The last few months have been pretty amazing. I went from being a lost puppy without direction to fulltime employment doing what I love. I also graduated, finally putting an end to my six year arts degree marathon.
How did I pull all this off?
I finished my internship at HootSuite three weeks ago. It obviously blows not getting paid for your efforts (they laughed when I asked about subsidizing my bus pass). That being said I think interning is more about learning than anything else. My hope was that the internship would turn into a full-time gig. The last half of the internship got a bit stressful as I tried to plan for life after the internship.
9 to 5ish
Lucky for me, I got hired on and am now getting paid for the fruit of my labour (still not sure what they were thinking on that one). It’s pretty amazing getting paid doing something you love. I never pictured myself doing the 9 to 5 daily grind with all the clock punching, TPS reports (new cover sheet) and water cooler talk that comes with it. At HootSuite, it doesn’t feel like work (is that cliché enough?); I get to go in and hangout with awesome people all day.
As I reflect on how my things have changed for me over the last few months, I sometimes find it hard to believe where I’m at. I think gratitude is such an underappreciated trait. Some rarely take stock of the importance of being grateful. In my case, I can’t stop thinking about how fortunate I’ve been. There are some amazing people who’ve helped me get where I’m at today. People have taken chances on me, and for that I am truly thankful.
One of my regrets over the past month is that I haven’t blogged, for the few that actually read this, I apologize. I don’t want to be blogging just for the sake of blogging. A lot of thought goes into most of my posts, so I’m pretty cautious with posting blogs that I don’t feel are up to par. This blog represents so much for me; as a natural introvert, it allows me to put gather my thoughts and express myself. It’s also one of the reasons I landed at HootSuite in the first place (thank god they didn’t look at my resume).
More updates coming at you soon.
Back with mind (sort of) in tact
Coachella easily ranks as one of the most amazing weekends of my life. Every renaissance man enjoys tasteful music. It was your stereotypical three day bender with minimal sleep and terrible 3am Del Taco missions that always seem to be a good idea at the time.
The performances were crazy! Here’s a snippet from everyone’s favourite white rapper.
Monday was absolutely brutal. Long day of public transit, random airport carpooling to Orange County Airport, long airport waits and finally a flight home.
Hard to leave this.
Surprisingly, I was excited to return to my internship at HootSuite. Despite my depleted state, I got out for a quick run before work Tuesday morning. It was a bit of a struggle, but I managed to make it through the day with a steady combination of coffee, high-fives and other encouragement from my awesome friends at the office.
Side note: today I learned Kung Fu. It might not be what you think. Stay tuned.
I wrote a couple weeks ago about having lofty goals and ambitions. A friend from work asked why I wouldn’t declare my goals to the world. My initial reaction was terror. I struggle with opening myself up to vulnerability. No doubt some will clown my aspirations as some of them are ridiculous. (what the hell is an aspiring renaissance man anyways?) I am starting to realize that these pessimists don’t matter. Negativity kills self-improvement.
The risk of putting your goals out there for the world to see is the ultimate motivator of action. Accountability is huge! Publicly stating your goals ensures your held responsible for achieving them. What if you fail or slip-up? What if your goals change or things don’t go as planned? Failure is frightening, not to mention embarrassing. This is why I had not declared my goals to the world… yet.
Looking at it the other way, publicize your aspirations, intelligently work at it and eventually succeed. How amazing would that feel?
While I may not chose to plaster every goal I desire to for everyone to see, I will personally be taking steps to put myself ‘out there.’
Do you personally publicize your personal goals? Who do you tell? How often do you check up on your goals?
Great response to 5Run this weekend. Despite my nightly activities, I managed to hammer out three amazing 5Runs: around UBC, the west end / sea wall and along the beach from tower to Kits and Granville Island. I only managed to get caught in one hail storm in the process.
My legs are absolutely killing me after going three days in a row; small price to pay for happiness. Each high-five gives me energy to keep running, even if my calves feel like they’re going to fall off.
A few failed fives to report. Not going to lie, they are discouraging, not to mention embarrassing if lots of people are watching (saw a couple of people point and giggle at me at kits beach on Sunday). Their loss.
Conversion rate on fives has got to be about 90% thus far. Who would have thought? The people who leave me hanging are usually staring straight at the ground the whole time. It is a shame because these are the ones who need it most!
The laughs, the smiles, the eye contact, the subtle acknowledgment of similarity make it the best feeling in the world. I can’t describe the feeling, you simply have to experience it. Go for a run, jog or walk, and high five one person. If you’re nervous, think from their perspective. How awesome would it be to have a random person smile and ask for a high-five while you are struggling? It is empowering. They will love it.
Nerves always creep in as I approach runners. I am an introvert at heart, I have silence that voice in my head all the time.
I came across a blog post yesterday that injected some serious happiness into my day. It literally gave me shivers as I read it. Check it out, a fellow runner (lets call her Jane) wrote about some random dude she high-fived on Kits beach. Wonder who it was? Awesome.