Well, hi there!
I think we are all ready to come out of hibernation.
Maybe you have noticed this winter that I haven't really been hibernating. With Kitpu, Eagle Watch, Coldest Night of the Year and most recently Casino Night, you may have seen me posting up a storm on social media and trooping through snowbanks hunting for donations. I feel like I have been working on one fundraiser or another for months now, and that is the truth. Planning began in November, and only now, four months later is my schedule clear. It's rewarding to work within my community and help when I can. From grant applications to managing Facebook events, a lot of time is spent behind the scene getting the work done. I am not necessarily sure that I would be able to accomplish all of this if I had a "regular" job. My monthly schedule is full of meetings for my various committee work and council duties, however there are a few precious days where nothing is booked, and my mind wanders onto the next project. I've been thinking about the essence of my work recently, and the feeling of having a guaranteed basic income while I am on council. Though the structure of my days ebb and flow, there is always a new mission. This can prove to be challenging when I realize that a project I have taken on has a life of its own and I haven't seen my children in what feels like days. Luckily, this isn't always the case, and luckily I have the best childcare in the world.
If I had a "regular" job with 40 hour prescribed work weeks, vacations, and pensions, I know that in the evening I would find it hard to leave the house. I would want to stay in with my family and avoid the cold. Maybe I would be too tired with two kids and two dogs and a cat and my loving husband and the mountains of laundry, maybe. It's a reality I will never know at this stage of my life with a pre-schooler and an almost-toddler. What I do know, is I am very lucky to do what I do, even on the challenging days. I am fortunate to be able to solve problems for my neighbours. I enjoy learning about the inner workings of our municipality and how to accomplish the goals we set. I am grateful for my family, my friends, and our peaceful community.
Now that I am a year and a half into my term, I want to work on communicating effectively with everyone in District One and Kings County. My goal is to start a newsletter so that I can share updates about what is happening in the area, and keep everyone in the loop with the work we are doing on council. Stay tuned as I research platforms and please subscribe!
In the meantime, I present you with the Hodge Podge Lodge Awkward Family photo 2018. We set a goal to raise $1500 for Coldest Night of the Year, piggybacking on our Awkward Pregnancy photo from 2017 when we raised $1000. I will leave you with both, and a big thank you for any and all support along this winding adventure.