Coming Home

Sunday thoughts...

I just drove back to the Valley after spending a lovely weekend in Victoria with my family. Spring is a magical season in Vic. The daffodils were taking over and the cherry trees were loaded with ripe bundles of pink blossoms just in time for my visit. I always squeeze in all of the things that I miss since moving up Island. Strolls through Beacon Hill Park...Dallas road and the beach breeze blowing in my hair...breakfast (lunch and dinner) at my favourite eats...laughing til I cry and smiling til my face hurts with mi familia. It fills up the little spaces in my heart and makes my smile a little brighter. It is a wonderful little city and Victoria will always be my hometown. A pleasure to visit and the only city I'd ever want to live in. Yet...

Somewhere between Nanaimo and Parksville I felt a shift...an actual weight lifted, my lungs expanded and my breath pulled deep. My face softened and my lips curled into a blissed out smile. The trees stood up. The green hills rolled out. The peaks and fresh powder pulled me in. Space appeared where it was hidden before. I wondered if there was a trail up that hill or a name on that peak...I wondered how I would get up there to find out and how soon I could go...

Ocean and islands and mountains and forest welcomed me home. Home. After 15 years in the Comox Valley not only do I call it home, but I am proud to do so. Every year that I have lived here I have fallen deeper in love with this little Valley and the sweet people who make it my home.

I am stoked to be part of the creative, adventurous, blissful community here. Recently I contributed a story to the CV Collective that takes the reader on a journey from ' Alpine to ocean...and everything in between'. Pick up a copy of this rad new magazine at your favourite shops and restaurants on the Island and you will get a taste of what our little gem of a Valley is all about. But don't even think about moving here...the house prices are through the roof and it rains 365 days a year😉.

Happy Trails,

SS

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