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And yet a newsletter prompt took me to a link for the Public Relations Diploma program offered through UVic’s Continuing Studies — it’s delivered online; there are just 7 required courses plus 3 electives to complete the diploma; there isn’t a specific timeline and the cost seemed reasonable — so I threw in an application before my lunch break.
By the time I’d returned from lunch, I had been accepted.
It’s been a long time since I’ve taken any class for credit and I’m nervous about it all. I attempted some correspondence courses about 20 years ago and just couldn’t do it. I am hopeful that the online format within a term setting will mean more structure than the self-paced correspondence. Regardless, for the first term, I’ll likely enroll in just one course to see what the workload is like and how I manage it.
“But Cheryl,” you may be thinking, “I can’t recall you ever mentioning PR as a field that interested you…”
Yeah, probably not directly. But in the past five years, I’ve concentrated more of my skills growth in the area of communications — whether through social media or writing or other outreach — and my resume reflects that, as does the list of jobs for which I’ve applied (a mix, admittedly of communication and library jobs — my ultimate goal would be to combine the two). I’ve also been frustrated by being overlooked despite my skills and experience because I lack any kind of certification in the communication field; my hope is that this will close that gap.
In the past few weeks I have passed a few more milestones. I’ve been in the apartment a little over a year now. We sold the house (that was an intense and somewhat unsatisfying experience — a long story but the important part is that the deal is signed and will close in early July). The divorce is in the last queue for the signing of the final order. Once that is signed everything will be legally complete 31 days later.
However, so much time was spent working on prepping the house for sale in April that I got no writing/editing done and my taxes are late (again) this year.
As I cross some of these big things off the To Do list, I look at other lists — I have been keeping a bit of a “bucket list” of things that I most want to do and see — plus I am continuing to look for those experiences that I can enjoy as part of my Year of Yes. On Monday, I took in one of those experiences: reading some of my early diary entries for Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids — and was recorded for potential inclusion in the podcast.
So… what’s on that bucket list? I’ve really been thinking about that. Thinking about places I want to go, things I want to try. Obviously these can’t all be done back to back and some may take much more planning and/or work. Some may never come to pass but I am going to put these out there, just in case someone can help make them happen.
— Publish a YA fiction book and sell a few copies to people I don’t know.
— Drive a car on a racetrack and/or drive a derby car
— Visit various places in Canada I’ve yet to see (esp: Yukon, Toronto, maritime provinces)
— Visit Japan (Tokyo ideally)
— Give a TED talk or similar
— Go camping on my own
— Learn to read Tarot well
— Learn to ride a motorbike (& get that license)
— Take a foraging class – especially mushrooms
— Get a sizable role in a local stage production
Those are just the ones that have been front of mind of late. This list will likely change — expand or contract — and the travel list is very long but I threw in some highlights. Do you think I’ve missed something obvious?
On Friday, I overheard an endearing little conversation between a mother and her young daughter. A glance showed the girl to be about 4 I’d guess; her mother in her 30s. The girl was anxious and scared by a man she’d seen who had “so many tattoos!”
Her mom asked her if it was just the tattoos that made him look scary. The girl admitted yes, it was just that there were so many, all over his arms. The mom tried to explain that tattoos were nothing to be scared of, they were just pictures (“there were dead people!” — skulls maybe?) but the girl was having none of that.
The mom paused for a moment then shifted the perspective. “What if,” she asked, “that scary tattooed guy was really frightened by little red-haired girls?”
I could almost hear the girl’s eyes widen, “You think so? You think he got the tattoos to keep me away?” The mom said it could be true, and just like that the girl’s whole demeanor shifted and she changed the subject to talk about a project at school.I wonder if she would find me scary, too?
Inside the last six months, I’ve added 3 tattoos to my body, and I know I want more. My last one, Pan has proven difficult to hide now that short-sleeve weather has arrived but my new one is even more visible as it’s on my forearm — and it’s creepy. This little guy is a Tooth Fairy from Hellboy II. Kiddo always thought the Tooth Fairy was a sadistic little monster, taking kids’ teeth and jamming them in infants’ mouths, so when I saw these calcium-hungry little beasts, I smiled. I also love both the artists that came up with the concept — Mike Mignola and Guillermo Del Toro — so it was an easy YES when Jesse posted the art a few days ago asking who wanted it.
As much as I don’t want to scare little kids, I’m completely happy with my decisions, even if it means I will be explaining them to (at least) half the people I encounter. I find it hard to curb my habit of buying “things” — especially when I have nowhere to put anything! — but putting my money toward tattoos means I can buy art and carry it with me always.Fewer things, more things I love.
A few years ago, when The Secret (a repackaged version of the ages-old Laws of Attraction) was all the rage, the rule was “Ask, Believe, Receive” — and the core of that is, as far as I have found, fairly reliable in that it becomes your focus at least subconsciously so that you are more likely to attract the people who can make something happen or be attracted to situations that will put you closer to your goal.
Today I was at a gathering where the hostess mentioned the book Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver (I’d like to read it) and talked about the concept of skipping the asking part, internalizing the believing, and just being open to receiving what the universe has to offer. It resonated with me like a gong.
In part, through my spiritual explorations, I’ve been more open to just hearing what is being said — listening more to my intuition and reading signs; paying attention to little coincidences and synchronicities — and following those threads. In part, this is also how Year of Yes works — being open to opportunities that are presented.
As if this gong wasn’t vibrating loud enough I pulled my weekly rune before dinner and it was GIFU, gift, which confirmed the message: be ready to receive.
OK, universe, bring it.