My name is Ismaël Auray.

Recently, I've decided to relocate with my family to pursue my career outside of my home country: Canada. I'll share the highlights of this experience with you here. 

All That Remains

That’s it! Everything we own fits in one van! Bye bye la ville de Québec!  #expatlife  #quebeccity  Ref :

That’s it! Everything we own fits in one van! Bye bye la ville de Québec! #expatlife#quebeccity Ref :

I heard a lot of time that it's good to get out of your comfort zone once in a while. Well, I'm about as far as I can be of my comfort zone right now, and it's... interesting. Your perspective on things shifts when the material part of your life fits into three carry-on, five suitcases and three duffle bags.

You have to let go. Not only materialistically, but also mentally. You will gain and loose. Ain't that what life is all about? We are all trying our best in most situations. Knowledge and experience combined together can lead to wisdom, but even the wise will make mistakes. 

It's not an easy decision to make, and I'm glad that Éléna, our two kids and I made this decision together, as a family. In the end, we all had to let go on different levels. Achieving this process in less then two months is very peculiar.

To be honest, it's not an easy road. But, I can tell you one thing, in the end it is mostly very liberating and positive.

When you let go of almost everything in your possession, you realize a couple of things:

  1. How much stuff you keep and carry around for no good reason. 
  2. How much stuff you don't use that is still worth something. It's just money sitting around the corner.
  3. How much we surround ourselves with things... too many unimportant things...
  4. That you need to be more selective.
  5. That Facebook Marketplace is one of the best tool to sell things quickly online.

About a month ago, when I sold my first item: a TV, it felt weird. A big part of our living room space was gone. It's comforting to see a big 60 inches TV in your living room. Isn't it? But, it's only when this huge hypnotizing screen is gone that you can realize you have a lot more time then you think to accomplish something else... Something more meaningful?

No more TV in the living room!

No more TV in the living room!

Truth be told, I really needed to gain more time on my schedule. In retrospect, I'm glad it was one of the first things that left our place.

And as simple as it may sound, when something leave your space, it gives room for something else. I found my old Ukulele and played a lot since, and it helped me and my daughters to have some quality time together. When I play some songs for them I feel more present.

Will we have a new TV in our new place? I can't say for sure, but I don't think so for now. So much projects to do, so many new things to see. 

What is the one thing you wish would leave your space? Are you sorting your things once in a while to define what's essential?  If so, how often do you do so?

I haven't told you guys yet where we will be moving. Here is our destination: the Netherlands in the City of Amsterdam. 

In my next post I'll share some tips about flying with a ton of extra luggage and the beginning of our journey in Amsterdam.  

Tot ziens!

I Amsterdam Sign - Photo taken last January.

I Amsterdam Sign - Photo taken last January.