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New job, rowing, new bike, life etc…

New job, rowing, new bike, life etc…

So, it’s been quite a while since I have updated… sorry!

What’s news for me?

Well, the job search is over! And all the turning down offers and holding off for a workplace that fits in with my values, suits my personality and extends me professionally has paid off 🙂

I’m now working at Downstream Marketing as a Search Engine Marketing Assistant. Which basically means that I pour through data from Google AdWords and Yahoo Search Marketing mostly through an impressive tool called Efficient Frontier (exclusive to Downstream in Australia). I then analyse the data, create reports, have client meetings, optimise the ads and track the budgets.

Yes, it’s much less “creative” than my previous work, but it’s extending me and that’s the whole point! Plus I get to do it with a fantastic team of people (which you’d kinda hope after 7 interviews and a analytical/behavioural test).

In other news, I’m putting off further study for a while because I cant dedicate the time. Sure, it would have been nice to get my PhD very young, but I’ve still got time.

The plan is to build up capital and gain experience whilst doing a bit of moonlighting with Joni so that in a few years I can head abroad again and possible start a communications agency.

— but we’ll see how the best laid plans of mice and men work out!

As for rowing I’m enjoying being back into it! However, being ill and trying to row during my first week off work beat me around!

We (Winchy, Simon, Lachey and I) went cycling up to Pearl Beach last week and had a great time (with Joni, Tony and Bry in the car)! The weather was almost unbearable and my 30+ year old bike almost killed me.

After that my bike almost fell apart, so I BOUGHT A NEW BIKE!

GTR Series 3

Pretty neat, aye!

It’s my primary mode of transport and it’ll make my life much easier. Just got to figure out getting work clothes dry cleaned, having showers, packing lunch etc..

Joni has been working on the opposite schedule to me (4pm-12am and 2pm-10pm) and we’ve hardly seen each other. It was really nice to have the weekend together 🙂

On that front all I can say is that besides our crazy schedules, things are still going great! She’s amazing and more than 2 years down the track we’re still crazy for each other and enjoying each other’s company.

It’s great living with her and Jeremy. When you get on with those you live with it makes life just that much easier.

Well, this has been a long post and I’ve hardly scratched the surface!

I’m not making any promises, but I’ll be trying to update this more often now.

The Apocalypse: 6.8 Billion Resume's

The Apocalypse: 6.8 Billion Resume's

As a society, we are increasingly obsessed with defining ourselves. Think about most introductions that people make: “Hi, I’m John, and I’m a Student,” or “Dr. Smith at your service, surgical doctor, that is.”

While we do change our introductions based on who we are talking to, we have a reasonable small circulation of them. The revolve primarily around what we do. Sometimes they extend to what we think: “I’m liberal.” In conversation it is often our history or our personality: “I’m from Vancouver” or “I’m optimistic.”

When we define ourselves by belief systems and assumptions, we are being close minded and start to be walk a dangerous path: “We should all just buy more and the economy will pull itself back out of this mess.”

We even define ourselves by our flaws or struggles. While it is humbling to see our flaws, what does it achieve by boxing ourselves?

These fundamentally little things seem to be so important to us.

If you look throughout history at all the atrocities, you can blame religious institutions, political movements, ideologues, zealots and nincompoops. But what is the real problem? People try so hard to define themselves that they walk a dangerous path.We struggle to be challenged at our very core.

“But we are a tolerant society now?” Really? Well, even if we are, there is a huge difference between tolerating others and recognising that you would benefit from changing yourself.

It is emotionally unsettling to be undefined. We seek out people that define themselves similarly so that we can all pat each other on the back and applaud how right we are. It prevents us being challenged.

Furthermore, encouraging someone to make a change is insulting. When did this become the case? Okay, do we just strive to tolerate everyone? No. That would be the end of us. We need to learn from others.

The information society is taking us one step closer every day to having a quantifiable definition of ourselves. When that happens, how are we any different to 6.8 billion machines? Quantified definitions are not very different to machine specifications.

Why can we not define ourselves by what we can be? Each of us have the potential to be much greater than we currently are. But even the act of defining oneself by what they could be would be limiting. Would defining oneself as the potential world leader simultaneously limit them being bohemian designer?

We need to encourage others to be all that they can be. We need to love and accept who we are but also love and strive for who we can be.
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