And I have so much to share with you
From throwing a huge party, to starting a new job...
September 2022 was one of the best months of my entire life
My family all got to visit for the first time in 5 years, which was incredible
You all got the low down on that two weeks ago, so I'll leave it out this time around
But at the start of the month, I began a new position with a cannabis company
On top of that, it was my birthday month, which meant party time
But it wasn't the events themselves that made it great
It was something much more important ya'll
Because the events are all made up
Something we all created
But the other is not...
Never Give Up
I moved to Portugal in 2016
And I love living here in Lisbon now
But the first few years weren't so easy for me...
I was coming off my first real heart break of my adult life
I was pivoting careers and looking for new opportunities to grow
I was living in a new country for the first time in my life and I only knew 1 person
But none of that stopped me from continuing to push forward every day
Don't get me wrong, there were days that I wanted to go home
There were days when I wondered why I was even here
And there were days I cried alone in my room
But I always kept telling myself this...
"You're trying to be your best"
"And that's not easy"
Right Place, Right Time
My first year here was the hardest though
I only made a of couple good friends at university
And my good friend here was newly married and pregnant...
But in the fall of 2017 I moved into a big building with over 30 residents
Everyone had their own room and bathroom, but we shared a kitchen with 3 others
The first or second night I went down to the garden to chill and have a drink
Soon after, a French dude came down to the garden to grill some steak
We got to talking and related right away, like we were old friends
Fast-forward a month or so, and we do our first BBQ party
Couple months later, we have our first garden party
Now, nearly 5 years later, he has his own spot
And last Saturday we had over 150 pax
Many of them being good friends
But it wasn't the event ya'll
It was something else...
Back To Work
Leaving freelancing was tough
I haven't worked in an office since late 2018
And now I'm going to the office a few days a week
Am I a fan of it? No. I feel like I lose time in traffic every day
But I do understand the importance of a good team and teamwork
Depending on what's going on, we can much more efficient when together
For example, a brainstorm session done face to face seems to be more productive
The ability to read one another's body language can help you communicate
These are things that you can miss on the phone or even in video
That said, it feels like I lost a bit of my personal freedom
But if you want to build something that's special
You have to make some sacrifices too
Fortunately, there is one thing
That will never change
Which is ME...
It wasn't the events
The visit, the job, the party
That made September such a great month...
It was all the people who helped create those special events
My entire family, who flew across the Atlantic Ocean to be here with me
All the friends who came to the party and also the dinner I hosted the night before
The people at my company who have accepted me for who I am inside
My girlfriend who shows me so much love each and every day
And all of you who keep showing up to hear my story
I love all of you and I want you to be the best
But you need to have great connections
Because its the people that matter
And when you find your tribe
You always get to be you
That's the best part...
Steven Arthur George aka CannaBeMe