What motivates me?
Many things! For one, the people I surround myself with. I love learning what makes people tick, and which things I do that make them smile. One of my biggest motivators in life is leaving behind a positive impact on those close to me.
I'm also very motivated by the quest for knowledge. I enjoy gaining new skills, as well as imparting that knowledge unto others whenever needed. Success can mean many different things to many different people, and I hope this gives you an idea of what it means to me.
What's a fun fact about me?
I'll give you three. The first is that my number one future vacation destination is Japan. I've never been, and have been wanting to visit for years. I even know some people who'd be keen to join, so I might not have to go alone.
The second is that I've never had an operation. And I hope it remains that way! The most injured I've been is a hairline fracture to my wrist in elementary school that required a cast for a few weeks.
The third is that I'm very into tech. I follow a number of tech blogs and YouTube channels so that I can keep up-to-date with the latest releases, developments, and continue to learn about a hobby I've had for as long as I can remember. I've built numerous PCs over the years for myself and my friends as a result.
What's my favorite pastime?
I thoroughly enjoy being in nature. Whether it's a walk along a beach, a hike in a forest, or just walking a dog in my own neighborhood, I find it easy to relax outdoors, recenter myself, and gain the clarity I need to tackle any new challenges that arise in my life. Sometimes I take a few photos too.
I'm also an avid gardener. That ties nicely into the nature interest. On the weekends, you can often find me kneeling in one of my flower beds, or browsing around my local garden center.
What are my career ambitions?
Transitioning into the People & Culture space was such a fantastic career move for me. I get to blend my people and organizational skills in a way no other role has afforded me in the past.
Also, my natural personality lends itself to doing well in this field. I approach people empathetically, yet also neutrally, without bias, with an open mind, and with the ability to make difficult decisions on behalf of the company if the situation calls for it.
My intention is to continue to grow and learn in the field, develop my People Operations skills, and make sure my fellow samsters have what they need to succeed and feel fulfilled as we scale.
Aside from that, at this point, I intend to continue to form strong connections through networking. I'm open to volunteer positions.
Why did I decide to emigrate to Canada?
I saw emigrating to Canada as a fantastic opportunity to move to a country with more room to learn and grow. I then worked to satisfy the entry requirements through marketing-related work experience and gaining a Master's degree.
It hasn't been all positive - there are pros and cons to living here. No place is perfect. But, I have no regrets. I've learned a lot from the experience, about myself and about others. And I've gained a great job in the process.