big news

the big move

I have big news. Life-changing news. Well actually a few news (newses? What’s the plural of news? 🙂 ) I’ve been sitting on it for a while as we made sure all the logistics were sorted out, but now I can share with you guys…

I’m moving to Toronto!!!

The boy got his top choice in medical residency (proud girl right here) in Toronto and I recently signed with a Toronto-based influencer agency so it works out very well. We knew this was a possibility ever since we started dating (try dating someone long distance, in med school, and who for sure has to move somewhere across the country for 5 years… but they’re not sure where) and now it’s officially here. But we made it (!) and will be moving in together this summer. I guess that could be my second piece of news… we’re also moving in together!

My last piece of news is that we are travelling in Southeast Asia for just over a month! The boy has some time off before starting residency and we have both always wanted to go. We will be going to Vietnam, Bali + Thailand and I am so excited/very overwhelmed with all the potential places we could go. We haven’t actually done much planning (which makes this anxious girl a bit, well…anxious), but I’ve had lots of friends tell me that’s the way to do it. We are actually leaving next week! If you have any recommendations or tips I would LOVE to hear them! Please email me or let me know in the comments.

I’m actually not great with change (as I mentioned before, as an anxious person, change can be tough), but I’m very excited about this. Also a little overwhelmed. A new city, a new place, new friends, moving away from my family. This will be the first time I’ve lived in a city apart from my family and that will be one of the biggest (and scariest) changes. But I also know that if I always lived in the same city, I would wonder what my life could have been like; what I could have done; who I could have met.

Anyway, I will be back and forth between Toronto and Vancouver a lot, but officially my home base will be the #6ix 🙂 . Lots of big changes going on, but a very exciting time in my life.

Happy Monday friends!




  1. Melissa
    05.16.2016 / 5:10 am


    Big. Deep. Breaths.

    PS, can I ask what camera you use? I need a new one 🙂

  2. Katy
    05.16.2016 / 7:30 am

    Oh curses! I’m moving to Portland in July and have Vancouver on my “Weekend Trips” list! I may have been hoping to schedule around a meet-up and say hi 🙂 But hopefully we can connect sometime when you’re back anyway. Congratulations on the new agency and have lots of fun on that trip! <3

  3. 05.16.2016 / 8:38 am

    Congrats! I hope you’ll be able to come back eventually to our beautiful west coast, but Toronto is an exciting city filled with opportunities not available here.

    As far as Bali goes, here are some of my favourites:
    Potato Head Beach Club
    Ginger Moon Cafe
    The Hanging Gardens
    Finn’s Beach Club
    Shopping at Magali Pascal

    Jimbaran Bay

    You’ll notice that even at high-end seeming/legit shops that there are lots of Triple A knock offs of favourite trendy designers.

    If you can, get over to Geli Meno for total peace, privacy and pure romance.

  4. 05.16.2016 / 8:52 am

    I’ve wanted to move away from my hometown for a long time. I feel like I won’t be satisfied with my life if I don’t move away (even if I end up coming back). I just need to know. So I understand the similar feelings you share about that.

    Congratulations to the both of you! Excited for what’s to come.

  5. 05.16.2016 / 9:14 am

    Jill!! This is freaking amazing news!! So happy for you. Sad to see you leave Vancouver, but you’ll fit right in to the Toronto life no problem! I lived there for a year and loved it. Can’t wait to follow along on your future adventures through the blog. Best of luck, girl! Xo

  6. Joanne
    05.16.2016 / 10:44 am

    Congrats on all of your wonderful news! My daughter lives in Toronto and loves it!

  7. 05.16.2016 / 11:02 am

    congrats! so exciting! I’ve always wanted to live elsewhere and after I get married next year, I will be moving to Europe for 3-6 months. we only have one life, why not take a risk? I’ve also contemplated moving to Toronto, so many more possibilities than Vancouver!

    p.s. I also plan on sending you those questions for my beauty series on the blog! this week I promise!

