Oh dear. It's been about a hundred years since I last made a journal!
As you can see, I've changed my username. It's the name I chose for my Redbubble and Society6 shops, so I felt that changing my name here would make things a little more streamlined. I felt PinkCaribou was a little tired, but I still wanted to keep my favourite animal and favourite colour in the name. Caribou Rose sounds a little more grown up, and not only does rose reflect my favourite colour, it's also my favourite flower!
On to the life updates...
My last update was in September, and I was talking about how emotionally taxing immigration applications were and how I was doing my best to keep my mind busy. I didn't do so well after that, and I think I was pretty difficult to live with! And somehow I've deleted that entry and I can't get it back :/
However, I received my spouse visa on November 2nd. I left Canada on November 5th, landing as resident of the UK on the morning of the 6th. It all felt so very sudden! Leaving my friends and my city was so hard. I was immensely relieved and thankful to be able to be with my husband stress-free, but I felt so sad on my last morning in Canada... and when I said goodbye to my friends... and when my plane took off that night and I saw the neat golden grid lines of Toronto's streets disappearing behind me.
I've been watching the seasons change so beautifully in central England. I got to spend my first Christmas with my husband, and it was magical. I've been crafting, crocheting, writing, actively working on my health, blogging, and keeping up with my friends in Toronto. I started a bullet journal and now I'm addicted. And even during my terrible art block, I've been slowly gathering more art supplies from Cult Pens, a UK based art supplier. My Copic legion is getting bigger 2-3 markers at a time! It's definitely not as fun as going to the art store with my ladies and geeking out together, but at least I can show them photos and talk with them about it!
My husband and I are currently apartment hunting in Leicester's city centre, coming up underwhelmed and a little frustrated thus far. I'm hoping to start working once we move there, and I'm looking at The Body Shop, Waterstones, and LUSH as potential places.
I am very homesick and I dearly want to live in Toronto again one day. Canada felt like home to me the second I put my boots down inside its borders nine years ago. I'm very seriously thinking about getting citizenship there so I don't have to worry about my permanent residency expiring, because then it will always be home, no matter where I am in the world.
So that's about it for my life update! I hope you all have been doing well