Who you were, who you are…



Who were you 5 years ago?


Five years ago, 2012, was the year that I moved out west to Calgary and started a new life.  Calgary was (and still is) amazing.  It brought out the best in me.  I was happy, in shape, outgoing, had a social life, and started dating again.  That was Calgary Louise.  She was a happy go-lucky lady who loved life in the west.


Three years ago, 2014, had me in Italy for three weeks.  Italy took my breath away.  It’s a beautiful country that is so rich in history.  I didn’t want to leave.  So I was very happy to move to Europe late that year to experience life there.  Moving to Europe was definitely the biggest change I made in my life.  I changed my career, my outlook on life and my attitude.


I can say that these two events in my life definitely changed me.  How could they not?  They were major moves, with a lot of changes, and all the changes affected me in a positive way.  Do I regret either of those decisions?  No because without either of those changes, I would not be who I am today.


Who am I today?

I am still that confident, strong woman.  I think of myself as being courageous for embarking on a one year adventure in China to teach kids.  I feel blessed every single day for having the life that I have been given.


I think I am also a bit of an anomaly.  I don’t know many people who have done what I have done.  Maybe I know more people than I think I do that have, who knows.  I also am not one of these people who have endless amounts of money to travel around the world.  I have to work in order to keep travelling.  And I love that!!  I want to teach EVERYWHERE!!


Who will I become?

I have more dreams.  I love teaching and want to keep teaching around the world as long as I can physically and mentally do this.  I want to write.  Maybe a book.  Maybe travel articles.  Maybe just for myself.  Writing makes me happy and relaxes me.


I also want to open a café.  That dream is one I have had for many years!  Maybe once I am tired of traveling the world (is that possible??), I will settle down somewhere, and open a café where people can come and talk about their travels and enjoy a coffee and cake.


I want to inspire others to go and do what I have done.  It is possible for anyone to have this life that I have!  No matter your age, you can do this.


Like the quote says – who you were, who you are and who you will become are all different people – it’s true, and I know that the person that I will become will continue to be the strong independent woman that I am now.

10 thoughts on “Who you were, who you are…

  1. John Fioravanti

    You have a gypsy spirit, Louise – which is certainly not a bad thing as far as I’m concerned. I’m an anxious traveler and absolutely hate the hours of security checks and flight time. As much as I love a holiday destination, I dread the “travel days”. I’m also the kind of person who needs to put down roots. I taught my entire 35-year career in two schools: 17 years in the first, and 18 years in the second. I enjoy reading about your experiences, but I have no inclination to follow in your footsteps.

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  2. misunderstoodmammy

    You have been very inspiring to ME as I’ve read through several of your posts – and I’m a big fan of ABBA too! I look forward to readying more from you.

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