I was SO excited to get this job as a Lifeguard/Swim Instructor at the YMCA. I remember I was working at a summer camp (Timberline Ranch!) and my mom drove all the way out to Maple Ridge to come get me so I could go to the interview in South Surrey. I showered, put on a black skirt and blue tank top (it was insanely hot that August) and did the interview. My mom dropped me back off at camp where I proceeded to take my campers canoeing and fall in the river, which was more like a ditch. It was quite the day for me!
I have come a long way from when I started there, from part-time lifeguard/swim instructor then to full-time Aquatic Director now, but it still holds the same spot in my heart! I've had such good times there that I don't know how I could ever leave.
I have learned a lot over the past ten years, including a lot of hugely valuable work experience from being at the Y. So, what have I learned & what have I been up to?!
- I have made a TON of friends in the past ten years. Not just acquaintances either. Truly great, amazing, fun and caring friends who make my life a lot of excitement. For example, Nicole & I were hired at the same time at the YMCA, my book club girls are pretty much all YMCA-related...I could go on with many, many more!
- As of this December, I will have gotten a degree - well, here's to hoping I pass this one last class! I have been in school part-time for the majority, some semesters full-time, and it's been a long seven years in the making. I will not elaborate much further, because believe me, I am sure you will hear from me in December when I am done school officially!!
- I have hung out with my family a LOT. We like to laugh, chat about our days, eat and have fun.
- I've cooked a lot: yellow daal, spanakopita, classy chicken casserole, bruschetta...
- I've read lots of good books, even just this great one recently
- I've gone on a few excessively fun trips with even funner people: Vegas, Toronto, Hawaii, Arizona...