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Eeep… We’re Nominated, Time to VOTE!

2 Apr

Typically I leave work material off my blog, but yesterday something exciting happened!

The social media accounts that I assist in coordinating have been nominated for a Social Media Award in the category of Excellence in Engagement.

Success

Now what? Well, we want to win. So it’s time to VOTE!

How? Right here! It takes less time then it did for you to read this blog.

Be sure to vote daily, you can vote once every 24 hours until April 9th 🙂

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Are you above the line?

25 Mar

Are you above the line?

This weekend the JDC West 2015 LS took place in Victoria. On Sunday Matt Corker (http://www.mattcorker.com) came to facilitate a ‘Blue Sky’ session with us. He opened his session with the idea of ‘Living Above the Line’ and it was a nice little kick in the pants for me, so I’d like to share this with you.

Living above the line allows for creation in a world of possibility.

Photo Cred: http://revolution.is/paulina-lipska/

Community

19 Nov

It wasn’t until recently that I realized how important it is for me to be involved in the community that I am living in. And by saying this, I don’t mean just on a social level. Philanthropic involvement, spiritual involvement, physical involvement, I could go on and on… After graduation last year, my key focus, priority numero uno, was getting a job.

So, that happened, work is going great, but there is something missing.

I’m one of those people who perform better, do more, and am generally a happier person when I am BUSY. So I joined a running clinic, signed up for a French class and was going to yoga a few times a week.

Still, something was missing.

About a month ago a friend took me to a mixer after work, there was wine, appies, and young business professionals, lots of them. All chatting, networking, mingling and in general having a good time. And in that moment, watching this happen, it hit me like a tonne of bricks. What I was missing was a community.

After the mixer I asked more about how I could get involved with the group throwing the mingle, Prodigy Group.

Fast forward 1 month…

I am now apart of the team, focussing on developing Social Media for PG and super excited to be involved with this organization. There are some amazing people who sit on the board who have  a focus on community, mentorship, events, and in general, being awesome. This little bit from their website explains it best “The Prodigy Group is a diverse network of emerging professionals who reside in the Greater Victoria Area. Through our ties to the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and other business and community organizations, we provide our members the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and to affect positive change in Greater Victoria.”

Thanks Lindsay for bringing me to the mingle & introducing me to PG. Super excited for what is to come over the course of the next year.

xx

‘Making It’ in 2013

5 Jan

You may see this and think 100% about career… personally though, I must tell you that has little to nothing to do with career. To me, ‘making it’ it achieving success in your every day life, enjoying all of the small wins that turn into major successes. In the last year I have realized that success ultimately lies in the little things you do to make your life better, in turn these little things will cause pretty awesome things to happen. Not saying you don’t need to put in any significant efforts, just that if you are consistently doing little things for good, big things, real great big things start to happen.

So for 2013 these are things I am going to be consistently working on and ‘making it’ happen in my everyday life

Healthy Mind: Just because I am no longer a student doesn’t mean I have to stop learning. Continuous learning is so important to me. Achieve this by:

  • Read More Books
  • Meet with Mentors
  • Stay Up to Date on World Events
  • Keep this blog up to date… no more year leave of absences

Healthy Body: 1 Half Marathon Down and now 1 (Maybe 2) More to Go. Focus on:

  • Nutrition
  • Sleep
  • Drink Water (Lotsa Water)
  • Stick to the running plan
  • Get creative with the cross-training (Already signed up for a boxing bootcamp)
  • Physio/Massage Regularly

Healthy Soul: Everyone has to hit the reset button on occasion. You will find me:

  • With Family
  • Travelling
  • Reuniting with friends from Exchange
  • Disregarding all of the people so concerned about my current relationship status… that is my business and believe me, if he is important enough and you are important enough, trust me, I will tell you about him, so until then… leave it be. Thank you 🙂

I have to say that 2012 was an exceptional year and I have no doubt 2013 will be just as amazing, if not more. I may not be living abroad for 4 months at a time, but I really feel that this time of my life is just as exciting as a new adventure abroad. So buckle in and join me for the ride as I keep moving forward in to the new year!

2012 In Review

5 Jan

You may have noticed 1 or 2 things about my blog.

1. This is my first post since January 2012… sad right?

2. There is a new name on the top… excited?

ME TOO!

