Career Path

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Prior to graduating from University I found a job in the city where my boyfriend works. It was more or less for convenience as I planned on returning to school in the fall to do a post grad program of some sort. Plans changed, we bought a house and I stayed with the company that I worked for in the summer.

It seemed like a Bachelors Degree was the new high school diploma. I went to school for Social Development with hopes of counselling or working with severely ill children in a hospital setting. Some commended me on this decision while others thought I would be engulfed by the constant sadness and depression of such setting. Yes there are hard days but there are good days too. As with everything in my life I’ll take the good with the bad. These kids are inspiring and wise beyond their years. I landed my dream internship in Chicago during 2012 when I was Starlight’s Great Escapes Co-ordinator for the summer. I got to plan huge extravagant events for severely ill kids and their families. Seeing their smiling faces was the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had. Our team planned a Cruise, Chicago Bears Training Camp Day and Zoo Scavenger Hunt. All of the trips were free for the kids and their families which was crucial as families who have a child undergoing serious medical treatments in the U.S face serious financial obstacles. The kids were so grateful, polite and thrilled to just be able to be a kid for the day. They were relieved to be out of the hospital and spending time with family and other kids. From that point forward I knew that regardless of how difficult it would be, that’s what I wanted to do.

While job searching in my field back home in Southern Ontario I didn’t fit the requirements for various reasons. I didn’t have 5+ years of experience, I didn’t have my Masters, and needed more certifications.

So I found myself in Marketing. It was interesting to learn the Psychology behind advertising and I climbed the ladder quickly landing a Manager position in 4 months. However this is not my dream career, I have this urge to be in a position where I positively affect the lives of others on a daily basis. I have an innate passion and drive to help those in need. So now I find myself searching for courses that could compliment my degree and get me where I need to be.

Doing what you love doesn’t always come with the financial perks that one would hope for. It usually comes down to choosing between the two, passion vs. money. At the end of the day as long as the bills are paid and there’s food on the table I’d rather be doing what I love for the rest of my life. When I look back on my life I want to feel like I had an impact or made a difference in one way or another.

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5 Ways to Unwind After Work

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You just had a long day, your computer froze, you dealt with angry people on the phone, you crawled through traffic to and from work, and you’re finally home. Home, where you should be able to kick back and relax. That would be so much easier if there wasn’t dinner to prepare, laundry to do, kids to entertain, and cleaning to be done. So when you finally catch a moment for yourself, here are five suggestions on how to unwind and relax.

1. Put on your comfy clothes. Most of us are not fortunate enough to get to wear yoga pants and a cozy sweater to work. So when you get home, before you begin to tackle the to do list, put on a pair of tights and a hoodie. 

2. Make yourself a tea (herbal at night). We have a loose leaf tea, called “stress reliever tea” made by Steeped Tea (as seen on Dragon’s Den). It’s a nice hot drink to help you relax before you go to sleep. 

3. Do yoga or meditate. Some of us do not have time to make it to the gym, or a yoga studio. So clear some space in your family room, turn the television off, and unroll your mat. There’s great yoga playlists on 8tracks.com if you enjoy practicing with music. 

4. Have a bath. One of the selling points of this house was the deep soaker tub in the master bathroom. Hot bubble baths are really like free therapy. Light some candles, play relaxing music, and you’ve got a home spa! 

5. Read a book, forget about the stresses of your day and get lost in a good story.