The Hub Jason Rousell: Finish line

Moments with my support network have justified my insanity… and I owe them all thanks.

The last 28 months have been busy for me: moving, bringing a new baby in to the world, another on the way, taking on two new work assignments, and pursuing my Online Master of Business Administration for Executives (MBA) are just a few things on the list.

Yes, it’s been a whirlwind, but only in the best possible way. My friends, family and colleagues always say, “you’re crazy, Jason,” or “I don’t know how you do it all.” The irony is it’s because of them, my friends, family and colleagues, that I have been able to “do it all.” It all comes down to my support network and I would be remiss not to reflect on my MBA journey and thank those who have made it possible to keep my head above water.

My 2019 resolution is to live more in the moment. So, why not start now with a few moments that have helped me “do it all.”

November 1, 2018

“Are you still getting everything you need to be successful in your program?” my work leadership team asked as we tiredly laughed at the list of accomplishments our team proudly achieved in the last 12 months.

Everything I do at work is related back to course concepts and they encourage me to fully integrate work with school. Not to mention the flexibility. I’m able to work from home, escape a three-hour round trip commute and spend more time with my growing family. To answer their question, “yes, more than you know.”

November 27, 2018

“We don’t want to bother you; we know you’re busy,” my parents said just before I jumped in to tell them about my next (self-proclaimed) amazing case argument and supporting concept.

Completely oblivious, I went on for 20 minutes before realizing they were politely standing in the middle of the grocery store waiting for me to finish, all because they knew I could use the time to think it through. Realizing how often this likely happens, I have a more profound understanding of where my insanity comes from—they’re insane too (in family speak, that means thank you for always listening regardless of what aisle you’re in).

January 16, 2019

Approaching two years old, my daughter Greta was fed, bathed, sung to bed, and was fast asleep.

“We’re almost there,” Beth and I said to each other as we sat down to another perfectly prepared meal (of which I had nothing to do with, yet again). Moose was lying at our feet, barely able to keep his eyes open after another late night up with me while I put the final touches on my Applied Project Proposal—you’d think he’d be used to it by now. No words can explain Beth’s patience and support to make sure, no matter what, that I’m part of every family moment. And for this, I’m forever grateful. Beth, it’s a privilege to have you by my side.

Finish line

I’m nearly at the finish line thanks to my support network. These candid moments, created together, keep me strong. My insanity will continue beyond my MBA but I’m excited to create new moments with those who matter the most.

To each and every one of you, thank you for these moments.

Jason leads strategy and planning for Life and Health products at TD Insurance. He is currently working towards his Online MBA for Executives with Athabasca University, which he plans to finish in July, 2019. His friends, family, and colleagues know him well as a golf fanatic—he even holds a diploma in golf operations management.

  • February 28, 2019
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