The reason for this blog is my Digital and Social Media class, within the Public Relations and Corporate Communications Graduate Program at Seneca College during 2017-2018. In 2013, I graduated from York University with a Bachelor in English, so at least I will finally be putting some of my writing “skills” to good use. In 2015, I graduated from Humber College with a Graduate Certificate in Event Management. During my winter semester I interned with the TO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, after which I was hired on full time as the Flag Program Coordinator.
Since then, over the past year and a half, I took a bit of a hiatus from my short adulting stint… Over the eighteen months prior to beginning this program, I travelled intermittently for six of them, and worked as a server simultaneously so I could support my travel addiction.
I am a former club, varsity and semi professional volleyball athlete. I played volleyball for twelve years of my life and during that time I became moderately successful within the sport. It started when I was twelve, I played club and high school volleyball for six and four years, respectively, prior to entering university. During high school, I made the Region 5 Indoor Volleyball Team twice, my second summer being the Ottawa 2006 Ontario MultiSport Summer Games. These regional camps opened my eyes to a higher level of volleyball performance, wherein I became hooked.
Consequently, I became a member of the Ontario Women’s Indoor Volleyball Team for the next three consecutive summers, my final summer being the PEI 2009 Canada MultiSport Summer Games. I played for fours years at the varsity level, three years for the York Lions Women’s Volleyball Team and one year for the Ryerson Rams Women’s Volleyball Team.
Although indoor volleyball was where my passion for the sport started, beach volleyball is where my passion thrived. I was a member of Team Ontario and Team Canada Beach Volleyball from 2008 – 2013, representing my university, province and country at numerous provincial, national and international tournaments, including Junior Worlds and the MultiSport FISU Summer Games.
All good things must come to an end however, and after spending half my life putting my heart, blood, sweat and tears into the sport of volleyball, I no longer felt the passion that had driven me. I started feeling desires to explore other sports, to develop other hobbies, to explore the world beyond just its beaches, and most importantly, to plan and develop a career.
If you are still with me, and BLESS you if you are, this is where my blog “Bliss Above All Else” comes in. Since hanging up my bikini and my court shoes in 2014, my interests have grown tenfold. My blog will discuss many sports including yoga, skiing, volleyball and my sad attempts at becoming a runner. It will explore my travels thus far and some hacks I have learned along the way. It will talk about my musical tastes and my travelling escapades to electronic music festivals. Basically, it will be whatever I do to find my bliss. My hope is that while you read it, it will also help you find yours. You do your bliss above all else, it would be rude not to.