Category “Work Life Balance”

For Love or Money?

Thursday, 2 February, 2012

What’s the one thing that you would spend money (that you didn’t really have to spare) on?

I think, for me, it boils down to two contenders: concerts and travel.

I love going to concerts and am still not tired of the novelty of seeing bands that I have loved forever LIVE! Having grown up waaaay down south, where very few bands, expect those with a giant budget, dare to go, I missed out on so many shows I would’ve loved to have seen, and so now I’m making up for lost time and cram in as many live shows as I possibly can, whether the budget really allows it or not πŸ™‚ )There’s something so magical about the energy of the crowd and the almost surreal quality of hearing something done live that you’ve listening to hundreds and hundreds of times on a recording.

Then there’s travel. I would never, ever say ‘no!’ to exploring new places, seeing new sights, meeting new people, savouring new foods, and experiencing different cultures. Not only does it fuel my imagination and allow me to explore one of my passions, photography, it also often changes my thinking or gives me new insights or allows me to understand someone better.

To quote Mastercard: Priceless.

 

Where are you, in the moment?

Wednesday, 9 February, 2011

I know it’s been too long when I forget my login info for a sec! Yikes… where is February going? I feel like the first part of the year is flying by, especially when my classes start heading into mid-terms (though we do work on a different schedule in part-time studies to other school terms)…

I also know it’s been too long when I see all the updates I have to do to all my WordPress systems! Sigh… Wouldn’t it be nice to have an update button for life? You could just hit a download button and be instantly up to date on everything… that is something I would pay for πŸ™‚

Communication Workshops and Training

On a different note, I’m really looking this year to do a lot more workshops and in-house training, so if anyone is looking for help with updating their own or their staff’s communication skills (especially in the realm of presentations and business writing), then let me know.

Next month, I am going to be doing another Cover Letter and Resume workshop for Wired Woman, so if you are looking for help updating your current resume and getting it job-ready, or if you need tips on how to write a cover letter that gets you noticed in a positive way, then check out the Wired Woman website for more details and to register.

Time, Time, Time…

The important thing with time is to remember that you can either fill it with things that satisfy you, or things that, at the time, seem great, but in fact leave you with the feeling that you wasted your day. Sometimes it is hard to know the difference in the moment, but it’s really important to do what gives you energy, and what fulfills you, each day.

All this means I have to make a note for myself to spend more time writing and updating my blog!

Geraldine

Getting Back to Basics

Wednesday, 19 January, 2011

One of the hardest things after a long break is getting back into one’s routine… a new year, a new set of goals, but also the usual day-to-day responsibilities, and of course, work.

The plus side of a wonderful holiday is that it ideally gives you the energy and kick-start one needs to get going in the new year. However, when it has been SO relaxing, it can also take a long time to get back into the swing of things.

I find that what really helps me is to start small, and get back to basics. Build a list of goals, as well as a list of the essential “Have tos”; those naggy, admin-related things that just have to happen whether I like it or not. I then try and prioritise and ensure that the most important things get done first. Of course, having to also go back to teaching and the start of a new term means that I just have to do it… no excuses, no stalling (well maybe a little πŸ™‚ )…

With my other work, it can be a lot harder, as all clients are a priority. One has to find the balance and not undo all the work of the relaxing holiday either! AH the fine line…

Personally, I am still struggling with jetlag, which takes a helluva long time to get over, and all the bits and bobs of post-travel come down. But here’s to a wonderful 2011, with less stress, more success, and above all, enjoyment and contentment.

Geraldine

R and R

Monday, 6 December, 2010

I know this can be a wickedly busy time of year, where everything gets blurry round the edges (wait, is that because of too much eggnog πŸ™‚ ) and a little stressful, but don’t forget to take some time out to be thankful for friends and family, goodies and treats, and also to rest!

I plan on resting and recharging as much as I can, to ensure I am rearing to go for 2011. 2011!! It’s terrifying to write. As an entrepreneur and teacher, I spend most of the year giving a lot of my energy to students, clients, employers, family, friends etc. and so often I have to force myself to remember Β to take some time for me, to give myself permission to take some time off (and that includes brain-time too; i.e. NOT thinking about next term, the next project, my to do lists).

Although I usually take time around my birthday to check in with myself and my list of goals and wants and needs, I also do like to think about what I want the next year to be like as the old year draws to a close. I am excited for new opportunities, new friendships, new projects, and of course, a new term of students. I also like to reflect on everything that has happened in the old year (good and bad) and see where I need to improve, what I am proud of, and what I would like to make sure I achieve in the following year.

Most importantly, however, is to just be in the moment and enjoy myself! Don’t forget to do this for yourselves.

Happy holidays to you all,

Geraldine