The conclusion was a Vitamin B12 deficiency. A seemingly simple answer for what took over a year to figure out. Symptoms included fatigue, shortness of breath, tingling sensations in my arms and legs, anxiety, and more. Not exactly how I define fun.
The most fascinating part is that I’m grateful for going through it. The perspective I gained is probably the biggest reason I am where I am today. I work smarter and more focused than ever before, stress less, my decisions are led with the questions “will this make me happy” and “does this lead me where I ultimately want to be”, and I appreciate simple things I’ve never put a second thought into. (ie. have you ever noticed how amazing the sound of a fresh cup of coffee being poured into a mug is?)
Once I was back to feeling like myself again, I had the best 18 months of my ten year career as a residential real estate agent. The problem was I was bored. REALLY bored. Leading with my questions above, I started to brainstorm to try to gain insight on what I was going to do.
After a lot of searching, the opportunity presented itself in January 2018. It encompassed everything I love about real estate and why I got into the business in the first place; it was investor focused, passively built wealth, and was in one of the fastest growing yet most underserved market niches in North America.
Proving myself through a lot of spreadsheets, number crunching, hours on Photoshop, and time in meetings, I became part of a group that develops and sells seniors housing to investors as condos which can be fully managed on their behalf. By June 2018, I’d left my brokerage and moved into an office space in Yorkville. I took on the official role as Director of Marketing and Sales.
I can say with confidence it’s the greatest thing that’s happened in my career. We’ve sold over $60 million worth of condos since October and have a number of projects in the works for 2019 and beyond. My role continues to expand and there’s not a day in which I don’t learn something about either the seniors housing business or myself. Most importantly I’m happy, healthy, and on a path that I believe will ultimately lead me to where I want to be.