It was one year ago today that I filmed the video and wrote the blog post announcing my intentions for 2013 to live ‘A Sponsored Life’. At that point, nearly all my stuff had been packed up already and while my birthday/Christmas made for an interesting time (in that nearly everything I received from family was immediately put into storage – meaning this year, it’s like two Christmases!) That’s actually a lie because it’s actually going to be more like a million Christmases as I’m getting my normal life back! I still have several blog posts to write from great sponsors from this year, but I wanted to give readers a little update on what will be happening as I transition out of ASLife and back to normal and also some thoughts I want to share – that I imagine I’ll have a lot more the closer we get to December 31st.
First, I’ve already begun to pack the items received this year up and intend to be donating it to several different charities in the coming days. The main reason for this is because I want to have everything donated before Christmas. Naturally, this is a time where people without would like to have some of this stuff and I certainly want to facilitate that. Now, while that is going on – at the same time I’m going to start the process of moving things back into my place. This is because I need to have my storage unit cleared by December 31st. As previously mentioned, I suspect after living without for so long, I’m going to take a good hard look at what’s coming back into the apartment and get rid of plenty! I’m a die hard minimalist now. Regarding Christmas and my Birthday – I will be easing the restrictions of the project in that I will be spending time with family, which includes eating, sleepovers and exchanging gifts.
Now regarding the project, I’ve been asked a lot lately if I got out of it what I wanted. The answer is a definite ‘yes’. I’ve learned more about myself, more about the world of marketing and PR, more about the world of blogging and social media, and more about what it’s like to live with nothing than I ever would have. This is going to be an experience that will be with me for the rest of my life and I’m thrilled to have been able to do it.
I’ll probably get deeper into all of this in a series of posts – but briefly: This project/challenge/lifestyle has not been easy on me. I’ve had more breaking moments this year than I can count. I’ve wanted to quit on more than one occasion. I’ve had some incredible experiences, and some terrible times. I lost weight initially, and as the project has brought more opportunities I’ve gained weight. I’m currently in the worst shape of my life and I feel like I look like a tub of lard. I don’t feel healthy in the slightest and I know it’s going to take some serious work to get back into some kind of decent shape. But, I’m still relatively young (I can’t believe I turn 28 tomorrow).
Taken in February at one of my worse moment.
The last thing I’ll briefly talk about is 2014… I really don’t know what I’m doing yet. I mean that in more of a professional sense than a personal one. In regards to my next steps – on whether I take on a job, or I take on new clients as a freelancer, or I sign a contract or whatever else may be out there… I really don’t know what I’m going to do. I feel very lost right now! I’m fairly smart, creative, passionate, and pretty much understand the world of social inside and out.
I have functional, advanced or even expert knowledge in everything ranging from WordPress, video/photo editing, content creation, basically all of the social media channels and certainly many more that I just don’t need to list right now. But I still don’t know exactly where I belong in it. It’s a weird place to be and it’s one that’s been on my mind for the last couple months as I see the finish line for this project – with no real answers coming to me easily. So, if you start see me pimping out my resume – if you have a lead, I’d certainly appreciate the push! Haha.
Front page of the Toronto Star, probably one of the best moments. Notice the same shirt? Heh.
Lastly, I just need to take a moment here to thank everyone for their incredible support this year! I have a huge list of people that I want to thank personally, and I will certainly be sending out some personalized emails in the coming weeks… but overall I wanted to thank every company, PR team or rep, marketer, brand or advocate for this project. You have certainly taught me a lot, and in working with you, I’m alive as a result. (Dramatic, but there’s significant truth in it.) And last but not least, every single person who has read the blog this year, interacted online, engaged me in conversation in person, and of course my close friends and family who have been there to give me a boost when I was at my worst, or when I wasn’t sure what the hell I was even doing. I’m very grateful and lucky to have the people around me that I do.
Enough rambling for now, but certainly not the last of it.
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