Day 27 – And the Stay-cation begins!


This week I’m on stay-cation.  One week off and I’m staying put in Vancouver.  My contract for lululemon ended on Friday working in the department I’ve been in for the past 3 months.  I am so grateful to have had that opportunity – working in such a positive, fun-filled, inspiring atmosphere surrounded by hard working individuals who all have the same passion for life. Amazing.  I’ve loved it so much, I’m not planning on leaving – for a long while.  Next week I’m volunteering as a nurse all week at BC Bike race and then I will be back!

I have to thank Josie, the best boss I honestly have ever had, for making my initial experience at lululemon a great one.  One day she noticed that I wasn’t quite myself.  I opened up to her and explained how I didn’t get the Nursing job I was just interviewed for.  The job that I assumed I would be working at when my contract finished.  My ego was kind of shot and I was tired of yet another road block on my Nursing path.  I will never forget this day.  She didn’t have to say much but what she did say will always stick with me.  She helped me to see outside of the box that I had put myself in – the ‘I have to work in a hospital’ box.  The box that I never really enjoyed that much to begin with.  The obviously not-meant-to-be-right-now box.  She helped me to realize that a nurse doesn’t necessarily have to work within those walls to make a difference; to inspire health and help change people’s lives for the better.  She helped me to FINALLY start to listen to what’s inside of me.  To let go and listen to what I truly love.  Not what I “should” be loving right now.  So I’ve let that route go for now. It’s only when I REALLY let it go that I started seeing all of the insane dream opportunities right in front of me.  Pinch me please.

When asked what I was planning on doing with my week off, my fastest and most excited answer was consistently: SLEEP!  That was the plan anyways.  Until this morning at 7am. BING!  Wide awake – too excited to stay in bed when I could be doing so much with my day!  Sometimes this trait of mine annoys me because I could have really used the sleep, but my excitement to take on the day wouldn’t let me get back to my dreams.  Oh well. What do do with my day?  So many options – but obviously it had to be an adventure.  It had to be something that would make me feel inspired.  That would fill me with creative idea after creative idea.  This was an easy choice…

I packed up my backpack, made a coffee and hit the road.  Blasted my tunes on the Sea to Sky Highway and ended up at the bottom of the Chief – one of my favourite day hikes in Squamish.  This is where I am most inspired.  Where my thoughts are clear and my ideas run wild.  My ideal office – at the top of a mountain, in the walls of a sweaty yoga studio, on the scenic routes around this great city.  Adventures.  Fun.  Leading through Living.  It’s time to create.  I’m getting ready for something exciting that’s just around the corner – I can feel it!  This is gonna be good!

Don’t give up on your dreams.  Everything falls into place when the timing is right.  Everything.  I’m learning to trust this and life seems to be so much more calm, real and right now.  It feels good.  Be grateful for the road blocks.  They’re helping lead you to where your heart needs to go at THIS specific point in time.  THIS chapter.  And that big decision you have to make?  It won’t be the be-all end-all choice that it appears to be.  It’s just another chapter of your life-long book.  Another exciting chapter.  Another portion of your life which will help you learn and grow until you’re ready for the next one.  Who wants to read the end of a book first anyways?  No way.  That would wreck the surprise and make the journey completely boring.  So enjoy those road blocks.  Look at your life as a story without a permanent ending.  You get to create what you want in your book.  Isn’t that exciting?!

Smile with your heart!

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15 comments

  1. Once again, you write about exactly what I need to hear! I graduated with a Masters Degree in Health Education and Promotions last December. I’ve hit so many road blocks along the way. Great job interviews. Wrong job. No job openings since companies are cutting back and promoting wellness seems to be the first position to go. Who needs an office to promote health? I need to figure out a way to start promoting what I love – health! Thank you for the reminder that four walls do not make me a health educator. (and for making me want to seek out a climb that requires chains in the near future! My favorite!). Enjoy your stay-cation!

