Self Professed Introvert

There you have it. I’m putting into the world for all to know (if you didn’t already), I am an introvert. I thrive in one on one situations far more than I do in a big room full of people.

This last week, has been a bit tough being at home with no human interaction. I’ve noticed this before, but just a five minute conversation can be an enormous motivator to start my day.

Today, I met a dear friend for coffee, who will be moving across the country in a few weeks. This casual conversation was all I needed to spark my creativity and productivity. Also, a change of scenery from my apartment walls was also refreshing.

This week’s task is to get out more, in the physical sense. I don’t need to be flooded with stimuli, but a simple change of pace sure surged up my productivity today.

Putting it out there: this is going to be a productive week!

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.

Blog 2

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.

Blog 3

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.

blog

Experimenting

My has it been a busy summer! I graduated this June, started and completed a public relations certificate, made one tiny step of progress for my mom’s estate albeit, unsuccessfully, and am currently embarking on my first job hunt post university. All very exciting and each a mini to full fledged milestones in my life.

image

On the topic of new and exciting, I’ve been experimenting with a few different areas in my life. Here is a quick glimpse into each:

1. Gluten free eating
Over the past 6 months my celiac levels have been elevated. They hit around the 60 mark, diagnosis celiacs are around 100 and non celiacs are typically around 10. So I am somewhere in the middle with this marker. About 2.5 weeks back I was utterly fee up with how tired I was feeling all the time. I decided to do a little experiment to see if gluten was plaint a role.

So far, no dice. I’m still equally as tired as I have been. I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist at the end of the month, so I think I will test this out till then. If anything changes, you will definitely get an update.

2. Insulin Pump
pump
As a part of my mission to take charge of my health, and thanks to BC government’s decision to change the eligibility age, I was able to get an insulin pump! An insulin pump is a page size device that continuously pumps insulin into my body 24 hours a day. It is much more convenient than having to inject manually like I’ve done for the past 20 odd years. So far, I have been running with my blood sugars a little high. This is also about week three with my pump.

My endocrinologist and my pump nurse have been in near daily contact with me to monitor and adjust my insulin levels. I’m told they like to play it very safe and have me run a little high, rather that low as my body gets use to the continuous insulin. I’ll update you with an significant progress in this department.

3. Gratitude
Because I’ve been in this state of uncertainty about where I want to head with my life for over a year, I decided to add something new. I’m normally a very mindful person, but I’m not sure everyone else knows that. I’ve made an effort to acknowledge people I am grateful for. I hope it is a nice treat when people hear something out of the blue. If you don’t change how can you expect things to change, right?

dp

Well those are three areas I’m focusing on my life. This is the first post in another new thing I’m trying, transit blogging. Why not use the time to get my thoughts out into the universe of the interweb?

Happy Wednesday!

Working on My Fitness

So I am back on the bandwagon! A week or so ago, I partook in a photoshoot for some team photos and headshots and I was stunned to see the photos. It was really quite shocking. I had fallen hard off the wagon.

In any fashion I’m kind of going day by day, but I’ve decided to do at least one active thing per day for the month of July. In that I will also be able to provide some reviews of the fitness classes I take part on. This challenge officially started on July 2. So far I am 5 for 5!

Classes have been booked for the week coming up and I hope to get some runs in as well. I’m running a half marathon at the end of August and I really need to get my stamina up. Running has always been an easy access to fitness for me but I’ve recently hit a wall. I am really not feeling inspired to run. So I’m slowing down a bit and really starting my fitness off with some group classes. Hoping this with inspire me to hit the pavement or trails again soon.

Just a short update, but a post committing to my more consistent writing!

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:

image

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…

Self Realizations

The last week has posed several different challenges that have led to different self realizations that I am going to summarize.

Firstly, I am honest. A little direct and speak my mind clearly. It was pointed out to me that I perhaps need to filter a bit more last week. This is a drastic difference from where I was even just last year. I was far more timid and kept things very much to myself. I am now a bit more outspoken and will let you know how I am feeling. So, now I am working on a happy medium. Honesty will still be one of my most important values, but I will work more consciously to be aware of how that may be interpreted by other people.

ImageA second lesson I learned last week, is that I really value respect and communication. There was a complete disregard for respect in a project I was involved in and I was really unsure how to proceed. My communication was not the strongest in parts of this instance. But I was completing my job in this project very well, actively engaging when opportunities were presented. I was actively sharing content under organization restraints. But it came to a point where the complete disregard for respect pushed me over my edge. I walked away and I am proud of myself for this. I was not at all impressed with this situation but I am glad I walked away. Freeing up more of my time for other projects. 

This brings up another issue. It is really important to be aware of how other people are interpreting how you present yourself. This is where strong communication skills are key. This question often comes up in interviews about how you deal with stressful situations. I always fall back on strong communication skills. The importance of this has been even more prevalent in the last week. I am consciously working on communicating better. Yes, I am honest, but I need to focus more on communicating what is going on with the people I am working with. 

This is has led itself to some new goals this week:

1. Filtered honesty
2. Better communication
3. Confidence 

Image

Wish me luck in the flow of self discovery!

 

Until next time…

New Weekly Goals

One of my goals this year was to be more confident. Really, to rock Beyonce confidence.

I feel like as of late I really haven’t been staying attuned to this. However, I am going to try a little experiment this week, to be confident in all my interactions. I will be consciously thinking of this throughout the week and will check in with how it went next week.  I just sent an email and caught myself before I apologized for something I really didn’t need to apologize for.

Here’s to starting a new goal each week.

School is half way through. I am absolutely loving every moment and am excited to see where the world of PR will take me. I’m really excited to be working on developing my writing skills and learning how to create different types of writing including press kits and opinion pieces.

This week’s goal at school is to stay positive and involved in class, while also preserving energy for after school networking events. My introverted strengths have really been prevalent the past three weeks. Learning to conserve some of this energy so I am able to present my best self is a new challenge I am setting for myself. I’m not sure how yet to best manage this, but I am excited to start concentrating on this.

 

Seeing as I’m having issues uploading a photo to include in this post, here is a link to an inspiring TED talk by Brene Brown. Perhaps it will spark some inspiration for your week ahead!

 

Until next time…