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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

ADAM OLSEN - Writing has become an important part of my daily routine but I will need to make a few adjustments as I look to manage a larger workload

Please note ... this is an amalgamation of two separate blog posts from Adam Olsen ... one from December 29th, and the other from today, January 1st, 2020

For those of you who have been following my daily blogging for the past year ... Thank you!

2019 was an incredible year. It was a year of learning and growth where some things were done well, and some things were done less well.

I'm so thankful to have a loving and supportive family, to work side-by-side with an incredible team of passionate people, and to have the honour of representing an animated and engaged constituency.

I am excited about the year ahead and resolve to:
1.   Seek advice from people with diverse opinions and perspectives,
2.   Ask difficult questions respectfully,
3.   Lead courageously,
4.   Remain balanced - attentive to my personal physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, and
5.   Laugh more!

Now, I've begun to slowly turn my mind to what is next.

Shortly, I will be assuming the responsibility of the office of the BC Green Party leader. It's a short-lived post as we will elect a new leader at the end of June.

Nevertheless, there is a lot to do between now and then.

I've learned from my experience with each session in the Legislature that bad habits begin to creep in when my daily burden increases. It's easy to shake off the morning walk because of a drenching downpour, exhaustion justifies skipping the evening yoga practice, while back-to-back meetings disrupt healthy eating habits.

Adding work cannot be at the expense of wellness.

Writing has become an important part of my daily routine but I will need to make a few adjustments as I look to manage a larger workload. 

I'm going to try to continue to post to my blog a few times per week. So, I might not blog daily but I'll continue to share my experience as an MLA, and now the interim-leader of the BC Greens, as often as possible in 2020.

Thank you for joining me on this journey!

Adam Olsen (SȾHENEP) loves his job as the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Saanich North and the Islands; he was first elected in May 2017. Born in Victoria, BC in 1976, Adam has lived, worked and played his entire life on the Saanich Peninsula. He is a member of Tsartlip First Nation (W̱JOȽEȽP), where he and his wife, Emily, are raising their two children, Silas and Ella.


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