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14

Jun

Hiatus over. Quick post. We won an award for this event @ the Beedie School of Business BASS Awards.

29

Mar

It's a Procrasti-Nation

I came across this post a few months ago, written by Catherine Rocheleau. Titled, Do You Only Rise to the Occasion, this article talks about procrastination and setting up systems to help you get done what needs to be done. Catherine references a book by Brian Tracy  called Eat That Frog!: 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. Let me start by saying that someone should buy me this book.

I have been trying to work on a paper for CMNS 332, Communications and Rhetoric. It’s not that I’m not interested in this course, per-se, I’m just really not interested in writing a paper for it.  Of course this is something that all students at any level experience, but I really, REALLY can’t find the motivation to sit down and put pen to paper to bang out 2,500 words. 

Instead I’ve reviewed over 30 applicants for next year’s YWiB SFU executive team, creeped at least 3500 different Facebook photos, wrote a 5 minute screen play, ate about 4 unnecessary meals, discovered 5 new blogs, played 18 rounds of Draw Something, oh and started writing my own blog post. 

So what kind of system is supposed to help me overcome this Frog? As Queen of this Procrasti-Nation, how do I bring my self to just sit down and write something? 

To quote Catherine, “When there is a lot at stake or when you are highly passionate about a particular task or project, your level of engagement also increases.  The opposite happens when it is a task you dislike or have little passion for.”

So, all I have to do is find a way to tailor this paper to something that is more up my alley. Maybe I will write my paper about the rhetoric used in Self Help books such as Brian Tracy’s, Eat That Frog! 

Wish me luck!


Nic


This rant is now over.

10

Feb

This post is dedicated to two of my greatest loves: my boyfriend, Tyson, and my cat, Char.
These past couple weeks have really been a roller coaster for me. I’ve been really low on sleep and dealing with lots of demands.  I have had very little time for myself or my loved ones. I was reminded yesterday however, how important it is for me to make time for these priorities. 
On Tuesday, Char went missing. She rarely goes outside because of the cold and wet weather and will always come in when you call for her. However, she didn’t come when we whistled, nor when we tried to tempt her with her favourite treats. We went to bed, waiting for her usual MEOOooow at the window, but it never came. 
Wednesday night, I got home after a 10 hour day and was told that Char had still not been home, even more unlike her. I was devastated. Different images flooded my imagination: she could have been caught by one of the coyotes I had seen around recently, maybe a car had hit her, perhaps the nosey little bean could have got herself locked inside someone else’s garage, who knows? I tried very hard to be hopeful but I was realistic too. That was a very restless night for both Tyson and I. 
The next morning, we woke to find Char sleeping on the couch. Lethargic and clearly spooked, the little kitty had made her way home sometime in the night. She has a cut on the inside of her back leg. We have no idea where she had been or what had happened, but she was home and it very well could have been one the most emotional/joyful moments I have ever experienced. The small things, right?
Through out this whole ordeal, I was a mess. Tyson on the other hand, although also distraught, was my saving grace. He has always been supportive of me and my many different endeavours, and he knows exactly when to be a shoulder to cry on. His strength is contagious and his compassion is admirable. He is an absolute darling. I am so grateful to have both him and Char in my life. 
Thank you both for the delicious dinners, the many rides, the sweet notes, the purrrs and the cuddles, the last bite, the foot rubs, the road trips and vacays (Vegas!!), the 5 cent candies, the advice, the laundry, and the love. I truly appreciate it all.
Love, 
Nic
P.S. “I appreciate you, baby”

This post is dedicated to two of my greatest loves: my boyfriend, Tyson, and my cat, Char.

These past couple weeks have really been a roller coaster for me. I’ve been really low on sleep and dealing with lots of demands.  I have had very little time for myself or my loved ones. I was reminded yesterday however, how important it is for me to make time for these priorities. 

On Tuesday, Char went missing. She rarely goes outside because of the cold and wet weather and will always come in when you call for her. However, she didn’t come when we whistled, nor when we tried to tempt her with her favourite treats. We went to bed, waiting for her usual MEOOooow at the window, but it never came. 

Wednesday night, I got home after a 10 hour day and was told that Char had still not been home, even more unlike her. I was devastated. Different images flooded my imagination: she could have been caught by one of the coyotes I had seen around recently, maybe a car had hit her, perhaps the nosey little bean could have got herself locked inside someone else’s garage, who knows? I tried very hard to be hopeful but I was realistic too. That was a very restless night for both Tyson and I. 

