but has huge heart. There are a number of us mom's that get together for "Girls Nights", whether it's to have a veiw drinks or get crafty. I am on the School Commity and much more involved with fundraising for the school, which by the way has 10 students. Everyone waves to each other while driving by, you always bump into someone and have a chat! You're known by name. It's like a regular old Country Song!!!

Lets say that I no longer miss the Starbucks, ordering out or malls. I now look forward to going for walks with my family, hunting in the Fall with my husband, fishing at the lake in town (2 min drive from my house), taking the girls to the beach/park & quading.

I've started my own home business also so I dont go completely loony!!

That's my story!



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Comment by Melissa on May 15, 2009 at 8:58pm
Hi Catherine,

Thank you, it's an adventure that just keeps going!!!

My grandparents live in Duncan, and it is beautiful there. From what I remember, it's been about 6 years since I've been there, but I always LOVED going there to visit. Even as a child I loved the quietness and not being in a rush all the time.

Our country living is always something interesting, just the other day I was on a quad ride with Sweet Baby and we saw a black bear and her 2 cubs about 70 feet away. Lets just say, not one of the most pleasent things to see when your on a nice evening quad ride. We turned around and headed home. 2 years ago, I would have FREAKED out, but I have learned what to do in situations of coming into contact with wildlife.

Oh, and it SNOWED today.... I measured 8 inches... booo
Comment by Catherine Quaglia on May 15, 2009 at 4:05pm
That is such an amazing story. We came from Vancouver too. My family was originally from Victoria and when my parents split up, my mom and I moved to the mainland. I never liked it, it never felt like my home. I wanted to return to the island for so long, but it never seemed posssible. Then when i was pregnant with my second child, we made the decision to move. We couldn't stand the big city life, and honestly, we couldn't afford it either. We were living in a neighbourhood where the average home was 1.5 million and we were renting a little basement suite.

So a year and a half ago, we took the plunge and moved to Duncan. Our house is lovely, built in 1925, but the town at first glance was a bit disorientating. We do have Starbucks and 711, but things here are different than Vancouver for sure. But now that we've been here for a while, I am so glad we moved. We don't have to live in a basement suite, we live by the river, it's safe, my son goes to the Waldorf school here and the community of people is amazing. Like you, shopping isn't what I do for recreation any more, unless I go to Victoria, we spend a lot more time in the woods, at the farmer's market or just in our own back yard.

I'd love to hear more about your country living....so interesting.

Comment by Melissa on April 9, 2009 at 11:50pm
I'm totally going to sign up with Zip.ca. We dont have a rental store here!!!
Comment by Carrie Anne Badov on April 9, 2009 at 11:24pm
I use to work in advertising (multimedia specifically for the last few years). I left when I was on maternity leave with my second child. Now I work for the agency people I use to work with, testing online communications (i.e., testing online games). It's a great job. Any place we move, if we move, would definately need Internet access.

I also subscribe to zip.ca (we don't have cable). So now I get movies mailed to me 2x a month and I just pop them in the mail when I'm done. I love it. I said to my hubby I can live anywhere now that I've got my movies covered with zip (oh, of course assuming I have Internet).

Are you on Etsy (do I have that right)? Selling your stuff. I'll have to check out your blog for what you make. I love being creative, but right now my craft is focusing on writing, children's books specifically, though nothing's been published...yet.

Comment by Melissa on April 9, 2009 at 8:58pm
I hate to admit it, but i never wanted to live in a small town, and now I wouldn't want to live in a big city again. My hubby would say "I told you so". He grew up where we live now, so he had an easier time adjusting. If we ever moved, I'd want property, farm land maybe.

The feeling is so warming, relaxed, & calm. No more rush, rush, rush. When we go into the city and stay at my sister-in-laws we get to day 2, and wanna go home. She bugs me and says, "The town is your magnet". She used to live here also, but she's a city girl forsure.

The internet is seriously & sadly my best friend... HEHE!!! I order almost everything online, saves us money and much more variety! What is your online business??

Good luck with the move in the future!!
Comment by Carrie Anne Badov on April 9, 2009 at 5:28pm
That's exactly why we're trying to get out of the city, trying to slow down. Living in the city you always feel like you're in fast forward. You're always having to keep up with everyone around you. My sister and her family live on a farm and my mom lives in a small town and I like the feeling I get when we leave (and hate the feeling I get when I enter the city again).

Of course now that we've made this decision I find I have less patience for the city :-) The change would be big. I agree, not having the stores and the restaurants so readily available will probably be better for us (and hey, if you have Internet access you can do anything - that's a must for me since my work is Internet dependant).

We haven't made the move but are working toward it. Fingers crossed.

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