  2. Love love love the Chief! I did it when I went to Vancouver last summer! It was such an amazing and beautiful experience! Great post- so true – we don’t know what the end of out story is – so maybe a road block was part of the story all along :)

  3. Hi Jen, I completely agree with your thoughts on “everything falling into place when the timing is right”. That is probably one of the most valuable things I have learned. I remember taking a risk at work, and I was terrified but I ended up in an even better position than when I started. If you don’t get that job you were applying for, its just because there is another job, out there that’s even better for you! Trust that the universe has a better door for you to enter. You are a good person and GREAT things come to those who wait! As hard as it is right now, things always have a way of working themselves out! On a side note, I’m pretty sure I saw you tonight at yoga in Kits, although I wasn’t sure so I didn’t want to say anything! I looove your blog and look forward to it every day!!

  4. Thanks Jenn… i needed this… :)

  5. amazing – I was just reminded of this earlier today! After yet another set back in school a few months ago I was a bit of a basket case, but I kept going and today my hard work payed off :) I fully realize so much more about myself due to that “set back” – it’s a wonderful feeling!

  6. Wow i love this. It’s so easy to let yourself sweat stuff like this and it seems like such a big deal b/c it’s what you SHOULD be doing. It’s so important to keep reminding ourselves that there is something better out there waiting for us in the story of our lives. Just resonates that it wasn’t meant to be and it wasn’t in the universe’s plan.

    I read something the other day about how anxiety is the anticipation of the future and letting your head spin around what may or may not happen. We all need to take a step back and live in the now. There is no point in stressing and getting anxious about what hasn’t even happened yet when in all reality what you think will happen may not b/c it may not be what the universe has in store for you. So just live your life and enjoy every moment in the now…be there, whether it be in that conversation or alone on a hike and being there in that moment and enjoying all the beauty around you. You will miss life and what it has to offer if you are always anxious about the future:)

    • Well said Amy – so true. I’m learning this more and more. It’s a hard one to grasp for some reason! So true that you will miss life is you’re always anxious – what a waste of energy :)

  7. Whoa, this post is so relevant. I graduated in May (I know, only a month ago but it feels like FOREVER ago) and have been knocking on closed door after closed door. Seriously, doesn’t somebody need a graphic designer? There’s such a high expectation after graduation that everything will just fall into place and I’m learning that that’s not always the case. I’m trying to be patient and trust that everything will work out, but it can get very frustrating. Thank you for the reminder to stay the course and be open to opportunities.

  8. Once again- beautiful pictures! I was reading the sayings on my lululemon bag (that I use as my lunch bag) and one of them said something like “live near the ocean so you can breathe the salt air into your lungs-Vancouver will do nicely”. :)
    Anyway, have you thought about a career in Naturopathy? I’m not an expert by any means, but I just thought I would mention it. It seems right up you alley. (Then again I don’t really know you…but from what I’ve read, it seems like something you would rock at.)

    • haha.. i Love that manifesto!!! I HAVE thought about Naturopathic medicine. I thought previously that I might go to school for it in about 10 or 20 years from now. Who knows. I’ve already done 10 years of school already which stopped me from pursueing it.. but it’s definitely on the possibility list – i love everything they stand for. Thanks for thinking of me, that’s so nice of you!

  9. wow! I am humbled. I am so thankful to know you and to have shared this new adventure in my life with you. Every day I walk into some unknown, and you’ve been there, willing to jump in the deep end with me and help find a way to make it better. I know you will find the perfect way to combine your nursing education, with your passion for community and create a wonderful path for yourself. I for one, cant wait to see where it takes . All my best!

  10. This is not my first time reading this post, I remember the first time as a nursing student thinking this might be helpful some day. Well, now here I am two years later, 6 months as a nursing graduate struggling with the road blocks in finding that first nursing job. I sought out this post specifically for the encouragement I knew it contained. Thank you for sharing your journey!

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