Enough of this awkward silence – I’m finally finding my way back to the interweb!
I feel like I owe you an explanation for my long silence. The last two years have been super intense.
Back in 2017, I took on a new role at work which was amazing and also very demanding. A few months after I took on my new role, my partner and I found out that we were expecting a baby. The pregnancy was rough on me, but thanks to my amazing family and friends I made it through it. Thank you to everyone who pretended that my morning sickness sweat somehow resembled a “glow”. I know that you were lying but I love you for it. Last year, we welcomed a little baby girl to the family.
While this was going on, I also started going through a major reflective period where I started lighting a fire under my own butt so that I would go force myself to figure out what I want to be like when I grow up. I was fortunate enough to be paired up with an incredible mentor who turned out to be such an amazing down to earth person. I also made it a priority to spend more time focusing on my offline relationships, rather than my digital connections. And, I also kicked it into high gear and devoured as many good books as possible.
In any case, I’m still enjoying mat leave but I have finally found my way back online. Thanks for finding your way back to my page.
Six years ago on my birthday, I started a new personal tradition. For every person who took the time to think of me on my special day by sending me a greeting via social media/text/call/card, I donated $1 towards a charity or non-profit that had special some special significance. Over the years, WE have supported the Haiti Relief Fund, Humane Society, Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, the World Wildlife Federation, the MS Society of Canada, and the Ottawa Mission…As you can tell if you did the math, there were a couple of years where we supported more than one foundation.
This year, I’d like to say thank you again to the 109 people who made my day extra special. I grappled with what this year’s cause would be, but after some contemplation I realized that it was pretty obvious. This year’s special cause is the Canadian Mental Health Association and will be in memory of our friend Adam.
For those of you who have been active in my life over the past couple of years, you know how much my life has changed! I’ve been learning to manage anxiety, stress and depression all while seeing some of the people closest to me go through similar battles but opt not seek outside help. Despite all of the PSA’s educating people about mental health, you can’t force someone to seek help. Sometimes this can really be heartbreaking. This year, we also said goodbye to our friend Adam who had his share of struggles but unfortunately we had no idea about them them until it was too late. I’ve also selected this cause to honour my daughter. Yes – that’s right – I’m a mom! Two years ago, Byron and I become the parents to our beautiful niece/daughter who has been impacted by the domino effects of mental illness and addiction.
I’d better end this post off here before I start getting all emotional… Being a mom has made me a big old softy and now I can’t laugh at my sister Giselle anymore for tearing up while watching Tim Hortons commercials…oh Asian grandpas make me tear up every time!…In any case, I want to say THANK YOU to all of you for being in my life and I wanted to let you know that I’ll be making this donation on behalf of all of you!
An oldie but a classic!…. Jena Kingsley shows us how social networking really works in real life!…
Next time someone asks what I do as a Social Media specialist, I’ll show them this video!…
Loving these videos! Next time someone asks me what I do, I’ll tell them to watch this! Way to go BBC!
We need to update the face of public broadcasting!