So I said to myself at the start of the year that thiswould 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:
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”?
Featured Image – Photo of sunset on St Kilda Road, 25 March 2017 (taken on iPhone 6s)
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]
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.
2013 was a massive year for a lot of people I know – there were a lot of engagements, a few marriages, new jobs, a few new bubs that came along, travel exchanges…
For me, 2013 was a year of transition and change. Stepping away from the life rhythms of a student into the realities of working life was a lot more challenging than I anticipated and I probably had a bit too much on my plate than my introverted self could comfortably handle.
However, having had a chance to really sit back and reflect on the past 365 days, even with its ups and downs, it has been pretty awesome. Made lots of new friends and had a whole host of new experiences. Here are a few of my favourite moments (CLICK BELOW; as posted on Instagram):
The top two personal highlights have probably got to be securing a permanent position for 2014 at my current workplace and being a part of the “Floodgates” music project with my recording-artist-friend, Dale Hembrow (EP to be released early 2014!!).
Now with the start of a new year, I’ve been thinking about what resolutions to make. I’m pretty big on setting goals because at the very least, even if you don’t achieve them all, it gives you a direction and a target to work towards.
Here’s a few good suggestions I’ve found over the inter webs:
I’m going to try to NOT blog or Facebook for 30 days lol so that I can learn to play the guitar in 30 days. Learning to play the guitar has been on my ‘to-do list’ since forever and though I’ve tried many times, I seem to always find something else to do rather than practice it. SO, every time I’m inclined to blog or check facebook, I’m going to go and pick up the guitar (and try to do that every other day too). —> REVISED: I fell through on the self-bane from Facebook on 15th Jan however, will attempt to resist blogging until the 30 days are up!
I’m also going to try being a vegetarian for 30 days which is also apart of a ‘Daniel fast’ I’m doing until the end of January. This will be tough since my family always jokes about how I always need my meat lol!
What would you like to try for 30 days? (I won’t be replying comments for the next 30 days but I’d be interested to hear your ideas)
Have a great 30 days then, everyone! I’ll see you on the other side ;).