We Made it to Canada! + Our Future Plans

Hellllo there!

I just wanted to pop in and catch you up to speed a bit about what's been goin' on in our neck of the woods.

Mark and I have finally arrived in Canada, where I plan to apply for permanent residency (I will still be a U.S. citizen indefinitely). I'll be documenting a lot of my journey, including what it's like moving to a new country, how the process of applying for permanent residency works, etc. More on that below!

Instead of boring you with the details of the past few weeks, let's just say it's been a whirlwind of adventure -- from leaving TX where Mark attended the fire academy for 3 months, to Ohio to visit some of my family, back to Canada where we stayed at the cottage on Lake Muskoka for a few days, and finally to Toronto: HOME. 

Mark's Graduation from TEEX (Texas A&M's Fire Extension Academy)

Mark's Graduation from TEEX (Texas A&M's Fire Extension Academy)

Lake Muskoka

Lake Muskoka

Our new HOME :)

Our new HOME :)

We made it to Canada. Now what?

Currently, Mark is looking for a job as a firefighter in Ontario. Depending on where he gets hired, that's where we'll move. 

I've learned from experience -- moving to St. Pete on a whim last year for an internship at Strength Camp -- how important it is to set goals for yourself BEFORE moving to a new place. That way, you can start working toward a vision right when you get there, as opposed to getting there... adjusting... waiting til things 'settle down'... and THEN setting goals for yourself, all while getting depressed, lost and confused in the process.

Before we even stepped foot in Canada, I set a few short-term goals for myself, some of which include:

- Run the Toronto Island Half Marathon in September 2017 (read/watch my FB post about it here.)
- Write for 100 days straight
- Try out different yoga studios in the area
- Audition for a dance company in September, then a team in 2018

I'll go into more detail about my goals as time goes on.

But for now, I'd like to highlight one of my goals:

100 days of writing!

I am SUPER pumped for this one. For the longest time, I got so caught up in CONSUMING content that I neglected creating anything that's super meaningful to me. I still send out my weekly newsletter, but lately I've been craving more than that.

I want to share more. Add more value. Share my own life and experiences, as opposed to just trying to teach you things about training, nutrition and all the things I love, but that may not necessarily apply to what I'm doing at the moment. 

When part of your job requires a lot of time spent being on social media and putting yourself out there, you can get SO wrapped up in trying to make everything 'perfect.' For example, I waited to do this for the LONGEST time because I was so busy creating content calendars, figuring out whether it's best to blog on Tuesday or Thursday, researching what time of day is best to post, etc.... all of which prevented me from doing what I actually LOVE and sharing with you guys! Ugh. 

NO MORE. NO BUENO.

You guys know I'm all about creating positive habits, so I'm thrilled that I'm introducing my love of writing back into the world on a daily basis for all to see :) 

I'll be documenting my running, how my training is changing because I'm adding running to the mix, recipes I'm loving lately, personal things, and more! 

Some days will be long, personal posts. Other days will be short posts with a few sentences that highlight something I'm grateful for or how my training is going. But no matter what, I'm going to upload a post every. single. day for 100 days: starting today!

Comment below and let me know if any particular topics interest you. 

See ya tomorrow!

xo

Julie

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[Moving to Canada] Taking Risks & Creating a Life I LOVE!

Hi there!

Have you ever thought about taking a huge risk?

Like maybe leaving a relationship you've been in for a long time because you feel like it no longer serves you? Or moving to a totally new place where you know no one, just because your heart is calling you there? Or creating a brand-new career around something you love doing, but have always avoided it because it seems too far-fetched?

My guess is that you do dream of things like this (especially if you're reading this post).

We all do. It's human nature.

I'm writing today's blog because I realized, "HOLY SHIZ. I am moving to a different country in 3 weeks." immediately followed by, "HOLY SHIZ. How did I learn to take so many risks and make my life a wonderful, exciting adventure instead of playing it safe like I used to?"

How I Learned to Take Risks & Create a Life I'm Obsessed With

There's a huge difference between people who live an average, OK, mediocre, kinda-happy life vs. those who take 100% responsibility as a co-creator of their life and go the extra mile to make it fantastic:

On one hand, the kinda-happy-life person goes to the same job every day, talks to the same people, does the same workouts, eats the same foods. Life is OK, but it's certainly not exceptional. In fact, it becomes routine, mundane and they're often left wondering, "Is this all there is?!"

On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are people who live life to the fullest, they play BIG, they take (calculated) risks, they try new things, and they follow their heart - no matter how crazy it seems.

