☝️ This is me by the way! Circa January 2017.
I jumped head first into my new Canadian life with so much confidence. I mean, our two countries are so similar. We speak the same language. Listen to the same music. We watch the same movies. Eat the same food… I had nothing to worry about!
I quickly busied myself with stocking up my winter wardrobe, tasting my first poutine, and going to my very first hockey game. When you arrive in a new country and start setting up your home there, it becomes a whirlwind of adventures, new connections, and milestones. The first several months really do fly by.
You’re riding the excitement and feel on top of the world. You’re SO proud of yourself and everything you’re achieving.
Then, the emotional rollercoaster kicks in.
Suddenly, you can’t stop thinking about the life you left behind. Your heart aches with missing your friends and family. You feel out of place, lonely, regretful, guilty.
Faced with the task of rebuilding my social life and career from scratch, I drowned in networking events, Facebook groups, webinars, and guides and had NO clue what information to research or trust.
I felt like I didn’t belong. I hated being mocked for my “British” accent. I missed the familiarity and comfort of home. I became frustrated with how long it was taking me to feel happy and settled here. It shouldn’t take this long, right? I’m such a failure.
After months of feeling overwhelmed, I decided to start posting on Instagram about the brutal ups and downs of moving abroad.
I asked if anyone else felt like starting over in Canada was a lot harder than they originally thought it would be…
And to my surprise: I wasn’t the only one!
It turns out the majority of people who move to a new country struggle. A LOT.
We just don’t talk about it.
There is a strange pressure that exists today to only portray our adventures and success stories. We don’t want to worry people back home and everybody around you looks so damn happy.
As soon as I started honestly talking about homesickness and culture shock, the floodgates opened and I started receiving hundreds of messages from people who felt the exact same way.
Every single person said that it was a RELIEF to know that how they were feeling was completely NORMAL. They were not alone.
I realised the importance of creating an online space for newcomers to not only access the right information to successfully build a new life in Canada but to sincerely discuss the moving abroad experience.
The New to Canada Academy was created as a one-stop-shop for everything you need to successfully relocate and find happiness in Canada – All in one convenient place.
No more trawling Google or Facebook groups for advice! (yay)
I’ve connected with relocation experts, career coaches, and real estate agents to curate 30+ videos to break down each stage of the moving to Canada process.
For a one-time fee of just $299 CAD, you get lifetime access to trustworthy content that covers:
- Pre-arrival Preparation: Packing, what to research, and how to support your children.
- Logistics: Finances, healthcare, real estate, and driving.
- Professional and Social Life: Rebuilding your career and relationships from “scratch”.
- Canadian Lifestyle: What to expect from day-to-day life, including culture and weather.
- Emotional Tools: Looking after your mental wellness when feeling homesick or isolated.
You’ll also be invited to join my online community where you can connect with others going through the exact same journey.
AND you’ll also receive a personal copy of the Newcomer Collective journal straight to your door. It’s a memory diary that’s waiting for you to fill its pages with 5 full years of your immigration adventure!
It’s time to stop feeling overwhelmed and access the right information, support and community to flourish in your new Canadian home.
I cannot wait to help you! You can learn more about the Academy here.
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