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Change is Afoot

"The secret to getting ahead is getting started." ~ Mark Twain

Photo: © 2012 Mariska Richters Photography – Vancouver, Canada

I made a major life choice this past weekend. I have watched so many of my friends over the past few years, make the leap from a life being enslaved to an office job to that of a digital nomad. I have followed their blogs and adventures with stars in my eyes, as it has always been my dream to do the same.

I’m not sure what I’ve been waiting for…? Some kind of sign? Some kind of magic opportunity to be handed to me on a silver platter? I’m not really sure. But this past weekend, when yet another friend made the courageous leap, and moved his life to his dream location in the tropics, something in me flipped. Although I’ve always known it, it became very real to me that the life I want isn’t going to just happen TO me, I have to MAKE it happen!!

So on Saturday afternoon I made the decision that I would make a major life change. I would give my notice at my Vancouver apartment, sell and get rid of most of my possessions, and begin the process of becoming a digital nomad, living a life that I love!

I started making calls to friends and family and have been showered with nothing but enthusiasm and encouragement.

Within a couple of days, I have found new homes for most of my furniture, I’ve posted a bunch of stuff on Craigslist, packed a few boxes, and have decided on my next location to begin my transition.

Then yesterday it all became very real, when I paid my last month’s rent and delivered notice to end tenancy to my landlord! Ahhhh!! It’s finally really happening! There is no chickening out or turning back. My new life begins NOW!

It’s truly amazing how quickly things begin to happen and flow with ease when you make a choice with full determination.

So I leave you with this quote from Mark Twain, which is really resonating with me at the moment:

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”

And I ask you: What have YOU been waiting for to start living a life you love?

Let the adventure begin! A year from now you will wish you had started today!


  1. You’re the second person I know in the past 10 days making this decision!
    Go minimalistic! Go Mariska! Go live in a life that you’ve always wanted!!
    I’m soooo happy for you, girl!! <3

  2. Really liked your post. Congrats on the decision. It feels good doesn’t it? Hope to read more of your adventures

  3. Girl, I must say that was very inspiring! I didn’t know you were feeling enslaved living and working in Vancouver for the last years…I must add that I am making implementations (not as drastic) as yours…I am as well giving notice to my landlord next month…embarking on a 3-month trial period before making a final decision on me residing in Vancouver or elsewhere…will keep you posted! Love, Carlos

    PS: I wrote this post to read it with my own eyes! I wish you could see the smile on my face while typing it 🙂

    • Yay, Carlos! I’m so happy to hear that you’re putting your transition in motion! Now that you’ve posted it on the Internet, it must be real! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures! xo m.

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