Change is in the air! I have plenty of exciting news to share with you today but this has definitely been a summer filled with uncertainty for me!
At the end of June, the clinic that I had been practicing at for the past two years merged with another clinic owner and it was decided that they would focus predominantly on sports medicine going forward. As my naturopathic practice focuses primarily on the treatment of fatigue, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances and infertility my services were no longer aligned with the clinic vision. The reorganization of the clinic meant that I had only a few weeks before needing to relocate my practice.
While I could have been upset about these changes, I actually felt relieved when I received the news and I was almost immediately excited about an opportunity to create something new. I had intuitively felt that the clinic hadn’t been the best fit for my practice but I had been living in my comfort zone by continuing to practice there. Things were working (sort of) and it scared me to leave in search of new opportunities. What if I regretted my decision? Thankfully life gave me a nudge out the door when I couldn’t muster the courage to take that first step myself!
I have absolutely amazing patients and I truly love what I do! Although I knew that I needed to find a new practice location as soon as possible, I also sensed that it was very important to allow myself to steep in uncertainty for a few weeks prior to making any big decisions. This was a pivotal opportunity for me to consciously shape my life and career over the next few years. So, I took off to the mountains (my go-to place for both inspiration and reflection) and while soaking in the sun and fresh air I started asking myself the following questions:
Does my current lifestyle align with my core values?
Of all possible paths my life could take, have I been walking the number one path I would choose?
If I could do anything this year, what would I do and why?
What do I love about my life?
What’s missing from my life?
These are important questions and I encourage you to reflect on your answers as well!
For myself they evoke my lifelong dream of living in the mountains with a dog (or two) and a garden. I dream of waking up early and canoeing on a calm, clear lake…or of simply enjoying a hot mug of tea on my front porch before anyone else wakes up. I envision campfires and stargazing in my backyard and picking plums to eat straight from the tree.
Although I’ve craved this lifestyle for years (and so has my husband), we have always chosen condo living in the city instead. Why is this, despite an undeniable magnetism towards living in nature and enjoying a simpler way of life?
After a lot of reflection I’ve determined that our biggest holdback has been fear. From external fears like not being able to find enough work to sustain ourselves financially in a small town, to internal fears like just how much we will miss our families by living further away.
We have also worried about what others would think and if they may say that we are idealists living in a dream world. We have feared that surely pursuing such a “crazy” dream would lead to regrets once reality sets in. After all, would it truly be as magical as we dreamed or would we inevitably be left disappointed?
Many recent conversations between my husband and I have led us to decide that we would rather try and fail (or marvelously succeed) than to live our lives as dreamers instead of doers. Once we owned our desires and created a clear vision of what we truly want from our life, amazingly the right doors slowly began to open for us (although we have also had to go through what felt like several “tests” to ensure we were fully committed!).
Our Big Decision!
This brings me to my very exciting announcement that in only two weeks from now we will be moving to the beautiful mountain town of Nelson, BC! Nelson has had a gravitational pull upon us for years and we are thrilled that we will soon call it home. I recently shared photos from our road trip to Nelson this past spring and I can’t wait to share all of the adventures that are still to come with you!
Although I will be living in Nelson, I am beyond thrilled to announce that I will still be practicing in Calgary! I am all set up in a brand new practice location and am now available for naturopathic consultations with both new and existing patients. I will be flying-in to practice in Calgary on a monthly basis and will also be available in between via phone consultations.
While I’m in Nelson I’m excited that I will have additional time to focus on Healthy Life Redesign and the Elimination Diet Meal Plan. There will be more recipes, articles and programs launched this year as I pursue these passion projects! I also plan to offer health and personal development retreats in the Nelson region very soon! I’m thrilled that this move is not only enabling me to live a nature-fuelled lifestyle but that it’s also opening doors for me to pursue my career dreams.
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I’ve truly realized over the past few months that when one door closes another one opens…but you have to knock! And in all likelihood more than one door will open for you…you will then have to choose which door you want to walk through. Through my experience over the past few months I know how scary it can be to commit to that choice.
The Universe opened several doors this summer that I had to consciously and deliberately close in order to move forward with my decision to move to Nelson. I’m extremely excited about what’s to come, but to be completely honest I’m also nervous! If I allow it, the uncertainty and doubt still comes creeping in. The fear hasn’t gone away but I’m working with it instead of letting it get the best of me!
I’d really love to hear from you today! Have you been in a similar situation where you’ve been faced with a head versus heart decision? Which did you choose? Please share with me in the comments below!
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