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Motivations and expectations

(Note: This post was written by Laurel Regan and originally published in a separate blog called “Why Windsor…”, which was later merged with Alphabet Salad.)

As we’ve been planning and talking about our upcoming move to Windsor, we’ve run into some interesting responses, both to our reasons for moving and to our choice of city. It seems as though most everyone, from people who know us well to those on the outermost periphery of our lives, has an opinion on our life choice!

While most people appreciate and even understand our reasons for moving, few seem able to wrap their minds around why we’ve chosen Windsor, of all places. Some suggest their own city or cities of choice (“If it was me, I’d move to _____. Have you thought of moving there?”), while others hint that we may be building Windsor into some kind of “dream city” in our minds, and caution that those expectations will be shattered when we discover that it’s nothing like what we’re used to here in Victoria.

It can be frustrating.

I’ve written about our motivations and how we came to choose Windsor as our new home, but find it difficult to condense those thoughts into a pithy sentence or two that reassures people that yes, we’ve thought this through and yes, we are aware that there are some negative aspects about Windsor and yes, we are going into this with our eyes wide open. While I realize that we’re under no obligation to rationalize our choices to others – that our decisions are ours and ours alone as a couple – I can’t help wishing that more people would “get” where we’re coming from and be excited along with us.

I guess if I had to pare it down to one sentence, I’d say this: We don’t expect Windsor to be our dream city, but we choose Windsor because living there will bring us closer to our dreams.

Among other things, we dream of…

  • owning our own home
  • living mortgage- and debt-free
  • spending less on day-to-day living
  • working fewer hours
  • having more free time to learn, grow, exercise, volunteer, travel, socialize
  • being able to easily travel by vehicle to a wide range of destinations without the necessity of using a ferry
  • being able to travel to overseas destinations within a more reasonable budget

… and Windsor, my friends, ticks all the boxes. Perhaps that’s not enough for you, but it’s what this move means to us.

And that’s enough for me.

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • sunneschii January 30, 2011

    I admire you for the courage to move across the continent. 🙂

  • islandmomma January 30, 2011

    Well said. Keep on working towards your dream! Hugs.

  • Laurel Regan January 30, 2011

    Thanks to both of you! 🙂

  • Wes February 1, 2011

    Dear Dawn!
    Congratulation! Windsor means for winning and you have won already. Our roads are very similar and we have relocated to this beautiful and very friendly place last September 2010 and we love living in Windsor. Just like you we are from Vancouver Island, B.C.
    All the best and keep your dreams alive!
    Wes and Miki Ioki Kukiela
    wes@kukiela.com

  • Laurel Regan February 1, 2011

    Thank you so much, Wes… so good to hear from someone in a similar position who's happy in Windsor!

  • Wes February 2, 2011

    Hello Dawn! We are Polish-Japanese family with two teenage children living along Algonquin Street in South West Windsor, close to University of Windsor. Our home is facing the Superior Park on both sides. My wife Miki living on Vancouver Island used to operate her own talent agency, Vantalent Inc. and I was a real estate agent in B.C. and Alberta. My office is now in Vancouver. We still are not to sure what to do in Windsor? But opportunity will arise when the snow is gone. Up to now I feel a little hibernated and it is time for us to come off from our dan.
    What about you and your family?
    Could you make us a call or send us your e-mail please. Can you do that please, we will appreciate very much to talk with you some day ahead.
    We hope that you enjoy the Windsor winter same as we do, specially today? The snow is fantastic better that rain.
    Take care,
    Wes and Miki Ioki Kukiela
    E-mail: wes@kukiela.com
    Phone: 519-997-6002

  • Darlene February 3, 2011

    Dawn, it looks like you are making the move to Windsor for all the same reasons we are.
    My husband is originally from there and our kids will be able to attend college there and still live at home.
    After a few trips down to check out the many seasons I have too fell in love with the city. It has everything we want. I cannot wait!!

  • Laurel Regan February 5, 2011

    @Wes – My e-mail address is alphabetsalad@gmail.com. We'll all have to connect when we get to Windsor!

    @Darlene – Thank you for your encouraging words… glad to hear that another person is in a similar place as we are! Also glad to hear how much you like the place. I can't wait either!

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