Podcast Episode 48: From the Suburbs to Saltspring Island

Podcast Episode 48: From the Suburbs to Saltspring Island

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 48 of The New Family Podcast where blogger Julie Nowell shares her family’s story of moving to Saltspring Island.

With the hectic pace of life, there’s probably few among us who haven’t entertained escape fantasies geared to achieving a simpler life. My guest Julie Nowell writes a hilarious blog called “3 Chickens and a Boat” where she chronicles the incredible reinvention of her family that came with a move from the suburbs to a small Gulf Island in B.C. with a back yard full of chickens and goats. It’s a remarkable story that starts with her husband coming home from a tough day at work one Friday, a talk with a psychic on the weekend, finding a company who offers independent property valuations and then putting their house up for sale that Tuesday. But while their move to Saltspring Island may sound impulsive, the changes are actually very intentional. Julie and her husband wanted to live somewhere that had everything they needed but not much more than that, and most importantly, to show their kids that they too can take risks to get the life they want.

Here are some great resources related to my discussion with Julie.

Julie’s blog 3 Chickens and a Boat

Julie’s writing on their move to Saltspring

Blunt Moms, another site Julie publishes

Julie’s consulting business

Julie’s Favourite Parenting Advice:
“I think it was my grandma, my mom’s mom, who said it to me, but she said, ‘You’re going to make a lot of mistakes in your life when you raise your kids. And people are going to think you’re making a lot of mistakes. But the best part is you’ll only make mistakes that don’t matter to you. They might matter to other people. But the things that you do wrong in parenting are the things that don’t really hold any value to you. So just focus on the stuff that matters and don’t worry about the rest.”

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by

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  1. February 25, 2016 @ 3:34 pm Sharing Stories to Create Change - Three Chickens and a Boat

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