Spring has SprungPublished: 2019-03-19 09:35
Hello and a happy spring to everyone. I am going to stretch the Spring metaphor as much as I can here, as by my experiences so far this year it’s going to be full of growth, new beginnings and experiences.
This will be my first post for 2019 and is a bit shorter than my usual entries. This can be split up into two parts, really – the work stuff and the house stuff.
The Work Stuff:
Work currently tends to be the thing that keeps me bouncing on my heels. There have been a lot of changes and shifts in my role over the past few years along with huge shifts in priorities and accountability overall. These first two months of 2019 have been full of new beginnings (there’s that spring metaphor again) for a lot of my team. Naturally with changes in the day-to-day role, new opportunities and possibilities become available. Getting stuck in to new ways of doings things and having more accountability is great of course. I am now directly responsible for a much broader and impactful range of projects which is exiting and motivating. Nevertheless, being the final checkpoint for anything important comes with its own stresses, but I try and channel my inner duck with the larger projects – calm on the surface with the legs busy underwater .
We had a blog meeting not too long ago, just touching base and exchanging ideas with the other writers. It was during this reflection, looking back on previous topics I have touched on (don’t want to repeat myself and sound stale now do I?) I found some measure of satisfaction in seeing how often the words “opportunity” and “change” pop up in my musings. I am not trying to preach to anyone here, it’s more a reflection that I started working for Essity as a neophyte graduate a few years ago and have already seen massive changes in the company I work for. This also extends to the things I do day-to-day and the general capabilities required for my work, as well as how I have handled the curveballs professional life has thrown at me.
The House Stuff:
On the flip side, something I have been working towards since I was 16 is finally coming to fruition, which is more than a decade ago now (gulp). Another new beginning, or chapter at least – I am finally getting both feet well and truly on the property ladder.
It’s amazing how things you never thought were important become so, and how stressful choosing a place to invest a lifetime worth of debt into is. There are some massive decisions to make. These decisions go well beyond heated discussions over which shade of ironing board cover to get (a genuine and lengthy discussion I had not too long ago with my girlfriend). For example – when looking at some houses, I had a complete meltdown about a home I really liked, and my girlfriend didn’t. Her reasons being she wanted a door to the kitchen and not an open plan one like we have now. I replied that that was something we had never discussed, and she reminded me we had – que heated discussion. This lasted all the way back home until we both agreed I didn’t really like the house anyway and that kitchens must have doors. That was day one. I have to say with that experience in mind we do have a much clearer idea about what we actually need and what we want.
The housing odyssey continues but I’ll be sure to update the blog with any major growth here. As for the professional life – I am sure to get all new perspectives from the new day-to-day dynamic. The next few months are going to be about flexibility, patience, appreciating my limits and asking for help when its needed. Its shaping up to be a busy year