A Splash of Humor – Reflecting on 2018

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I TOOK THIS PICTURE ON NEW YEARS EVE WHEN I WAS UPDATING MY BLOG IN OUR HOME OFFICE. IT WAS SUCH A GORGEOUS DAY IN VANCOUVER. ONE OF THOSE DAYS WHERE ALL OF THE RAIN, CRAZY TRAFFIC, AND INSANE RENT MEMORIES ARE PUSHED TO THE BACK OF MY HEAD AND I AM BACK IN LOVE WITH THIS AMAZING CITY. AS I WAS BLOGGING AND LOOKING OUT AT OUR VIEW TOWARDS DOWNTOWN, I STARTED REFLECTING ON MY BLOG. I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S BEEN 6 MONTHS SINCE I STARTED A SPLASH OF HUMOR! I CAN’T BELIEVE I EVEN HAD THE COURAGE TO START A BLOG IN THE FIRST PLACE. I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS DOING AND I WAS NERVOUS IT WOULD BE A HUGE WASTE OF MY TIME.

SO HOW HAS MY BLOGGING EXPERIENCE BEEN SO FAR? 

WHEN I FIRST LAUNCHED A SPLASH OF HUMOR I HAD A GOAL OF WRITING ONE BLOG POST PER WEEK + ONE TOP 10 POST EVERY SUNDAY + A QUICK DAILY SPLASH OF HUMOR SUCH AS A FUNNY MEME. I WAS ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH THAT FOR ABOUT 6 WEEKS BUT THEN I QUICKLY REALIZED I WAS SPENDING MY SUNDAY’S SCRAMBLING TO GET A TOP 10 POST DONE AND MY DAILY SPLASHES OF HUMOR TURNED INTO EVERY OTHER DAILY SPLASHES OF HUMOR. SO I LOWERED THE HIGH EXPECTATIONS I SET FOR MYSELF AND I BEGAN POSTING ON THINGS THAT ARE CURRENTLY GOING ON IN MY LIFE WITH NO GUARANTEED TIMING. MY GOAL IS EVENTUALLY TO GET ON A ROUTINE SCHEDULE BUT THIS SEEMS TO BE WORKING BETTER FOR NOW.

I HAVE ENJOYED BLOGGING THE ENTIRE TIME SINCE I’VE STARTED. IT’S THERAPEUTIC FOR ME TO WRITE. I LOVE BEING ABLE TO CONNECT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND I LOVE BEING ABLE TO DOCUMENT PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL MEMORIES. I LIKE TO THINK MY SITE IS A PUBLIC SCRAPBOOK MEANT TO INSPIRE AND MAKE OTHERS HAPPY. AND NOW THAT I UNDERSTAND WEB DESIGN I CAN ORGANIZE AND DESIGN MY SITE QUICKLY WITHOUT HAVING TO GOOGLE AND INTERPRET CODE LANGUAGE FROM PEOPLE THAT ARE TEN TIMES SMARTER THAN I AM. 

I REDESIGNED MY WEBSITE’S LOOK THIS FALL ONCE I FINALLY GOT THE HANG OF THINGS.

HERE WAS SPLASH OF HUMORS STYLE WHEN IT FIRST LAUNCHED:

AND HERE IS THE NEW AND IMPROVED SPLASH OF HUMOR STYLE:

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IT WAS REALLY FUN TO DESIGN IT ON MY OWN AND I AM VERY HAPPY WITH HOW IT TURNED OUT.

 WITH THAT BEING SAID, ANY BLOGGER WILL SAY THAT THEY GO THRU HIGHS AND LOWS. SOME DAYS I GET OVER 200 PEOPLE CHECKING OUT MY SITE AND OTHER DAYS I ONLY GET 25. AT FIRST I DIDN’T HEAR A LOT OF FEEDBACK FROM MY POSTS BUT THEN WHEN I SPOKE WITH PEOPLE THEY RAVED TO ME ABOUT IT. I HAD NO IDEA THAT THE GUYS I WORK WITH WERE ACTUALLY READING IT UNTIL THEY WOULD TEASE ME ABOUT IT. THIS MADE ME SO HAPPY BECAUSE I COULD TELL THEY ACTUALLY LIKED READING IT. AND THE FUNNY PART IS THEY GET OFFENDED IF I MENTION ANOTHER GUY AND NOT THEM IN A POST. THEY ALSO ARE NOT AFRAID TO TELL ME WHEN MY POSTS ARE NOT INTERESTING TO MY MALE AUDIENCE WHICH I FIND VERY HELPFUL TO KNOW.  HENCE, WHY I WROTE THIS POST :

