• Life Update

    I haven't really been consistent with my blogging at all this year and it feels as if every other month it is a routine activity for me to come on here to let you know where I have been.

    Basically this year I have had much of a focus on my personal development and I've been taking a much closer look at my career. For a while now (actually for years), I have really struggled to see where I was heading and didn't really know what it is that I want to achieve.  I still don't have all the answers (which is rather frustrating at times) but I have found some clarity which lead me to try out a few things. More specifically, I did a short course through UCT in Fundamentals of Values-based Leadership (it is offered online through GetSmarter). It was such a wonderful period (although very demanding 6 week) and I discovered a deeper interest in values, how they shape the culture and ultimately creates the identity of a company.

    While still busy with this course I decided to submit an abstract to speak at the the Business Analysis Summit again. This conference is a big deal in the Business Analysis industry and I've spoken there previously, but last year when I submitted an abstract it wasn't successful. It took quite a bit of self-motivation to try again. The fear of rejection is always something that lingers in the back of my mind. I think this is something that affects lots of people but one approach I have had this year is to spend more time reflection on things. When I had another look at my proposed talk for last year, it was good - it just wasn't the right fit for the conference at the time. With that in mind, I sucked it up and submitted my idea. After a few weeks of waiting for feedback from the selection panel, I found out that my idea was successful and that means I'll be presenting in October. I am really looking forward to it and have been preparing my presentation during my spare time.  It really is a lot of work and I am trying to find a good balance of working on it and spending time with my family (while working on some really demanding projects at work).

    What this means is that there just isn't any room left in my day to dedicate to my blog.  To be completely honest, I have really struggled this year with feeling a connection to this space. Over the 6 years of working on this blog, I've gone through these waves and I am hoping it is just a phase which I will get over. I will keep you updated should I make any big decisions but for now, I am just letting things run their course.

    Otherwise, not too much else has been going on. In August JP and I took the day of his birthday off and headed to Tulbagh to celebrate but also to relax. We explored a few wine farms, did a short hike to a waterfall just outside Tulbagh and relaxed the rest of the time. It was just what we needed. I always love going to Tulbagh. It is an incredibly beautiful area.

    I tend to share more content on my Instagram account when things are happening. It is just a lot easier - I know that because I don't post regularly, my content will be buried deep in your feed. So if you are interested in having a catchup, I'll leave a link here to my Instagram account (gee_whiskers).

    Hope you all have a great rest of your week!

    Big Hugs,
    Charlene XXX

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