Monday, 19 March 2012

Energy at work!

Well the event happened at work and I had to blog about it there... and since that blog post was edited by a professional I thought why re-invent the wheel.  Here is a little about my day!

Ever since the announcement last December that I, Jennifer L'Heureux, had been one of the winners of the CEO for a Day contest... I immediately started to get an idea of what it is like to be CEO.  The sheer scheduling of the day was an eye opener.  March 12 finally arrived, and I officially changed my job title to “CEO”... however I think it was only in spirit as I did not see the actual pay raise I thought (well, I hoped) I would get.  And there was no change in OHR.  Even so, I enjoyed myself throughout the day.

I started my day with three Goals:
1) Get a raise
2) Make a decision
3) Remain composed

I will be honest with everyone: only one of these happened.  You see, I decided with my newfound power I would try to be a CEO of the people.  When I walked in the ExComm meeting and Bjorn "handed over the reins” to me, naturally my first order of business was to give everyone in the room a raise.  Apparently, this would lead to many red flags, and there is something called checks and balances which would cause them not to line up.  Who knew? Only Bjorn, apparently, because everyone else in the room seemed to be all for it.  In the end it did not happen.

As for the second goal to make a decision, I would like to think that with every decision made that day was based around the question: What would Jennifer do?  However I think after my CEO of the people stunt earlier, people had checks and balances on the brain.  No direct decision making occurred. 

As for the third goal, it was slightly nerve-racking thinking about spending an entire day with someone with the job title “President and CEO.”  However, from the moment I arrived, I felt at ease.  This was entirely due to the welcoming and open nature of Bjorn and the entire Stamford site.   Throughout the I day I attended many meetings which involved a large portion of the WCS SLT.  This gave me a strong sense of the different leadership styles we have at WCS and once again it was made clear there is not a one size fits all approach to leadership, everyone has their own style that works for them and their function. 

Of all the things I learnt that day (for example, in order to become CEO there are a lot of acronyms I need to learn), the most important is that I was reminded, especially during my one on one time with Bjorn, is that at our core we are all just people.   Although our deliverables, responsibilities and job titles may be different, we all are here on the same team to work towards one common goal: Make WCS thrive.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Sometimes Its just not You!

I just need to accept this… Having Order will never be a priority in my life.    As much as I wish I had gone through everything in my Condo… it did not happen.  I mean I could blame food poisoning… I may a little.  Though at the end of the day … going through my closet is something I am rarely going to be motivated to do.
So we are putting the month of order behind us… We are saying good-bye and getting ready for Energy.  Yes organized energy may have been nice… but let us be honest… unrealistic. 
My focus for energy…

1)      I am going on a rather strange work trip and I am hoping this will actually bring back some energy into my job.
2)      Finding ways to capture energy… through photo’s and experience.
3)      Working out to produce more energy in my life – min 3 times a week. 

Starts in two days!

Monday, 6 February 2012

Getting it in ORDER

I new this Month would be hard… as really we all know me and organization is not my strong suit. 

After the first weekend for potential of organization occurred I rather achieved the following:

  • Had a fantastic dinner with a work colleague
  • Watched Steel Magnolia’s and Knit (I have never see it, now I can say I have)
  • Enjoyed my Improv Class
  • Had a fantastic Meal with some of my favourite women!
  • Enjoyed my First Roller Derby Experience
  • Went and had some belly laughs at an Improv Show
  • Enjoyed a new Brunch Place…
  • Did some Knitting
  • Visited with some Friends I had not seen in while!

Great weekend… no order really brought to my Condo!  So I am importing the list of things I want to complete/order:
-          Books - Done and it is kinda sad, however needed, to give away an ikea bag of books!
-          Dresser
-          Closet
-          Important Papers Green Box
-          Fun Papers Green Boxes
-          DVDs
-          Knitting Items
-          Go through various places for Storage in Living Room
-          Kitchen Cabinets
-          Front Linen Closet
-          Bathroom
I can not lie to you... I find it a bit overwhelming.    However stay tuned for the Progress!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Little Victories

The other day I had the moment which to be honest I can not remember a month not having… OMG its almost the end of the Month.  

