Choosing And Using Assertiveness

In the trades, life is easier if you can communicate clearly with others. Heck, ALL OF LIFE is easier when you can communicate clearly with others!  And communicating assertively has pretty much become my new daily mantra. What is assertiveness?  An honest, direct, and appropriate expression of one’s feelings, thoughts, beliefs and needs without undue … Continue reading Choosing And Using Assertiveness

On Becoming Journeyed; Four lessons I have learned the hard way as a trade woman.

  I have recently officially received my papers showing I have completed my apprenticeship.  I have endured 6000 workplace hours, taken four levels of electrical schooling, and am now called a journeyman/journeywoman/journeyperson.  I have been working towards this accomplishment vehemently for about five years, and oh, what a journey it has been.  I am now … Continue reading On Becoming Journeyed; Four lessons I have learned the hard way as a trade woman.

WOMENS COMMITTEE, TREEPLANTING AND LOVE

It’s a weeknight at around 7:00 PM, somewhere in a sub-urban neighborhood, sheltered by commercial box stores and busy sidewalk lined streets. I can hear traffic, and smell food cooking.  We are outside a pub, and I am listening to a few other women carry on a conversation about motorcycles, because they like to ride … Continue reading WOMENS COMMITTEE, TREEPLANTING AND LOVE