new york city dreams turned into my grande prairie reality
If anyone ever asked me if I saw myself living in a small Northern Canadian town, spending the rest of my life with a man who drives a pick up truck and works in the oil patch.....I would have laughed in their faces. And felt a bit, um, confused.
I guess they're the ones laughing at me now (with love and encouragement of course) because that's exactly what happened.
I was your typical girl, living a high end dream of becoming a surgeon, living in NYC on the Upper East Side and dating occasionally. This was my dream from about 7 to 22 years of age. Fast forward to my early twenties, I soon realized those dreams were not quite going to pan out as I had planned.
Instead, I found a very fulfilling (and successful) career in marketing, continued to live in one of the greatest cities in the world (Vancouver), surrounded myself with amazing friends & family and well, dated a lot. Clearly I was in no rush to settle down.....until my 30's hit me like a ton of bricks.
Let's just take a pause here. I won't be the first to say that the dating scene in Vancouver is well, lacklustre, but its certainly not encouraging, not to mention highly disappointing. I dated A LOT. You know a type of guy? I dated him. And it got to the point where I became lazy and fed up.
Enter online dating. It was perfect for me because it fed my homebody style - I could get in my sweats, grab a glass of wine, have Netflix on in the background and just peruse through my matches. Bliss.
And then Nathan entered my life.
Him: Single, 34 year old, Instrumentation guy who lives in Grande Prairie, AB
Me: Single 35 year old, marketing executive who lives in Vancouver, BC
The lovely algorithms of eHarmony brought us together in what would be our two worlds colliding in the most perfect way.
Two weeks into chatting, he sprung one on me. "Hey, what are you doing next weekend because I'd love to meet you". I told myself, "Yeah right, like he'll ever follow through with that". Well he did and almost 3 years later, he's still the best human I've ever met and have had the honour of being with. I now find myself uprooting my life to be with him, living a new life (slightly edited dream) up north, leaving behind 25+ years in Vancouver, my career, my home, my friends, and my family all to be with the love of my life, and I couldn't be happier.
So here we go. One step towards my new adventure. I'm equally happy, scared, excited, fearful, but learning to adapt to my new normal.
Stay tuned....this story is just starting and I hope you're along for the ride.