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  • Writer's pictureShellene Drakes

Mojito Monday: Finding your joy

Updated: Jan 5, 2022

How was your weekend?

Mine, like usual, was too short. I spent Saturday afternoon at Toronto City Hall learning about community benefits agreements thanks to the Toronto Community Benefits Network and the Afro Caribbean Business Network.

While it would have been nice to just chill on the Saturday of an extremely busy week—first week of school, extracurricular activities with the kids and my mom, and an early morning run to the emergency room with a sick child—it is extremely important that I make continued learning a priority in my career and in my life.

Learn for life and find your joy

For those of you in a workplace, it can be tough to find the time to make up those learning hours. I mean, you have work to do! But it is only in your best interest to create learning opportunities within your organization or outside of it.

Do you love wine? I have a couple of friends who took sommelier classes. Do you love to bake? What about attending a course on cake decorating? It’s fun, but it’s also stretching your mind and your skills, reducing stress, and making you just a more well-rounded person.

And happier.

Work is important, but so is your well-being and finding your joy.

My leaving my family on a blustery Saturday—it was COLD and I wasn’t prepared!—wasn’t ideal, but how energized did I feel after I left my session with so many ideas and thoughts?

Some learning is pricey, but if you’re working on a budget, visit Eventbrite, watch your Facebook feed, check your town’s or city’s activities website and see what you can get into. At work, check your online learning opportunities to see what jumps out at you.

Enjoy your week and I encourage you to think about how you’re going to continue learning at work and in your life.

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