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A Summer of Transitions Part 1: It All Happened So Fast!

As we start to settle into the fall, I’ve been reflecting on the past couple of months, and all of the ups and downs that came with them. This summer was wildly different from anything any of us have ever experienced, so I know I have no right to lay claim to statements about the rollercoaster that was COVID-19 (or all of its subsequent messes). And yet, I also realized that for me, the time since this pandemic hit Canada has included way more transitions than I would have thought possible in just a few months. 

Experiencing so much change in what feels like such a short period means that I’ve also learned a lot. In Part 2 of this series, I’ll share a few of the lessons that came with all these transitions. But first, I thought I’d tell you about the changes themselves. The story behind each one could very well be its own blog, but for the longevity of my fingers and your eyes, I’ll try to make this a SparkNotes version. So, here are some things that happened in my life, all of which occurred between March 13th, 2020, and September 13th, 2020:

  • This global pandemic arrived in London, Ontario.

  • After four years of living by myself at school, I packed up and moved to my family home in about three days. Four years of campus life quickly switched to living indefinitely with my grandma, dad, sister, and dog.

  • I graduated from Western University. It didn't feel like it because of a lack of Convocation ceremonies, but we had a small party at home. All of a sudden, I no longer had my ‘student’ identity. 

  • I was lucky enough to be offered a summer internship here at mindyourmind and started working from home part-time. 

  • I began P90X, which meant that I went from 4 years of an almost nonexistent amount of physical activity to 60-90 minutes of daily intensive training, for three whole months. You can read more about that here: 5 Things I've Learned from My 2005 Workout Regimen

  • In mid-August, I started to think about moving out. A few days later, I had signed a one-year lease (for now) for a one-bedroom place in downtown Toronto.

  • My summer contract with mindyourmind came to an end. 

  • I went to London one Saturday to get the last of my stuff and officially say bye to the student housing I called home for two years.

  • The next day, I moved all of my stuff into my new place. By the end of the week, I was fully moved in and settled. I had a housewarming party. 

  • In the midst of all of this, I got strep throat. Twice. 

  • My dad, my sister, and I went on a week-long trip to Quebec and Prince Edward County the day after my housewarming party.

  • I started working full-time formindyourmind two days after we got back, and am now enjoying my first real adult job!

As you might imagine, it’s been a wild journey, but I am finally getting into my new ‘normal’ routine. Stay tuned for Part 2, where I’ll attempt to share all the wisdom I've gained from the past little while!