Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Year of Yes – Rachel’s version

I began 2011 with an attitude of determination. My usual, but maybe squared.
I decided I was going after every reasonable idea and opportunity that came my way. And as these things so often go, the universe has lobbed so many soft pitches my way, I’ve been swinging ever since.
I was teaching one day a week and writing a few freelance articles last winter when I saw a notice that Statistics Canada was hiring people to work during the census period in the spring. I applied. I got a call asking me to go for a test, so I showed up and while I waited for the test to begin, one of the other applicants suggested Elections Canada as another temporary gig. So after the Stat Can exam, I went home and signed on to Got another call.
I worked as a poll clerk during the federal election in early May and was fascinated to see the process from a different point of view, to chat even for brief moments with so many people who were excited to be voting for the first time or the 20th time.
A week later, I started a temporary stint with Statistics Canada. I loved the team, loved the downtown location, and loved the work.
A couple of days after that full-time job ended in late August, I spotted an ad for a position at the University of Victoria. The new Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation was looking for a half-time coordinator, someone who is all about sustainability and education and writing. My résumé practically wrote itself.
I started working on September 7.
My first journalism class was on September 12. And the second (did I mention I was asked to teach a second course this term?) started September 14.
And in Friday’s mail came a notice that I’m to report for jury duty next week.
I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen next – because, you know, I’m going to have to say yes!

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