We’re 9 days into the new year… and I haven’t blogged! What is wrong with me?!
The good news? I’ve been having some necessary *me* time. I have been getting sleep, going to yoga, and putting some serious thought into what’s in store for 2011.
I was very happy to close the door on 2010 and start a new chapter with the new year. During the last week of December, my intentions were to reflect on the year, write my new goals, make my dream board, and start the new year organized. Well… that hasn’t exactly happened.
Life has been full tilt. I was given the opportunity to go on a new project at work and started three days before Christmas. With a new role comes a whole load of learning – and it didn’t help matters that I booked off three weeks of vacation within my first month of work! The good news though? I am doing employee engagement every day, all day – and I absolutely love it.
In addition to starting the new role, I’ve got a bit of my social life back. In December I finished 7 years of university. Yes, SEVEN. I have been going to uni full-time nights and weekends; it took a wicked amount of time away from my friends. I’ve been taking the last few weeks to reconnect with friends and meet some fabulous new people. Immersing myself back in the social environment (which is totally my scene), just showed me how much I missed it.
I have met some excellent HR contacts (and friends) over the past few weeks. They ooze with passion and dedication towards the profession – and two ladies that I couldn’t be more proud of. I also recently tweeted that I was overwhelmed by web design and how to create a website. Well I was blessed to have a friend of a friend respond to my plea for help and he’s supporting me through the process. Hopefully by late Spring I’ll have a new site up!
I feel as though my life has been disorganized for months, if not the whole past year. I spent this past weekend cleaning my house, organizing my life, and trying to get things sorted. I had a massive stack of unread mail, ridiculous amounts of business cards to look through, textbooks to sell, and laundry up the ying. I have been procrastinating so many tasks for months… putting them at the bottom of the list of priorities. Yet, since completing everything I’ve putting off, I feel at peace. Funny how that works. ;)
This week is going to be busy, but I feel prepared to take it on. In four days I leave for Toronto. KPMG is flying me out east to meet with the CEO’s and Executives from the “Top Employer” competition this Fall. On January 18th, I’ll be meeting be the CEO/President’s of Starbucks, GAP Adventures, Steamwhistle Brewery, and KPMG (meeting with Rogers CEO is on January 10th via tele-conference). The other days that I am in Toronto will be spent meeting with various Executives at other companies, people I respect & admire, and catching up with a few friends. I’ll be running from coffee date to meeting to lunch date to meeting to meeting to dinner date to – hopefully, a glass of wine. :)
I then fly from Toronto to Belize for a little more *me* time. 2010 was honestly a very overwhelming year. There was absolutely great success and massive achievements, but also a few major rock bottom moments. I want to get 2011 started off on the right track. In order to do that, I need some time with my mind. I will be spending 2 weeks in the sunshine – sunbathing, swimming, reading, and living freely. I am looking forward to the opportunity to both disconnect and reflect.
From a blogging standpoint, stay tuned for:
- My reflection on 2010
- 2011 goals & dream board
- “Top Employer” experience
- Trip to Belize
I’ll leave you with this…
Someone recently asked me what were my expectations of my trip to Toronto and the “Top Employer” experience. All I said was… “opportunity.” I honestly threw together a video, uploaded it onto the Top Employer site, and never thought for a moment that I would win. Yes, I was confident with my response and stood behind it proudly. To me though, my opinion on the workplace of today is the same response I’ve had for years. It wasn’t special, unique, or an idea that I had been brewing for months.
Tomorrow is my first “Top Employer” meeting and guess what? I’m nervous. I think I find it odd that these executives would want to meet me and/or have any interest in what I have to say. I mean… I am pretty cool ;) but seriously – why? [Rhetorical]. :P I’m looking forward to participating in this experience. It is absolutely once in a lifetime, and I’m prepared to learn a massive amount.
I hope that you have had a chance to think about how you want your 2011 to look. Always remember – you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
With all my love. xo
PS – A few questions I have recently been asked….
1) Are you going to wear a suit to the CEO meetings? No.
2) Are you going to ask them for a job? No.
3) Are you going to ask them to give me a job? No.
4) Are you going to ask Starbucks about their new “branding” or Rogers about their cellular service? No.
If you have any other questions about the experience or the meetings just let me know. ;)