Last Thursday, I was finally able to attend The Buzz Event as my company, Dolce Delights, was sponsoring the event. Hilariously enough, I have been a sponsor for every single Buzz Event but haven’t physically been to one since the very first one which dates back to August of last year.
From the looks and attendees at the event, I’ve got to say that it has definitely expanded since then. This time, it occurred at the Xi Shi Lounge at the Shangri-La. Pretty sweet venue…for networking. I found it really difficult to listen to the three speakers that were present that night (and I was pretty much right by them as well). Maybe it wasn’t the most appropriate forum for speakers but it was still great to hear their stories, from what I could make out.
Overall, it was so great to see the usual suspects there and meet new ones face-to-face since I’ve been so out of the loop this year (no data plan!!!). Can’t wait til the next one at V Lounge!
Thanks to Julian Fok for the great photos!
As a student, I have really learned the art of juggling. No, not the circus way, unfortunately, but juggling a billion things at the same time. It can be fun trying to handle school, a practicum, work, programs, a business, and other school-related extracurriculars all at once. I suppose you could say that I am a serial multitasker. Or maybe I was just born that way. The natural ways of a Libra. I love being busy and all but there comes a time when I just need to start to learn how to say no. I would say that one of my biggest flaws is that I feel like I have the capacity to do everything — which is great, essentially — but I find it difficult to really narrow my focus down to one or two things. I feel like I can handle everything all at once but I guess it can be detrimental as well as it would detract from my performance or quality of work.
I have let down a couple people lately and may be removing myself from some of my current extracurriculars at school in the coming semester. I really feel that the university chapter has drawn to a close. As much as I love my peers, it’s time for me to move on, put my foot down, and just say no.
Learning process, right?
I am literally counting down the days of my undergraduate career — 4 more days! Seriously. Now what? As I don’t want to be a
slave lifer in the restaurant industry, I began my job hunt today. What’s out there? Are there even any jobs available? The academic advisors in my department are terrible and the jobs that I am interested in require x amount of years of experience. Um, where are we supposed to get this experience from if no one will hire us?! Another topic on its own… And I am pretty happy with my super-padded resume and my networking skills. But will this land me a job on its own? Hardly. Ha, and with an Arts degree and aspirations in fields I have no academic training in at all in addition to the scarce and depleting job market in today’s day and age, let’s just say it’s going to be a fun ride.
Remember this post? Well, I thought it was basically a dead end — until today. I actually received a text message from my ex-boyfriend in the wee early morning and honestly, it caught me off-guard because I never expected to receive a response from him. We ended particularly on a sour note due to my stupid 18-year old decisions and his general untrustworthiness. That was nearly four years ago. I was sick of burning bridges so I thought I would contact him again and finally received a response today.
To me, it sounded cold because initially, I just wanted to grab a coffee with him and just catch up. He stated that he, too, wanted to catch up as well but couldn’t meet me in person because his girlfriend wouldn’t appreciate it. Me playing the devil’s advocate just thought this was silly. Dude, we broke up FOUR years ago! Why should it matter? Of course, I keep pressing the subject on and just realized how foolish I was being. It wasn’t until he told me how much he was crazy about her and how he didn’t want to mess things up that I realized that he was actually really happy. At that moment, I didn’t know how to feel. Being single for the majority of these past four years (and the numerous and “questionable” men I have met as of late), perhaps I was a little jealous. But that wasn’t it. I was geniunely happy for him. We are now on speaking terms and it’s just so interesting to hear about what is going on with his life and whatnot. How the times have changed — how much we have changed. I can’t help but feel happy for him. That he’s got his life together, that he’s got this amazing girlfriend now… Initially, I wanted to catch up with him in person to show him how hot I’ve become (yeah, sure) and all the awesome things I’ve been doing with my life. Show him what he’s been missing out on. Basically, I wanted to one-up him one every aspect of his life. But you know what? I am way past that. Is this what maturing feels like?
This is one of my favourite songs by Gwen Stefani. I remember listening to it and thinking, “God, I wish I could achieve this status with my ex”, and even though, we will never be friends, I’m glad to say that “we’re coo-cool”.
I feel like I’m so behind on blogging! I thought I would have more time to do stuff, but nope, definitely not the case. Just one more week of this mayhem til…freedom! YES.
Photo credit: SIFE Simon Fraser.
So I was stuck at the Renaissance Harbourside Hotel for 13.5 hours last Saturday for the 2011 SFU Student Entrepreneur of the Year competition. I actually heard about the competition last year while I was interning at the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. My former boss’ boyfriend was actually the 2008 winner of the competition and I thought to myself, “Gosh, I really gotta do this competition”. Last year, I knew I wasn’t ready so this year I was confident enough to apply. I managed to succeed through the preliminary rounds and secured a spot in the Top 10 as a semi-finalist for my cupcake venture, Dolce Delights.
Photo credit: SIFE Simon Fraser.
As Tyra Banks would say, the competition was fierce. There was a good array of businesses that emerged from recent graduates and students just like me. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to finals but honestly, I’m kind of glad I didn’t. The judges were ruthless yet informative. I don’t think I recognized any of the “business” terminology they were using. I probably would have started crying. But all in all, a well-put together event! I was glad to represent all the ladies (the only female contender… really!? Girls need to step it up!!) and the Arts. Also received some very good feedback from the semi-finalist judges which I believe will help me succeed.
Honestly, I’m a little sad that it’s over. It was definitely a great experience. Learned a lot about business in general and my business itself. Also met some really inspiring individuals and made new connections. I would definitely do it over again if I could.
This post is largely overdue. But since the SFU Student Entrepreneur of the Year is finally over (separate post on that later), I actually have
a lot some time nowadays to start blogging again! Yay.
Okay, so one of my favourite artists, LIGHTS, came into town last week. She performed last Tuesday at the Vogue Theatre. Interesting venue. It was my first time there and I honestly much prefer the Commodore, where she performed last time she was here (that show was 19+). I don’t know; there’s just something about seated arrangements in small theatres. It just doesn’t work. The only plus was that anywhere you sat, you were guaranteed an awesome view. And also we got to sit through her opening act (I don’t even remember the name… Nightbox?) whom I didn’t like.
Anyways, I was absolutely ecstatic when LIGHTS came on. She’s amazing live — so intimate, soothing voice, and well, she’s a total babe. She opened the concert with her song, “Banner”, and continued on with the show highlighting most of her songs on her new album, Siberia. When she performed “Flux and Flow”, I was completely caught off-guard when guest rapper, Shad, jumped on stage! AMAZING. And you know what that means… yep, he even stuck around for one of my fave songs, “Everybody Breaks a Glass”. So unexpected. Stellar performance. I was just disappointed that her set was actually pretty short. I think it was like, an hour and 15 minutes? She didn’t perform “Peace Sign”, “Fourth Dimension”, or “Cactus in the Valley” which I was looking forward to… or even “Drive My Soul!”. Darn. S’all good though. It was a good break from all the stress I was having last week!
…is the big day! Competing in my first ever business competition, SFU Student Entrepreneur of the Year, for Dolce Delights. Holy crap. Let’s do this.