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One boy, one passport, one million dreams. Gas & Gander is a blog capturing the essence of the brands and companies I love, the cities and cultures I embrace, the food and drinks I enjoy and most of all, the travel I experience. Most of all Gas & Gander is a super fun & informative guide with an abundance of information. Come and join me on my adventures at Gas & Gander. Currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

East to West Coast - Life in Vancouver

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East to West Coast - Life in Vancouver

Sean Loughran

It's been a while, Gas & Gander, and so much has happened over the last 10 months that I'm really excited to share with you.

Last time we chatted, I was settling into life in Toronto, but those who truly know me, know that it's hard for me to settle anywhere. I'm a nomad at heart, and I'm always searching for adventure. I love being totally outside of my comfort zone, and looking back on the past 3 years of my life I'm proud to say that I've lived in Northern India (by far the best), New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Toronto, and now..... Vancouver. I'll let you know later on in the post how and why I made the move to the West Coast.

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The past year has been filled with so much travel, mostly for work, but nonetheless it's been super exciting. I've been to Los Angeles twice, New York numerous times, Northern Ireland twice, Miami, and I also explored a ton of Northern Ontario, which is beautiful. With my previous job as a Private PA, I never knew what the day would bring, a few times I'd find out in the AM that I would be boarding an evening international flight to the U.S. Who doesn't love a bit of last minute travel? That scramble to pack a suitcase and find your passport, grab a cab and rush to the airport. It's reasons like this that I really love my job.

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Right before I made the major to move to the other side of the country, I decided to take a trip further East to visit my best friend Emma in Halifax. I knew she'd help me make the right decision, and spending 5 days in beautiful Nova Scotia really cleared my head. 

Back in Toronto the stress and pressure of my life in the East soon took over, and I realized I couldn't continue in the capacity that I was, I needed to take some much needed time out. Time to focus on my inner self, and time to revive that energy and lifestyle I had learned so much about in India. After a lot of consideration, I decided that to truly change my lifestyle I would need to also change my surroundings. I packed 4 boxes, 2 suitcases and 2 carry on bags, and made my way to Pearson Airport where I boarded a flight to Vancouver. It was in that moment, on that 6 hour flight, that I started to feel a sense of who I used to be. I've said it before and I'll say it again, there's nothing quite comparable to the feeling I get when the speed of an airplane increases before finally taking off into the skies. I was ready for whatever situations would be thrown at me, ready to set up a new life for myself, ready to make some new friends, find a job, and most importantly, renew myself. I think there will always be a piece of my heart left in Toronto, in the city, but most importantly in connections I made there. 

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I was incredibly lucky that it only took one week for me to secure a permanent position, this time as an Executive Assistant to the Founder of a well known accessories brand headquartered in Vancouver. 

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It's been three months already here in Vancouver and life on the West Coast is relaxing to say the least, I'm enjoying my day job, I have an inspiring manager who teaches me everyday and I spend the weekends going hiking, walking, doing some yoga, exploring new restaurants and having fun. I also have all this extra time for myself which means I also have a lot of time to think, time to rest and recover, and time to move on and look forward.

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It's a work in progress, but I'm proud of myself for how far I've come and how much I've achieved. I just turned 24 and as much as I'm anxious about another year passing by, I'm really excited to see what the next year in my life brings. 

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I'm so lucky to have been given this life, and happy to share it with you. Even though at times I feel that I'm not grateful, deep down I know I'm blessed and I wouldn't really change one thing in my life if given the chance.

My focus for Gas & Gander over the coming months will be recovery, health, beauty, food (I may even do some home cooking but don't count on it) and of course, travel. I'm looking forward to another year with you. 

Peace out, Sean x

Keep on dreaming!