RIGHT AFTER I WROTE THIS POST :

SO AS I WENT ALONG I STARTED WORRYING LESS ABOUT STATISTICS AND STARTED FOCUSING ON DIRECT FEEDBACK AND COMPLIMENTS I WOULD RECEIVE. THE ONE COMPLIMENT THAT HAS STUCK WITH ME THE MOST WAS ONE I RECEIVED FROM A MALE COWORKER WHO I HAD NEVER INTRODUCED MYSELF TO BEFORE.  IT WAS ONE OF THOSE SITUATIONS WHERE I WOULD SEE HIM AT THE OFFICE AND WE WOULD POLITELY SMILE AT EACH OTHER BUT WE NEVER ACTUALLY INTRODUCED OURSELVES. AT THIS YEARS CHRISTMAS PARTY HE PULLED ME ASIDE AND THANKED ME FOR TEACHING HIM HOW TO DO AN ICEBREAKER FOR A PRESENTATION. HE WAS REFERENCING THIS POST WHERE I ILLUSTRATE HOW TO TRICK YOUR AUDIENCE INTO GIVING YOU A STANDING OVATION. 

HE TOLD ME IT HAD A HUGE IMPACT ON HIS PROFESSIONAL CAREER AS HE HAD ALWAYS BEEN NERVOUS ABOUT SPEAKING IN PUBLIC AND THAT TRICK BOOSTED HIS CONFIDENCE. I WAS THE SAME WAY BEFORE I HEARD THAT TRICK AND IT MADE ME SO HAPPY TO HEAR THAT I HELPED HIM. I WAS FLYING HIGH AFTER HEARING THAT.

BUT LIKE I SAID THERE WERE HIGHS AND THERE WERE LOWS. I WAS IN A LITTLE BIT OF A SLUMP IN THE FALL FOR NO PARTICULAR REASON OTHER THAN WRITERS BLOCK AND A DEMANDING JOB. THANKFULLY I GOT A HUGE MORALE BOOST AFTER I WROTE THIS POST ABOUT MY COMPANY’S INITIATIVES FOR IMPROVING FEMALE LEADERSHIP. I FOLLOWED UP WITH ANOTHER POST ABOUT WHAT CAME OUT OF THAT WORKSHOP AND HOW I THINK COMPANY’S CAN RETAIN FEMALES. 

AFTER SEEING THOSE TWO POSTS A FEW OF MY COMPANY’S EXECUTIVES STARTED FOLLOWING MY BLOG AND MY FEMALE MENTORS AT KIEWIT GAVE ME MAJOR COMPLIMENTS ON MY CONTENT. THIS WEEK I WILL BE POSTING ANOTHER ARTICLE ABOUT THE LAST WOMEN’S SUMMIT MY COMPANY HELD. THAT ARTICLE WAS THE HARDEST TO WRITE (NOT BECAUSE IT WAS A BAD SUMMIT) BUT IT WAS HARD FOR ME TO ARTICULATE HOW AUTHENTIC IT WAS. I HAVE BEEN DOWN ON MYSELF BECAUSE IT HAS TAKEN ME ALMOST A MONTH TO GET MY THOUGHTS PUT TOGETHER.  I AM CONSTANTLY REVISITING MY EXPECTATIONS TO TRY AND NOT BE TOO HARD ON MYSELF FOR MY BLOG. IT’S DEFINITELY NOT EASY THOUGH!

MY MAIN FOCUS FOR MY BLOG HAS BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE ABOUT SHARING PERSONAL STORIES OF CHALLENGES AND SUCCESSES I’VE HAD AS A WORKING MOM IN A MALE DOMINATED INDUSTRY. MY GOAL IS TO CHANGE THE PERCEPTION ABOUT WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS. THIS INCLUDES CHANGING HOW MEN VIEW A WOMAN’S POTENTIAL FOR LEADERSHIP AND HOW WOMEN VIEW THEIR OWN POTENTIAL TO BE IN LEADERSHIP POSITIONS. 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR FOLLOWING ALONG THESE FIRST SIX MONTHS. I’M EXCITED TO TAKE YOU ALONG AS I TACKLE EVERYTHING 2019 THROWS MY WAY!

HERE ARE 3 POSTS COMING YOUR WAY IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS TO KICK OF THE NEW YEAR:

*A SPLASH OF HOME – A TOUR OF OUR RENOVATED KIDS PLAYROOM*

*NO LIPSTICK HERE LADIES* HINT: DECEMBER WOMEN’S SUMMIT

*IT’S RAINING MEN – THE GOOD AND THE BAD*

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