I left Vancouver—and I feel fine

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Last fall, I wrote a post on my personal blog, about leaving Vancouver. Mine was (perhaps) a bit different of a take on the topic. I didn’t want to talk solely about escalating house prices. Instead, I contemplated whether creative people might be more able to pursue their passions, elsewhere.

The post resulted in a bit of discussion on Twitter, Facebook, Designer News, and Reddit. As one might expect, some shared my outlook, whereas, others disagreed with me.

Truth of the matter is, I’m torn. After so long in Vancouver, it’s not easy to pull away from our community (particularly when I see how much my kids like their school). So, I went to those who’ve already left Vancouver, and asked them a few questions.

I’ll post one interview every couple of days, for the next week or so. In the meanwhile, you can get to know the folks I spoke with. In fact, you can even request an Officehours session with them to ask some questions of your own.

The participants include:

Lisa Hemingway

Creative Consultant and Graphic Designer
Left Vancouver for Nanaimo
Request a session with Lisa or read Lisa Hemingway found her perfect week, by leaving Vancouver—and moving to Nanaimo.

J.P. Obbagy

Left Vancouver for Comox Valley
Request a session with J.P. or read J.P. Obbagy traded his Gastown office for a simpler life in the Comox Valley.

Shauna Harper

Community Builder and Digital Marketing Strategist
Left Vancouver for Prince George
Request a session with Shauna or read Shauna Harper moved to Prince George and connected with startups, her community, and family.

Sebastian Abboud

Graphic Designer and Instructor
Left Vancouver for Nanaimo
Request a session with Sebastian or read Sebastian Abboud says you’ve got nothing to lose, by leaving Vancouver.

Jesse Korzan

Left Vancouver for Squamish
Request a session with Jesse or read Jesse Korzan explains how to stay connected to industry, while living in a small town

Tzaddi Gordon

Designer, Internet Consultant, Artist
Left Vancouver for The Sunshine Coast
Request a session with Tzaddi or read Tzaddi Gordon traded commuting and cubicles for a creative community on the Sunshine Coast

I typically post new interviews between 8:00 and 9:00 AM (Pacific Time). That said, you can get updates through our Twitter and Facebook pages, as well.