I Say Goodbye, I Say Hello – The road to Port Carling – chapter 1

My dad provided me with the perfect word to describe the last few weeks, bittersweet.    It seems no matter how good something is, there is almost always something bad that goes along with it. It also depends on if you choose to see it, or just focus on the positive.  When things in your life have been really good and people have been great to you, you can’t help but get sad when you say goodbye.


Almost Nine years ago, I was fortunate enough to be able to purchase the second home I’ve owned in my lifetime. I truly love my house and one of the hardest things about this move is saying goodbye to it. Many people say a house is just where you hang your hat, but this house has always been a home. I’ve put my own blood and sweat into renovating it and making it exactly what I want it to be. It’s absolutely perfect and I love it dearly. I truly wish I could just pick it up and take it with me because it’s the perfect house for me, but the problem is it’s in the wrong location. At this point, I can only hope that I find an even better house in a more beautiful location!

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The end of April marked the end of one of my favourite jobs I’ve ever ever had.  Leaving my job at VDC to move north was definitely not an easy thing for me to do.   I had the best boss in the world, amazing coworkers, a beautiful office, and every day was full of jokes and endless smiles.  I will miss my job and my beautiful office, almost as much as I’ll miss my house.



The good wishes, congratulations, and way to go’s I’ve received  from best friends to strangers have been overwhelming! When I published my post about my decision to start this new chapter, I received a lot of comments of people telling me that I’m brave. At first, I thought, “meh, I’m just moving, lots of people do it”.  But as the process continued and I kept having to say goodbye over and over to people and things that I love, I certainly understood why it takes a bit of bravery to follow through on this sort of adventure. I will deeply miss all my dear friends and family and I greatly appreciate all the support and love you’ve shown me.

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After a few doubts, a couple of sleepless nights and lots of wondering, am I doing the right thing? I packed up my car and headed to Port Carling, swallowing all of my fears and repeating my Dale Carnegie….   “what’s the worst that can happen”.  Anxiety will not win this battle!  LOL


I arrived in Port Carling on Tuesday afternoon to settle in before I started my new job.  My job is at an amazing company called Serenity Property Management. They are an elite property management company that takes care of many prestigious cottages in the Muskoka area.  It is an exciting opportunity for me as I will be combining some of my office and bookkeeping experience with my passion for the outdoors and social media! Plus, look at the gorgeous view I get to look at everyday!


When I arrived at my new office, which is also my temporary home, I was greeted by the company icon, a swan.


… and also this patch of snow in front of my bedroom window.  May 1st and there it is…. snow… LOL. I guess I’d best get used to it… cause I’m an up north girl now!!!


So…. after all the sad goodbyes, and all the incredibly long hours of work that got me here, I am now ready to say a HUGE EXCITED HELLO!  Hello to going camping and driving an hour or two, instead of four or five!  Hello to the beautiful Muskoka rocks that make me feel like I’m where I belong!  Hello to a brand new career full of exciting opportunities. Hello to chapter one of my new book of life!


I hope you continue on this journey with me and check out all the new incredible places I get to explore, starting with Hardy Lake Provincial Park!  It’s an amazingly beautiful place and I can’t wait to share it with you next week! And the week after that I’ll be at …..  and the weekend after that….. and that…..I’m sensing a theme here!!! Lots of good stuff coming your way!  CHEERS!


If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to leave me a message! Thanks so much for checking out my blog!

Happy Camping!

Camper Christina






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  1. Dad May 17, 2016 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Well bittersweet it is seeing my daughter go but you will do great in your new place and I am looking forward to help with renovation on your next house.
    Just remember I am always here for you.
    Love Dad

    • camperchristina May 17, 2016 at 10:13 pm - Reply

      LOL! Renovations in Muskoka with ice cold beer by the lake…. it wouldn’t even seem like work!! HAHA. Thanks dad! I appreciate the love and support. You’re a great dad!
      Love your daughter

  2. danaelizabethx May 17, 2016 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Aww best of luck to you in your new adventure!!! 😀

  3. kayakyrstin May 18, 2016 at 2:43 am - Reply

    Moving is so hard yet so exciting. Good for you for finding the courage to uproot even when you were so settled.
    We’ve got one life to live, right? So exciting!
    Quick weekend trips are so much easier when you’re only a couple hours away from adventure.

    • camperchristina May 18, 2016 at 6:23 am - Reply

      So true Kyra! Thanks for the great words and for checking out my post. Happy adventuring ! 😊

  4. […] to where I like to play.  Last Thursday, my house closed and I am now a permanent resident of Port Carling, where I work, live and […]

  5. Carly Plugers January 8, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Hi there Christina ! Loved your post, my husband and I currently live in Thunder Bay. We will be moving to Port Carling in May 2017! We are so excited to get connected int this small acquaint town!


    • camperchristina January 9, 2017 at 8:03 am - Reply

      HI Carly!! Thanks so much for checking out my blog and for commenting!!! Let me know if you need anything? May will be my one year here and I am still loving it! Hope you do too!

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