The New Chapter Unfolding

So I've been in Hamilton for 21 months and written one blog post. Perhaps it's some indication of how life has been since I quit my full-time advertising job in Toronto and started working and living the freelance life. The transition was life giving in many ways. I had time to relax, learn, think deeply, pray and recover from a busy life I'd left behind. I felt like I'd moved to a life of possibility because I had time for those things. Time I simply hadn't had for many years.

So what does one do with such time? I was able to spend more time with my lovely wife and support her as she starts a floral business here in Hamilton. I spent time on relationships like friends, church community and family especially with my three nephews and niece. I discovered I was so interested in learning again. I learned how to make espresso by trial and error and a lot of reading, researching and tinkering. I went on long bike rides. I painted and built up a beautiful bike for my wife. I even built up a new bike for myself. I did a lot of cool design work for friends. I slept in a lot, read a lot more of the bible than I ever had before. I moved into an amazing workspace with some friends from church. I don't know if I've struck a perfect balance yet but I definitely wear smiles more often, have a zest for life more days than not and am so much more of a whole person.

To sum it up, the move didn't just change work, it changed my life in such a complete way. There's lots of things I want to do better and I think that list will continue to grow. The nice thing is I can control what things are on top.

A New Chapter Begins

So, I'm here in Hamilton. Yep, my wife and I made the big move from Toronto and headed to this lovely place. We're living with great friends who bought and renovated a house to make a gorgeous home. I used to be a designer at a big ad agency called Union. It was a great place and had been though some great and rough times but ultimately it was time for me to make a choice between work and the life that I had been neglecting. I chose that life, time to spend with my wife, time to ride my bike, time to chase dreams and time to learn more about my faith. It's been quite an amazing journey just to get to this point but this seems like just another beginning, a new chapter as corny as cliches are. So right now, I'm working as a freelance designer, doing brand, print, digital work and I'm excited to get to the office every day (which happens to be down the hall). My boss is a great guy too; myself. From time to time, I'll post new adventures, discoveries, accomplishments, failures and things that tell more about life and less about work.

Have a lovely day,
Justin