It’s been so long since I sat down and wrote this blog. And I apologize for that. I don’t know who I need to apologize to, mostly myself I guess. This blog has been there for me through thick and thin, it’s basically the longest relationship in my life. But when the pandemic came, I found myself struggling to do the basic things, on top of saving my business. So now that the dust has settled, I have some updates. Most of which you know if you follow me on social media, but just in case.

Today, I’m writing this post from Halifax, Nova Scotia. During the aforementioned pandemic, my boyfriend and I decided to take advantage of this “work from home…or anywhere” world we’ve found ourselves, and take off to Canada’s East Coast to spend more time with my family. So we’ll be in Halifax for the foreseeable future.

I moved away when I was a 23-year-old baby, and I’ve been wanting to spend more time with my parents ever since…because honestly, they are more fun than me. So for the foreseeable future, we’re set up in Halifax. Specifically Dartmouth. It’s been incredible so far.

I never really spent a lot of time in the HRM growing up. We lived in Fredericton and our extended family lived in Montreal and Cape Breton, so I think maybe I came to Halifax for the odd hockey tournament for one of my brothers. Either way, I don’t have any memories of being here, so it’s been months of discovery.

Comparing Halifax to Calgary would be impossible. They are completely different cities. But I’m having fun exploring a different city. I basically spend my days walking along the harbours looking for seals. Or strolling the white sand beaches looking for seals. Or driving along the windy coastal roads looking for seals.

Things I miss about Calgary include the endless sunny days, the flat bike trails and the lack of a sales tax. And we’ll be back hopefully this summer to catch up with our friends and family in western Canada.

But life is about trying different things, so here we are.

While I’ve had no luck hunting the seals (to hug, not hurt), I’ve found so many other great places. Countless independent shops, so many delicious restaurants, and yes, the people are as kind as I remembered.

I’ll have lots to share in coming weeks, but now, I wanted to let this post stand as a new chapter in this 15 year old blog. I hope whoever is reading this, wherever you are, that you’re safe and that you see the same light at the end of the tunnel that I do. And hopefully you’re near some seals.

Mike Morrison