It's actually starting to hit me. Even though I've been slowly packing over the past few weeks, stocking up on some necessary items, I don't think it had actually crossed my mind and sunk in that I'm moving to the arctic and starting a new life with a new job in a completely new and foreign part of the country. I kept saying, "Oh, well I don't move until after grad..." but now it's after grad, and in less than 24 hours, I'll be on my way to my new home.
As my dad so thoughtfully expressed his gratitude to my family after my graduation, I will also say thank you again - for saving me from being stranded in snow storms, being locked out of my home, and terrible living arrangements, and for supporting me emotionally and at times financially. I have such a wonderful group of family and friends surrounding me and supporting me through the hardest of times. I could not have made it through the past 4 years without you, and I would not be able to move on to the next chapter of my life if I didn't have you standing behind me and cheering me on. I believe in myself because each of you believe in me.
In terms of my actual move, packing has been much harder than I had anticipated. With fairly strict luggage allowances with Air Canada, limiting myself to what I absolutely need has proven quite difficult. I'm assembling the last of what needs to be packed now, and for those of you who know me well, you'll know how relieved I am that I have room for my nail polish (all 7 lbs of it!). That might not seem like something all that important for most people, but as an artist and someone who LOVES having cute and expressive nails...it's essential that I am able to have all the nail polish I can!
When I'm completely finished packing, I will post a picture of all 170 lbs of bags that I'll be dragging along to the great Canadian North. I'm feeling like I should have hired an assistant to help me carry them!