In bloom

Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.
— The late Frida Kahlo de Rivera, Mexican painter/self-portrait artist


I know, I know... it's been a hot minute since I've updated this little blog of mine. I promise, the hiatus was not intended to be this long. It's hard to believe that today marks almost three months to the day since I last posted an entry. Shame on me. Well... kinda.

You should know that while I've been away from my blog, I've been putting my energy into a couple of other things that required my attention. And those things are: my career, my education and my general health and well-being.

As many of you know, on the work/career front, I am currently in a temporary role that I quite enjoy. However, seeing as this the role is only temporary, I've had to start thinking about my next professional move. And it just so happened that a new opportunity presented itself several weeks ago. Now, while I don't technically have a new job secured yet... I feel like I'm pretty close to sealing the deal, which is a little exciting.

On the flip side of this, I've been very stressed about the timing of this possible new job, because I'm only a little over half way through my current contract and let's just say... it's GO TIME at work! With a major work event happening next week, my workload has significantly increased. I've essentially been working on this event since I started the job, so it's time to see it through to completion. Needless to say, between the current workload and trying to secure a new job altogether, it's been a hectic couple of months!

In addition to my career pursuits, I've also been enrolled in an online course since early January.  What kind of course, you ask? It's a little something called "Design Thinking".

Now, usually when I tell people I'm taking a Design Thinking course, they first thing they relate it to is graphic design. But, the course really has nothing to do with graphic design (or maybe EVERYTHING, depending on how you choose to look at it). To clarify, design thinking is essentially a method of creating innovative, user-centered solutions to various challenges. In short, it's putting the end-user of any product or process at the heart of your innovation or idea. So, in that sense... 'design thinking' itself is something that can be applied to almost every kind of project, whether it be graphic design, marketing, web user interface design, etc.

I took the course because I was looking to enhance my creative skills while still adding to my professional skill set. And so far, I've enjoyed the course content. I'm now in the home stretch of the course, with just one more project to hand in. And thank goodness for that because now that spring is officially here - I'm itching to get some of my free time back instead of focusing on homework after work-work.

And finally, to tame the stress and anxiety that's been building between work and school – I've also been trying to be better about getting to the gym and eating better. This has been a challenge because after long days at work, sometimes the last thing I want to do is drag myself across town to the gym. But of course, once I manage to actually get myself there, it's usually all good. That mental block of 'getting there' is a bitch, though! 

Nonetheless, I'm starting to feel better about myself and my sanity again now that I've recommitted to working out a few times a week. I definitely notice how my mood, thoughts and energy are affected when I forgo my workouts for couch time. Not cute, friends... not cute at all.

With all that said – I still have a ways to go with my health journey and my career path; but the point is that I am DOING something about it. I'm being active and chasing goals that will bring me more stability and self-contentment in the long run. I'm also learning that being tethered to one way of doing/thinking things is not really for me. More and more, I'm learning to expand my thoughts on what I view as 'the norm' and I'm enjoying the continued journey of self-discovery.

More to come on these things in future posts, of course.

For now, just know that I'm working on building a better me and hopefully, that'll translate to better content for you :)

Sincerely yours,

Shaolin Says.



Shaolin "J" Style


Creative writer. Professional ranter. Canadian-born. Caribbean blood. Probably the worst introvert you'll ever meet.