personality changes

so today i actually considered if i had set my goals too high and large for 2010?.. ridiculous, of course i can achieve them – but in order to, i need a work-life balance! some bad news hit my team, which changed our usual fun supportive environment into hostile and heated.  it made me think… do you really know someone until you have seen them in various environments? i don’t think you do.  people are versatile and adapt.  i like to think that i am fairly straight up and that if a true friend of mine came to my organization and watched me work, they wouldn’t be surprised that i’m opinionated, passionate, resourceful and well-respected.  today i saw a side of my co-workers, i had never seen before. i started thinking about the numerous ‘strangers’ i have incorporated into my life over the last few months.  should they be in my life? do i even know them? i’d like to believe i do, but doubt can hold a cloud over my judgment.  

good karma

a few words of wisdom (also known as ‘instructions for life’) from the dalai lama.  smile. it’s tuesday. :)
  • Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  • When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  • Follow the three R’s:
    –  Respect for self,
    –  Respect for others and
    –  Responsibility for all your actions.
  • Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  • Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  • Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
  • When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  • Spend some time alone every day.
  • Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and
    think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  • A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  • In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  • Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
  • Be gentle with the earth.
  • Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  • Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  • Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  • If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
  • If you want to be happy, practice compassion.



thanks spirtual now!

new year, new start

today i emailed 10 people my goals for 2010 and a reflection as to what i learned in 2009.  it honestly felt like a sigh of relief to get everything off my chest – everything that i had been thinking and dreaming.  of the 8 major goals i set for 2010, here are a few of them:

goal: work only as long as I am productive (i’m pretty sure my brain doesn’t function when I stare at email for 10 hours a day).
execution: aim to work a regular 7.75 hour day and actually take my every other friday off.  educate my team on meetings; teach them that having “meetings” to talk about “meetings” is absolutely nonproductive. delegate responsibilities (i.e. be ok with letting go) to administrative staff.  read “getting things done” and the “four hour work week”.
success: more time for studying, relationships, free time, and sleep.  all around, less stress and frustration, as time at work will be more effective and efficient./


goal: transform JCI calgary into a more reputable and internationally known chapter.
execution: utilize social media and our new webpage to further develop our brand.  develop event strategy to positively promote JCI within the community.  apply for position on the national board.  assist with first timers orientation at world congress in osaka, japan.
success: increased membership.  increased satisfaction within current membership.  increased awareness of JCI calgary as a leading chapter in canada.  award-winning chapter at national and international conferences.


goal: graduate from university in 2010.
execution: complete 8 remaining courses (4 winter, 1 spring, 3 fall).  apply for 2010 scholarships.  maintain a 3.0 GPA for potential future master’s degree admittance.
success: bachelor of management – major in human resources, minor in social responsibility.


goal: sleep 7.5 hours a night and re-establish my love for quality sleep.
execution: re-prioritize how I spend my time and truly determine what and who is important to me.  eliminate baggage that is preventing me from taking care of myself.  schedule studying so that I do not have to study on school nights. i also really need to write things down when my mind is going a million miles an hour.
success: more energy, improved mental well-being, and the ability to handle what life throws at me.  less “ahhh I hate life today” moments – and oh yes, headaches.


“shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars” – brian littrell

how many times have i said the blog is back?

so much has happened in a year wow…. where to even begin?


i was writing my goals for 2010 today, determining what i wanted and needed out of life this year.  it got me thinking about self-promotion, social media, and branding yourself.  where oh where had my blog ended up? i had no idea.  took me awhile to track it down, and lookie now I’M BACK!


reading my past entries from 2004/2005 made me laugh out loud (literally!) – how ridiculous i used to be! for whatever reason, i have now turned into a professional young lady, haha thank gosh!  i think there is reason to keep on with this blog – and not start a new one – as my past is still me, and made me what i am today. i revamped the site with a new template, added my twitter account (walkerjill) – new addiction from late last year, and hopefully will be more entertaining than ever before.


as soon as my goals for 2010 are now, i will share them. for now, they are a work in progress.


welcome back dearest blog. i’ve missed you.