Saturday, May 28, 2016

Bolting the door on busy

Life some times can be super busy and often like I feel like I’m juggling more things than I can handle.

With getting up early to read board minutes/agendas, preparing for meetings, attending meetings, studying for a MOOC, completing pre-reading for leadership course and a community project while holding down a fulltime day job can be rewarding, time to relax also needs to be scheduled.

Burning the candle at both ends can be worthwhile but there has to times when I have to stop and recharge those batteries for me to handle these competing priorities.

This weekend was perfect.  It was so chilled and relaxed!

I got to sleep in, read for pleasure and take my time doing things that I don’t normally have time for. I got to take stock and reassess what I’m doing.   

I've been enjoying great music and some Salman Rushdie as well as lots of cups of coffee.

I love my life right now, it is so challenging and so interesting but it is hard work. But by having a weekend which focused on chillin’ was the perfect anecdote to a busy life.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Eating from the Urban Bowl

Tucked away between the office towers of Perth is a Vietnamese eatery that makes the best pho this side of Northbridge.

It is unassuming but makes a wonderful bowl of Pho that cures the lunchtime slump. The good thing about the Urban Bowl is that their Pho also comes in a cup if you’re not up to having a full bowl.

Their Spring Rolls are beautiful and are big enough to be a lunch in itself.

The only down to the Urban Bowl is that it shuts at 3 pm which is so Perth.

It always comes back to this question, why is it that Perth shuts down so early. Why is it that, apparently, you stop needing a bowl of Pho or a coffee after 3 or 4 pm?

The answer probably comes down to the lack of people hanging out in the city in the late afternoon and evening but really that is so boring!

Urban Bowl Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Ancora Imparo

Ancora Imparo is the motto of my alma mater and can be roughly translated as I’m still learning. 

For almost a year now I’ve had a bit of a side hustle in the non-for-profit sector to my full-time day job. Becoming a board member to a community service organisation and a peak disability advocacy organisation has been a great experience but it has been a bit of a learning curve.

Governance is something that I’m getting up to speed with. Risk appetite, strategy, reading financial documents and keeping up with the ever-changing legislative landscape are things that I am still learning about. Luckily, I’ve managed to go to an AICD course which helped but made me realised the complexities of running an organisation.

Leadership was another area that I wanted to develop. With two board roles comes responsibility and I want to learn how to be more effective in my advocacy. As Gandhi once said, ‘be the change that you want to see on the world’ and I thought doing Leadership WA’s Rising Leaders’ programme would help in that.

Finally, I am a bit of a newbie to the whole disability community and I’ve completed several MOOCs. The subjects were dry and they were a little more intense than I was expecting but it was good to get back into the discipline of study without having to pay for either of them.  

Time management was something I had always wanted to fine tune and with work, music, gym and side hustle I am still learning how to fit everything in. Life is great but it is full on but that is what makes it so interesting.


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