This month, Sonny and I celebrate one year of country living. How cliché of me to say that time flies when you're having fun, but boy does it ever.
It's been a year of change and adjustment, discovery and inspiration, but mostly... a year I will never forget.
It took A LOT of planning and dreaming to get here, but we can both agree that it was the best decision we've ever made. I knew from the moment I discovered this town, that we'd end up here. From the time I saw the private listing for this house, that we'd buy it. And from the first night that I fell asleep to an orchestra of crickets, I knew I was home.
Within Trent Hills, lies 3 communities- Campbellford, Hastings (where we live closest to) and the tiny, vibrant village of Warkworth. It's here, where I manage to spend most of my free time. Where I've met so many incredible people, and formed lasting friendships that make everyday an absolute pleasure. I meet new people with each visit into town, and one of the first things we ask each other is "what brought you to Warkworth?". The answer that seems to be shared by us all, "There was just something about it." No one can really explain it, but we can all feel it-- that there is an infectious energy floating around these hills. It might be a wee village of under 1000 people, but I can assure you that we have the most genuine, creative, warm and open-minded community. We've got everything from farmers and hippies, to artists, musicians and anything in between.
I haven't regretted, for one minute, packing up the only life I knew in Toronto, and heading this way. I thought it might take months of getting used to this new life, but when we decided to move, I made myself a promise-- that I would embrace country life completely (slow internet, fart-smelling water, and all). I said I'd step outside my introverted comfort zone, meet people, and dive right in to new experiences. It's done wonders for me. My stress level is way down, and my needs, goals and priorities seem to have shifted... also, we've acquired 5 more dogs. Every time I step out and drive through the rolling hills, I take a deep breath, and still can't believe that I actually live here.
I'm an earth sign, so being grounded and feeling at home is über important for me. Seems like this move is all I needed for the real me to manifest... rather, for me to feel like I could just 100% be me.
... I can't wait to experience more of this life.
you can read all about our move in these posts