For me this also means that the month of Authenticity is coming to an end.  It is funny how when you put something out there, without knowing it… it happens. 

In the past week I have felt very Jen.  I find I am being stronger where I need to be.

Whether it be an interaction with a person who I finally got to feel myself for once with, when in the past I felt small.  

Or at class during a status workshop, me saying "I think I am low status" and getting a response "in what world are you low status." Thank you. 

I know at times I can be lower status then I need to be in that situation.  However I need to remember that I need to embrace… maybe not high status, but Jen Status.  Which is where I am perfect for that moment.  Though this will not always be pretty...  Hopefully it will be the right move at that time. 

So i will accept these things about me:

- I cry
- I can wear my heart on my sleeve
- I Can be very independent but also deep down want to know something will be there to catch me if I fall. 
- Things affect me

But I am also learning to love these things about me:

- I cry
- I can wear my heart on my sleeve
- I Can be very independent but also deep down want to know something will be there to catch me if I fall. 
- Things affect me

This project for me is about learning to see myself in the best possible light.   No one is perfect, everyone has things that essentially make them human.  

So lets learn to love who we are. 

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? YAnd as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
~ Marrianne Williamson

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

I'm Jen and I Know It!

Inspired by this video

I wrote Jennifer's Song
 (Take one)

When you walk on by you might see me this girl whose sly
I skip to the beat walking down the street can’t see my feet
This is how I roll lots of cleavage that’s out of control
Its Jen with the kick ass purse… I’m so sweet it’s almost a curse
Guys look at this fibre
Guys look at this fibre
Guys look at this fibre
I knit Socks (Repeat)
When I walk in Jens room this is what I see
A hot man* on the bed saying come see me
I got passion in my pants and I ain’t afraid to show it
I’m Jen and I know it
I’m Jen and I know it
When I’m at a show I try to give a line that is a blow
My hair is fab and I try to get rid of things which are drab 
This is how I roll big personality that’s out of control.
Guys look at this fibre
Guys look at this fibre
Guys look at this fibre
I knit Socks (Repeat)
When I walk in Jens room this is what I see
A hot man on the bed saying come see me
I got passion in my pants and I ain’t afraid to show it
I’m Jen and I know it
I’m Jen and I know it
* currently auditioning for someone to play hot man...

Friday, 20 January 2012


I love Music… sometimes even more so then the feeling of music… I love hearing the lyrics, and just the lyrics.  Given that music is so often just a part of the background rather then if the foreground of my mind!   I love when lyrics take center stage.
Song ---- which has me thinking today.
Song: Top of the World – Dixie Chicks
“I wished was smarter
I wished I was stronger
I wish it had been easier, instead of any longer”
Sometimes I am happy that… I can be weak…
Sometimes you need to ask for help to be strong…
 “I’d wished I’d know you
Wished I’d shown you.
All of the things I was on the inside..."?
Anyways I move on… I am just thinking out loud.   
Happy Friday… Happy Weekend…

Monday, 16 January 2012

I Dream in Colour!

I was listening to music today as I do sometimes and well I heard a lyric which I loved:
“You Should Know I Dream in Colour.”
All I thought was so do I. 
This weekend was a bit of s strange one for me.  I spent much of it… on my own.  Which because I am by nature an extrovert… I do not always take the time to spend time with me.  Whenever I do, I am thankful to say I am happy I have done so.
Because this weekend I spend much time on my own I:
Started an art project for a Magazine holder I bought.
Finished knitting a Hat for my Grandmother.
Starting knitting a fitted Vest. 
Watch a Version of one of my favorite Stories: Pride and Prejudice!
Was only 1/2 successful at avoiding cleaning my place!
I also spent some time at my Favorite Yarn Shop and went to my Improv Class. 
Overall a great weekend… when nothing big happens!
Planning this project has been harder then I remember.    Months I am particularly having issues coming up with are:
Energy – Current idea is around getting energy through fitness.
Spirit – I am thinking reading will be in order for the Month
Femininity – Very hard! HELP!
Creativity – I think this one can be hard because I find I tend to have a lot of creative things in my life as it is.   So does this theme make sense! I may change it.