What a year it has been!!! Full of my life’s lowest and highest moments. Where to even start??? Well … I’m definitely not going to dwell on the low, though I am grateful (well … not at first … but I got there eventually) for the life lessons and learning experiences. So, on to the awesome stuff then!!
School: Has been ACA-AMAZING!!! Open studies was a great way to make the transition from full time work to student. The U of A campus is huge and has an incredibly active community that is involved in so many different areas of interest. I joined a variety of clubs on campus at the beginning of the year, but one really stuck out. I auditioned for the U of A Mixed Chorus (which was an interesting experience in itself). They let me in to sing in their Baritone section. It’s been an incredible journey being a part of the UAMC. I’ve met some truly awesome people, learned a lot about music (very slowly learning how to read it) and sang at some pretty cool events (Shout out to the Winspear! Woot! Woot!). I am very much looking forward to becoming more involved with the choir as I continue my studies. Say hello to their Male Presentation Manager for the 2014/2015 season!!! The classes I took this year were really neat too. Attending the couple introduction courses I had have really helped to solidify my choice in career change. Plus, I have started learning American Sign Language (ASL). I think will give me an interesting edge in the industry, and it is so fun to learn and communicate with.
Work: During the career fair at school, I came across an organization that peaked my interest. I applied for their Interventionist position and was hired at the Centre for Autism Services Alberta. The job has turned out to be almost a text book example of what a Recreational Therapist does (less doing assessments and creating plans). I have learned so much from the staff at the centre and from the kids I work with. I now have absolutely no doubts in my mind that this is where I’m supposed to be and what I’m supposed to be doing. This coming June I have the privilege of shifting over to their summer day camp program, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ll get to spend time working with more kids and other interventionists … and lets not forget about all the awesome places that we’ll be taking the kids to everyday. SO MUCH FUN!!!
Home: Life has never been better too!!! I’m starting to see friends and family more and more as time goes on. I’ve received a lot of feedback about how much happier I look and sound. It’s amazing how much happier you feel when you’re able to get rid of the repressive tyrants in your life. I’ve also, found a nice balance between having a plan for my future and going with the flow. I’ve always been fairly flexible with life, but finally knowing where I want to go and how to get there has been great for giving direction and actually getting things done for a change. Plus, I have this new super cushy mattress to sleep on courtesy of mom and dad … bonus points for that!!!
Thank you to all my friends and family for all your support this past year. I have already accomplished so much and I can’t wait for you all to see what I have planned for the next bunch of years … It’s going to be a roaring riot!!!
Smiles and sunshine,