Category Archives: Slice of Life

Opportunity comes in strange disguises The slow fade of a job brings to light a new career

With all the changes happening at Northlands, my job is going away and with it, my future is up in the air, with no known destination.

A large part of my income will be gone as of the new year when the division of Northlands as we know it will begin. Then, at the end of the horse racing season, the rest of my income will dry up.

The slow fade of watching the paycheques becoming smaller and smaller is terrifying. Should I call it quits now before the paycheques become too small? Or do I ride it out as long as possible? Continue reading Opportunity comes in strange disguises The slow fade of a job brings to light a new career

The decision to embark on a self-love project Turning criticism into love is an ongoing battle

From as far back as I can remember, I have never felt good enough. By the time I reached adolescence, that feeling intensified to feelings of complete unworthiness. Although therapy and life experience helped heal some of that trauma, a lingering sense of personal dislike still lies within.

There has always been an invisible glass wall that separates my true talents and self from the outside world. However, this wall cannot hide what people can see on the outside. To prevent people from seeing what I felt about myself inside, I have been hypercritical about my appearance. Continue reading The decision to embark on a self-love project Turning criticism into love is an ongoing battle

Why you need to stand out in a job search Reflecting on a long stretch of unemployment

Four hundred and four.

The number stares back at me from the screen, its audacity fit for the Neon Sign Museum. How does someone who has spent over 10,000 hours pouring over resumes, interviewing candidates, and hiring people apply for 404 jobs and not land a single one? By most measures, I would be considered an expert. I know what recruiters look for. In any other industry, my level of insider knowledge would put me on a fraud watch-list. I should have an advantage so overwhelming that Floyd Mayweather would be jealous. Continue reading Why you need to stand out in a job search Reflecting on a long stretch of unemployment

Education gives more than just knowledge One student’s story about lessons she’s learned

“You were not created to live an average life. You were created to be a history maker.” – Unknown author

Sitting in the airplane coming to Canada, I meditated on this spiritual quote. I was 19 years old, a sponsored immigrant from Rwanda, and I didn’t speak English.

As a young African woman, I have a great desire to share my life experience with many people and use all my abilities to make a positive impact. As a Tutsi genocide survivor in Rwanda who is overcoming the tragedy of my past, I have a lot to share. Continue reading Education gives more than just knowledge One student’s story about lessons she’s learned

Enjoy a Fun Road Trip in Alberta Different routes give travellers plenty to see

Summer in Alberta is perfect for road trips. My travels have taken me north to the “Mighty Peace” and south to Waterton Lakes National Park. Here are a few gems along the way. Plan a route and make hotel or camping reservations before you go

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The importance of fathers in a child’s life Fathers are important to a child’s development

Father’s Day brings to mind a father’s role in child development and how a father is an important role model who affects a child’s future relationships.

I am the product of a traditional 1950s marriage. As the major breadwinner, my dad was often away from home. He made sincere efforts to be a good father despite the situation. Continue reading The importance of fathers in a child’s life Fathers are important to a child’s development

How fear can be helpful as a motivator An honest reflection on motherhood and preparedness

NADINE RIOPEL

The day my pregnancy test read positive, I cried. They were not tears of joy. While this was a planned pregnancy, I was terrified.

Although I had never pictured myself with kids, when my husband and I were dating, we decided to have a family.

But I was scared. Not of pregnancy and labour, although they were pretty unpleasant. I was afraid of the transformational, irrevocable life change everyone kept talking about. I was in my mid-thirties, well into my professional career and personal development. I wasn’t interested in being totally “transformed”.

Continue reading How fear can be helpful as a motivator An honest reflection on motherhood and preparedness

Job hunting isn’t for the faint of heart How I keep my cool when the odds are against me

I’ve been looking for work to supplement my income. I’m an older university educated woman, and am not ready to be put out to pasture. I’m job hunting in an area where people drop out of high school for that well-paying blue collar job. Continue reading Job hunting isn’t for the faint of heart How I keep my cool when the odds are against me