The next morning, we woke to find Char sleeping on the couch. Lethargic and clearly spooked, the little kitty had made her way home sometime in the night. She has a cut on the inside of her back leg. We have no idea where she had been or what had happened, but she was home and it very well could have been one the most emotional/joyful moments I have ever experienced. The small things, right?

Through out this whole ordeal, I was a mess. Tyson on the other hand, although also distraught, was my saving grace. He has always been supportive of me and my many different endeavours, and he knows exactly when to be a shoulder to cry on. His strength is contagious and his compassion is admirable. He is an absolute darling. I am so grateful to have both him and Char in my life. 

Thank you both for the delicious dinners, the many rides, the sweet notes, the purrrs and the cuddles, the last bite, the foot rubs, the road trips and vacays (Vegas!!), the 5 cent candies, the advice, the laundry, and the love. I truly appreciate it all.

Love, 

Nic

P.S. “I appreciate you, baby”

17

Jan

My brother sent this video to me a few days ago. Despite having already 4.6 million views, which suggests both its popularity and the likelihood that you have already seen it, I still want to share it with you. Because if you have already seen it, you would know that it is worth watching again. 

Enjoy.

P.S. To my Communications peers - I fully intend to use this speech as an academic resource for a future paper, you can bet on that.

10

Jan

Got this adorable Christmas card over the holidays. Note: this is the first of many, many, many kitten posts.

Got this adorable Christmas card over the holidays. Note: this is the first of many, many, many kitten posts.

09

Jan

One of the reasons why I started this blog was so I could create a Portfolio of my Events. In light of The Graduate workshop this past weekend, I thought I would share the page that I created for YWiB SFU’s workshops. 
This is my first time making anything like this so if you have any suggestions on how to improve this page, please let me know!
Hope you enjoy =)

One of the reasons why I started this blog was so I could create a Portfolio of my Events. In light of The Graduate workshop this past weekend, I thought I would share the page that I created for YWiB SFU’s workshops. 

This is my first time making anything like this so if you have any suggestions on how to improve this page, please let me know!

Hope you enjoy =)

04

Jan

A Good Place to Start

Yesterday started out as a dismal looking day; running late, pouring rain, 8 hours of work ahead of me with a million other things on my mind. But it’s amazing how the power of positive thinking can turn that all around. 

My current co-op employer, Maureen McKinnon, told me how she decided, years ago, that she was going to eliminate negative speech from her vocabulary. To put it simply, always “do” and never “don’t.” I think this is an inspiring outlook, and very admirable. She explains that she can attribute much of her success to this way of thinking/living. 

Maureen is the CEO of her own company; she is a Business Consultant and Career Coach. To me, she has become much like a Mentor and I am really enjoying the experiences and lessons that she is sharing with me. She has been a great inspiration and very motivating, helping me pave my own path to success.

I have a workshop for YWiB SFU in 3 days. Tuesday night, one of the speakers had to cancel due to illness. While I completely understand that health comes first and that this is something completely out of my control, I was still freaking out. How was I going to find a replacement at such short notice? With the power of positive thinking, that’s how.

When I told Maureen about my situation, she immediately started thinking of people who might be able to help. Within an hour, she was on the phone with a personal contact who was happy to help a friend in need. She didn’t hesitate to help solve the problem, nor did she let me even whisper one word of a complaint.

It was very exciting and a huge relief when we were able to lock down a speaker so quickly! And not just anybody either, Catherine Rocheleau is the CEO and Founder of her own company, Ignite Leadership International.  Also a Career and Life Coach, Cathy was happy and eager to join our workshop as a key note speaker.

To me, this was an example of how quickly the power of positive thinking can turn lemons into sweet, sweet lemonade.  Instead of panicking and whining, we quickly found a very competent and impressive replacement. It sure helps to have such a great circle of people around you, another attribute of positive thinking - people are magnetized to happy and charismatic people.

So this is where I will start the new year and my blog. With the power of positive thinking. With only a small change in attitude, I am hoping to improve the quality of my life and business. This, I think, is a good place to start.

Nic

Register for YWiB SFU’s 3rd workshop here: http://thegraduateywibsfu.eventbrite.com/

View Cathy’s website here: http://www.igniteleaders.com/

View Maureen’s LinkedIn here (more to come in 2012): http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/maureen-mckinnon/0/299/777 

View YWiB SFU’s webpage here: http://www.ywib.ca/sfu/