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New job!

I’ve been busy over the past couple of weeks looking for a new career opportunity. I had assumed it would take me some weeks, and possibly months to find my new career path. I was prepared for the worst and ready to spend the next few months on the job hunt. Turns out I was a little off in my estimation!

There are some exciting opportunities out there and the one I’ve accepted is actually one that came to me! I had always wondered if Linkedin could actually help me find meaningful employment and I’m happy to say it could, and it did! I was surprised to be contacted by a woman who found me as a member of the Seneca College Corporate Communications Alumni group about this opportunity. We had an immediate starting point since we had both completed the same post-graduate program and we had a basic understanding of what the other had “learned” in school. It gave us good conversation starters as well since we had many of the same professors.

So…….I’m excited to say that I will be starting with Premiere Executive Suites at the beginning of October! Premiere Executive Suites is Canada’s number one provider of luxury extended-stay executive suites. Funny enough, a good friend of mine, who has recently relocated to Kitchener from Toronto, is currently living in one of these suites until she moves into her new apartment in October. The person who I will be reporting to seems great. My impression from our discussions is that he is demanding in terms of reaching targets, accomplishing business objectives and setting high expectations but also very fair. I get a good vibe from him. I like being pushed and I like having high goals to work towards attaining so this excites me. Most importantly, this job will offer me great opportunities for learning and growth.

This also means that I will be moving back to TO. The job is based in Mississauga so I’m heading back to the city! I have some mixed feelings about this as it will be hard to leave Lee, the pups and our home here but I am also excited about getting back to the excitement of TO and the opportunity to be closer to some great friends. Plus, the big bonus of this job is that I will be in the office from Monday-Thursday and will be working from home on Fridays which means I will only be in the city part-time. I’d like to see it as having the best of both worlds – the city excitement during the week and my peaceful, country home for most weekends!

Life is about to change. And I like change.

A GIANT leap….

I just did something terrifying.

I’m excited beyond belief for the possibilities but also, quite frankly, terrified.

I just gave notice at my current job without having another one lined up. I really enjoy the people I work with and wish the company every success but the time has come for me to leave. See, the thing is that I’m not passionate about this job and it doesn’t particularly inspire me so I have decided to leave and go find my passion. What that is, I’m not 100% sure but I now have placed a little bit of pressure on myself to go figure it out. My greatest fear is to wake up 10 years from now and realize that I am still in the same job, still not loving it and still to scared to take a leap.

I’ve been told that you can’t always love your job and that it is possible to pursue passions on the side with the money that your job generates – I know that is the standard line and I understand it but I have to ask, why? Why can’t I love my job? Why can’t it inspire me? Why can’t I passionately believe in the work I am doing? I’m not ok with the idea of settling.

Today I start my new adventure…..

Beef Fest

This weekend, my quiet little heritage village will be invaded by thousands for the annual Beef Fest!

That’s right – I said Beef Fest. Bruce County is known for it’s beef and my village sees fit to celebrate that fact with an entire festival. There will be a beef eating competition (trust me – that is something to see – so gross and yet you can’t turn away…), a beef cook-off, a Mr. Beautiful contest, blind mud volleyball and slo-pitch tournaments, activities for the kids, a classic car show, dances, live music, beer and lot’s and lot’s of beef (I bet you could also catch a glipse of some plaid and a pair of cowboy boots or two…)

Check it out at http://www.paisleybeeffest.com/ and if you live in Bruce County – come on out to Paisley for a beefy good time!!

Finally entering the blogosphere….

I spend a lot of time online and spend enough time reading other people’s blogs. I have been very hesitant to start my own blog for a number of reasons but the top two are; #1) I don’t want to be self-indulgent – while I love reading other’s blogs about their lives, I didn’t know how well my own life would translate to a blog, #2) the maintenance – I don’t want to start a blog only to end up writing random mumbles every few months.

So – I’ve decided to get over #1 and go ahead and give it a try. I like to believe that I have some valid things to say and I know that I do some interesting things. That said, the true test will be whether others agree.

My hope for this blog is that I can help bring attention to some causes I am passionate about, share some of the fun/funny things that occur in my life and have a great forum to incite dialogue and discussion around different topics. Anyone who knows me will readily agree with the fact that I can be rather opinionated and this is a great way for me to sound off and hopefully promote dialogue on issues. 

’till next time…..