So I’ve decided to dedicate this post to everyone who wants to “take the next step” but is struggling to initiate the move. I recently moved to British Columbia from Ontario. Was it planned? Not really. Want my advice…

Do it.

I would be lying if the thought of moving to Vancouver did not cross my mind a few times as I inched my way closer to graduating from my MPT program. One week after graduating, I was out on a road trip in Alberta travelling in a Camper Van with a few friends. Before I left, I had an interview with a hospital in B.C. Midway through my trip, I was offered a job and after saying “yes”, I realized I had committed to making the move. I did not consult this decision with anyone because there was no need to – it was something that I wanted to do. In that moment, I realized that this was very real. In 3 and half weeks, I would be moving out to B.C.

So I lied, technically this move was planned… it was planned in 3 and half weeks. If you are waiting for the perfect time to make your big move, I hate to break it to you, but there is no such thing. Let’s face some hard facts. Moving is expensive, time consuming, requires a certain degree of planning and it can be a big commitment. However, I strongly believe if you want to do something, you will make ends meet. Rental Agreements, registering for practice, arranging shipments, coordinating payments… one could see this as a stressful time. The truth is, making the first step is always the hardest but each decision becomes easier once you start committing.

Three and half weeks later I arrived in Beautiful BC. Cold, wet, rainy, and alone at YVR airport. Hold on.

I never finished this post – but I’ve been here for over a year now. Moving out west was one of the best decisions of my life! It was a tough move, but I can finally say that every bit of doubt I had about taking the next step has officially vanished. Starting a life in a new city can be very daunting, but if you hold your ground, you will come out with a handful of experiences and lifelong friends. Once again, my advice to you – stop waiting for change to happen. If there is something you want to do, a part of the world you want to explore or a new opportunity you want to take…go for it.  The world is your playground.  JM