1/13/11

a change in perspective, through coffee.


since returning from bc,
i've been having a little trouble
re-adjusting to our life in guelph.
being away from family & close friends,
and being in a small town
instead of the big city i'm used to,
sometimes makes me feel like maybe guelph
isn't where i want to be.
i'd been feeling a little down about this
for about a week
when i realized tonight
that i should just
snap
out
of
it
.

more specifically,
i realized this while sitting tonight at william's,
a cafe across the street from my house.
i've been lamenting the lack of good cafes in guelph,
but i looked up from my laptop around at the cafe...
at the red brick walls,
the comfy booths,
the amazing array of food
(& the best cakes i've ever tasted)
the friendly staff
and the somehow pizza parlour-ish atmosphere
of clinking plates & loud conversation
and i realized that it's not so bad here.

guelph may not have
hundreds of amazing independant
restaurants & cafes to discover
or shows & plays to see every night of the week...
but it has a quaint atmosphere
a lovely sense of community
a consistent farmer's market
a few trusty (& fantastic) places to visit for food & drink
and rent reasonable enough to allow us all the space we need
in our townhouse by the university.

life in guelph may not be
what i imagined life to look like,
but it's where we are right now
and it's important to me that
i make the most of this time.
sometimes a shift in perspective is
not only needed,
but essential.

image from weheartit


12 comments:

  1. that coffee house sounds divine! Sometimes its hard to adjust to new places, but it just takes time!
    :)

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  2. I know how you feel. I just moved to America from New Zealand and sometimes i freak out so much about how far away i am from my family and friends. But then i realise how lucky i am also to be seeing a new way of life and to be in a beautiful city with a whole lot of new adventure in store. Sometimes small town community is just what the soul needs. Theres small treasures to be found everywhere.
    xx
    www.gabriellelynne.blogspot.com

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  3. Amazing post :)

    xo.

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  4. Glad things are starting to feel more like home! I have been feeling the same way after coming back from being home for the Holidays. Even though I have lived away from home for 5 years now I still have the urge to move back each time I go home for an extended visit. Glad you are starting to see the bright side, I have to keep reminding myself of all the great things my city has to offer. I do not have a cafe across from my house, wish I did! Lucky!! You should take some pics of those cakes!!
    velvet cupcakes

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  5. you are so, so wise and so good at describing your process in such a relatable way. <3<3<3

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  6. i too live far from home in a small town in italy and find myself having the same issues. embracing the present has not only helped me here, but everywhere my life takes me!
    xoxo

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  7. I know how hard it is to adjust to a new home- I've been in Ottawa for 5 years now and I'm still trying to find my niche. You are on the right track to accepting the little things about Guelph and the coffee house sounds lovely!

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  8. I absolutely understand! I am having the same issues in my own small-ish college town.

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  9. adorable photo!! Lusting your entire blog- now following you on twitter :)

    www.lovelywanderlust.com

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  10. this is a great way to look at it (: i'm sure you'll find its going to suite you better than you originally thought once you give it a chance.

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  11. A cozy cafe can make or break a town. I'm glad you found a great place...with tasty cake...major plus!

    :), luckynumber3.com

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