I’m moving- Explained

Hey there,

I’ve been encountering many-a-change lately and I haven’t been able to talk openly about this stuff for several reasons; the main one being, I hadn’t talked to my work place yet. So now that that’s done- I’m free to spill.

I think that’s why my website turned into a bit of a photo party… heh

When I went to London in September I had a bit of a moment. Something clicked and I kinda felt like I could live there. Hard to explain but apparently my Grandmother had the exact same thing happen in Germany- so there we go.
Because my relationship came to an end, my lease too as of December 1st and due to Customer Service being the most soul sucking personally unfulfilling job- I decided that maybe it was time to make a few changes or to at least pursue something just for myself- seeking a little personal improvement and yes, fulfillment. (Wow let’s hope I don’t get all existential here…)

I decided that I would throw my stuff into storage as of Dec 1st, work til mid month- borrowing a friend’s basement apartment for a few weeks- go home to see my parents for the longest visit since I moved out of the house at 18, then take off around December 28th for London where I will stay for the 3 months that I am legally allowed to do so, as a visitor.

I told my work and there is potential that I will be granted a leave of absence which means I will come back April 1st to the fantastic people I work with and my job. Yes, that job. I don’t feel weary openly calling my job what it is because my supervisor and boss are both incredibly aware that it’s not really an inspiring gig. It’s a job that needs to be done and I’m good at what I do, but my sole motivation is the people I work with. My co-workers are kinda the bee’s knees. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. It’s a rare gift.

There we have it. So my apartment is in shambles (again) as I pack for my apparently yearly move…

My intention with this move is 3 fold. First order of business is comics. I’m going to draw all the time. I’m going to work on a few projects and my own comic(s). It looks like I’m going to be attending the Alternative Press Fair as well- so I’m going to need to have a zine or something of that nature by mid February.

I’m also going to try to finish second drafts for both of the NaNo novels that I’ve written. Bit of a task that one- so much writing to get through. But I think it’s possible as long as I devote some time to it every day.

Finally, I’m going to travel. When I finished University I was going to move to Australia and just figure my shit out once I got there. But then I got into a relationship and somehow I ended up in Toronto and I’ve been here ever since. I’ve wanted to travel since high school- so now is the time. I have nothing holding me back. No major responsibilities tying me down. So off I go.

I’ll try to blog a lot about that whole bit- I would like to go to Scotland, Germany, Spain… oh god, everywhere. But we’ll see how much I get done with time and money constraints.

I’ll be coming back to Toronto potentially unemployed and homeless and I’ve never been so happy about something… ever. Yeah, I’m going to say ever. I’m not even there yet and I feel like… gah, I dunno. I feel AMAZING about it all.

It’s funny though, while I’m packing and thinking about coming back to my own bachelor apartment and whatnot, I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic for my old bachelor in St. Catharines. Such a hip little joint. God, I loved that place. My own personal lego land built upon milk crates.

But I will be back Toronto oh yes, yes. And I’m yours for another 2.5 weeks.



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8 Responses to “I’m moving- Explained”

  1. adc Says:

    why don’t you leave now? nobody wants you here anyway.

  2. Kayla Hillier Says:

    Arthur. Don’t make me fight you. You are going to regret being a douche bag when I’m all gone. *shakes fist*

  3. adc Says:

    if we fight, and I win, will you stay here?

  4. Kayla Hillier Says:

    Awwww *hug hug hug*

  5. Anonymous European Says:

    You know, as a Canadian, you can just apply for a Tier 5 visa (assuming you have a passport and the equivalent of 1600GBP in a bank account). Then you can stay in England for two years and legally work as many hours as you want.


  6. Kayla Hillier Says:

    It’s true I did check that out. But I don’t think I’m ready for a two year move just yet. I’m thinking I may do that 2011. Work for one more year- replenish funds and then head out there for a while.

    Thank you!

  7. jimigherkin Says:

    hey there,

    glad to hear you’re coming down to the event. we’ll have a massive communal table and it’d be great to see your zine.



  8. Kayla Hillier Says:

    Awww thanks Jimi!

    I’m sooo excited! I’m already working on some stuff- it’s coming along!


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