It’s been a crazy few weeks and being sick for almost three solid weeks hasn’t help make life easier. But it’s been a while since Matt or I have been so sick, so I suppose we’re quite lucky. Our family doctor advised that there’s a nasty virus going around and the best medicine is rest. That’s something I struggle with when sick. Having to actually stop and not do anything? Impossible! Luckily, taking a day off and then working from home earlier this week seems to have finally done the trick.
Today (since it’s technically after 12:00 a.m.) I leave for Halifax and will be travelling to New Glasgow for the first training weekend for my Group Study Exchange with Rotary International. As mentioned in a previous post, I’m going to Taiwan for four weeks in March 2012. Our group of five will be travelling to another side of the world to expand our professional, vocational and leadership skills; all while broadening our cultural understanding and knowledge.
While in Taiwan, I’ll spend a lot of time talking about who I am, my professional and personal history and also discussing my career and where I work. I’m excited to meet with fellow communication and post-secondary professionals from another country as well as other great people connected to Rotary in Taiwan.
The subject line of this post comes from a series of skits on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes. It involves a mother (actress Mary Walsh) and son (actor Greg Thomey) who provide commentary on the latest political and pop culture topics; all while watching TV. The mother, donning her fuzzy slippers is often seen kicking the son while lying on the couch. She’s not happy about the current program they’re watching and therefore wants to change the channel. To which she demands (while kicking), “Gimme me dat clicker!” I can’t find a clip online, but if anyone else can, please leave a comment!
I’m here, and here, and here and…
There are so many social media channels, tools and places nowadays. It’s hard to keep track. Heck, I want to make this contact page more snazzy and whenever I go to edit I think, “Oh I should had my account on such-and-such account here.”
I have exciting news. News that some family, a few friends and a handful of coworkers are awaiting to hear.
As part of the Rotary International Group Study Exchange Program, I am traveling to Taiwan in March 2012 for four weeks!!
Dates and details have to be worked out, but this is going to be an amazing and life-changing experience.
As noted on the website: The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers.
I learned about this program in late June while attending some local Rotary meetings with my dean, Dr. James Rourke. He was a guest presenter talking about the exciting developments we have in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In addition to an expansion to our medical school, we will soon have a new genetic research centre. After Dr. Rourke completed his presentation and attendees started to trickle out, a few Rotarians encouraged me to submit an application for the GSE.
It was a little crazy that week as I was cluing up a few things at work before taking two weeks of vacation, but I was able to put together a strong application package. A few weeks later, I was contacted by our Rotary district GSE coordinator letting me know that I was amongst a group of applicants selected for in person interviews.
I’m so appreciative to the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest, District 7820 and the amazing Rotarians there who took time out of their busy days to speak with me prior to my application submission and also before my interviews this past weekend in Halifax. I suddenly have a new network of amazing leaders who are doing great things in our community and are contributing to a greater good on a global scale.
This was exciting, but unexpected news and it has happened so quickly. I feel truly blessed and fortunate to be selected for this program that will help build my professional skills, broaden my cultural perspective, and allow me to learn new things about myself. Not only will I have a chance to possitively impact communities in Taiwan, but I will be able to bring back what I have learned when I return to St. John’s, NL.
I believe this will be an adventure of personal and professional growth.
You never know what can happen and how quickly life can change. When submitting my application for the GSE, I felt that there was nothing to lose, but potentially so much to gain. That pretty much sums up how I feel right now.
Dilbert continues to nail it with great comics these days. This is the daily for today July 19, 2011.
How many Twitter followers do I have? The short answer is too many. There are times I don’t feel as engaged as I would like to be with some of the people and organizations I follow. But on the flip side of that, amongst my many followers/ those I follow I do have some very valuable relationships that have been built over time. The key to that last statement is that many relationships have been build with time and proactive effort.