It’s time for my birthday post! You guys liked my random list so much last year that I’ll try to bring it back for my 35th. 🙃
This year, I just feel like writing about what’s going on on this day: June 22nd, 2018.
My Home Situation
I went to the notary yesterday to sign the third mortgage of my life. I remember how stressed I was the first time. I made my brother-in-law come to the bank meeting with me #lol I’ll be going back next Thursday to sign the final papers and receive my home keys.
I am so excited to officially move in on June 29th! This will be my third condo purchase (I sold the previous ones) and the last one for a while, at least in Montreal. I learned so much in the past ten years on what makes a home for me. I think this new chapter is exactly what I need: a comfortable, small yet modern pied-à-terre in my hometown that has everything to make me happy by including yearly access to a pool & gym!
My Work Situation
To my surprise, 2018 has been my worst business year since I launched my company. I didn’t really notice it while I was spending winter in South East Asia, I actually enjoyed how quiet it was letting me concentrate on where I was and my wellbeing. But then, I came back home and nothing really happened on top of losing a huge contract last minute.
The past six months have been unbelievably stressful and I don’t know what I would have done without the savings I had for emergencies. I think things will improve soon but I’ve been saying that since April. Instead of losing my mind over it, I decided to keep my mind clear & open and take that time for myself.
I did launch a second company last month that I’m very excited about: Sofia Shendi Coaches. I offer multiple types of coaching including job transitions & home decluttering. I’m looking forward to seeing where this new project can lead me in the future.
My Family Situation
Last year, I mentioned my parents had just moved back to Montreal. The main reason was for critical health reasons and nothing has really changed to this day. So, it’s been a really tough twelve months. I really appreciate that they’re a metro stop away and that I can help them even if I also hate it sometimes because I need my space & freedom. Whenever I go away now, I have to think of what it means for them.
My trip to South East Asia was filled with different meditation practices which made me realize that there were a lot of things I had never worked out with my family. I promised myself to start seeing a therapist when I got back, which I did for four sessions already. I find it sad how it’s so taboo to talk about these things.
My Friends Situation
I also wrote last year about how coming back to Montreal through a breakup opened my eyes to how little meaningful friendships I still had in my life. Well, things are so much better today!
I had the chance to reconnect with so many lovely people by being more present in Montreal. I also made a few beautiful friendships in the past few months which I feel could last forever. It’s fun to meet people in contexts other than partying, which used to be my life in my 20s.
Through travelling, especially with Hacker Paradise, I also met beautiful human beings that I can’t wait to meet up with again. There’s something special about the digital nomad community and meeting up in a new country together. We spend so much time together & share so many experiences in just a few weeks that it feels like we’ve known each other for years already.
My Health Situation
I feel great, and that’s after spending three weeks without working out and eating way too many carbs & gluten in Europe, haha! I’m happy to say that I’ve finally found a good nutrition & training balance that lets me enjoy life daily while still achieving my goals — maybe slower than I could but in a much more healthy way.
I lost 20 pounds since June 2017 by continuing to do Intermittent Fasting, working out 2-3 times with my own programming and having all the treats if I felt like it. The most important is that I feel good physically and never think that my body cannot handle an activity I’m about to try, especially while travelling. I really want to get back intro spinning & CrossFit this summer but my work situation will have to improve for $$$ activities.
My Lovelife Situation
#LOL It’s been an interesting year?
I’ve been single for ten months, while going through multiple cycles from thinking I could never be loved again, to having zero interests in anyone, to starting to date & complain about apps while wanting nothing serious to today. Today, I can say that I’m still not looking for anything specific but I might be more open to whatever comes my way?
I can still state that dating apps suck but I did make a beautiful friendship thanks to Tinder, so there’s that!
Alright, that’s enough. 33 is such a random age.