It’s been a hectic start to the year! My poor brain has moments when it just feels like it wants to shut down. So I gave it a break from blogging and a few other endeavours for fear of overloading it. Time to hit the road again so welcome back and enjoy the ride 🙂
My first two months of 2018 has been filled with change and challenges and lots of excitement. I am thrilled to say that March will not be any different! In fact, I was sitting in a meeting this afternoon which was attended by a new director. Turns out he is a very curious mind and approached the topic under discussion from a very different angle than I had encountered in a while. It was a refreshing and energising change. It got me thinking about how easy it is to develop tunnel vision when you are constantly surrounded by the same people or get yourself into a rut when you get into a routine.
Now don’t get me wrong. Some routines are a good thing. They help give your day structure so that you do what you have to do so that you can do what you want to do. (Got that one from Denzil Washington on Oprah 🙂 ) They also help you implement good habits that you may want to instil in yourself. So yes, routines definitely have their place. Some routines eventually just become a bore though and before you know it, you are feeling like a hamster in a wheel. Round and round you go. I feel like have been that little hamster for a while now.
Then 31st December rolled around. I saw in the new year with my loved ones as well as a few new people. It was the first time in about 7 years that I had stepped out of my comfort zone to see in the new year. It was as if that small change has triggered lots of new experiences for me. I don’t always realise that I am having a new experience or experiencing something familiar in a new way until the moment is over. Fortunately, I do realise it at some point after and am able to take a moment to be grateful for the experience.
What’s all this new stuff you ask…well…where shall I start? I have rekindled an old friendship and bonded with some of my favourite cousins. I largely only see my cousins at family gatherings as we live far apart. It has been refreshing and fulfilling bonding with them all. These are people that I can be myself with and they love me anyway and that means the world to me. They also enlighten me by sharing their life experiences with and challenge me when I am going off on a tangent. I love it!
I have finally fufilled my promise to take my son to the museum. It’s probably seems like a small thing but it was a big deal to him. We both love museums so I was pretty excited to go as well. I must say that it was much smaller than we anticipated although they were renovating so perhaps that’s why. Mr suddenly got a bee in his bonnet about seeing snakes so he ended up missing an entire section (just in case…sigh). The joys of having a smart munchkin who can also be a bit OCD about certain things…lol. He makes my day everyday though!
About 2 weeks ago I had the privilage of spending a few days in Dubai for work. All very last minute and very daunting as we were hosting our global VP. I was beside myside. I had never had to have breakfast, lunch and super with my VP for 3 straight days before. Glad I had the opportunity though. She is a remarkable woman with loads of knowledge that she enjoys sharing. It was a huge learning curve. In those 3 short days, I also fell in love with Lebonese food, rode a camel, saw springboks in the desert(!), marvelled at the architecture (especially the Burj Khalifa) and was floored by the sheer size of the Dubai Mall. Oh wait…I had a cappuccino with camel’s milk as well (Super rich!). Totally by accident of course but hey it counts as a new experience and I also had my most expensive cappuccino at the hotel. I could have bought 3 for the same price in South Africa!
My trip home was a daytime flight so for the first time I was able to see the landscapes we were flying over. As we flew over the desert just out side Dubai, I was amazed to see that every “farmhouse” had a tree or two next to it. The landscape varies over the Middle East but it is all brown. Once you enter Africa, the landscape changes to green and stays that way. Beautiful to see. I love Africa!
Well, that’s just a taste of some of the change that has happened in my world of late. Like I said, lots more still to come so do stay tuned. Better yet…sign up via email so that you don’t miss out. I promise your email will not be shared or sold. I hate spam as much as you do.
I’ll leave you with a Kossi proverb about change…