To fill you in on 2012:

Rocked JDC West with Team Gustavson and specifically my HR Team… 2nd Place in our category with Jess Hathaway and Andrew Laycock

Had my last semester of my undergrad degree from Jan-April

Landed a super awesome co-op and lived with a crazy bunch in ‘The Wetherby’

Ran a TONNE and made it through my first ever Half Marathon in Seattle, WA

Represented the Canadian Economy as a Skills Canada Alumni at the APEC Youth Skills Camp in China

Went on a 3 week European adventure

Graduated from The Gustavson School of Business, Bachelor of Commerce program at the University of Victoria

Started my first ‘big-girl’ job in the hospitality industry

Rounded out the year with time well spent at home with family and friends

Now that you are all caught up, let’s get moving forward…

What Taiwan has Taught Me…

19 Dec

After an another amazing 4-month increment in my life I am leaving again…. With that being said here is a little list of funny times, quotes that stuck, mind opening experiences and things I learned while in Taiwan:

–       I have acquired a new rule to life: Any post-graduate education must be obtained where there is a beach within 1 kilometer. Why study in a library when you can study on a beach?

–       At NSYSU you can be witness to a dance battle, solo instrumental performance, full out orchestra rehearsal, martial arts, and various other dance styles from all over the world! So always have your camera handy.

–       It is perfectly fine to party the night before a midterm and a final exam when in Taiwan.

–       These are the best times of our lives, live for the moment, be sure to always love what you do and do what you love.

–       Fireworks are strangely popular in Kaohsiung; there is not a night on the weekend where you cannot hear some boom. You can’t always see them but you can hear them all the time!

–       If food smells funny, it most likely tastes funny too… sorry Taiwan, not a fan of your chòu dòufu (stinky tofu). However, I will be using Chinese spices and ginger in my cooking more back home!

–       Some of the funniest moments had were enjoyed at 5 am, helping ourselves to coffee mugs at Màidāngláo’s 😉 and convincing the taxi driver to turn up the radio as loud as it will go, to preferably the English station (if not we will make it work with Chinese).

–       Also, in regards to taxi’s in Taiwan there were only 2 times I thought I was going to die… other than that they were wonderful & most of the time would try and teach you some Chinese too!

–       …Tonight I will love love you tonight
 Give me everything tonight
 For all we know we might not get tomorrow
 Lets do it tonight… – Pitbull

–       It can be more fun to be dropped off at the tunnel and run to the dorms rather than having them drop you off at the door, right? (then we can get more drinks at Family Mart on the way home… but really, like we need anything more to drink)

–       Just because your dollar goes a long way in a different country, does not mean you are getting a good deal. Do not compare it to what you are paying in your dollar but what kind of deal you are getting locally, would a local be spending this much for this ________? If not, then it’s not a good deal.

–       It is always more fun when you are partying on a boat… oh and it is so much better when funneling beer out of a watering jug for plants.

–       When talking to someone from France you need to make it clear, did you say bitch or beach and are you hungry or are you angry? However, after being here for the semester with so many of you wonderful Frenchies… OF COURSE I can tell the difference!

–       ‘When life is hard, patience helps. When people are hard to figure out, honestly helps win intimate friends.’– The Everlasting Light: Dharma Thoughts of Master Hsing Yun

–       Champagne showers are the best type of shower, and even better when coming from Steve Aoki. Oh, and if you happen to catch the bottle after the shower, well then that’s just the sweetest cherry on top.

–       NSYSU needs to get a handle on the stray dog situation, I know it is difficult because there are soooo many of them, but it is so sad to see all of these dogs that are sick or hurt and still having more puppies. In the classic words of Bob Barker, “Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.”

–       When planning a road trip in unchartered territory, always look somewhere for road conditions first, especially if there are mountains involved. Also, never start a journey into to the mountains with less then half a tank of guess, even if you don’t want to return the rental car with more gas then what was in it when you got it.

–       Every party needs a pre-party… especially where you play a good Canadian drinking game like Flip Cup or Moose 😀

–       Let people know that you appreciate them.

–       Hostels should always have VIP Lounges, leopard/zebra print EVERYTHING, and speakers to blast your pre-partying tunes.

–       Radiate positivity, show your zest for life, and do not be afraid to let it be known that you are an amazing person. Good people come into your life when you display your greatness for all to see.

