Guiding Innovation


The weirdest things get you thinking. The thoughts swirl around in you head, just waiting to get out. My thoughts always seem to lead me to change the world in any sort possible. As I was watching CBC’s the National, they did a segment on new graduates creating jobs because it seems that schools are creating clones. I know for certain that I am not a clone. For one, in the last years of my degree I was pulling in 4.0s and excited to graduate. I was was also given the opportunity to expand my horizon. I challenged myself. My criminal justice degree is one of human services, geared towards being the first responders to situations of help. Further school will help you become the person that individuals see after the first response. While still in undergrad I was given the opportunity to change lives. I went full force. With the success of the Calgary street survival guide. I took the notion, made it my own and made something similar, but different for my future home. I hit the ground running, and cold called the practicum place (which allowed me the freedom to go forward with my idea). The practicum was in Addictions and counselling. Something that criminal justice is familiar with, but not much delved into while in university. So with my ambition and innovation I entered into the field of Addictions – with a Criminal Justice background. I created the Yk Street Services Guide booklet and website (ykstreetservicesguide.weebly.com). It seemed that everyone I went to about the guide loved it, from the RCMP, to Salvation Army, to John Howard, to various other major agencies. 

The good news came while I was back here after just recently graduating… My practicum place received more funding to print even more copies than the proof of concept over the summer. So i feverishly with help from those in YK updated a new booklet and website and set forth to publish again. To date over 2,300 views since inception on something base solely on word of mouth. 

This is what I call Innovation. I saw a need; took it head on; and succeeded (all while doing an undergrad degree). So now I am thinking of Masters of Social Work or a Masters of Sociology where I can taking my innovative personality to a higher level. I’m excited for what the future has to hold. Thank you to those who allowed me to grow.

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A note to your future self.


To my future self,

As I sit here in the wee hours of the morning watching “the National” on CBC.ca, they did a piece about notes to yourself from when you were younger. That got me thinking, I wonder what I would of wrote myself for the age I am now. Would a high school letter to my older self read as a party narrative, or a parenting narrative, or a university narrative. If I think back to high school and someone told me I would of graduated university I would of thought you were crazy. I grew up with Automotive workers in my blood. I would of considered becoming a factory rat, and being okay with it, because when growing up it was an honest job with good benefits and good money. I know when I was in high school, my friends of the time were all positive that I would be the first to have children…. Now, seem to be the only one who doesn’t have children. But that is besides the point. If i were to write a letter in high school to myself now… I don’t think I would of landed anywhere near where I am today. Today I have an amazing significant other, I am University educated, and going into a field of helping others. There is one thing though that has gotten bigger as I have grown older, the stress level.. I was carefree in the those days, and now a day doesn’t go by where I don’t stress over the smallest things. Even as I write this, I can feel my muscles tense and my heart beat rising… Fear driven I suppose.

If I were to write a letter to my older self from now I would ask myself: Have I paid off debts related to school? Do I have a Masters? Do I have a career that I love? Do I have passion Fatigue which is common in the field? Currently, I am waiting for convocation as I graduated half way through the year. I am looking forward to seeing the family up from the States and Eastern Canada. I am also looking forward to moving to where the significant other got accepted to her Master’s program she applied for. Life is good, though stressful. Shift work is getting to the best of me and I believe symptoms of depression are seeping in as I stay on nights, because that what the schedule states. The long winter, and spring snow storms don’t allow spring to advance. Seasonal Mood Disorder could be a thing for me. Nights + Winter = a whacky mood I rather not be in. I would state to my future self, to get out more, to be active more (and to complete T25, Insanity, & Turbo Fire). I look forward to more vacations, and more time with my significant other :D. I wouldn’t mind more sitting on a beach chair that I’ve put on the tip of the beach and watch the waves come in and wash over me. I’ve traveled more in the past few years then I ever thought possible and I believe I have caught the travel bug!.

Your Younger Self,

Me.

