“Sometimes in life there really are bonds formed that can never be broken. Sometimes you really can find that one person who will stand by you no matter what; maybe you’ll find it in a spouse and celebrate it with your dream wedding, but there is also the chance that the one person you can count on for a lifetime, the one person who knows you, sometimes better than you know yourself, is the same person who’s been standing beside you all along.”
I am beyond honoured to feature my best friend, life partner & sister Danielle as my April boss babe. Danielle is the most driven, hard working, loving woman I know. She has taught me countless lessons from learning to center myself ( “Nicole stop taking selfies and live in the moment”)….to forcing me to meditate and realize how precious our time is on this earth & not to take any moment no matter how small for granted. Danielle is my true source of motivation, growing up, now and for the rest of our lives.
“When Nicole asked if I would be her “Fab Boss Babe” April feature I was obviously honoured she would think of me but also thought to myself… “No thanks, this is out of my comfort zone and I’m not big into the world of social media, blogs and basically anything to do with an online presence”. This made me think about my career and how I almost never say no to new opportunities or responsibilities no matter how uncomfortable I may feel. I put on my “big girl pants” and make it happen. So, here it is. As a brief recap of my professional life, I work for a national company in the field of Labour Relations having responsibilities in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Atlantic provinces. Sounds like a lot and honestly most times it feels like a lot.
I’m not 100% sure what to write about so I’ll just mention a few things that I find are important to me and help me define a successful career. I feel an enormous amount of gratitude for my job even though at times I feel in over my head and totally stressed out. Nothing is ever perfect (including any job) but if you are either following your passion and/or able to provide yourself and your loved ones a life of abundance (however you define abundance) then you should be thankful. Sometimes it might seem crazy to practice gratitude when you feel like your job is making you feel like a mad hatter but I find expressing my appreciation makes work seem less like “work”. It allows me to practice awareness by performing routine tasks with care and concentration making them seem less dull.
I think most people have the same view that your job does not define who you are but you can bring elements of your true nature into your job. When conflict arises (which it often does in my role) I try to approach it from a place of openness, awareness and compassion. It doesn’t always turn out as planned but I know that I made an effort to be more mindful and can use each situation to learn and grow a little more. Also, most jobs are stressful…let’s be honest. But a little stress is good. It motivates me. It also makes me appreciate balance. I try my best to balance moments of relaxation and peacefulness and high intensity moments. Both are good, they’re just different. Life is all about balance. Balance in your diet, your work and personal life, your time with friends and family and time spent in stillness or alone. If you can find a balance that works for you even if your job isn’t perfect (which it never will be) consider yourself successful.”