–       After coming home from a party on at least 3 occasions with only one earring… it turns out I need to always wear earrings with really strong backs. (If someone who is still in St. Andrew’s could send me a new pair of sparkly purple earrings from the jewelry shop downtown that would be great!)

–       ‘The world is half good and half bad. Though the good half seems to be losing, it will win in the long run. Though evil seizes the initial advantage, it will fail in the end.’ – The Everlasting Light: Dharma Thoughts of Master Hsing Yun

–       How come Famiy Mart always gives you a discount at the register? You see a price as 20NT they scan it, hit some button and the price magically drops by a few NT. I have never understood why this happens the entire time I have been here but I like it.

–       Shit happens, and you may end up having the wrong VISA… so learn to deal with the hand you are dealt. I did not get to go to Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, etc… but I have to say I believe I have seen a LOT of Taiwan, and I enjoyed every single minute of it.

There was nothing I could do to control it and my amazing Uncle Walter passed away while I was here. In learning to deal with this while away from my family, I believe I have become a stronger person. Thank you to my dear friends who were so supportive to me in Kenting when I found out, you have no idea how much you did for me by simply being there for me to cry on your shoulder. For those who I was not able to be with back home during this time, on Boxing Day we will have many many many caesar’s and listen to Waltzing With Bears on repeat!

Amazing people can be found all over the world… they are what makes leaving Taiwan so incredibly hard. I keep saying that I wish I could have stayed for the full year, as I am not ready to go… but in perspective if I were to have stayed a year, it would have been just as hard (if not harder) then as it is now to say goodbye. People come into your life for different reasons: someone who gives good advice, someone to cheer you up when you are sad, someone to hold you at night, someone who loves to party just as much as you do, someone who can help you with your studies, the list goes on an on… I have to say that every single person I met while in Taiwan has left me with a different reason to remember them by.

Over the last few years I have been getting better at saying goodbye (Mum says it is a sign that I am getting older and more mature, blahh) but I really am struggling with all the goodbyes this time. I’m going to blame it on the magnitude of how many goodbyes there are.

If any of you are EVER in Canada please let me know, because I will happily tour you around and show you a good time! Do not be a stranger, keep in touch, add me on skype, write me postcards from all of your new adventures and someday (near or far) have a couch ready for me to crash on and come visit you!

In the great words of Dr. Seuss “Do not cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

Love Always

Haley

 

Dear St. Andrews

23 Aug

The time has come to say good-bye, to new friends & new places,

I’m gonna cry.

Last night in St. Andrews By The Sea,

I cannot believe this day is in front of me.

Summer days long gone, but now it is time that I must move on.

 

I have to say that this place is one of a kind;

I know I will be back some time.

The warmth, the kindness, the people here,

made it a place I could stay all year.

If you have never been, you must come to see the sea.

The people are sweet and the beer is cold,

you may even want to stay long and grow old.

 

If you like golf, adventure, or tall tales,

you must come soon, you might se a whale.

Finbacks, minke, porpoise, and seals;

best not blink or you’ll need to tell a tale.

Swing the links, sit in the sun, drink a rum, oh stop it,

you are having too much fun!

 

On Thursdays you will see we light up the town,

the DJ is going “boom boom” pow!

There is not a single frown; we are all getting down,

We are all glitzed up or sometimes dressed down,

All in all we rock this town.

 

The people are what make it what it is,

Vibrant, fun, energetic, outgoing, positive, down to Earth kids.

You and I have had many a fun times,

I know this will not be our last as we are in our prime.

As we would say in our new Maritime ways, it has been a TIME!

 

Good luck to all who leave or stay, I shall see you again some day.

Far or near, it is easy to keep in touch, that way you wont miss me much! : P

Facebook, Skype, Twitter or a Bike (if anyone is close enough that is)

I will be sure too fill all yas in.

 

Now I am off to Taiwan for a whole new adventure,

But I wont leave you behind, In my heart I will keep you all the time.

Prom night, Christmas parties (spilly drinks), pool days, and vodka limes.

I ‘for shuuuur’ will see you again and it will be sublime.

 

With this I say good-bye, once again I am going to cry!

Best of luck in all that you do,

I know what ever it is you all will make it through!

 

With Love,

Haley