Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mission accomplished!

When I see those two words 'mission accomplished', it always reminds me of that ridiculous battleship shot of President George W. Bush with the infamous words floating on a banner behind him. Can I just say as a sidebar, that I would have loved to have been part of the pr/communications team that came up with that? Or at least wished I was in the room where the strategic planning sessions and conversations took place. Do you remember the sign? I'd understand if you were trying to forget those years, but here's a reminder. I'd better digress. That situation was more than just a bunch of words on a banner, but I'm a political animal and it would be best to let it go or I'll be writing all night!

For this post I'm taking those two words back. I recently accomplished something that's been on my 'things I'd like to accomplish' or yup, I'm going to say it, my 'mission accomplished' list. I had a list. I still have it. Just a few more things I'm currently working on, but a good chunk of it has been, well, accomplished (sorry for overuse of the word 'accomplished'). Maybe one day I'll write the list in a post. Then again, maybe not. I'm sure everyone is sick to death of seeing posts about "my wish list" or "things to do before turning 20, 30, 40," and so on.

So after the last couple of rather dire posts, I'm actually reporting (finally) some great news, hence the mission accomplished (I can't stop saying it now!) headline. I've finished school!! I will graduate with my public relations certification from Ryerson University in June! Man, you have no idea how exciting it is to have this certificate. It's been something I've been wanting to finish for years. I started it in 2002, but stopped a year later because work, mortgages, life (just fill in an excuse in the blank space) got in the way. Once I had the chance to do it, and FINISH it, I jumped. No excuses. And now it's finished!!! Apologies for the endless exclaimation points. I'm just extremely, well you know..and again, the exclaimations says it all right?

At one point, some of my friends weren't quite sure what the hell I was really doing in school. There was some confusion as to what it meant to get a public relations certificate. In hindsite I can completely understand the confusion. I mean it's not as obvious as graduating from veterinarian school or becoming a lawyer. The best way I can answer is that when I was in school, I took courses where I received professional instructions on what public relations really means, and learned to understand and navigate the many different ways/tools we can use to communicate messages. Simple but true.

So now what? Hopefully a great pr gig in the big, wide culinary world, and if I can't find it, I'll have to create it! For the frst time in years there are no plans or limits. It's freeing, but it's also a bit(ok hugely) nerve-wracking too. We'll see what the next chapter brings..

Oh, and as for my previous musings (whinges) where I've said in posts, "oh, I'm not sure if I'll have the time to travel and blah, blah, freaking blah?" I'll make the time.

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