The big work for the last few months has been wedding planning!
First off – I haven’t been able to everyone I wanted — but please know that we will be thinking of you and will send photos (like our engagement shoot) after! 🙂
The big date is August 10. At this point, I’ve learned to focus on the important things that matter (like my speech, and the dancing) and not sweat the smaller things (like the font on the seating chart).
Zahra and I are doing a mini-moon to Vancouver Island for a few days afterwards, but hoping to do a proper honeymoon to Europe (Italy hopefully) sometime later.
Wedding planning has taught me a new technique for planing events — Use Google Reviews to find good vendors, email the 10 best ones and get them to explain the options so you become competent in the subject.
Overall I have enjoyed the planning, and I find organizing fun. While its a lot of work, I like the chance to bring our families together to make decisions. There is also a lot of negotiating, and so it forces you to start managing how you do that. I think I’m most excited to enjoy the festivities but then be married and start the new chapter!
For those of you who have had a wedding, welcome any tips/stories you have!
Moving to Northern Toronto
Part of the new chapter is moving! My fiancee Zahra just finished her Internal Medicine residency and will be starting a job at a hospital in Richmond Hill. Its a suburb of Toronto, a 30-minute drive north of Downtown.
Given the traffic, we’ll be moving there, and I’ll start taking the train downtown to my work. We initially looked at buying a place but weren’t able to juggle that with wedding planning, so we’re going to do a 1-year rental.
I’ve scoped out the new commute a few times. It adds 40 minutes to my current trek, but the train is comfortable to work on, and living out of downtown might be more quiet and a nice for a change of scenery.
New Role at Work
In June, my boss announced he was leaving the company. At first I was flabbergasted. But it has opened a pathway for me to step into his role, which may not have happened otherwise. I now oversee the entire product portfolio and the whole product team of five people rather than one. I have a new title but have not been “promoted” yet. It will be up to me to prove I deserve it over the coming months into the review cycle.
So far, it is definitely more work, although I enjoy the role and am learning a lot!
Training and Travels
I just came back from Cambridge, England where I was at a training for work. The big take away for me was it’s important to cultivate “sponsors” at your job: People who are more senior and who can advocate for you. It involves learning how to be proactive and not “wait” for leadership to tell you what to do, but actually taking responsibility upon your self.
Not easy to but something I want to do!