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I’ve lost it.

7 Jun

I no longer have an aversion to blogs.

Still hate the word, but I’m over it.

For now, you can find me writing at my new blog, 16th & South. I want to give another platform a try, but I’ll keep this active as an archive, until I decide what I want to do.

Thanks for reading and I hope to see you over at 16th & South!

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Reboot.

19 May

Do you ever feel like you need a hard reset?

Call it quarter life crisis, call it stress, call it whatever you want. I need a hard reset.

I have been restless and anxious and lost and frustrated while I tried to “find my way” over the past year. It has been a year full of highs and lows, and a lot of learning. [There have been some exciting moments too.]

Moving, just over a month ago, gave me a new energy, and a subtle spark of motivation. I want to give my head a shake and get back into my groove. I feel like I keep spinning my tires.

I need some traction.

SO I’m going to post this now, because I have several blog posts saved as drafts that I just never bothered to post, and use this as a chance to start myself blogging. I have to write more consistently and start again doing the things I love doing most…

…and to let go of those few negative things that have been holding me back.

It’s nerve wracking…

Publish.

EPIC FAIL

30 Apr

My not blogging is my epic fail of the month.

hmmm…

That’s a good idea.

I should tell a story about my epic fail of the month each month! It will guarentee I write something!

 

Really, not that epic afterall.

“Hello!” from the Capital city!

31 Mar

“Hello!” from the Capital city!, originally uploaded by kkryski.

So I have a few minutes to breathe!

I’m listen to Marilyn Manson’s Beautiful People (à la Big Shiny Tunes 2) and lying on my extra comfortable king sized bed in a beautiful castle in downtown Ottawa (Fairmont Château Laurier).

I’m lucky to be here but nervously awaiting the purpose of my trip: the CWC 2009 Annual Awards Gala.

I didn’t win an award.

I work at CWC and have spent the last few weeks working on one of the most challenging projects of my (not-so-long) career.

This project is also why I have been on a sort of internet hiatus, as I had brought my home computer to the office to work on this project.

My manager and I were given the honour of creating “videos” to welcome eight of the nine award winners to the stage.

We had little to work with and, with this being the inaugural year of the CWC Excellence in Leadership award, we had few guidlines and no real idea where we were going.

Our award winners are amazing individuals who have accomplished great things in their careers. I’m excited to be blessed with the chance to meet them.

So my nervousness comes from my hope that the rabbit we pulled out of the hat in this project I thought of as a sort of Mission Impossible will do our winners justice. We did our best, as communicators and story tellers, to do right by them and to share a short snippet of their awesomeness – something that could never be summed up in a 45 second clip.

My sincerest congratulations to Excellence in Leadership winners Nyla Ahmad, Rochelle Grayson, Lesley McFarlane, Robin Mcintyre, Annie Ménard, Margot Micallef and Susan Wood; Employer of the Year Xerox Canada Ltd. and Woman of the Year Susanne Boyce!!

School Obsessed

4 Mar

I’ve only officially been done school (again) for about four months.

Sometimes, I want to go back. Not because I am a glutton for poverty and being at the bottom of the career chain. I just have an insatiable thirst and enthusiasm for learning.

I know that much of this learning could be done on my own but I love the classroom setting. I love engaging in conversation about my newfound interests and knowledge with people who share a passion and understanding for those same things.

If I am given the chance to go back, these are the things I would like to study:

  • Software development
  • More Languages
  • Graphic Design
  • Web stuff (not sure what, exactly, but some kind of coding for sure)
  • Sociology
  • Business (Perhaps an MBA?)

Right now I have real life to attend.

Organizational disorganization.

19 Feb
warning: this is a rant.

I don’t pretend to be the most organized person on the planet. The techniques I use have developed over the years as a result of wasted time and energy and an overall dislike for inefficiency. I’m often impatient, and that quality helped me become a more detail-oriented, organized individual.

Perhaps it was my education in English or my studies in communications that further perpetuated this attitude, but the daily redundancies in email communications in the “corporate” world have begun to drive me bananas.

At the start of my “working life,” I heard our president lament about the frequent misuse (abuse) of the “reply all” function.

Today I joined the choir.

I volunteer with a group that shall remain nameless. At the start, after not replying all to an email, I was told that as a part of their team, I am expected to use the reply all function. I told my friend (also the ED) I thought this was absolute foolishness and that I would only use it as needed but, alas, I did as I was told.

Today my blackberry was having seizures from the number of reply alls I got – and I thought that perhaps, at the tender age of 23, I may go into cardiac arrest out of sheer frustration.

It was blatanly obvious that these ‘team members’ were NOT reading these messages, as we attempted to coordinate a conference call and meeting.

It would just make so much more sense if we just gave our information to ONE person, who would then coordinate the detals accordingly and fill us all in at the end.

Perhaps I will get my way if I volunteer my time to such a task?

With today’s technology, this really shouldn’t be a task at all. I remember reading (somewhere) about a great program that coordinates these sorts of details.

Alternatively: how about something straightforward like a Google doc? Simple. Effective. Accessible. Awesome.

This time last year, when I was not a gmail user and still had a strong aversion to blogs, I might have raised some questions. But, I’ve seen the light and will never waste my time again.

I know there are others out there who share my frustration. I’d love to hear your tales of organizational disorganization – whatever that beast may be.

a money-saving follow-up

2 Feb

Still using the L’Oreal Beauty Tubes Mascara I reviewed in Eyes for Sale. Still love how it washes off. Still like how it looks.

For those of you interested in trying it, you can sign up online and enter the code “11DY” to get a $5 off coupon. I agreed with Eden Spodek (on her blog,  Bargainista) that they would have been better off giving a printable coupon. It certainly kills any impulse shopping to have to sign up for something and wait. Also, may people are weary of singing up for things for fear of spam. I don’t know what strings come attached to this coupon.

Also, I liked that Eden waited to review the product. While I wanted to give my initial reaction to it, I will add to this follow up as I near one month of use and report on its consistency.

I too do not miss the racoon eyes. Still the #1 sell point for me – ease of removal. I am lazy at removing make up, but I actually take the minute or two to take this off.

Just water. Couldn’t be any easier.

kyla-kryski