Thriving Campus features testimonials, contributions and personal experiences linked to health and wellbeing from UBC staff members. This month we feature Liz Hudson, inventory manager at UBC Press.
Thriving at Work
My first secret to thriving at work is my daily bike commute. My bike commute clears my head in the morning and gets oxygen to my brain [so I’m] ready for a day of work; then it clears my head at the end of the day before my evening activities at home.
Second, I thrive because I love to learn and connect with others. At UBC we have so many opportunities to do activities, interact with others and learn new things. Either with office mates or solo, I’ve participated in a multitude of activities on campus including mindfulness training, tennis lessons, Pick your Peak Stair Challenge, Museum of Anthropology’s yoga classes (MOGA) the UBC Library/United Way Spelling Bee, Staff & Faculty Sports Day, Recess for Adults, Bike to Work Week and Toastmasters — and this is a curated list. With each activity, I’m grateful to work in a place that offers this wide range of activities.
I’m also really grateful for an office environment that is positive and supportive. Within the UBC Press office, we do regular clothing exchanges and potlucks. Each event that UBC offers or that our office organizes makes me feel part of a community and that, for me, is the key to thriving.
Thriving at Home
I thrive at home by maintaining a positive attitude and making my health a priority. I play on a soccer team and hockey team, and I enjoy playing tennis. Belonging to a team is the perfect activity: it satisfies my need for social interaction and physical exercise. I’m also an avid cook and love to try new healthy recipes (and some unhealthy ones!)
I also do volunteer work as a member of the Hockey Helps the Homeless committee here in Vancouver. I’ve coached my daughter’s soccer team and was manager of her soccer teams over the years. Similar to my work environment, I thrive at home by building a community of like-minded people and appreciating all that I have.
Liz Hudson works at UBC Press in the marketing department. She feels lucky to have landed a job at UBC Press after many years selling textbooks to universities across western Canada. With a degree in French and English from Western University, Liz previously taught high school French in Ontario and Alberta before moving westward and settling in Vancouver. Liz has a husband, two kids in elementary school and a few fish. Liz enjoys playing sports, hanging out with her family and hosting dinner parties with friends.
Photo credit: Liz Hudson