What exactly does a CEO do all day I hear you ask? Well, let me tell you, it’s alot.
Last week I took part in something called a Takeover Day, it’s where some of the most executive roles at CLIC Sargent were taken over by some of the Young People that volunteer and participate with them. I was assigned as CEO for the day which was a bit surprising seen as I’m the last person you’d see chairing a meeting on a normal day, of the group doing it I’m not the loudest voice in the room so had no idea how I’d be a CEO all day but I surprised myself and I think a few others too. (Also…is it that surprising? I’m awesome!)
The day started pretty early but I set up a Facebook group chat to connect with my fellow takeover team…some I had met some I hadn’t, it was all very exciting. I did have the Director of Services for the day ask where his company car was (they don’t have company cars!) And I am still waiting for someone to nominate themselves to fetch me coffee though I have to say my assistant for the day Seren was amazing and very on the ball. Although it was quite strange to have an assistant…I was so nervous about telling others what to do or asking for things but I think I managed ok, I didn’t tell anyone to outright go away so that’s good.
Check out my door!
What does it even mean to be someone’s friend these days? It seems more and more as people get older they feel like they have some sort of loyalty to people they’ve known forever even if they have nothing in common anymore and as people start families, get engaged, work full time and things I guess they don’t get to meet new people as often as they would have at college, school and university.
I’ve had people I hadn’t spoken to in years that I never really got on with want to suddenly be friends because we had some tiny tenuous link to a common interest. I keep my circle fairly small and I’m lucky enough to be able to do that because I have those friends everyone hopes they will find, the one’s that stand by you through anything and everything and that you can get up to lots of random fun with when you’re together. Actually, most of those people don’t live close to me, which makes it even more special that we have those relationships.
Today has been a busy but very worthwhile day. I’ve been at the CLIC Sargent offices and it’s been brand launch day (as if you hadn’t noticed from my social media activity!) The atmosphere in the office was amazing and everyone is embracing the new brand. It’s only up for the charity from here and I can’t wait to see and be involved in the ongoing improvements.
My very close friend who I met during his treatment and couldn’t be prouder of is a Trustee with lived experience for the charity now and he gave me this quote that I want to share with you. It sums up perfectly not only my own view but that of the young people I am close to and the aim of the charity to work together.
“I have heard too many sad real life stories. Enough is enough! Say no to what cancer does to you! Let us work together in this fight!”
Above – Jason modelling the new brand.
That’s me over and out for the day. Thankyou for all the amazing support you’ve shown today in sharing, liking and starting conversations about cancer and CLIC Sargent. Next time you hear Young Lives vs Cancer or the name CLIC Sargent I hope you’ll know what they do, be aware of the impact cancer has and want to join the fight.
The YPRG showing Jason our support 🙂
It’s the first of November, not only the time for Halloween parties to finish and for thinking ahead to Christmas but also the day myself and many of my friends have been excited for. For the past six months or so CLIC Sargent’s Young People’s Reference Group (YPRG) who are a kind of advisory group of young people who have lived with cancer which I am a member of have been working alongside the charity in their rebranding process. Yes you read that right they are finally rebranding!
Me and my gorgeous dog modelling the new brand.
This week we’re discussing my Monday, mostly because it was fabulous to say the least but also because I didn’t have that Monday feeling we all know and hate so well!
We’ll start at the beginning (a very good place to start and all.) I had breakfast with my mum and my aunt in which they both ordered two breakfasts despite us all supposedly following slimming world, I guess that was the start of my slimming plan going out the window for the day.
I wasn’t overly listening to their conversation as my mind was elsewhere looking forward to my night in the city of London. I do love London and anyone that knows me knows I’m there quite often these days, I’ve heard a lot of people say they couldn’t cope with how busy it is but I honestly love it. I don’t mind being by myself there either, I think there’s something about being alone in a world full of strangers that gets the creativeness in me flowing and there’s inspiration everywhere you turn. I’m constantly taking pictures, seeing things I can write about or making a mental note to ask my London based friends about something I’ve spotted.
Freya Scarlet, my bug, baby paws and Princess,
A year ago today my life changed. I knew it would but had no idea how much, even sitting with you in my arms on your first day in this world I didn’t know what was in store.
Since that day I’ve changed and so have you, you’ve come so far. From those days where you wore a leg brace to fix your tiny hips to now chasing your puppy around the room. I’m proud of your perseverance, your determination to do those things you probably shouldn’t be doing like opening tubs of biscuits to help yourself and the way you grin when you see people you know walk through the door.
To the ones who will never quite understand,
I read an article recently that made me sad, not only because I could relate but because it was so real. It was about those friends we all have and assume will be around forever.
I had friends from a young age that I couldn’t imagine not meeting up for coffee or having long chats with, the type who no matter how long has passed you still connect instantly with. At least it used to be that way. Things change, life moves on and we all develop every day, grow into new people. Sometimes its hard to accept that people just aren’t meant to be in your life anymore or that maybe effort needs to be made to change the type of friendship you have.