Working on My Fitness

So I am back on the bandwagon! A week or so ago, I partook in a photoshop 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:

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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…

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 

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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…

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…

Reflection of the Past 4 Months

On November 30, 2013, I finished my last day of an 11 month co-op term with the BC Lions. I had every intention of finding a paid position or internship in the next 4 months to learn and develop new skills before I headed back to school at the end of April.2013-11-30 13.15.00 HDR

However, that didn’t really turn out. I did find some great projects to be a part of including Networking in Van as their Marketer Intern, Footy for Food the start of my professional social media skills, and Blitz Media as a PR intern to get a glimpse into the PR world. I also recently added TEDxSFU, as their Social Media Manager (more professional experience) to the mix. They were all great projects and I really enjoyed helping out in all these areas. Social media is definitely something I want to incorporate into my career. It is so amazing to be able to connect with people all over the world and makes it so easy to disseminate your message to the masses. Even more impressive is managing how to do this with meaning and getting people engaged. I am really excited to continue to develop these skills with these awesome brands and more in the future.

I also spent a lot of time working on my personal fitness. In September 2013, I ran my first 5km race. In December 2013, I ran my 2nd 5km race, and 1st trail race. In March 2014 I ran my first 10km race in the SNOW. And in August 2014, I will run my first 1/2 marathon! I am so excited to see the physical improvement in my running and my ability to manage and observe all my mental chatter. It has been quite a roller coaster. I go in waves of intense desire to be active, but then there are other days that the dark cloud that hovers over my heads really takes charge and zaps me of all my motivation. It was a great opportunity over the last 4 months, to really focus on this area of my life and I am thankful to have had the chance to do this.

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So what have I learned over the past 4 months? Well, I still feel really lost in terms of my direction for my career. I’m not entirely sure where I am headed in any real facet. It has been great to have the opportunity to learn a bit more about myself and what I want. I know I am really focused on being present in all my activities, and am determined to find happiness in my career. I would love to find something that makes me happy but is also a source of income. The past 4 months have definitely been a challenge and I’m not entirely certain if it would be possible to find this, but I am optimistic and hopeful.

My next post will review a bit more about what I’ve discovered that I really enjoy doing and what I don’t. Maybe you will be able to shed some light on what that looks like for a career?

 

Until next time…