London Calling: Why I’m Leaving California

Wow, time flies!

What used to be something way off in the future is coming in just over a month…
As of September 1, my family will be living in London!

We’ll be strolling along Oxford street, eating fish and chips, feeding the pigeons, saying “Long Live the Queen,” and finishing all our sentences with “Eh?”

Our story, however, begins with a river, the Thames River.
Well over 200 years ago, a British chap, John Graves Simcoe, was scouting around for a spot to locate a capital city for Upper Canada.

From TourismLondon

That’s right… Canada.

Specifically here:

 

Things have been going well in California, but here’s why it will be great to leave:

 

Expand My Network

I’ve been around some world-class professionals in Orange County, and it will be easy to stay in touch with them. I can do coaching sessions and group calls from anywhere in the world, so my physical location doesn’t mean any loss of connections or clientele.

But I only know 2 people in London, and not very well (but if you ever visit, they are excellent hosts.) I’m excited about the opportunity to meet a whole new group of people there.

 

Personal Growth

There are so many things I don’t know. It’s been a long time since I’ve lived in another country, and I’ve never experienced a winter, or fall, like what I’m about to see. Any time you go into a new environment, figure out new systems, and learn new things will stretch your comfort zone, expand your awareness, and make you stronger. Sure it will be challenging, but I’m looking forward to it.

 

Family Bonding

For a while, it will be just the 4 of us. And as we each go into this new situation, I expect it will bring us all even closer together. And with the changes in school and work, I think we’ll all have a lot of fun together.

 

Following Passion

Liz will be attending the graduate program at University of Western Ontario (Go Mustangs!) The Don Wright Faculty of Music is very impressive, and nicely aligned with some projects Liz has been working on. This next step will connect her with some amazing people and resources, and create opportunities for her projects to really take off. I’m glad I’m in a position where I can be fully supportive and I’m excited to see all the great things she’s building.

 

 

If you have any suggestions for the move, or for things to do in the area, please share in the comments!

 

Also… I’m thinking of doing a 30 day “vlog” challenge to document the progress of our migration on YouTube. What do you think?

3 thoughts on “London Calling: Why I’m Leaving California

  1. Bill Janeshak July 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    By Wes, we will miss you here. It’s a shame we have to share your genius with Canada

  2. rebelrugsadmin July 20, 2016 at 7:04 am

    We look forward to seeing you and your family again Wes!

  3. Margaret Hopkins July 21, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Welcome to London and like us on Facebook to keep up to all that is happening in Old South https://www.facebook.com/OldSouthCommunityOrganization/?fref=ts

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