Updated: Feb 7
When I moved here 5 years ago, I didn’t know the impact this city would have on me. I came as a broken, confused, and lost woman. Telling my kids that they could be anyone they wanted to gave me hope. Reminded me that I could also be anyone.
Airdrie has been our home for over 5 years. In 2014, we made the decision as a family to move out west from Ontario. It was a now or never moment. We knew that if we didn’t take the chance now, we never would. The excitement, fear of the unknown, and all the times that people around us never failed to remind us how many people “just don’t make it out there and you will be back” had us questioning if we were doing the right thing. We knew deep down that in order for us to survive and thrive as a family, this was the step that was needed.
I still remember driving from the Calgary airport to Airdrie. The sun was shining and the kids were over the moon because we were reunited with daddy after being separated for 3 months. (He moved out first.) We drove up to our new home that was completely empty except for air mattresses and a few essentials that Richard purchased when he moved out. The rest of our belongings that we decided to bring with us would be arriving in the next few days.
There is so much hope that fills you when you a new place just feels like home and that is what Airdrie felt like. I instantly knew that we had made the right decision. There was a little piece of the broken, confused, and lost woman who felt like she arrived home.
The first year of calling Airdrie our home was an adjustment. Not because of moving. Quinton was loving his school. He had met friends at his new school and was doing great. Annie was home with me and we were able to explore and hang out together. The adjustment was deeper.
Airdrie was the place where I fell in love with myself. Where I threw out all of the negative, harmful, destructive, and overpowering thoughts about myself. I blossomed. I embraced all of me.
For that reason, Airdrie will always hold a special place in my heart. I have been able to share my story, meet women who have forever changed my life, and created a lasting legacy that my children will know me for.
This was the city that I built a business in for 3 years. A city where my dreams became a reality. A city where I impacted women in. The city opened its’ arms to me and welcomed me.
Life is changing. I am growing and expanding. Life is about to get interesting, bigger, and better than ever before. As we are getting ready to leave Airdrie, I look back on the past 5 years and know that without moving here, I would still be that lost and confused woman. I would still be a victim. I would still be a quiet shell of who I am supposed to be.
I am proud to be the woman I am today. And without the move to Airdrie, I would not be her so for that, I thank you Airdrie.