I now have 4 days of leave left before I return to work. The last 2 weeks have been productive, sorting through the house and disposing of anything that it no longer needed.We intend to shift to the country this year and after 35 years in the one house, we have accumulated sooooooooo much.
Other than working around home have not done anything exciting, in fact I have started to panic about returning to work! I am an anxious mess, worrying about anything and everything. I have a serious serious slump in self confidence (abilities, appearance etc.etc).I enjoy my job immensely and the company for whom I work.They have afforded me the opportunity to travel, explore new roles and included me in several projects, so why do I feel this way?
I am back again after taking a break,mainly due to the time constraints of travelling and working away.This year I am going to slow down and enjoy life and for me part of that is reading friends’ blogs and updating my own. Other pursuits will include more mindfulness, family, health and FUN.
Last year had it’s ups and downs. More ups that downs but there were some distressing times, which appear to be over now.Life can certainly throw up some challenges! I did spend several months living with my sister( while working in Regional Victoria) which was great. Much more fun than living in rented accommodation or a hotel.It has brought us closer and solidified our relationship. I enjoyed her company and we had fun!
I have 3 weeks of annual leave before I head back to work. Bliss 🙂
For me, disaster that is the catalyst for reflection about gratitude for those I love (family & friends), home, work and sadness for complete strangers whose lives are shattered.I do reflect on my life often but there is something about a disaster that drives home how fortunate I am even when times are tough.
Since this morning I have been listening to news alerts about Flight MH370. Hope has faded and retrieval teams are moving into the South China Sea.Passengers, boarded the flight, oblivious to the fate awaiting them. Family and friends headed home from the airport unaware of what was going on some 20,000 ft about the South China Sea.Lives will be changed forever, investigations will be mounted, fingers of blame will be pointed and voices will be raised about liability.Nothing will bring those passengers back, no tears of grief,investigation or class action. They are gone.
I have recently had my own reminder call to live each day as if it was my last. I am learning to let go of trivial irritations and treat each day as the bonus it is. I am finding unbelievable joy in many things that I had previously taken for granted. I am grateful and humbled when a client thanks me and tells me how I have changed their life. Glad that one day I may be remembered fondly as having made a difference, in some small way.What more could I ask for?
It has been so long since I posted here, I don’t know where to start.Firstly though, I was overwhelmed with happiness during the week when I opened my email to find a LinkedIn message from a very dear friend Lita (whom many who are followers here will know).It was the highlight of my week!
It was a hectic week, with the end of month madness at work,my birthday and a few other pressing matters, so it is good to have a day off today to relax.
I will try and make time to post regularly. My best wishes go out to all who drop by here and I would love to hear from you. MJ
I have just returned from doing the weekly shopping. Everything is packed away and I am enjoying a quiet sit down.
This morning , I was up and away early to attend the appointment in the city. Unfortunately, Prue was feeling unwell, so I went alone and caught the train back home immediately I finished my business in town.We will attend the Da Vinci exhibition another day. The train both ways, was packed with people going in to the tennis and children, who are still on school holidays.Federation Square( right in the heart of the city) was crowded with people walking shoulder to shoulder, visiting various exhibitions and displays that were on show, queuing up for tennis tickets and souvenirs or just taking a break from work out in the brilliant sunshine.There were buskers and other performers everywhere, keeping the crowds entertained, so I took a few minutes to enjoy the atmosphere, before I caught my return train.
There are a few things that residents of Victoria and in particular Melbourne are passionate about. They include, in no specific order, coffee, food,fashion, art, football and of course real estate( in all its forms).
We scan the daily papers and real estate sites, checking the latest sales results and listings and Melbournians attend week end auctions in the same way as others attend sporting events. We can’t get enough of it We compare how our individual properties have risen in value, discuss potential boom areas and delight in studying the photos in real estate agents’ windows.
If it is not sales we are discussing, it is renovations. One only has to visit the local hardware barn- Bunnings for confirmation that we are all trying to add value to our properties or visit one of the many Home Centres that have sprung up like mushrooms throughout the metropolitan area
Radio and TV chat shows always feature a so called expert,proffering advice to the the listener/viewer about property hot spots, or renovation advice, on a daily basis and the week end papers have real estate sections that are so large they have the potential to cause a hernia when lifted!
The way property prices have risen , I have to wonder if the younger generations will ever be able to afford their own property and in the future, we will become a city(and country) of renters?