New Month, New Chapter of Life

September 2014 marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life: the beginning of my first post university career search. Fall is one of my favourite seasons, I love sweaters, cardigans, hoodies, and boots. I also really enjoy the feeling of newness, excitement, and change that is in the air.

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As my search for my next career opportunity in communication, social media, or public relations hits the ground running, I’ve come back to my blog to write out and share some of the short term goals I am working on:

1. One Gutsy Email Per Day

I did this probably about a year ago. My philosophy was that what was the worst that could happen? Either they say no or don’t respond. No love, no loss.

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2. Better Posture

Having worked at a desk for the last three months, I’ve noticed the tightness in my shoulders and neck. I also worked right by a mirror so was able to notice how slouchy I was getting. So this month, I am focusing on keep my back straight and my shoulders back.

3. Beyonce-like Confidence

Confidence is something I’ve really notice that I’ve struggled with in the past year or so. It’s a little something that I hold in the back of my mind. This month, I am going to bring this to the forefront and really focus on increasing this area of my life.

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Playing Catch Up

My it has been quite some time since I last blogged. My most sincere apologies. I haven’t not been blogging, however, I’ve just been blogging as a part of my PR practicum at Talk Shop Media. Needless to say, it has been a very busy time.

I’m very excited to share that I’ve finished both my BA and PR certificate in the last month! That included walking across the stage in this little number:

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I’ve also moved from my 3 week practicum as a part of the PR certificate into a 3 month internship with Talk Shop till the end of August. It is so exciting to work on the inside of an agency and I can’t wait to get more into the PR world!

What else is new? Well I asked to see a new endocrinologist and now I have an insulin pump! For those of you who don’t know, an insulin pump is a little pager sized device that continuously pumps insulin to my body, rather than manually injecting every time I eat something. They have been proven to improve blood sugar averages and to better maintain general diabetes health.

I’m set up to learn how to use this new device on July 22 and 25. I can’t wait to be able to say I am part robot and to have better control over my diabetes! This so exciting, and I feel like I do not hesitate to mention this piece of my life, any time it can fit into a conversation. My inner techie is stoked to use technology to really take charge of my diabetes.

But I’m not only going to reply on the pump to so that. I am making a concerted effort to eat a more natural and well balanced diet. I will update you in my progress in this area of my life in the next blog, as I’ve really just started this mission again.

Last update: I’m really excited for the next two months to really figure out a good starting place for my career. I know for sure I am in love with social media and want that to have a major part of my work. I want to love what I do and I am slowly piecing pieces together as to what that looks like. Perfect timing for this blog as it is Social Media Day! Social media has changed my social landscape allowing me to find and connect with so many amazing and cool people!

Stay tuned, for a more concerted effort in posting and hopefully more career revelations to come!

Until next time…

Shadows of Doubt

Last Wednesday was rough. I left my keys in my backpack, which I gave to my boyfriend’s sister, while I attended an event. I was locked outside for what probably was like 30 minutes. Stranded, with loads of homework to do, after an exhausting week of learning. Really not that bad looking back, but boy did I feel terrible that night.

I’ve noticed over the last few days that I’ve had shadows of doubt cast over me. I was feeling very confident last week that I had figured out a clue to my career path. But this week has been cast in a definite looming cloud.

Does this feather in the wind feeling ever go away? I’d love some solid clarity and maybe just a smidge of stability in my life.

Toughen up, kid. Right?

I am feeling super insecure and it’s scary. One of my goals this year was to really focus on my confidence. I am really struggling right now with this and I’m not entirely sure how to address it. Can you teach yourself to be confident? What if you are not just naturally confident?

I feel like this feeling comes in large tidal waves. I just feel off my surfboard under the power of this massive wave.

This is just a quick post as I try to climb back onto my surfboard, good thing it is attached to my ankle!

 

Until next time…

A Tale of Two Sides

I started my PR certificate! I am already so excited for where this is going to lead! So far we’ve learned about communication plans, Google Analytics, media kits and social media. My inner nerd is shining and I can’t wait to get started on our first two assignments. The class is absolutely wonderful. 18 other amazing people with a diverse array of experiences and awesome stories to tell. I was so wow’ed during our first round of introductions. These people are super impressive and the PR industry is definitely in for a treat! Get ready!

