I have a problem. Whenever I get very comfortable in one aspect of my life, I start finding it negative and try to put an end to it. It’s something that started when I quit my “nice” full-time job back in October 2013. I was so scared to start freelancing but then I realized I GOT THIS!
I ended up being blown away by the number of great opportunities that came to me just because I was free! Since then, I can’t stop reviewing what is close to me and if it doesn’t make me grow as a person, I work on making it better.
That’s why I decided to put my condo for sale back in October and officially sold it 3 weeks ago. It’s actually the second time I sell a condo since 2008. The first time, I sold my place because it was too small and I wanted a home office to support my freelancing. The second time around, I sold it because I found it too big now that my office is at WeWork.
So what’s the point?
For the next year, I have no idea where I will live and I love it! [Well most of the time..] If you only knew how many times I’ve complained about how expensive it is to travel while also paying for a mortgage. Yes, I know about Airbnb and hosted plenty of people but it’s still something to worry about. I even made my own startup HAUS/AWAY for a while to offer property management, eh!
Getting rid of my condo was the one and only solution to get me to slow travel, save money and get out of my comfort zone without going overboard. See, I also already bought my future condo which is due for Spring 2018 so I have an end date to this if I desire it. And if I don’t, I’ll just sell the new one haha
What will I do for one year?
For now, I will be spending the next few months in Montreal until I get some personal business sorted out. After that, options are infinite! There are so many new places I want to see like Cape Town, Bali, Chiang Mai, the Canadian West Coast in general, Seattle*, Boulder*, Auckland… And also places I want to revisit for a longer period like New York*, Los Angeles*, Berlin, Tulum, Toronto…
It’s so exciting knowing that I can go anywhere and for how long I choose to. I just can’t wait to get started!
*US cities might be a challenge considering what’s happening.
Not everything is magic though..
Since I officially sold, it’s been a rough few weeks. I’ve managed to keep my stress levels way high with logistics nightmares, things that are keeping me in Montreal, needing to rely on others and just not having a home base in general. It makes me realize how comfortable I was and I am thankful for these past few years.
I am also going to miss everyone in Montreal, including my family, not knowing when I will be around this year. The older we grow, the harder it is to see people we care about because our stupid lives get in the way. I’m not making it any easier!
So here’s to a fun and unplanned year! Let’s recap in 6 months, yeah?