How does one tell their friends and family that in a matter of two weeks, they are selling all of their possessions and they are going to drive for 37 hours to move to a new country where they knew absolutely nobody? Through an email of course.
Aside from telling our immediate family in person, this is the actual email that we sent out to our friends and family announcing our news:Dear All, First of all our apologies for having to share the news via email … our lives have been incredibly hectic and are about the become even more so. As much as we would love to tell each of you in person or at the very least through a phone call, please appreciate that this is not feasible for us right now. Long story short: John has been offered a great opportunity in Chicago to further pursue his Actuarial career. Although it was a difficult decision to make, after much thought and analysis (and yes, many spreadsheets), we have decided that we are going to embark on this crazy journey together!!! We are moving to Chicago on April 17th! Holy moly, we know… Why so soon? What’s the rush? John’s offer was contingent on many conditions (ie. invasive background checks, drug testing, etc) which took several weeks to complete. His offer was officially final on Thursday, March 27th. We listed and sold our home in a week and half, and the conditions were waived last night. The buyers wanted a possession date of April 17th. So, today we gave our two weeks notice, and as of April 17th we will be jobless and homeless. We are selling most of our possessions, renting a U-Haul trailer and going to go on quite the road trip… John needs to be in the US for a few business days ahead of his start date (which is the 28th) to get a new SSN, etc. We did not want to tell anybody until everything was set in stone and final, so please do not have hurt feelings or feel left out as that was not our intention whatsoever. We are having a Going Away Party on April 12th and would love if those in Calgary would be able to come. Even though we are both excited and terrified at this opportunity, everything we’ve always wanted is on the other side of our fear. Plus, what’s life without a little risk!? 🙂 Although we may be perceived as impulsive, crazy, naive, full blown nuts by some, we have been inspired by the following quote:
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T.S. Eliot So, there you go… We are up and at ’em again and heading to Chicago for one hell of an adventure. At the end of the day, as long as we have one another, we have nothing to lose. Thank you for your support!
You see, my incredible husband received an amazing opportunity for his career. This opportunity involved selling our “forever home” that we purchased not even 6 months prior to listing it. This home was beautiful… the kitchen was an absolute dream… it had an enormous L-shaped island, two ovens, top of the line appliances, gorgeous stone and custom cabinetry. And we sold it. It was the perfect family home.. it backed onto an incredible green space that had a park for the kids and was walking distance to schools. It was in a great location, right next to a provincial park with incredible mountain views. Oh, she was a beaut… We were looking forward to summer time there and we dreamed of raising our family there. However, we learnt our lesson that forever can’t necessarily be planned. We learnt many lessons.
John and I always had a plan. We had a five year plan that was going accordingly… we moved in together, we got engaged, we got married, we travelled, we explored… we mentally crossed things off our list. And then everything was thrown for a loop when John was offered a job in Chicago. Chicago! The Windy City! The land of deep dish pizza and hot dogs! Where Oprah impacted so many lives! Chicago seemed exciting to a couple of newlyweds who were currently calling Calgary, Alberta home.
Chicago is precisely 1,660 miles (2,671 kilometres) from Calgary. That. Is. Far. There was a lot that went into making the decision of actually moving. Would we be okay financially? Do we sell or rent our house? Do we sell all of our possessions and buy new things or do we move everything with us? Do we rent or buy in Chicago? Is it worth leaving our friends and family? Will our friends still be as good of friends when we don’t live a few minutes from each other? What if we hate it? What if we love it? What if we don’t go, but always wonder what if? And the paper work… do not even get me started on the paper work. No matter how many exaggerations and adjectives I use to describe all of the paper work, nothing can explain the vast mountains of paperwork involved. I hate paper.
Ultimately, we decided to go. We are young, if we didn’t go now, we never would. If we didn’t like it, we could always move back to Canada! We both love an adventure and we both were excited at the thought of something “new”. We were both excited to imagine a life outside of Calgary where we would have likely spent the next 30 years of our careers. We decided that we really had nothing to lose… well, we probably did, but we didn’t let our minds wander too far to the negative side. Why bother crossing a street if you’re so worried about getting hit by a bus?
We have been living in Chicago for almost two months and we absolutely love it. LOVE IT! There are highs, there are lows, there are in betweens… but shit, we live in one of the most incredible cities in the world which we are lucky enough to now call home!
In this blog, I plan to share our journey. The highs, the lows, the unexpected… It has been an incredible adventure so far and I can’t wait to bring you on our adventures with us!
And that, my lovelies, is the conclusion of my first ever post.