See You Later, Toronto!

March 25, 2013
Exhibition Station

I had a very different post in mind for today. Originally titled, “5 Things I Will Miss About Living in Toronto,” I was going to list off my favourite brunch spots, neighbourhoods, the constant proximity to “stuff”, a level of hospitality that I’ve only ever experienced living back East… and, believe it or not, I’m even going to miss the TTC. But as I started making note of everything, I realized the only thing I’m really going to miss about living in Toronto is the people.

In the short time I’ve been here, I have made more connections than I ever could have imagined. Before I even flew out, some of you had emailed or tweeted and offered to meet me for coffee, brunch, etc. Most of those meet ups became regular occurrences, and there’s not a single person I’ve met who I wouldn’t want to see again. I can’t thank any of you enough for bringing me into your lives and making me feel so welcome.

On top of making new friends, I was immediately welcomed by bloggers and other people I would never have met were it not for the personal finance community. I was treated to two meals out with the ING DIRECT Canada team, the most recent of which included a presentation by CEO Peter Aceto at The Economic Club of Canada. I walked out of that lunch understanding how important it is for leaders to be completely transparent about their goals and mission. (I was also given an umbrella for my move back to the “wet” coast. Talk about thoughtful.) These are experiences that you just don’t get to have, living in Victoria.

Throughout my time here, there has been one constant in my life – a person who I will miss like crazy – and that’s Roomie. Have I ever told you guys the backstory on how Roomie and I know each other? We grew up together in Victoria, where our parents still live just a few blocks apart. Friends since elementary school, she came out to Toronto shortly after high school and has never looked back. Her independence and work ethic have been a source of inspiration on more than one occasion. And the fact that she literally gave me the ability to test this city for size is a gift I’ll probably never be able to repay her for.

Toronto is an amazing city; there is always something to do and something new to see. But nothing makes a city feel like “home” until you have good people to share it all with. I’m going to miss my morning coffee with K-man, lunch dates with the team, evening laughs with Roomie and weekend adventures with everyone else. I’m excited to be flying home to Victoria tomorrow. Seriously, I can’t wait to get there… But I’m also really excited to come back to Toronto in June.

I’ll see you then, friends! xo

PS – Have you ever had a song rewritten for you? The team took over the karaoke stage on Friday night and sang their own version of this song to me. Here’s a little snippet:

She’s packed and she’s going
We’re crying, she’s leaving, she’s golden
She leaves for BC, ’cause she lives for it
The West Coast, her sole motivation
Mountains high sound pretty good to me
And it makes her smile like a drug for you
Do whatever you wanna do, we support you
We’ll keep on smiling, while you pass through
One flight to the province that divides you
And we’ll speak to you like the tweet to the bird
Drop another blog, rank “BC rates” first
Come on like a big shot, take the stage
We give you the reigns, take it away…

  • Rob March 25, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Bitter sweet memories of Toronto, eh Cait? I’m sure that Toronto will miss your physical presence but at least you’ll still be around for your Toronto friends online and hopefully in years to come you’ll pop back here in the future to visit us. All the best back in BC.

    • Cait March 29, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      I’ll definitely be back – my first trip is already booked for mid-June! Thanks, Rob.

  • Erica March 25, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Well, what can I say. I had a chance to meet you and honestly you’re even more awesome in person than I expected. Your success has motivated and made me reconsider what I always thought I knew. Way to follow your heart while still using your head, all the best in BC.

    • Cait March 29, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      You are so sweet, Erica. Meeting you was the best! So many good laughs. Hopefully we can repeat that again, one day.

  • Chad March 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I’m sure Toronto will miss you, but the west coast will be happy to have you back! Welcome home :)

    • Cait March 29, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks, Chad! It’s great to be back :)

  • Francesca March 26, 2013 at 5:40 am

    Hi Cait,

    I have spent the whole day (had a sickie) reading your blog cover to cover, so to speak, Along with all the comments. All kudos to you. I am paying down too, but am 41, so it took a little longer for me to catch on. Luckily I own my house after a lucky moment about ten years ago when I bought cheap before the Tasmanian housing boom. That was luck. I love your writing, you are a big inspiration. Francesca

    • Cait March 29, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Hi Francesca,

      Thank you so much for your comment! And for taking the time to read my blog. I don’t believe anything is luck – you made the right decision at the right time. Good for you!

      Have a great weekend :)

  • snarkfinance March 26, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Good luck in your new digs. You appear to get a lot more perks than I; the only song ever written about me was “Irreplaceable”. Still waiting on my royalty check.

    • Cait March 29, 2013 at 10:51 pm


  • The Happy Homeowner March 27, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Best of luck with the big move! :)

    • Cait March 29, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Thank you!

  • Mo' Money Mo' Houses March 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Have a safe flight home!

    • Cait March 29, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks, Jessica. :)