better things ahead

So I said to myself at the start of the year that this would be the year that I would get back on the blogging wagon. This was the year I’d be kicking goals with self-care and ticking things off the 101 in 1001 list.

However, somehow in the midst of trying to balance the usual commitments plus wedding planning and setting up our soon-to-be new home, what felt like non-essentials fell by the wayside. My new love for lettering has also wained due to just lack of energy, inspiration and motivation.

However, having a rare night to myself and my thoughts, it occurred to me that yesterday was my first year anniversary at my no-longer-new work place.

On 4 April 2016, after a decent “funemployment” spell, I rocked up to the city office of my new firm and discovered I had turned up at the wrong office! Safe to say, I’ve had a lot of learning and growth opportunities since then. I’ve been pushed out my comfort zone and realised my wings do work after all. I’ve found a quiet confidence in my own ability and potential. I’ve felt valued and part of something worth building. I should note that nothing from this last 365 (now 366) days discounts what happened the days/years proceeding it. If anything, the past is essential as it sets us up to what lies ahead.

But sometimes it’s only in hindsight that we see what C.S. Lewis observed:

CS Lewis Quote Far Better Things Ahead

There’s an element of faith and trust in that statement. Even if we don’t see the “better things” yet we have got to believe it is out there in order to make the first move.

Last year, I made the first move so that I can now tick goal 71 off the list.

Q1: What’s the “better things” ahead that you are believing for?

Q2: What’s the first move you need to make to get closer to the “better things”?

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Featured Image – Photo of sunset on St Kilda Road, 25 March 2017 (taken on iPhone 6s)

in between chapters and TBC

It has been over a month since my last post but a lot seems to have happened since then.

One of the biggest life milestone was finishing up at the job I had been in since I graduated from university.  Though I knew it was time to let go, it did not make the parting any less emotional.  There were many tears before and after the official announcement and on my last day, the waterworks hit even before I got up to say my final farewells.

It is still slightly surreal, probably because I have not started my new job yet but I’m sure once I’m back in an office space again it will hit me afresh.

What I realised was that at the core of it, it was the people, it was the relationships that I was finding hard to let go of.  I know it is not like I’m not going to be friends with my now ex-colleagues but it is more that the relationship dynamics have shifted, we won’t see each other every weekday anymore nor share in some of the in-jokes that used to fly across the partitions.  It is that ending that I still mourn quietly in the heart.

But as one wise man once said:

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.*

And now it is time for a new chapter, a new beginning.  The old is gone, the new has come (almost).  Trying to squeeze in the last few tasks on my to-do list before I settle back into the rhythms of full-time employment.

Continue reading “in between chapters and TBC”

kicking goals

So the 101 in 1001 list has been sitting there for a bit over a month now so it’s time for a progress report…

8. Order/buy a book I have read and give it away to someone – 10 Feb 2016

87. Read 10 new books [2/10]

4Dimensions

I came across The 4 Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership by Jenni Catron via the Propel Women mailing list.  They began their first ever book club towards the end of 2015 and of course being a lover of “firsts”, I wanted in too.  However,  even though I signed up to pre-order the book prior to its release, I didn’t really have time to read it until I was in Queensland in January 2016.

I must say that it was one of those books where I wanted to highlight every second paragraph.  It was packed with a lot of practical examples and real life experiences to demonstrate how effective leaders should be aware of leading with your HEART, SOUL, MIND and STRENGTH.

I’ve mentioned this book in conversation a number of times since reading it and I thought it would be a good one to pass on to some key leaders I know in my life.

Continue reading “kicking goals”

that time I travelled alone.

Wow.

It’s almost been a full year since I wrote on this blog and about 3 months since I wrote on the other one.

2015 was a pretty tough year.

Due to a lot of external pressures, I felt like I lost a lot of my soul last year.

I was stressed, worn out and didn’t really feel myself.

Some days I didn’t even want to get up in the morning.

So, I decided to do something for myself at the start of 2016.  I planned a holiday just for me; a time for replenishment and reflection; a time to refresh my soul.

A lot of people told me I was very brave to go on a trip by myself.  Won’t you get bored?  

It made sense to me.  I knew I was an introvert and in order to recharge I need to have alone time.  It was going to be great.

Continue reading “that time I travelled alone.”