I’m writing these few lines with pins and needles in my stomach and a restless foot that keep shaking the laptop platform. It’s getting hard to write, to contain my excitement but I’m gonna give it a shot anyways…
It’s time! After all these years of dreaming like everybody else, I’ll be jumping in soon. I’ll be jumping in, both feet, deep, in to what I think will be the biggest journey of my life. I am aware that it wont always be blue sky and butterflies, I am aware that I might have to jump through hoops to reach my goals and make sacrifices but I am certain that I will make this adventure possible and I’ll become a better person (hopefully) because of all this. Isn’t it the goal of life anyways? …become better?
Yesterday was the big day, the decision was officially taken, there is no turning back this time. No more future big purchased for the apartment, the gardening obsession or the kitchen. It’s time to clean up my space, decide of what I want to keep and what I can let go. It’s pretty hard to let go to things that you love but I think it’s important to learn not to be attached to any materialistic objects. I always have this little voice in my head, every time I try to trash an item, that remind me that maybe, maybe I’ll need it later.
This time, there will be no later, there wont be any for a little while because I’m not planning on settling down anywhere in the world yet. It’s an exciting time to be alive, everything is so close, so accessible, I can already touch it with the tips of my fingers.
I’ll be soon packing up my little Montreal life to wander in to the world with my family. Yup, you read that… kitty and doggy will be part of the journey because there is no way I’ll ever let go of my two best buddies. Since every creatures in this world is only here for a short period of time, I’ll make mine count the way I see fit and my four paws buddies will get the same experience. We often say that the animals end up resembling a lot to their masters. If that’s the case, I know Diesel and Spunky are eager to experience the world, see the beach, look at sunset in Paris or walk in the busy streets of Thailand or Amsterdam.
There is obviously a lot of work that will be completed before I go, there is absolutely no set dates yet for the departure but it will most probably be around the winter season. Let’s see if I’ll miss snowy Montreal after 5 or 6 years of being nomads and not see an inches of snow. I really hope I’l miss it, honestly.
Now I’m sure you’re all wondering the same simple things; Is this the end of my website? Am I retiring? What will happen with Rebels Own the Net, all the Rebel Girls and all those amazing projects I’ve been working on? Do we have to say goodbye?
There is a simple answer to all these questions and it’s NO. I am far from retiring, this is not the end. This website will keep updating with new awesome content, the girl’s sites will still be launched this and next year and every projects I had in mind will be continued. This whole journey only means that instead of being “stuck” between four walls in my home town, I’ll be blogging, shooting and cooking for different places in the world. I’m sure this new life will bring a fun edge to ArielRebel.com, ZestyandSpicy.com and RebelMayhem.com. For the one of you who have been following my craziness for a few years now, I don’t think you’ll be surprised by reading this but… I’m probably going to launch another personal blog to document my travel experience of moving around the world with pets. I don’t have the name yet but it will happen. Although, I’ll make sure that all my other blogs are updated with the same content so you will always be able to follow my adventures without having to jump from blogs to blogs.
I know it only been two days but I already feel more freedom that I ever felt before. It’s like, this time, it’s more official than any other times where this conversation came up. As we were taking our late night walk with Spunky, yesterday, I realized that I’m currently living my last summer in Montreal in probably a long time. It’s quit a special feeling to know that you feel this warm summer breeze for the last time. The smell of Chinatown, the busy sounds of the cars on St-Laurent, the clubs, the bars, the people.
I was walking beside these strangers like I always do but this time it felt like I was saying goodbye to some old friends. I know I’ll miss Montreal. No matter what I could have written about the awful weather that cover the city for half the year, it’s still, and will always be home. This is why I know I wont be gone forever… well… I don’t think I will. I’m gonna have to find a pretty kick ass place in the world for me to decided to ditch my hometown when it will be the right time to settle down and be “normal”.
So right now this is where I’m at. The decision have been taken, I started making a rough list of the first few places where I would like to live and visit and I’m starting to plan out all the legal papers we’ll need for everybody to travel properly and make sure we don’t have any problems.
I’m gonna try to come back every week to talk about everything I have done toward my goal till the departure. Like any other of my blog posts, tweets and facebook status.. I hope I’ll make you dream along the way. I understand that it’s not everybody who has this possibility of being able to work from anywhere in the world and because of this, I’ll make sure to make you travel with me. Together, we’ll be very naughty in my hotel room in Paris, we’ll get wasted on the side of the beach and we’ll party around the world like if it was going to end tomorrow.
It’s going to be great, you’ll see…