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Small Town Meets Big City

There are things that happen in our lives that lead us down the road we’re on. These things can be positive or negative but either way, they define who we become. My younger sister recently made the move to Toronto. After spending a few too many nights sharing my apartment with me, she finally got her own spot. Settling in has been quite the task but that is to be expected after moving from a place that has seventy-six thousand people to a few million.

I felt the same way when I packed up my two suitcases and hit the road for the big city. I remember thinking  to myself- wow, there are restaurants open past 11pm here, this place is amazing!Image

I’ve obviously adjusted today and despite my father begging me to return home to the East Coast, I choose to stay because it is right for me at this time in my life. My sis is having doubts about her staying here. Perhaps it is not the right time for her. It’s okay to think this way and perhaps it isn’t the right time for her. After all the big city is not for everyone. I still give her props for trying. It takes a lot of guts to pick up and move to a place that is nothing like ‘home’.

A few words of wisdom to those who move to the big city:

1) Get involved. Join the gym or a sports club. This is a great way to meet friends and get active as well. Summer is around the bend kids- lets not forget.

2) Find your go-to ‘spot’. Mine is a coffee shop about 100 yards from my place. I go there to clear my head. They also have superb coffee which is an added bonus.

3) Get a makeover. OK, so lets not go overboard here. Do something that will make you feel good about yourself. Get your brows done or a manicure. We happened to turn my sister from a blonde to a red head. She looks smokin’ to say the least.

4) Eat something you’ve never tried before. There are thousands of restaurants in Toronto that are amazing and must be tried!

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Finally

5) Know where you’re from and that you can always go back. Home will always be home. Lets face it, it’s part of who we are. Never lose sight of who you are.

That’s all for now folks.

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Discussion

One Response to “Small Town Meets Big City”

  1. I cannot imagine moving from a small town into a larger city. Although I moved from a smaller town compared to Toronto, it didn’t feel like such a big move. Your suggestions are great however, with respect to finding a place of your own and signing up for activities. I’ve personally done neither (and have no excuse). I found Twitter has helped me connect with people and a few events around the city.

    Posted by Marcin (@mszablewski) | May 7, 2013, 3:28 pm

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