My 5 Teachable Moments of 2017

I’m going to go ahead and blame global warming for the lack of opportunities that sprouted while planting my many seeds in 2017. I had such high hopes for you but instead you insisted on teachable moments. “A teachable moment is not something that you can plan for; rather, it is a fleeting opportunity that must be sensed and seized.” Here are my 5 teachable moments of 2017.

Teachable moment #1: Set your sights on the end game and don’t deter because fear.

I’ve convinced myself that saying “yes” has been the answer to my success. To a degree, it may have been a factor that has led me to many experiences and opportunities but I’ve come to realize that I’ve said “yes” out of the fear that I will run out of opportunities and/or money. It’s my innate instinct to always have a nest egg or funds saved away for a rainy day but I’ve recently discovered that on my road to my career end game I’ve forked off on many side streets. My starting point was the beginning of my marketing career and the end point is a career in Art Direction and Production Management but to keep the car going I’ve stopped off for gas in Social Media, Human Resources, Styling and more. I needed the fuel to get me to my destination but all of the time and energy spent on getting there has extended my arrival time later than expected. I’ve learned that I need to take opportunities that will only help me and if that means my nest egg is small or a rainy day is penny-less then I must do so. I am a resilient person and there is enough money to be made. Time is what I do not have enough of and if I want to become an Art Director or Production Manager full-time then I need to do what it takes to get to that height. Huzzah!

Teachable moment #2: Your friends & family do not come in a one size fits all format and neither does your personality.

In the last half of the year I’ve been learning about the Myers-Briggs 16 personality types. For those of you that don’t know what this is, The Myers–Briggs Type Indicator is an introspective self-report questionnaire with the purpose of indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions. This isn’t your random Facebook personality test and you won’t learn what type of Disney Princess you are but more so who you are to your core. There are 16 different personality types stemming from Introversion and Extroversion and mine was like looking into a mirror. I sought the help of a counselor to help me indicate my personality type and I learned that I am an ENTJ. Here’s a little snippet of my personality type:

“ENTJs are natural-born leaders. People with this personality type embody the gifts of charisma and confidence, and project authority in a way that draws crowds together behind a common goal. But unlike their Feeling (F) counterpart, ENTJs are characterized by an often ruthless level of rationality, using their drive, determination and sharp minds to achieve whatever end they’ve set for themselves. Perhaps it is best that they make up only three percent of the population, lest they overwhelm the more timid and sensitive personality types that make up much of the rest of the world – but we have ENTJs to thank for many of the businesses and institutions we take for granted every day.” If you want to learn more click HERE.   To take your own official assessment, click HERE.

So, how has this helped me? I used to have the “this is how I am, take me or leave me” or “I’m an acquired taste” attitude. This didn’t exactly boast well for my relationships in dating or friends. Instead of acknowledging my abrasiveness, sharp tongue or “commander” attitude, I’ve learned to understand it, why I have it and how I can use it. When I learned about my ENTJ personality, I was provided guidelines on “what to keep doing”, “what to stop”, and “what to work on”. For example, I should keep bringing groups together to do something but I should stop declaring that my way of doing things is the only way. With this, I should work on listening to other’s ideas for doing something, acknowledge it, understand it and go from there. Honestly, this has done wonders for my relationships and I personally feel that Alex and I have had the best relationship in the last 4 months in our 2.5 years and my friendships have become much stronger and closer. I highly recommend you take your test to take a deeper look into who you are and chat about it with your friends and partners! You’ll discover what their personality type is and how you can grow your relationship.

Teachable moment #3: I am Larry David…but is that a good thing?

If you know who Larry David is then you’ve scored some major points with me! Larry David is an American comedian, writer, actor, playwright, and television producer…he created Seinfeld, people!! With that, he also has his own hit HBO tv show Curb Your Enthusiasm. In a nutshell, Larry is a man on a mission to set precedents whenever and wherever he can. He gets himself into situations that the regular man/woman wouldn’t bare dealing with and he to some, is seen as a hero. He sounds great, right? Well, in keeping with the Teachable Moment #2, I’ve learned to discover how I can keep my LD-ness and not offend the rest of the human species. To get a better understanding of who we are, watch this little clip.

Teachable moment #4: Don’t be so fucking lazy.

Just get up and put the workout clothes ON. I swear, as long as you have the clothing on then you’re good to go. This year has been a roller coaster with my physical fitness because of working an office job for the first half and not being in tune with a workout schedule. I gained more weight than expected and hummed over getting myself back to classes. I concluded it was because of X,Y & Z but really it’s because I was just too lazy to get my butt to the studio. Not keeping your physical and mental fitness on track is a slippery slope for the rest of my day and I’m sure you can relate. On days that I haven’t worked out in the morning, I feel foggy, less energized, I don’t eat as well and I definitely don’t drink enough water which leads me to freaking out over my skin! I’m determined to get back into shape and so far, so good!

Teachable moment #5: The only thing constant in fashion is change. 

If you’ve been following me for longer than a year then you know that my personal style has changed. In fact, it’s changed a handful of times over the course of 10 years and I’m currently having the most fun with it! During this year, I’ve gone from all black and minimal to colour and a bit of a retro vibe. Right now, I feel great about it but it wasn’t a very easy switch for me as a fashion blogger. Sometimes I feel the pressure to post what I know will receive a positive outcome as opposed to what it is that I actually want to wear. Having this blog is my way of being creative and if that means playing dress up in my dream outfits then I need to do that if not for you, the reader, then for myself.

Shearing moto jacket, denim jumpsuit and black turtleneck sweater from Woo To See You 
Cutler & Gross sunglasses | Steve Madden booties (2 seasons ago) | ROQUE Jewelry earrings

Fashion Photography by Vancouver Photographer Reece Voyer.

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