Tuesday, May 03, 2016

2015: My year in review

Skiing at Lake Louise with my mom: Best. Fun. Ever.
It's April, in case you haven't noticed.

Not the usual time for someone to review their year. Well, guess what? I was busy. Or focussed on other things. Or both, really.

So as I was doing some "brain work" (see below), I decided it was time to put together a wrap-up. Giving myself some credit and celebrating my achievements. Because that's really important for me as an achiever to see, written down, that I actually did stuff.

It's also a chance to set some intentions for next year. So I know what to prioritize.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

California dreaming

Yosemite's iconic Half Dome
If you'd asked me when I was making my New Year's list of things I'd like to do this year (2015), while I would have said "travel" (most emphatically), I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have selected California as my destination.

But fate drew us together. The International Association of Business Communications had their annual conference in San Francisco and, since I usually go and had put it in my professional development plan already, I assumed I'd be spending a few extra days in the area as I usually do. But then a friend of my husband's announced that he was getting married a week after that conference in L.A. So there it was, my friends: I was doing the Pacific Coast Highway in June.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Can marketing communications make the world a better place?

iLink therefore iAm? The purpose of work.
I recently told a school principal that I did non-profit marketing communications. He laughed and asked if they pay me. I reminded him that HE works for a non-profit as well. It was clear he thought his position was creating important change. Mine? Not so much.

Some days I wonder if I'm doing the right thing as I use my skills in non-profit MarCom. Is my life having the impact that I wish to make?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What's cooking in my kitchen?

Checking in on my vision for 2015, I'm reminded that I had a health goal that involved cooking. I've recently discovered that I have slightly elevated cholesterol and, honestly, it scared the crap out of me. I always thought I was so healthy. Well, except when I mainlined chocolate, baked goods and ice cream. But I thought I had the balance of it right. Clearly, I'm delusional about my habits.

So it was a good wake-up call when my doctor announced my results but told me that it wasn't serious enough to necessitate medication. She suggested I see dietitian, but actually my mom is a dietitian and has been teaching me about nutrition all my life. I know what the right thing is, I just don't always choose it.

Thus began my efforts to eat more healthfully.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

2014: My year in review

Contemplating 2014
Why is it that time seems to pass so much more quickly as you get older? 

As I enter the year that I turn 40, I'm reflecting on my growth, my adventures, my achievements. While I work towards being less achievement-oriented, I still think it's important for me to help with my post-holiday blues by highlighting the steps that were part of my journey in 2014.

So what happened in my life this year? 

Sunday, January 05, 2014

2013: A year in review

I've been struggling lately. A funny thing to say, "lately". I could very easily write that as a fact of life.

Every year, I try to look back at the year that was my life so as to remind myself of how much has happened. I often get sad about how quickly time moves on, discovering myself another year older having not accomplished all of the things that I'd have liked. This is part of the insanity that is my brain.

Which is why I try very hard to be positive: I don't need any help in the negativity department! Part of that is a daily "grateful" list that I post on Facebook. And part of that is this annual review. It gives me something to reflect on and something to look forward to.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What is 100 years?

Once upon a time, a young lady met a guy at a dance. That one moment started the line that resulted in me.

This is a picture of the Bogaart family at Christmas in 2006. In the middle, there, that's my grandmother. Today, she turns 100 years old.

Today my flowers will be delivered to her and I'll visit her during the Christmas break and it feels woefully inadequate.

A century.  I can't even fathom it.