Welcome to A Life Shift. I’m Alison, a Canadian interior designer living and working in Hong Kong with my husband, three and a half year old son and new baby girl.

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Why “A Life Shift”?

  1. move or cause to move from one place to another

I started this blog in 2015 after we had accepted an opportunity to move from Vancouver to Hong Kong. Embracing a life of change and adventure as newlyweds felt exciting and challenging at the same time. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by all the changes, I thought of it all as a shift…just little moves from one place to another. Of course it was more than that; a new marriage, with new jobs, making new friends, in new house, on a new continent! It was an entire Life Shift, and it has resulted in big changes to basically every area of our life. In 2016 we added a baby boy to the mix, then a baby girl in 2020. That’s just made life all that much more interesting and exciting.

Be Nosy & Have a Read

What started as a way to keep in touch with friends and family has turned in to a collection of blogs exploring everything from life in Hong Kong, travels through Asia, the addition of a baby to our family, and analysis of our life in a tiny flat. Take a peek at our travel adventures, gather insights on our expat experiences, and learn about our life in a 590 sq ft apartment in the sky. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy this glimpse into our life(shift).

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Celebrating Canada Day in Bali!

Talk to Me

I would love to chat more, whether it’s about our life abroad, experiences living in Hong Kong, travel in Asia, giving birth in China, living small, or anything in between.

Send me an email at and I’ll get back to you!

— Alison