Many of you know, but many of you don't. So hear goes... We have made a major change of plans. We are heading east instead of west with this move. It is a huge change but as happy as we were about going "home" to California, we are even more sure and happy about our decision to head back to Nova Scotia, truly our new home.
When we were in the middle of this decision making process I was literally sick with worry about making the right choice. It is no little thing to make a life altering decision that pretty much seals the deal for ever going back to your native home.
Each place offered the sea (which I miss so much it hurts) and friends and family nearby. Each place offered it's own types of opportunities, very different opportunities, but non-the-less there and real and wonderful.
A few things came up that made us seriously rethink our plan to head west. These things were big things that made us pause and take a collective deep breath and really consider what we wanted for the future. A good long time was spent making a list of pros and cons. NS came out on top in the pros department, and not just on top but heads, elbows, knees, and toes (while doing handstand) above Cali for the pros.
The really interesting part of that list were the things that made it onto the cons side of the list. There were about the same amount of cons for each location, but the cons in Cali were those solid, carved in rock, unchangeable kinds of cons. The cons in NS where those things that fall under attitude, and frame of mind. In other words, things we actually have control over.
Add a few very emotional conversations into the mix and a very heartfelt decision was made to truly make a new home back in our old adopted home.
So we are still preparing to pack. We are still leaving New Mexico at the end of February. We are just making the long, long, trek across the continent (in the middle of winter) again, to go home to Nova Scotia.
(The photos above were all mined from my five years of Nova Scotia photo files.)