• 2017 check-in

    I don't know why, but I am sitting thinking about my goals for 2017 and it made me reflect back on the post I wrote about 2016. I realised that some of goals I simply do not really want to do anymore. This is going to be a bit of a "2017 check-in" type of post to see where I am so if you aren't interested then head back to the home page to find something else to read.
    I spoke about studying - and although I am all for continued learning - I am not actually in the right mindset to focus on formal studies. I found that although I love what I do, I far more enjoy leading the delivery of a team and because of this my focus has shifted. I am doing some on the job development (I am so grateful my line manager is coaching me on the job) and learning the ropes of Project Management. I have done some project management deliverables in the past but the work I am doing now is far more in-depth and I am enjoying it alongside my typical Business Analysis tasks. Career wise, I have also been line managing staff and continued my mentoring of others. I am involved with the second year Information Systems class course work at UCT again this year. It's really rewarding doing this and I still thoroughly enjoy it.

    JP and I have also been spending a lot of time on our home. Well, we are still in the planning phases of it. But we want to redo all the tiles in 90% of our house, revamp the kitchen and also sort out our garage. There are so many things we want to get done and it is so overwhelming - you don't even know where to start! It is however very exciting and it's always rewarding after finishing off a project. Last year we turned an unused outside area into a home gym which we use 2 - 3 times a week. The room was a pain to redo and such an inconvenience at the time, but it has changed the way we live in our home in such a big way. I am trying to keep that in mind while doing the planning for the work we want to do this year.

    Travel and weekends away. JP and I have done 3 weekends away, which isn't bad for only being in May - Groot Brak, Aquila and Darling. I don't really think we'll do too many more weekends away because of the cost of renovations and to be honest, I am not sure if we'll do an overseas trip. The pieces of home improvements we want to do are not cheap and we don't want to exhaust our savings too much. So that is hanging in the air at the moment. If we do manage to do a trip, I think a trip to Reunion will be good. JP and I are both keen to go there and at least it won't be as expensive. We'll have to wait and see.

    Anyway, this was just a short personal post. Probably as boring as hell to read but I was just in the mood to reflect back a bit and see how far I have come.  So far, I am really happy with how 2017 is going. There are some rough patches coming up, my Mom and most likely my sister, will both be needing to have operations this year. I am a BIG worrier and its already occupying my mind like crazy. But I have faith that all will go well and they will be much better after healing.

    So there is my quick update - for those of you who have come this far - how is 2017 treating you?

    Big Hugs,
    Charlene XXX


    1. I really do love personal posts. Good luck with the renovations. This is the 3rd year in a row we are working on our house and even though this year has been MUCH better so far, it is horrible. Last year was the absolute worst and I never want to do it again. Next time it is that bad I want to be on a cruise while the work is happening ;)

      So sorry to hear about your mom and sister. I will be keeping them in thought and prayer and I too have faith everything will go well.
      Thanks for sharing.

      1. Thank you so much Michelle. YOu have me so worried about the renovations now...haha haha. But I know it'll be worth it in the end...although maybe I should book myself on a cruise and let JP deal with the mess...LOL.

        Big Hugs XXX


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