A Slight Change of Plans

September 11, 2012

On Thursday, I’m supposed to be flying to Toronto for eleven days of hanging out with friends, as well as learning at another conference with members of the Canadian personal finance community. I say supposed to because I had to change my flights…

Two weeks ago, I accepted a job offer in Toronto. That same day, I gave notice at my apartment and, the next day, gave notice at my job. Before leaving for #FinCon12, I packed about 2/3 of my apartment, sold a few things, and made plans for where I would store the rest.

Friday is my last day of working with an organization that, over the last 5 years, has truly helped me become the employee I am today. I’m going to spend the weekend with close friends, move my belongings to my parents’ house on Sunday, and hand over the keys to my apartment on Monday.

It seems fast… really fast. But, the truth is, I’ve been ready for a big change for a long time. I’m sad to leave Victoria. I’m excited to be back in Toronto. And I’m going to miss my family and friends like crazy. But I cannot wait to see what life brings me out there.

The hardest part has been keeping it a secret from all of you! This is why I was too busy to post August’s actual budget, write up a September budget, etc. And it’s also why I’ve been a bit lost for words, recently. But now you can expect a few posts about the costs and efforts involved in a cross-country move!

Oh. Wait. You want to know what the job is? I’m now the Managing Editor at RateHub.ca. Not only will I be working with a team that has already built an incredible website, I will be there to help / watch it grow. To say this is a great opportunity is an understatement. And, as a personal finance blogger, it’s my dorky dream come true.

So, to anyone I made plans with during the 11 days I was supposed to be in Toronto: we might have to change them. I’ll be there permanently as of September 19th!

  • Lauren Bee (@Lbeemoneytree) September 11, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Congrats! That’s Fantastic!

  • Financial Confessions of a Former Brat September 11, 2012 at 4:20 am

    That’s awesome that you’ll be here permanently! I’m so happy for you!!!

  • Rob September 11, 2012 at 4:25 am

    Well, well, well – congratulations on your big job opportunity to work back here in TO. I’ll look forward to see your smiling face online with your other Hub buds.

    Of course, you do know that the Leafs, Jays and Argos all still suck (big time). So what else is new, eh? That was the way it was when last you were here! :-)

  • Krystal Yee (@krystalatwork) September 11, 2012 at 4:26 am

    YAY! I am so excited it’s no longer a secret. So happy for you, and I can’t wait to see you soon!

  • Cassie September 11, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Congratulations Cait, that’s awesome!

    I guess this means I’ll have to come out to Toronto now rather than meeting up on the island one day. I can live with that ;)

  • bogofdebt September 11, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Congrats Cait! I’m so happy and excited for you! Can’t wait to hear more about the move and your new job :)

  • Michelle September 11, 2012 at 5:20 am

    Wow very exciting! Congrats!

  • Travis Pizel (@DebtChronicles) September 11, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Exciting news!!!! Good luck with your new opportunity – I know you’ll do GREAT in your new position!

  • Katie September 11, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Congratulations! What an exciting change! I’ve done a few big moves in my life and they’re the most valuable experiences I’ve ever had!

  • Canadianbudgetbinder September 11, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Congratulations mate and welcome to T.O!!! Good luck in your new job but you don’t need that at all!! Mr.CBB :-)

  • Jordann @ My Alternate Life September 11, 2012 at 7:48 am

    That’s amazing! Congratulations! You must be so proud of yourself. Can’t wait to hear more about it.

  • myjampackedlife September 11, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Oh my gosh.. Your life is just one whirl wind after another lately. Congrats on the job and yay to a new start. You will be fabulous I’m sure. Look forward to staying with you on the journey

  • Katie C. September 11, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Congratulations!!! You are so inspirational. I’m proud of you for, yet again, taking a chance on yourself. Just awesome!

  • LittleFrugalista September 11, 2012 at 8:14 am

    CONGRATS Cait!! And welcome to TO! That is amazing news!

  • algkent September 11, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Way to go! I hope this is the career change you have been wanting.

  • fromshoppingtosaving September 11, 2012 at 9:48 am

    CONGRATS CAIT! That is amazing news! And it sounds like such a fantastic job…time will fly by at work =) I am so happy for you, and it’s so funny how we’re going through major life changes at the same time. Good luck, I know you will be fantastic. And we’re here to support you all the way!

  • Carrie Smith (@applecsmith) September 11, 2012 at 10:10 am

    You’re awesome Cait! I’m super excited and proud of you for being so quick to accept this huge change of plans in your life. I know it can be hard to say Yes to change, but you embraced it head on and it think you will really enjoy your future even more. Congratulations once again! I can’t wait to hear more about it and how everything goes. <3

  • See Debt Run (@seedebtrun) September 11, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Congratulations on the new job, Cait! You will do great in the big city of Toronto!

  • Revanche September 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful news!

    And yeah, a bit of a whirlwind but that has been the status quo of late anyway, no? ;)

  • Deena Dollars September 11, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Congrats, Cait! :) This is awesome news. Excited to hear more and to follow your journey.

    Just the other day BF was talking about different places he would potentially look for faculty positions in a year, and he was like “would you ever move to Toronto?” You being there makes me happy that I said I was open to the possibility!

  • Lauren September 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

    A second “whoo hoo” from me – welcome to the team, and I’ll be seeing YOU at work soon ;)

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  • Frugal Portland (@frugalportland) September 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Just when I thought I had a buddy in Victoria! :) You’ll be fantastic, I can’t wait to read about your next moves.

  • eemusings September 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Um, yay!!!! Enjoy the new gig and congrats on this new phase.

  • Liquid September 11, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Congrats on the new career change. Sounds like a great place to work at. Would be interested to read about how you managed to budget for the cross country move.

  • Gillian September 12, 2012 at 8:47 am

    So exciting !! Congrats on the new job and the big move ! It’s always a bittersweet thing to move, but Toronto is great :)

  • Renée (@nickelbynickel) September 13, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I am very happy for you, congratulations on the new job and good luck with moving! (of course, keep us up to date) I loved Toronto when I visited it, I hope everything will go well :)

  • centsofacountrygirl September 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Yay! That’s pretty darn exciting news! I hope the move goes well and you get settled into being an Ontarian in no time ;)

  • Ellstar September 14, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Welcome to Toronto! Congrats!

  • myplantisalive September 14, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Congrats!! Living the dream

  • Bonnie September 14, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Fantastic news!!!! Congrats! Toronto is so cool. :) I’d love to see some posts about HOW you got a great job while living on the other side of Canada. I’m trying to possibly move cross-country Stateside and don’t know the best way to show people I’m serious about moving!

  • Mo' Money Mo' Houses (@momoneymohouses) September 14, 2012 at 11:56 am

    That’s awesome, congrats!

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  • Vanessa September 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Amazing news! You’ve wanted this for awhile now and finally you’re able to move to TO (permanently) :D

  • Allison September 15, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! That sounds like a great job for you :)

  • The Asian Pear September 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Wow. Omigosh. How did I miss this?!? I totally did not see that coming! Congrats! And wow… It’s happening all so fast too. Welcome to Toronto. :D

  • singletothepenny September 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    That’s fantastic news!
    Welcome back!