breast cancer education

i have always been an advocate of all cancer education and the need for everyone to be proactive when it comes to their health. over the past few years, i have focused my attention on breast cancer – why you ask? i kinda fell into it. i volunteered for the rethink breast cancer event in calgary and fell in love with the energy of each and every woman in the room.  amazing women – untouched by cancer, cancer patients, and cancer survivors – coming together to share laughter, and donate a whole lot of money to breast cancer prevention and education.  i also love the color pink – immensely. anyways, recently i stumbled upon @rethinktweet’s twitter account and learned about another educational tool they are using to promote the TOUCH. LOOK. CHECK. mentality to all canadian women.  the website Rethink’s Booby Wall is an interactive gallery of canadian breasts – everything from topless to body paint to everyday bras.  they are asking for all canadian women to commit to themselves that they will TOUCH. LOOK. CHECK. – and the contract lies in a picture of their breasts uploaded for the world to see. over 400,000 people have visited the site, with thousands upon thousands of breasts uploaded. i participated (and even posted this bra shot on twitter for all to see)… now will you? 

a fabulous week

this past week has been most memorable… i had been dreading this week for quite some time… as i was responsible for a major roll-out of some new programs at work, an office move, and it was the first week back to uni. well surprise surprise, everything went absolutely fine! better than fine in fact. :)

the transition back to uni was a difficult one.  i’ve only been out of classes for a few weeks, but still i dread going back every week i get. i started the week off with an academic advising appt.  since i am getting close to my graduation date, it is important for me to confirm i’m on the right track. anyways, the appt went hella bad, and i do feel like the uni did not set me up for success when it comes to my courses. anyways, i had a slight meltdown as everything wasn’t going exactly how i wanted it too… but then a gf of mine gave me a bit of a wakeup call. at this moment, what’s important?… the piece of paper. not the grades, not the program, not anything else.  so i’ve switched my major/minors, and i will graduate in 2010, hopefully as painlessly as possible.  my courses this week have gone surprisingly well.  in my leadership class, i was told that i am an ‘inspirational leader’ and a ‘woman of the future’.  wowie..! i blushed, not expecting that at all!  my prof also told me that i’m the most active user on he knows lol. cracked me up, as other than keeping my profile up to date, people on LinkedIn just flock to me!  i have been making a good effort to get recommendations over the past few weeks, solely because i have a lot of great people in my life right now!  this leadership class is going to teach me a lot… i’m positive of that!  i will be journalling weekly and applying leadership theory to my life, so that should be interesting and perhaps will inspire a few blog posts!  i’m also in women studies… did you know that a feminist is someone who believes in equal rights for men and women, and that we should all be feminists?… i did not know that!  i’m excited for this class, brittany is a great teacher – and we are going to read a book called ‘sisterhood interrupted’… i love love love to read, and i’m excited to have mandatory non-textbook reading!  anyways, the other two.. cross-cultural management and cognitive psychology are a bore, but c’est la vie!

on wednesday, i presented on jci world congress 2009 to my chapter. i had been promoting the event as much as possible through word-of-mouth, facebook, twitter, and various events listings in calgary. well, we had a full house! couldn’t even squeeze another person in! a huge thanks to pamela, brad, melissa, haley, lisa, jason and larissa. i appreciated the support, i can’t even put it into words how much it meant to me for you all to be there. other than the presentation was extremely rushed, it went fabulous! everyone was beyond impressed, and said i inspired and engaged them… much more than i could have asked for! we headed to a pub post-presentation, and as a direct result of ME,  we have had 7 new members join our chapter :) happy happy, joy joy! i’m going to be making a few changes/additions, and then the dvd will be sent to many chapters all over the world – i only hope the result is just as positive!

to end the week, two great opportunities landed in my lap.  an organization called is looking for young emerging leaders under 30 to partake in a video series about their career pathing strategies, why they work in the non-profit & public sector, and what tips they have for others. i was asked to put my name in for it… completed the application, my director signed up and woohoo in the running.  if i am one of the chosen ones, i will be flying to ottawa for a few days in february to partake in some focus groups, the video series, and some annual winter events. the other opportunity is… the strategic capability network is looking for full-time business students to pretty much create a report (preliminary round is 750 words) on what the workforce will look like in year 2040. the best 25 will then move to the second round, which will describe the work environment in 2040 (1500 words), and then top 10 will move to third round which will discuss work systems in 2040 (20 minute presentation in ontario).  i’m currently working on the project, it’s due in another week, and it’s a toughie… really it is. creativity is going to be critical.  it would be great to even make it to top 25, but we’ll see!

i feel slightly overwhelmed with life right now as there is a ton going on… but sometimes things land in your lap for a reason.  all of this busy-ness is making me even more excited for hawaii on reading week and new york once the semester is competed. goals keep me going. achievements and travel keep me motivated. 

oh yes, on my friday off yesterday i made a dreamboard (courtesy of oprah). it’s now on my desktop and keeps me going in a positive direction towards my goals, and to 2010 being a grand success!

no boys, no booze

on jan 2nd i made a promise to myself no boys, no booze for 4 months – which would take us till may 2nd.  by no means am i a massive slut or a slut at all haha, i just need a break from the boys!  the last few months of the year were beyond confusing from a relationship standpoint and all i did was giggle with excitement and/or complain about the drama that was unfolding. always up and down, up and down. all of it completely threw off my priorities with school, and as a result didn’t end the semester as confidently as i should have. of course, no boys… doesn’t actually mean NO BOYS.  i have male friends (and a lot of them!), i’m not ridding myself of my co-workers either.  but from a relationship pressure standpoint, bye bye. i’ll be available to the world for relationship ups and downs effective may 2nd.  

as for the booze. 2009 was full of excessive partying, a few drunken accidents, and many embarrassing moments. i’ve never been one to depend on alcohol to have a good time, be social, or need to curb stress. so, what’s with the drinking?  i don’t feel that substantial alcohol consumption is needed in my life anymore. AND… the next 4 months i am going to be extremely busy; more than full-time work and 4 classes at uni – no time for hangovers.

today is day 7 and i don’t feel an urge for either. since this so-called “resolution”, it’s surprising how many people have been pushing alcohol on me like none other !!! it’s like a challenge or something, well i’m putting this in writing for a reason – they will not win. 

dear wine – looking forward to meeting you again one day. xo.

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.