Guys, I’ve got some big news. I feel like I’ve had this enormous balloon full of hot, secret-y air that’s been thisclose to bursting every day for the past 2 weeks, and the day has finally come where I get to pop it and let that secret out!

Lemony Salmon with Dill Lentil Pilaf Recipe - Eat Spin Run Repeat

If you’re a long-time reader, you’ll know that I’ve flown out to Vancouver every year for the past 3 summers. These trips involve running the Lululemon SeaWheeze half marathon (all 3 so far – this year will be #4!), eating as much seafood as I can handle, running along the Sea Wall and through Stanley Park, and enjoying a nice little holiday with some of the people that matter most to me.

Every time I’ve savoured each minute, and some of my best memories have come out of these trips. But every time, I’ve returned home with the worst post-vacation blues E-VER. Especially the year that just passed.

lemon and cucumber

Long-time Eat Spin Run Repeat readers will also know that I’ve made a vision board every year for the past 4 years. On these boards, I cut up and paste together a whole bunch of images that inspire me and represent the goals I want to achieve in my health, fitness, love, relationships, career, and spirituality. I share most of those goals openly for all the hundreds of thousands of people on the interwebs to see. Most.

lentils and dill

Here’s where the secret starts. Every year since the little summer escapes out west began, I’ve wanted to move there. The scenery, the lifestyle, the people, the fresh coastal air – all of it just feels so right and so “me”. I currently reside in the middle of a snow belt and to say that winter doesn’t bring out my best side is the understatement of the century. But when I’m in BC, I’m in my element. I’m outside more often, walking around instead of in the car, I’m more relaxed and content with life, and I’m connecting with more and more people every time. Those trips are like soul re-chargers that infuse more energy than any solid amount of sleep or endorphin-pumping gym session ever could.

lemon slices

Ever since the first of these trips to Vancouver in 2011, I’ve had it in the back of my mind that some day, I’d love to move there. Over the past 4 years, that thought has come closer and closer to being THE thing at the front of my mind – the one big thing I’ve wanted most that nothing else could beat.

diced cucumber and lentils

I began seriously applying for jobs in the Vancouver area 2 years ago. Each day, the alerts for marketing positions from Glassdoor, Fresh Gigs, and other job hunting sites would pop up in my inbox and I’d apply to a few every so often. I interviewed and things got serious with 3 different companies, but after several weeks of being invested in each, things fell through and I was left feeling emotionally spent. I mentally closed off each of these cycles with the decision that it just wasn’t meant to be.

ingredients for dill lentil pilaf salad

The last job hunting emotional rollercoaster came to a screeching halt back in November. At the time, I was also dealing with a really unfortunate mold issue in the condo I was renting, fighting my way out of a lease, and finding a new place to live. When all was said and done, and when I’d finally settled into a gorgeous new condo with my bestie Jess, I unsubscribed from all those job alerts. I didn’t want to think about them any more and decided to stay put for a solid year before looking around again.

lemon and dill on salmon

This all took a turn 3 weeks ago. I got an email from a recruiter at a really amazing company out in Vancouver. (Nope, it’s not Vega – but they’re amazing too! I’m going to leave the name undisclosed for now but you guys will probably hear about it soon.)

I’d applied to this company before, but didn’t end up getting the role. This time, the recruiter asked if I was interested in a new opening he was hiring for. I agreed to send my resume and do an initial screening interview. Things progressed fast over the course of the 2 weeks that followed and I still hadn’t told many people – not even my own mum! To be honest, I didn’t want to get myself (or anyone else) emotionally wrapped up all over again in the prospect of moving across the country until things seemed serious.

lemon dill salmon before cooking

Well serious happened. My references were checked, the offer was sent and I signed it. And I’m moving to Vancouver to start this new adventure at the end of March.

Lemony Salmon with Dill Lentil Pilaf - Eat Spin Run Repeat

While feelings of overwhelm and a bit of nervousness are definitely running through me, I’m absolutely ecstatic and over-the-moon elated that this dream of mine is finally coming true. Before I’d been seeking out opportunities and pushing so hard to make them happen, but this one sort of fell straight into my lap and oh-emmmm-GEEEE am I ever grateful that it did. Timing is never ideal, but everything about it feels right.

Lemony Salmon with Dill Lentil Pilaf - Eat Spin Run Repeat

Phew. Now that we’ve discussed the big news, I made you a fancy dinner to celebrate. Well, it’s not really fancy – it just looks kinda fancy but it’s DEAD EASY to make. There have been tons of lentil recipes here on the blog lately (for good reason – they’re helping me clean out my kitchen cupboards before the move!) and today I’ve got another one for you – possibly my favourite yet.

This Lemony Salmon on Dill Lentil Pilaf is a super protein-dense meal, and it’s chock-full of vitamins and minerals too. But all nutrition mumbo jumbo aside, it’s just really tasty and if you’ve got something to celebrate, I highly recommend it. (Even if you don’t, you won’t be sorry.) 😉

Lemony Salmon with Dill Lentil Pilaf - Eat Spin Run Repeat

Since it’s the first Wednesday of the month, you’ll find this delightful dinner over in my monthly feature on Greatist.

Click here for the recipe.

Lemony Salmon with Dill Lentil Pilaf - Eat Spin Run Repeat

For those of you thinking “but what about her Ironman 70.3 Muskoka race? I thought she was all about training for a triathlon this year?”

Don’t you worry – I’ve readjusted the race schedule and the new A-race on the calendar is Challenge Penticton (half Iron-distance) on August 30th. I’ve heard great things about it, and since I was originally gunning for Ironman Muskoka 70.3 on July 5th, I’ve got almost 2 extra months to train!

So tell me…

  • Do you have a secret goal that you haven’t told many people about, that lights you up and that you hope will happen one day? Are you purposefully working towards it now?
  • What accomplishment, milestone, or special occasion in your life did you celebrate most recently?

Lastly, if you or anyone you know happens to be looking for a gorgeous 2-bedroom condo to move into in the Waterloo area, I’d love to hear from you!! Feel free to email me at eatspinrunrepeat (at) gmail (dot) com.