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Stitch & Stitch & Me

Life off the internet


Now I know, that seems like a weird title to come up with. And you are right, me with out internet… There is no such thing!. I have it @ home, work, and on the cellular. I am always connected. The significant other has begun doing no electronics 30 minutes before bed, and I try to do the same; the internet though keeps calling my name. I have to check facebook, twitter, and my email right before bed. Its Crazy! It’s an addiction. I keep trying the no electronics 30 minutes before bed, I’ve got it down to about ten minutes. I think it is a semi-success, as I just have to keep growing that number. Later in the year, there will be a period where I wont have access to anything, and I think that will be like quitting cold turkey, though I do believe when I do get back to the internet, I will instinctively use it less, or at least one would hope so. Go back to the days of yore (childhood), where the internet meant playing Sim City on Windows 3.1 on your parents computer in the basement.Going to the pool, and having your big sis take you by the arms and spin you around… Those days seem so far away now. I think internet would of ruined them, just as I see kids these days (geizzer talk), cant step 5 ft away from the Ipad… So wish me luck to get to 15 minutes of internet free.

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Holiday Brain / Life after School


I know it has felt like ages since I did my last post. And you are right, it has. I’ve been busy since I got back from Christmas Holidays where I have neglected my blog. Mostly because I unsure of what to write since I’m out of school. Though that is not entirely true, as I am doing a classes online for an Addiction certificate. I am technically in school, but from home. But for the most part, I have gotten a new job, and went on holidays again (Hawaii).

I’m back from Holiday (always too short), and for some reason I still have Holiday brain. I work shift work and with doing so my body seems to be like “hey, you did this shift work for five years its time to give it up.” My brain since back from holidays, seems to agree. After doing 5 years of security and shift work, it seems that I’m over it. I guess my ultimate goal is do something I love, and to have a routine schedule as that what works best with the ADHD style brain, don’t get me wrong I like what I do. With this shift work (again after coming back to it after short stint of Mon-Fri 9-5 (Loved it)), that I tend to be more anxious, I tend to clock watch more, and I tend to way over eat as I am trying to keep the same eatting schedule with the significant other… On the night shifts, I find myself eating snacks, chocolate, chocolate milk, and sitting on my ‘toockus’ watching Youtube videos.

This shift work does lead to something good, besides money in my pocket it leads to hours towards getting a Master of Social Work Acceptance letter, and the feeling of satisfaction that you are helping others along their journey in life (which feels rewarding). By the end of the month, I will be half way towards a U of Manitoba hours, while only a Quarter or so from U of Calgary, or U of Alberta hours (playing the game of how many letters can I get behind my name, currently: BaCJ (Bachelor of Arts: Criminal Justice)).

My ultimate goal is to become an Addiction Counsellor, and I know I have to jump through some hoops to get there. I’m on the right track to get there, but I must keep my body and mind healthy along the way, and I have seem to hit speed bump of anxiety and needed to vent and by no means bad-mouth anyone or anything.

I can say, transitioning from student to a working person is hard. You are on a different schedule, you have mentors but you don’t know it at the time, Money is actually coming in. The biggest thing to me is that there are no more term papers to write, and the information from real experiences gets crammed into the brain; so you try to run two different styles of thinking at once. To me, It has become overwhelming, and a bit scary.

I want to do great things in my life, so to achieve that I must work on myself a bit more. It’s a Journey. Don’t waste it. Maybe I need to step back, see my bigger picture, align myself with what my aspirations are and go for it. Come August Yellowknife or Edmonton or Manitoba will be my calling grounds as that source of alignment. I look forward to it. And who knows, this doom and gloom I projected earlier in the post may be a season mood disorder dealy, or that I’m not getting enough sunlight, or that it’s cold outside. All I know is I am heading in the right direction, and I believe my new job, and ‘self-health’ will get me there.

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Squinting eyes trying to see the turtles swimming in the ocean

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Hmm, I thought, I wonder what it would be like to live in Hawaii with the significant other?

I needed to talk that out, and thank you for ‘listening’, having it swirl around in my head wasn’t doing it any good. This was a moment of pausing and reflecting where I am at right now. It felt good. I am now ready to continue on.