By Melissa Lafrance on February 3, 2016
This month’s Thriving Campus feature is Natasha Moore, Research and Evaluations Analyst within the Vice President, Students portfolio.
Thriving Campus features, testimonials, contributions and personal experiences linked to health and wellbeing from UBC staff.
How do you thrive at Work?
Before I came to UBC, I worked for a small tech company. Our office had a spectacular view of the city of Vancouver and North Shore mountains. We also had a fabulous deck on which to enjoy this view! The deck got great sunshine and after a summer there I decided that a little roof top garden was in order. I grew tomatoes, strawberries and lots of delicious herbs and lettuce greens. Taking time during the day to tend to my garden, being able to harvest for my lunch, and share with others was a joy.
The essence of that spirit is how I thrive at work. For me, it’s about engaging and creating a fulfilling space that’s an extension of my day to day work. In coming to UBC, a key element of this has been to look for and join initiatives or volunteer programs that give me the opportunity to engage in different ways with the UBC community, like the Harvest Feast organizing committee and Walkabout.
On my to-do list for Thriving at Work is to attend the meditation sessions on campus and take advantage of our beautiful location on regular walking breaks. That’s a nice looking to-do list!
How do you thrive at Home?
Reflecting about how I thrive at home, I realized that it’s very much the same as how I thrive at work; indeed I’ve begun more and more to see them as interrelated or connected parts of a whole. Currently, when not at work, I volunteer my time and do things that engage me creatively. I’ve recently rediscovered singing as something that gives me great joy and now wonder how I lived without it for so long. What I love about this is that it shows me that the things that bring us joy can ebb and flow. At the moment, it’s singing and community work. In recent years, it was training and racing triathlon, and before that live music. In the years to come perhaps I’ll find a magic combination of all of them (I think that’s called retirement!) but for now, I’ll sing to my heart’s content.
Natasha Moore is a Research and Evaluation Analyst within the Vice President, Students portfolio. That means working with a lot of data, surveys, evaluation frameworks and graphs. Fortunately, it also means engaging with a diverse range of staff, faculty and students across the UBC community and supporting many interesting and innovative initiatives. Natasha is Canadian-born but Australian-raised which means she is polite, a little bit cheeky and has a penchant for enjoying a tasty beer with friends.