And after lots of trying --> failing --> getting back up and trying again, I'm happy to say I fall into category #2: RISK TAKA BABY, woo!

If you're interested in living a BIG, amazing, exciting, scream-it-from-the-rooftops life you're completely obsessed with, read on.

If you've been following me for a while, you know I love to take risks. And if you haven't, let me catch you up to speed a bit with some of the biggest, most rewarding risks I've taken recently:

Like the time I quit my steady, 401k, solid income job in Advertising in order to run my personal training/online coaching business full time in September 2015.

Or the time I broke my lease, sold all my stuff and moved to St. Pete for an unpaid internship to become a strength & conditioning coach at one of the best gyms in the world for 3 months (which turned into a year, ha) in January 2016. *This is also where I met the love of my life, which never would have happened if I didn't make this decision. SO many people called me crazy for doing this, but yo girl knew in her heart she had to do it and look where it led me. More on that below :)

Or the time I decided to move across the country for 3 months to a small town in Texas to support my hubby while he goes to the Fire Academy to pursue his dream of becoming a firefighter in May 2017.

AND NOW... perhaps the biggest risk of all: moving to a whole new country, getting married to the love of my life, and starting my life in a place where maple syrup runs rampant and the Prime Minister is hotter than my hometown Florida weather (or at least that's how I was sold to move there, hehe).

Now am I saying you need to marry a Canadian, move to a different country, or jump off a cliff to take risks in your life?

ABSOLUTELY NOT.

You can make your everyday life extraordinary right now, doing the things you're already doing.

But if you are feeling stuck, uninspired, and constantly questioning, "Is there more to life than this?"... the simple answer to that question is:

AB.SO.FREAKIN.LUTELY, SISTA.

You just have to have the courage to listen to your heart, follow your gut/intuition, and be prepared to be super uncomfortable as the change is happening.

Growth is NOT comfortable. Change IS scary.

That's why so many people stay stuck in the same jobs, same relationships, same things that don't make them happy, year after year after year.

For those people, the risk of changing and being uncomfortable is WAY harder than staying the same.

But in order to truly grow, you have to believe the risk of staying the same is more uncomfortable than the risks you take to change your life.

Do I know what's going to happen when I move to Canada? No.

Have I known what's going to happen when I took ANY of the 'risks' I stated above? No.

Change is always risky. It hurts like hell. And at times, the growth and pain that ensued from my decisions seemed unbearable at times. I can recall many times where I just wanted to run home and cry to my mom while she hugged me and fed me ice cream.

But here's the God-honest truth:

I wouldn't change a thing. The tears, the struggle, the not-knowing-if-I-had-enough-money. The times I felt completely alone and like no one understood me or my decisions.

It was all. freaking. worth. it.

Here's how I know risk is worth it, using real-life examples from my own life:

1. If I didn't leave my advertising job back in 2015 to pursue my own business full-time, I would never have been able to work with as many wonderful, admirable, hard-working women as I do now. I'm BEYOND grateful for the opportunity to do what I love and share my life with you all on a daily basis. This alone has changed my life in a million better ways than I could've imagined, even if it is hard sometimes.

2. If I didn't choose to work an unpaid internship for 3 months and move to a new city, I wouldn't know NEARLY as much as I do today about strength training and coaching people. I wouldn't know what it's like to become resourceful and find ways to make money where money didn't exist. And most importantly, I would've never met Mark - my lovely Canadian best friend and husband. <3

3. I can't wait to write a blog post in a few years as a follow-up to this one, saying, "And if I didn't choose to go to Canada.... [insert awesome thing here] would've never happened."

Truth be told, I don't know how Canada is going to turn out.

I never know when I'm taking the risks.

But for me, sitting around and wondering 'what if' for the rest of my life is WAY more painful than moving to Canada could ever be.

Remember, you can always play 'worst case scenario' when you're trying to make hard, life-changing decisions. Let's look at moving to Canada: Worst case scenario, I end up homeless. Single. Jobless. Broke. Have to move back in with my parents. Recreate a new life. But I've done it before and I can do it again, so there's no one and no way in heck that can stop me now, baby. ;)

And one last side note: every time you take a risk, you build confidence. Part of the reason we're scared to take risks in our life is because we're scared we won't make it through - but the more times you prove to yourself "I've done it before, I can do it again," the easier it becomes to take bigger and bigger risks...

until eventually you wake up every day to a life that satisfies you beyond your wildest imagination. <3

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I hope sharing a bit of my story was inspiring to you in some way - even if it just inspires you to take risks in your everyday life.

Now go out and follow your dreams, babe.

I believe in you.

xo

Julie

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