All right, I realise that Halloween is fast approaching, but I promise: I’m not intentionally wreaking havoc with the appearance of my site! Rather, am hoping that, with benefit of e-mails I’ve sent to the good folks at WordPress, my wonderful publishing platform, Exceptional EA will soon be back to its regular appearance.
If you’re among those following Exceptional EA, or regularly logging in, you’re part of a growing international community – for, as Exceptional EA approaches its three-month mark, readers have been logging on from Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA – to whom I offer thanks for subscribing, and for your patience.
In the interim, it’s not just this site that appears to have hit the wall. In fact, the word “full” might be an apt word to describe this writer’s month to date. Beyond the typical commitments, my always full and stimulating (seriously!) professional role has, in the last week and a half, encompassed:
- one conference in BC’s beautiful and hospitable Comox Valley, which entailed travel in a couple of 18-seater planes bookcasing inspiring education, a much appreciated opportunity to reconnect with professional peers who have become friends and valued supporters of one another, and the discovery of Blue Moon Winery, a must-visit for any foodie travelling to Courtenay. If you enjoy agritourism, you’ll want to visit Marla and George, a landscape architect and engineer who are committed to organic and sustainable farming methods, and to being exceptional hosts.
- work underway on a retreat planned for this coming weekend
- partial coverage for a colleague enjoying a well deserved vacation in the sun
- a half-day webinar, undertaken as part of ongoing professional development
… all wrapped around a cold that continues to make the rounds of our offices and our home!
With Thanksgiving and work-life balance in mind, this past weekend was time for family. After a quick stop at one of the final Farmers’ Markets of the season, we spent much of Sunday preparing and serving up dinner (with a couple of recipes soon to follow on Exceptional EA). With Vancouver drenched in gorgeous Fall sunshine, we took advantage of Monday’s holiday to enjoy an extended walk along some of Vancouver’s finest beaches before returning to the office yesterday. So, with fingers crossed for early restoration of this site’s regular format, here’s hoping you’re also ensuring you make time for balance between your professional and personal lives.