Hannah: the girl with an exuberance like no other, she's been there done that! Mad and Teal have both been involved in so many memories with Hannah there's really no place to start! She can adapt to anything thrown her way and brings only positivity to a group. Hannah inspires us both to travel as much as possible, experience everything we can, and to always be up for an adventure! We were so honoured when she agreed to write a guest post for bronze & gold and we couldn't be more excited to share!
For anyone who knows me, the appropriate question to ask is usually “where are you now?” or “where are you off to next?”. For the majority of my very young adult hood I’ve been on the move…nomadic you might say. I realized recently that I have not lived in once place continuously for more than 8 months in seven years. And baby, did I love it. My resume reads like a weird travel guide, probably titled something along the lines of “ beautiful places, crappy wages and housing that is usually subsidized.”
Here’s something I have come to terms with recently though; staying put, snuggling in, and coming home has become one of the greatest adventures I have ever had. I moved home to Ottawa a little over a year ago; freshly graduated, single, and bored to tears with the thought of living in the capital. Despite my outlook, I knew I was so fortunate to work for a company that allowed me to transfer seamlessly, that a room had become available in my sister’s apartment, and that Friends was finally available on Netflix. My main motivation for moving back after spending 8 months in Vancouver & Whistler was because my sister was getting married and I was a big part of the party.
But let me take a time out and confess, I knew it was time to come home. You know that little voice, that teeny tiny one that always knows exactly what’s right- it had been screaming at me for a while. Because I’ll tell you something, seven years on the go takes its toll. It forces one to buy more clothes hangers than a sane personal can handle. Seriously, it is a pain in the butt to move them and even worse to have to shell out cash for new ones. Ok, I won’t get too hung up on my pet peeve. Suffice it to say, I needed to touch my feet down here for a hot minute.
And guess what, Ottawa is actually awesome. See my hashtag #ottawaisactuallyawesome on instagram for proof. Ottawa and my job here have challenged me to get real uncomfortable with not having an escape plan. I’ve invested in things like a relationship, a job and a city that have helped me grow as a person beyond my wildest dreams. These are things I never put too much stock in while galavanting; it’s easy to ignore the places you need to work on within yourself when you’re constantly viewing the world through a kaleidoscope of fun. Sidebar: please do not get me wrong; I still have all the fun all the time and I do not intend to spend the rest of my waking days in Ottawa. I needed to get real with myself & what I want in life though and a little stability helps that cause.
So here I am, content to be sitting pretty in the capital city for a little while longer. I’ve got goals though, big ones to travel and explore. There’s no way I’ll reach 30 countries until the age of 30 by sitting on my behind. But what I know now is that my future travels will be different. I’m more conscious and aware of why I’m going where I’m going, and not just for the cheap rent. I’m still flying by the seat of my pants but this time with a compass in hand. And I have accepted that it’s ok to sit still for a second. That it’s ok to want to stay if it means where I go next will be rad because I wholeheartedly chose my next adventure. Basically, that it’s ok to be the first one asleep at a sleepover because you never know what kind of sunrise you’re going to wake up early for.