Trying something new

Last year, I went snowshoeing for the very first time. I was really excited to go, until a friend of mine (who has gone before) sent me a very long list of all of the items I would need to pack/wear/bring. After reading the list, I got nervous. Maybe snowshoeing wasn’t for me, maybe it was going to be too difficult, maybe it was going to be too cold outside. I came up with all kinds of excuses to cancel my day trip – but in the end, I didn’t.

I decided that it was worth trying something new.

When was the last time I had tried something new? How bad could it be? If I didn’t like it, I would have to go again. And it turned out GREAT. I am so glad that I went. It was beautiful and not nearly as hard as I thought.

Trying something new took courage, forced me to do something outside of my comfort zone, gave me a sense of accomplishment (even if it was small) and opened me up to finding something that I enjoyed doing and would do again.

When is the last time you tried something new?



It’s Officially Spring

In the words of my daughter “Mom, I know my teacher says that it’s spring now, but I KNOW its not spring because it is still COLD”. I agree.

This is our family’s first experience with a Calgary winter and I have to say that I am definitely ready for Spring – and not just ‘official’ spring, the spring that has the warmer weather, the flowers blooming and no more snow on the ground.

For the most part, this winter has not been too bad – it has just been long. The only winters I have ever know (until now) included about 3 weeks of cold weather, snow maybe twice or three times if we were lucky, and lots and lots of rain.

This winter has provided me with a few firsts –
I experienced completely numb hands, feet and face after being outside for only 5 minutes, I experienced making the mistake of going outside at minus 21 degrees with wet hair (which froze into icicles), and I experienced ice skating on a lake while the sun was setting.

Overall, I wouldn’t change it even if I could. I love my job, I love my family and I am sure I will grow to love Calgary winters (well, maybe not the last one, but I will survive anyways).


From Childcare to Client care

In the past few months of having a new job, I have found that I have really enjoyed the change of pace. I found that when doing childcare, I was constantly running around after children and the job was very draining. The 6 1/2 years of running a daycare was the best choice for our family at the time – I was able to be home with my 2 daughters and teach them the way I wanted to. Now, however, they are both in school, and it was time for a change for me. I am now working with adults and I love the change. I find that I am picking my girls up from school with energy to spend time with them and loving every minute of it. I also find that my work does not exhaust me in the same way it used to – probably because I truly enjoy the work I am doing. I get to do a job I love and have time and energy for my family – I think I have found a great balance and I look forward to continuing.


Introducing myself

If you have called Impact Group in the past few months, you have most likely heard “Impact Group, Heidi Speaking” and probably have wondered who this new person is. Well, I would like to officially introduce myself: Hello, I’m Heidi!

I have recently started working for Impact Group as an Office Manager. My family moved to Calgary in April of this year. My husband, Chris, also works for Impact Group as a Web Specialist. We have two wonderful daughters aged 7 and 5 years who are in grade 2 and Kindergarten.

Our family moved from Abbotsford, BC where I used to run a daycare out of my home. Some have said that I must have had the easiest job – all I had to do was play with kids all day. Playing with kids was the highlight of my days, but in case anyone is wondering – running a daycare is so much more involved than that.

I have found the job change from running a daycare to being an office manager actually requires many of the same skills…

Running a daycare involves organization, patience, planning, cleaning, patience, business management skills, playing, and have I mentioned patience yet?

Being and office manager involves organization, patience, planning, and business management skills.

I have found the biggest difference between the two jobs is…the amount of patience required (and the amount of diapers changed) when working with 7 children 6 years old and younger versus working with adults.

Overall, I have really enjoyed the change of jobs and the move to Calgary. And I look forward to meeting and working with you all.