Ep. 14 French-Canadian CIA Is Looking for Juanita.

"It's time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I'd much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure." -- Ernie Harwell

Goodbyes are never easy in the face of time well spent, beautiful connections and laughter. In Episode 14 of #AskJuanita, Juanita is approached by the Canadian CIA and a very strange immigration officer. Put-off by the French agent's odd visit to her home, she realizes she may need to make her status in Canada a bit more permanent and avoid this weirdo boo-boo all together. Watch the full episode below. 

Montreal, Quebec, 2016

Making this video was actually quite spontaneous. What I had originally planned went out the window when my roommate's boyfriend surprised her at 7 am. While sitting at breakfast and mapping out my shots for the day, this storyline was born. 

I've found that my work is consistently better and more enjoyable when I collaborate with others. In fact, one of my focuses this year is on deepening relationships with people I care about, ideally through creative endeavors. 

It's a particularly special episode for me today, because it marks what could be one of the last videos shot in Montreal for a while.  Sadly, I'm leaving this quaint city. I've been here for 4 months and have really come to love it; it's a place that now feels like my home along with the little family I've made here. 

Moving on can feel slow and fast all at the same time. 

As if someone is tugging at your heart strings and tickling your feet all at once. 

It's ironic in many ways. Historically, I have moved around so much and yet, I still feel my heart break each time I leave a place and the magical people I've encountered there. 

I've grown so much here in this city, and it's only in looking back that I see how far I've come. Montreal has been like my own creative hideaway. My meditation practice has taken root, the #AskJuanita series has grown leaps and bounds, and so much of the inner "letting go"--of people, places, ideas and stories that no longer serve me--has blossomed. 

In the past 4 months: 

I let go of my 8 year boyfriend. 

I re-launched this site and brought over all 200+ posts from my former website. You can now browse all the juicy magic learnings by category, such as Business, Sales + Marketing, Spirituality + Life, Creativity + Learning, and even Humor. Or check out the Archives here. 

I made some of my best #AskJuanita work. We met Canadian God, talked to dead people here and here and even dated my higher self on Tinder

I collaborated with other brilliant creatives like professional dancer, friend and roommate Brittney Gering, visual artist Leo Kuda, and soul sister Sophie Solomon. 

I met people that touched my heart, even if our time together was brief. Thank you. 

I created some of the most brilliant brand stories and strategies for my clients to date. I'm *very* excited to share those in the coming months. 

Most importantly, I learned to be in my own presence and go deeper within myself. And that wasn't always easy. 

Coming to Montreal was a gut decision through and through. I met my roommate on Craigslist and hadn't even seen the place before coming here. And... it's been, hands down, one of the best decisions of my adult life. 

Farewelll, my beautiful Montreal. Tears are forming in my eyes as I write this, for I'm so insanely grateful for all you've given me. And, I know it's time. 

I'll be back, next time on even better terms.