A New Adventure

A New Adventure

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
-Helen Keller

As the COVID-19 pandemic wore on, one thing kept me going: my decision to move to Ottawa.  I timed my move so I would arrive a month before my daughter would deliver her first baby, my first grandchild.

I’ve lived in the Maritimes for my entire life.  Moving to Ottawa is a huge deal for me.  Some would call it crazy.

I call it an adventure.

Why am I uprooting myself  – so completely – at this time my life?  Two reasons.

First; family.  Though it was very hard to leave my father and sisters, and their children and grandchildren, I needed to be in the same city as my daughter.  When I am a Sittie I want to be a present grandmother; I don’t want to watch my grandchild grow over Zoom.

Second; business.  Ottawa is a perfect place to build Kalliergo Community Building.  I first visited the country’s capital when I was twenty-three years old on a trip for my first business.  I loved it then and I love it now: Ottawa still feels more like a small town than a big city.

I’m still in transition.  Since my plane landed ten days ago, I’ve been acclimating to my new surroundings, navigating the beautiful thirty-minute walk to my daughter’s house to have socially-distanced visits, and dealing with the surprising learning curve involved with moving into an apartment after living in houses for so many years.

Yet, even during this time of transition, I feel a deep sense of peace.  It’s taken many years of living for me to learn how to be comfortable with uncertainty, to trust my wings, to be okay with what is and to be in the moment.  I’ve written about it in the past.  I’m living it now.

I have two missions.  To provide support to and enjoy my daughter and her family, and to bring people together through community building.  I will do both because I decided I will:  Making a decision is my Superpower.

Hello Ottawa.  I’m here.

Let the adventure begin.

Ottawa Photo by Chelsey Faucher on Unsplash


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About The Author

I have always loved writing and community building. I’ve written a book about healing and happiness, The Happy Place, as well as a Community Building book, Sounding the Drum: Community Building in the Digital Age,both available at any Amazon store. I’ve been through life changes that I thought were the end of my world, but I’m still here. You never know what will happen next. Isn’t that what makes life interesting?