Why I’m Moving to Vancouver (temporarily)

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In a matter of weeks, my wife, Emily, and I will be hitting the open road with Roscoe and Relvis (the pugs) to make our way to Canada. It’s a big change from Chicago. When we tell people where we’re moving, they tell us how amazing Vancouver is. In fact, we haven’t heard one bad thing about the place. Still, most people don’t just up and leave, especially when everything is going well. So to help you understand the decision (and to encourage you to make your own big decision) here are some of the reasons I’m moving to Vancouver:


It’s pretty. We’re going to be living in a little cabin on the ocean at the foot of the mountains. To me, that is heaven. I wanted to live by the ocean and the mountains and I didn’t want to have to pick one. Beauty is important and I want to be surrounded by it.

It’s scary. The idea of both of us quitting our day jobs to move to another country so that I can focus on my business (my dream job) is frightening. It’s also exciting. It would be scarier to deny what we now know is the right thing to do just because it feels “safe.”

It’s a deadline. Knowing that we would both be quitting our jobs and moving in September has kept my feet to the fire in terms of growing my business. There is no room for excuses and no way to back out. Some people want to make a slow, cautious transition. I knew if I tried that I’d never take the leap. I needed one big push.

The ocean beckons. I have felt a pull to the ocean for years. Maybe it’s the vastness of the water or the feel of the sea air. After a lifetime in the midwest, I’m finally heeding the call.

I wanted to choose. Most people don’t choose where they live. They just end up there. I wanted the place I call home to be a conscious choice.

I’m greedy. I’m married to my soulmate, I have the cutest pugs on earth and I’m doing what I love. Wanting to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth is probably just being greedy. I’m lucky. I know that.


One of the best things about being a coach is that I am constantly reminded to live by example. Hearing this call to the ocean and following it is my attempt. When we tell people what we’re doing, they often respond with excuses. They tell us why we can go and they can’t (not that we asked). Kids are not a valid reason for giving up on life.

Stop making excuses. Do the thing your heart asks.
The rest will fall into place.