I recently read Nicole’s blog post about being on the “treadmill of modern day life” as she and her husband endeavour to transition “from a hectic Southern Ontario lifestyle to a back to the land approach that will hopefully lead [them] to Nova Scotia in search of a simpler life.” Nicole recognizes that she’s “building the foundation to a simple life” and that it takes time to get there.
Nicole’s post (in which she explains that she’s tired from her full-time job and progress toward their goal is not as quick as she would like) reminded me of our own struggles as we transitioned from urban to rural life a few years ago.
I provide this video as inspiration (I hope). This video was taken right as the transition was starting to happen, and I fondly remember the excitement we felt as our dreams were starting to become reality. It was all the more exciting because it had taken us years to get to the point that’s captured on film.
As I wrote in Nicole’s comments, achieving a dream may take a while. But if you really want something, make a list and write down the 38(?) things you’re going to need to do to achieve your ultimate goal. Then just keep plugging away at your list and eventually you’ll find yourself in a grainy moment like the one captured in this video.
The video was taken in our old condo in Victoria BC, in late 2007. A few days after the video was taken, our dreams started to become reality. We were leaving urban life behind and heading to the country. We moved out of our luxurious condo…and began living in our car. A month later, we arrived on Prince Edward Island; soon after, we moved into the country farmhouse we affectionately call Whimfield.
The video is just of me (Laura-Jane) talking a few nights before our adventure officially “began.”