Well, friends. It’s been a while.
I’ve finished my certificate program in Corporate Communications and Public Relations and am in the middle of completing an eight-week internship at Easter Seals Canada’s national office. How rewarding it’s been to work for a charity!
But here’s what I’ve learned: 9 to 5 in an office ain’t for me!
I watched this incredible TED Talk by Adam Grant about the unconventional working habits of original thinkers. It resonated with me all too well.
Growing up, I was told that I had potential. (Potential to do what?) Everyone expected me to play the corporate game, do big things in the corporate world. But hey, that’s just not me. It’s a game that I don’t like and one that I’m not passionate about.
When I’m challenged, taking risks, making art, being creating, flexing my entrepreneurial muscle, that is when I make progress towards my full potential.
So here’s what I’ve decided to do, kiddos. I’m going to take a year off. I didn’t take one off after high school and I only had a few weeks after finishing off my Bachelor degree before jumping into a new program!
It’s going to be scary and it’s going to be unpredictable. But here’s what I can promise you: I’m going to be doing great things.
Here are some of my Year Off Resolutions to make sure I’m reaching my full potential:
- Read a book in lieu of any time I would usually have headphones in
- Read at least one fiction and one non-fiction book per month
- Make plans to see a friend at least once a week
- Explore a surrounding city as if travelling to another country at least once a month
- Do something physically active at least once a day (run, go to the gym, take a fitness or dance class, etc.)
- Cook more meals for myself and for friends
- Take an hour every day to write stuff and make art
- Join a creative class that makes me laugh (improv or how to write comedy)
- Learn how to invest (has always been on my bucket list)
- Draft up a business plan for the charity I’ve always wanted to start
- Invest more time into FRANK
- Add to this list frequently and consistently!