I landed at SFO last night with a heavy heart. That was the last time arriving here would be arriving “home”.

In July 2008, I moved to San Francisco from Toronto with two suitcases, oodles of optimism and not much else. No job. No work visa. No friends. No address or phone number. Just a feeling in my gut that I couldn’t shake. A feeling that the next chapter in my life was supposed to take place in San Francisco. I just needed to get here and the pieces would fall into place.

I was a 30-something single woman looking for love. A teacher looking for a new career. A former travel junkie looking for a little adventure. More than anything, I was looking for somewhere new to call “home”.

San Francisco welcomed me with open arms. I took a huge risk on this city and she paid me back in spades. Amazing friends. Incredible adventures. A new career. A wonderful husband. And a beautiful baby boy.

April 7

Seven years later, and it’s time for a new beginning. In less than a month, I’ll be boarding my one-way flight east to start a new chapter in Asheville, North Carolina. A chapter that wouldn’t exist if I didn’t book that one-way flight to San Francisco seven years ago.

I am not ashamed to admit I’m a total cliche. San Francisco, you will always have a piece of my heart.

A Canadian expat in Asheville, NC, I will be ever-grateful for being born on a sunny day. For as long as I can remember, I've had an affinity for blank books and empty boxes. At an early age, the blank pages became a canvas for words and reflections, evolving into a passion for journaling, while the boxes continue to fill with treasures from a collection of life experiences. Having traveled to more than 25 countries and connected with people of all ages and cultures, I wholeheartedly believe that as human beings, what we have in common far surpasses any differences between us. At a micro level, this blog is my attempt to transfer my personal journaling skills into writing that inspires introspection and helps us to feel more connected to ourselves, one another and the world around us. In the big picture, it is my grand hope that through this introspection and connection, we can cultivate more empathy, resilience and optimism in the world.

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