Bub and I are at a turning point. Not in our relationship with each other, but in our lives in general. Lots of changes in both of our professional lives have caused us to take a step back and think about what we really want... and it has been eye opening.
We've owned our home for 2.5 years now and we love it. We love it because it's the first house we bought together and because it's been home for so long now. But, we've been tied to it since I returned to school. Every decision we make has been based on the house and if we will be able to continue to afford it. I know this is normal but it's really getting to me lately. Career decisions, academic decisions..... everything revolves around the house and I realized recently that it really bothers me.
So.... we're moving. And I mean MOVING. Like across the country or overseas like we've always wanted to. Or at least, that's the plan right now. The fate of the house is yet to be determined. Ideally, we'll keep it and rent it out because we do plan to return in a couple of years, but if we have to sell, then we will. Owning is wonderful, but it's not everything and I don't want to miss out on life experiences just so I can say that I own a home.
As of last night I am officially researching universities out East and in the UK. And can I tell you... I AM SO EXCITED!!!!! I've looked at The University of Prince Edward Island's and Dalhousie University's Bachelor of Business Administration programs and both look really good. I'm leaning towards UPEI at the moment for a few reasons but it's still in the very early stages of research. And for those who say that moving from Ontario to PEI wouldn't be a big change... I say you need to do your own research. The two provinces couldn't be more different. Next, I'll pick a few in the UK and then I'll submit mass applications. Obviously, staying in Canada would be much easier for many reasons, but if we could make the UK work for a year or two, I'd be all over it. Wherever we end up, I'd like to rent a little house, get Bub working full-time at some funky job (like a corner pub in England or something)and I'd tackle school full-time. I just want to experience life in a different way for a little while.
If this is going to happen, it's going to happen quickly. I'd be applying to start at the new school in September and taking the summer off of classes at my current school to pickup a 2nd job to save. But honestly, I've never been more excited about anything. I think this is a big opportunity for us to go and experience something totally different than what we're used to. I'm hoping that it's meant to be and that fate will be on our side. Fingers crossed.