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Engaged in work (and health) through… dance?

flash mob

The healthy living flash mob! (photo by http://www.yellowribbonphotography.ca)

About a month ago, I started work on the most exciting project I’ve ever worked on in my professional career – a flash mob! It was part of a campaign I led from a communications standpoint with the healthier you promotions working group at work to promote healthy living in our public – including healthy eating, active living and finding a balance of health in day-to-day life. And I don’t think I’ve ever been so engaged in my work – EVER.

The campaign involved a daily blog post (sometimes two in a day) to the Northern Health Matters blog and a lot of social media marketing on all of our channels. It was the first time I got to put some of things I learned from my master’s degree research paper into real practice (and I really should summarize that here for my readers in a future post!). It sure felt good to know that my time over the last couple years (doing my degree work) has resulted in some sort of practical value.

Anyway – the flash mob! Seriously, how cool is that? But boy, was it a lot of work. Permission from multiple administrators, finding a choreographer (Lisa from Be Unique Fitness was the one and wow, was she fantastic!), finding people to participate (including certain key people), organizing rehearsals, finding space for rehearsals, finding a photographer (Yellow Ribbon Photography!), fielding infinite questions, etc etc etc. Not to mention learning the steps myself! Yes, I can now cross “dancing in a flash mob” off my life list! So all that work was well worth it!

Watch it now!

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School’s out… forever!

In October of 2010, I began the MA in Professional Communications program at Royal Roads University. This last month, I have officially completed all requirements for the degree. (Pause for applause).

I think I deserve a little pat on the back, and I’ve given myself several. It’s been a long haul.

At first, I didn’t know what to do with myself. Then my husband had some health issues that I’ve been overwhelmed with (that’ll teach you for claiming “boredom”), and now that he’s doing better, I’ve been thinking about what I’ve been missing over the last couple years… things I’m going to devote more time to, now that I have it (the time, that is).

In no particular order, those are:

  • Read books for fun! (I’m currently read Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast and LOVING it).
  • Spend more time with with those who matter.
  • Walk my dog more often.
  • Have a great garden.
  • Blog.
  • Invent more recipes.
  • Sit in the sun and do absolutely nothing, at least once a week.
  • Go to a yoga class twice a week.
  • Spend this summer kayaking, camping, hiking, and generally enjoying nature as much as humanly possible. It’s going to be a great summer.
  • Finally locate my sanity (RRU stole it somewhere along the way!).

The remnants of my degree.