  8. 05.16.2016 / 1:02 pm

    Yay!!!!! Can’t wait to have you in the same city!!! Xoxo

    • August Diaries
      05.17.2016 / 8:12 am

      Me too!!

  9. Anna Maria
    05.16.2016 / 1:16 pm

    Congrats Jill! I am from and live in Toronto. You will love it and you’ll have plenty of places to shop and eat 🙂 Enjoy the move; try not to stress. xo


    • August Diaries
      05.17.2016 / 8:10 am

      Thanks Anna!

  10. 05.16.2016 / 9:26 pm

    That’s exciting! As a fellow anxiety-ridden person, I understand your apprehension about the big move, but to be honest, it will help in the long run. Once you’ve done it, and the catastrophic things don’t happen that you were worried about, it serves as a reminder that your worrying doesn’t reflect reality. We relocated to England, ended up living there for 7 years, had a child over there, came back to Vancouver, and five years on we’re relocating to Germany. Is it stressful? Totally. Does it trigger all my worst anxiety issues? For sure. But doing it anyway is the best thing. Have a wonderful time in Bali, etc.

    • August Diaries
      05.17.2016 / 8:09 am

      That’s such good advice, thank you love! Hope you have a great time in Germany 🙂

    • August Diaries
      05.22.2016 / 6:01 pm

      Thanks love!

  11. 05.18.2016 / 5:41 am

    Such exciting news! And congrats on moving in together (double excitement)! As an anxious person myself, I can understand the whole difficulty with change thing. Toronto is amazing though and there so many lovely, welcoming ladies in the blogging community. I have no doubt you’ll settle in quickly. Have the best time in Germany!

    xx Amy

    • 05.18.2016 / 5:42 am

      And by Germany I mean southeast asia… this girl is losing her marbles!!! 😉 !!!!

      • August Diaries
        05.22.2016 / 6:01 pm

        Hah thanks so much! I’m very excited!

  12. 05.20.2016 / 4:17 pm

    So exciting! I just moved (last summer) from Toronto to Myrtle Beach 🙂 Reading this is making me want to move back ha! It’s one of the best cities in the world. So many things I miss. But moving was the best decision I ever made. It’s scary at the beginning, but you only live once, right? Good luck!


    • August Diaries
      05.22.2016 / 6:00 pm

      True! I’m so excited! Thanks for the words of encouragement 🙂

  13. Lyn
    05.23.2016 / 11:20 am

    So exciting!
    I thought this (living together with the boy) would be the news and I’m so happy it is! No more long distance, YAY!
    & I hope you have an amazing time traveling together; I can imagine it’s scary but know that no matter what comes your path on this trip (and life in general) you will always have your boy by your side, see him as your stability 🙂 and if you need to “rant”/ask for advice you always have your blog, Snapchat, Instagram,.. Everything will be okay and it will definitely be an adventure but I’m sure it will be a nice one!
    PS : if you could ever write a post about how you made your long distance relationship work, you could help me (my bf is going to another college, a few hours away and the thought alone freaks me out..) and lots of other people I think. Only if you feel comfortable writing about it of course!
    xox Lyn

  14. Mina Kim
    05.30.2016 / 9:17 am

    So lucky!!!! sounds amazing! I’m from Toronto originally before i moved here but it is such a vibrant and amazing city! you will love it there and you cannot beat the shopping 😉 Can i suggest you visit my personal favourite shops in Kensington Market- Courage my love, and 69 Vintage (Queen W/Ossington area) lots and lots of new shops you are going to LOVE.
    miss my hometown 🙁

    Will love following you on your adventure there and will live vicariously through you 🙂
    Good luck Jill!

    • August Diaries
      06.02.2016 / 3:31 am

      Oh thanks so much for the suggestions! Keep them coming! Thanks so much Mina 🙂

  15. 06.03.2016 / 9:39 am

    CONGRATS! Feel free to email me if you have any questions about T.O.
    Hope the transition goes well, and enjoy your vacation!

    • August Diaries
      06.07.2016 / 7:30 pm

      Thank you so much! That’s so sweet lady 🙂

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