Hey, How are you? Long time, no talk or text or whatever… LOL
I was at the grocery store the other day and ran into someone that I used to work with and they asked me if I was in Midland for a visit. I shook my head and probably rolled my eyes and told them I had moved back from Banff over a year ago. This made me think, if this person didn’t know I had moved back then maybe a lot of my friends didn’t know that. Geez, I have been back from Banff for over a year and I am back to stay. Where the hell have you been? Or maybe the question was where have I been…
This person from the grocery store also made me think what a crazy couple of years I have had. I still can’t freaking believe that I sold all of my furniture and shit, packed my Jeep and drove across the country all by myself. When I think about backing out of the driveway that morning, it makes me queasy and sad. It was the weirdest feeling I have ever had and I know that I made a lot of other people sad that day too.
I know you and many other people thought I was so brave, wished they could do something like that and even wanted to come with me (or said they did). The truth is it was the scariest and maybe the craziest thing I have ever done. But I always think that everything happens for a reason and I know a lot of people hate that quote but I have to believe that I was where I was supposed to be when I left that day, when it took 2 long days just to get out of Ontario, when I got in an accident on the Trans-Canada highway in the middle of nowhere, when I was terrified to drive the rest of the way and when I finally arrived in Banff exhausted emotionally, physically and mentally. And I am where I am supposed to be today too!
As you know, I spent less than a year in Banff. While I was there I had one of the best jobs. I stayed with amazing people (and a great dog), met some wonderful new friends and had such a wonderful experience. But, I missed my babies so much. So, I packed my Jeep back up, and came home. Thanks to Devon, I didn’t have to drive across the country again.
Since being back home I feel like this has been my chance to start over and starting over is not easy. This past year has been trying and that is putting it mildly. It’s actually hard to explain. I am still trying to figure some of it out. I’m so used to being on a schedule, being organized, being in control of everything and knowing what my next step, my next plan, my day, my week and what the rest of my life would look like. That isn’t as organized as it used to be but I still know what I want, and I also know it’s time to make that all happen.
I had a few stumbling blocks when I came home. I tried to find a job when I returned to Midland and as embarrassing as it is to admit this, I went for 6 interviews but was never offered any of those jobs. I was beyond frustrated. But, while this was all happening I was also working on building my own business and working from home. I have been an Executive Assistant for over 15 years, I have a ton of experience and education and if you know me, you know I am an entrepreneur by heart. So, I decided the best thing for me to do was what I know, what I am good at and what was going to make me happy and those that have supported me over the past year know that I am a Virtual Assistant and the proud owner of a business called Yours-Virtually. Those that don’t know me or just don’t pay attention when I talk go ‘what’s a virtual assistant’.
My personal version of a Virtual Assistant (VA); a VA is like an Administrative assistant that would normally work in an office but I get to work from home. I work from my cute little desk in my tiny apartment with 107.5 Kool FM playing in the background. I am a virtual administrative guru; I provide technical expertise, I create websites and assist clients with social media. I organize client schedules, setup calendars, reply to email, do research, create Facebook banners and posts, write memo’s, I do data entry, meeting and event planning, I am a whiz with document creation using Microsoft Office products, I am also really good at creating resumes and cover letters and can help you get an interview (no guarantees you’ll get the job though – lol). I can also teach you how to ‘do stuff’ like creating or updating your own website, or making your own Excel spreadsheet. And if I don’t know how to do something, I will learn how or find someone that does.
I bet my mom didn’t even know all that. I find some people ask me what I do but they don’t really get it so they don’t really listen. I do the same when someone tries to tell me what they think is wrong with my Jeep when I tell them it’s making a tick-tick sound or whatever is wrong with it that day… LOL
So now people can stop assuming or they can keep making shit up – whatever. I am lucky that I do have a lot of people that have supported me over the past year in more ways than one and I can never thank them enough. I thank them for listening to me bitch and moan and cry – literally cry like a baby. I thank them for standing by me, watching me make bad decisions and learning from my mistakes at the same time. I thank them for believing in me and I thank them for listening to me even when I sounded like a broken record. And I thank them for still being here for me now to enjoy our lives together!
For those, like that person at the grocery store or those that think I sit at home all day looking at Facebook and drinking coffee I hope that this clears things up. I hope the next time you hear someone say they are swamped with scheduling their time or replying to emails, or wish they had help planning an event or they would love to find someone to create a website or marketing material – that you think about me. I also hope that the next time we see each other that we will have time to sit down, grab a drink and catch up because I miss you and I’d love to hear about what you have been up to.
Until then, thank you for listening and keep smiling!
I love you all… xo