This summer has been a busy one. If I’m not working at Tourism Vancouver, I’m volunteering at the David Suzuki Foundation. If I’m not volunteering, I’m keeping the apartment clean, running, catching up on sleep, watching movies with friends, making salad, completing assignments and scholarship applications, and so on and so forth. It’s nice to be busy, it makes me feel capable and successful and in control of my future. For the first time, I feel like I’m taking great strides towards the life I want to live and the person I want to be.
I made the Dean’s List this spring, which is a huge accomplishment for anyone – but honestly, I never thought that could happen to me! I worked my buns off for that and I’m excited to maintain my grades and get the most out of my studies. This summer position is, of course, connected to my degree’s co-op program. I am thrilled to be working in a fast-paced and challenging environment. Not a day goes by that I’m not learning something new or pushing myself to do better. I am getting more and more comfortable with selling tourism products, which is a huge asset in my industry. While I may not enjoy sales, I have won two of the company’s sales challenges and I enjoy learning this new skill set. While working in the Visitor Centre may not be my long-term goal, it is certainly a great way to break into the tourism sphere. I know that I will gain knowledge and experience that will benefit me down the road, no matter where I end up.
On top of the great opportunities at work, I have also had the chance to attend some exciting and unique events outside of work, such as the Vancouver Art Gallery Art Romp for tourism professionals. This private event was held at the Art Gallery after hours and we were treated to a private showing of the temporary “Collecting Matisse and Modern Masters: The Cone Sisters” exhibition. Connecting with other professionals in such an environment allowed me to build confidence in my networking skills. I loved the exhibit and learning more about the Cone sisters. Claribel and Etta Cone counted Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse in their social circles and acquired one of the most interesting and well-curated private collections around. How cool were they?!
At the end of June, Patrick and I took a trip out to Nova Scotia for his brother’s wedding. My favourite part of the trip was the short trip we took out to Prince Edward Island. Ever since I was a child, I have wanted to go to PEI and visit Green Gables! Anne Shirley (of Anne of Green Gables fame) was one of my role models and I was enthralled with the Lucy Maud Montgomery’s descriptions of PEI as a bucolic paradise. Amazingly enough, PEI was exactly what I had dreamed of and more! We spent two days driving through the charming countryside, stopping to picnic on the beach, drink organic coffee and indulge in locally made chocolate. We spent time at PEI National Park and I was awestruck by the red sandy beaches and striking dunes, backed by lush trees and pastel wildflowers. It was surreal. Bonus? For only $10 we offset the carbon emissions of our entire trip! Offsetting is so easy to do and allows me to enjoy my vacation without worrying too much about my impact.
Well, I would hate to bore you all with more rambling. I look forward to updating my blog more regularly in the future. Thanks for stopping by!