Just some descripter words.
However, they missed “conflicting duality.” Obviously the maker of this mug has never been shopping with a Gemini on a budget.
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:
Right now I have real life to attend.
When it comes to talking to people, few things get me nervous.
At an early age, I became used to performing in front of a crowd – having started ballet at three and a half years old. It wasn’t until public speaking that I found myself freezing up.
If memory serves me correctly, my first speech was given sometime around grade four or grade six – an absolutely horrendous time to introduce children to public speaking. It’s when you start to become self-aware and aware of those around you in a new way. It’s when kids get picked on and you really start to realize that people are looking…and judging.
It was not until sometime in highschool that I lost the fear or presenting. Group presentations helped reduce the stress and I found I was actually quite comfortable in front of a crowd. (I was also rid of my braces and substantially less awkward as a human being)
In university, I took a public speaking class with the inspirational Dr. George Donaldson, who brought me back to that place of judgement. This place, however, was not as brutal as those public speaking days in middle school. As a university class, I was learning HOW to give a speech, not just given an assignment to write one and present it. I was learning how to speak from notes, to speak with confidence and conviction and how to cut out the verbal glue (um, ah, like, so, etc.) Learning how to be my own critic helped me grow more as a speaker and presenter. The judgement was just for marks.
I discovered another way to gain confidence in speaking publicly through Seesmic. Participating in video conversations on the internet helped me again evaluate how I speak and present myself and gain confidence in front of the camera.
Yet, interviewing someone is still a little nervewracking! As a work assignment, I got to talk to new media journalist Amber MacArthur. I first met Amber back in October when she presented at the Toronto Girl Geek Dinner. As an accomplished career woman with a plethora of tech knowledge and lots of connections in the communications and media world, I was a little nervous – but she was an absolute sweetheart!! For my first interview assignment, I could not have met with a more easy-going and approachable woman!
I hope that I didn’t stutter too much or say “like” too many times! I’ll just have to keep being aware and eventually practice will make perfect!
So I found my post! (long story!) AND decided I would share it anyway (even though it was written on Tuesday and this is Friday! Please, pretend you are back on Tuesday when reading this)
It is my second day back to work after the holidays.
Holidays are so busy, at least for me, that I feel like I didn’t get a break at all!
It always takes getting used to doing the same old things again!
HOWEVER the switch from 2008 to 2009 has somehow left me feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on a new year.
Potential goals and “resolutions?”
Back to life.
I tried to write this Monday but it disappeared. This will surely not be as cool as I originally thought.
I’ve never been big on the New Year’s resolution.
As my friend Taylor Barr puts it:
“I think I am not alone in saying that many of us make excuses to change things about our way of living or to instill in us, an activity that makes us happier or more comfortable with who we are.” – The Immaculate Ball Drop & Resolutions
I think I approach the new year similarly to the way I approach Mondays.
New Year: It’s a new year! This is a great chance to make it better than last year!
Monday: It’s a new week! This is a great chance to make it better than last week!
Besides, I think resolutions are better made on Sundays. You have a chance to break it down to realistic pieces! AND if it doesn’t work out, the next Sunday is just a week away!
If you botch the new year’s resolution, you’ve got to firstly realize that it is a fail and then wait until December to start brainstorming the next one!
(Let’s be honest: who really has time in December with all the goings on!)
The holiday season is not the time to feel down about failing at last year’s resolution (it’s bad enough you’re eating coma-inducing turkey) and, well, if you hoped to lose weight, checking in Dec. 31 will likely not bode well – especially if you have a large family (by choice, divorce or a disbelief in the value of contraceptives) and are on your third, fourth or, heaven forbid, some other numbered turkey dinner!
If asked, I’m probably going to reuse my 2007 resolution. Progressive living for 2007 will become Progressive living for 2009
Meaning: When presented with a choice, pick the one that is the most progressive – even if it is more difficult. Do this as often as possible.
ex: Exercise or sit in front of the TV
Exercise is 9/10 times the more progressive choice.
(UNLESS you chose exercise the day before, overdid it and pulled a muscle making TV the more progressive choice!)
Choice: write more or get up from my desk and stretch my legs?
hmmmmm tough choice ………
Tomorrow is Christmas eve.
Look in your storage room and tell me you need more stuff — what would you like for Christmas?
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This year will be different from the last. (like the movie, but three Christmases, not four)
I have not bought one present: not because I don’t want to give (I’m no Grinch) but because, well, we all voted “no” presents this year.
We all agreed: Presence instead of presents. What a wonderful way to spend the holidays.
I realized that by not participating in the shopping frenzy, I hardly remembered it was Christmas time at all. As a child, Christmas is made into the one day of the year you can ask for whatever you want and you may get it. This is when you start to learn to accumulate crap – crap you spend the next 12 months arranging and rearranging. This time spend arranging and rearranging would be better spent with the same family and friends who gave you the crap in the first place. (Don’t get me wrong, I love the generosity and the good intentions!)
Yet, here I sit, on December 23 thinking I’m missing something.