Settling Into Victoria

 

We have found a groove.

Today will mark our 27th day in Victoria, BC, Canada.  By far, this is the longest amount of time our children have lived in any place other than Boston, and the impact of staying put is starting to reveal itself.

I have always despised the idea of settling.  I always thought it implied that one was choosing to take the easier, less fulfilling path . . . but maybe I was wrong.

Victoria agrees with Heidi and I, and more importantly with our children.  Our kids enjoy most of the elements that come with traveling fast, and camping, and seeing the world, but they also enjoy their own rooms, the community rec center around the corner, and the benefit of a big backyard.  These homely amenities are as new to our children as hiking the Grand Canyon.  We've always lived in or near the city and never really had a backyard, or the sense of privacy, or space, or even two bathrooms.  And how different is daily family life with two bathrooms?!?!?!

For the first time, I think we have been removed enough from the routine of normal, daily life to be able to truly see what matters to our children and our family.  After being caught up in the race for years, this little escape of ours has given us the ability to see the true benefits of daily living and appreciate and accept the things that we really enjoy and deem important.

Slowly, but surely, we are taking all the bits and pieces of this adventure, all the learning experiences and points of enlightenment, and forming a new life plan.  We are deciding how we want to travel, how we want to work, how we want to educate, and how we want to live.  We are settling into making a new plan.

Often, there are questions as to why a family would take a leap as we have.  I'll grant you, on traditional paper this whole adventure doesn't make much sense, but sometimes traditional paper only allows you to write down traditional questions and answers, and sometimes traditional questions and answers just don't fit into your view of a "traditional" life.  Sometimes you have to explore a bit beyond your traditions in order to find out how to form a world you want to live in for years to come.

We leap because we have to!  Because if we don't, we will spend the rest of our lives pacing back and forth at the base of the mountain wondering what type of world lies on the other side.  Until we have our answers, we have to keep looking for them.

Settling into Victoria has given us insight into a way of living that was new to us.  This world was one we hadn't yet explored as a family, but we're glad we did.  We've now added many more pages to our grand plan, and hopefully, after having many more adventures down the road, we'll form some new traditions for years to come.

We have found a groove, but not THE groove.  We're still looking for that next mountain to climb.

 

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22 Comments

  1. I love the idea that you are taking little pieces of your daily adventures and forming a flexible plan for moving forward. I think that is what we are doing even though we are stationary in Pennsylvania (where we have lived our whole lives). Every day, new information about the world and ourselves comes to light and we use that to form our plan and keep moving forward. Backyards are awesome! We live in a rural area and have a good size one where we are constantly learning. I think that is one of main things I would miss if we traveled full time. As always, I love following your journey. Can't wait to read where your new life plan takes you next!
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    • Yep! As long as you are moving forward with that mindful purpose, then you are doing well. Doesn't matter if you travel or stay put. AS long as you try to do what is best for yours, then you are doing well.

  2. Glad to hear the family is reaping some benefits of yet another way of living. Sounds like great perspective being gained that will contribute to that plan. It must be exciting, invigorating and liberating to know you have the flexibility to live any way you want - camp, move fast, live slow, international, domestic, on the road, in a house. Possibilities are endless and you don't have to pick just one!
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  3. Jennifer

    Well said AND written!! It is a joy to hear about your family's adventures!

  4. Good luck with Victoria. I am a Canadian from the other coast, who has been working and roaming around Asia for the past 12 years. Home is starting to call, but I don't know if I am going to answer :)
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  5. So proud of you guys for constantly questioning, reassessing and looking for the things that are important to you. Bravo!
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  6. This is a great post, really like the way you question things and don't settle for anything. It's definitely got me thinking too.

  7. I spent a bit of time in Victoria and absolutely loved it. It is such a beautiful place in parts and I found the people really friendly too!
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  8. Hey Strangers! Where you hiding? Have you moved to Canada permanently?? lol
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  9. Settling in anywhere can be a huge task but sound like you are having a good time. So nice to hear.

  10. Wow, you have been there for a while - you must be really enjoying it. I'm just about to move on myself so wish me luck :)
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  11. Wow - The last couple of months I've had my head down and haven't caught up with what you guys were up to. Victoria is AMAZING!!! Of course, I'm biased in my love for the PNW. I'm glad that you have found a place with some breathing room and that everyone enjoys.
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  12. Johnny B Goode

    So, uhhh....is that it? Hope you guys are alright.

  13. Are you still in Victoria??..I haven't checked your site in a while, but we actually LIVE in Victoria and are getting ourselves ready for a bit of an adventure next year! Would be great to connect if you happen to be in the neighbourhood!

  14. I must you guys are living very differently and it's good to see your kids are enjoying though. Need courage to live up the life like the way your family is living!! Very inspirational and I'm very glad to get connected with you. Looking forward for next update!! Take care.
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