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 Image from dearlifeiloveyou on Instagram
(if you are looking for any source of inspiration, this is the account to follow!)

The experience of the last 4 months has really helped me define what I do and don’t like in the space of my career. Even so early on in the PR program, it is so fascinating to feel these realizations and being confident that, that is completely okay for me to feel. This is a glimpse into what I’ve thought about and learned over the last 4 months:

I LOVE:
-social media (super evident to me in class this week)
-to listen to people’s STORIES
-exploring in all sense of the word
-creating fun & engaging content
-challenges
-projects (I like the feeling of completing one thing and moving to the next)

I’m working on:
-speaking confidently
-creativity
-finding the next skill I want to develop (InDesign anyone?)

I really dislike:
-boredom
-repetitive tasks
-inefficiency
-working remotely as the ONLY option
-not feeling connected to my work

The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the last 4 months is really that I need to be around people. Having the option to work remotely for the odd day or is really great. But I’m not sure I could do it long term. I’m really all about being efficient and find I am so much more so when I am stimulated with surroundings and conversations. It is interesting to see this written down and will be even better to look back upon, a few months into my career.

It is really exciting for me to say “into my career”. I am so excited by the prospects and for all the potential opportunities that lay in front of me. The structure that school has added back to my life was so needed. This kind of played into my realization of being more effective when surrounded by a stimulating environment.

Can’t wait to keep tracking my progress over the next 5-8 weeks!

Until next time…

Figuring it Out

Just over a week ago I asked Paulina Cameron out for a coffee chat. She is an amazing lady. I’ve been so inspired watching her over Twitter and her blog the past few years, and being able to see that she oozes inspiration in the way she carries herself.

We chatted over tea and chai, and she helped me start the ball rolling to figure out what I like and what I am good at. Image

This conversation has been replaying in my head over the past few weeks. One thing that I keep coming back to is how much I love watching sports. I’m passionate about cheering on my team in all sorts of events. I pick up the rules quickly for new sports and am able to learn player names very fast. I wonder if this will be a part of my career path. It is definitely something I enjoy doing.

Similarily, another possible career light bulb thought came from Matt Corker this week. Matt (also someone who I admire) recently posted on taking out the grind in your everyday life. He poised the question why do things have to be difficult? Things can be fulfilling, important and valuable while also being fun, easy and enjoyable. This sounds amazing. And is something I hope to be able to incorporate into my career. I am so determined to find out if this is possible. Why not enjoy what you do? Refreshing to see Matt post about this, and to see that it exists in real life.

My eyes and heart are open for what is possible. Hoping everyday that I am able to figure it out a little bit more.

Until next time…

A Series of Waves

I have been on a series of waves lately. I have found being on top of my diabetes to continue to be a challenge. I test and give myself insulin, and just find it is a constant battle and so repetitive. It scares me that I go through so many waves and these thoughts go through my head.

Yesterday, I attended the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Top 100 Leadership Summit and Luncheon. I will be writing a post about this directly for Networking in Vancouver, but one key point that is relevant for this post came from Lindsay Nahmiache from Jive Communications. She was the honoured as one of WXN’s Top 100, recognized as an emerging leader and was the moderator for the panel discussion. A question from the crowd inquired about advice about what to do when your inspiration fades. Lindsay suggested that quick snippets of what other people are doing, are good way to recharge and find that inspiration again. This resonated with me and really supported the feeling I get from after attending events like this. I always feel so recharged and ready to take on the world.

That question and Lindsay’s response were so meaningful. This also brings up a quote I read previously. It was something to the effects of “you don’t shower only once, why would you need inspiration only once?” Sometimes I need to just step back and remember that life is made up of waves. This metaphor really resonates with me. I just need to keep on moving forward with the waves or else I am just floating or drowning. Attending inspiring events definitely helps me continue trucking and reminds me that the world is full of possibilities!

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This #truthbomb from Danielle Laporte also has been spinning in my head. It is encouraging that my feelings about wanting and needing to know where I am going with my career and my conscious thoughts to trust the universe aren’t entirely counteractive.

I hope this series of thoughts provides some insight to you. I find reading other people’s experiences so helpful in helping provide some insight to some of my own.