Saturday, October 18, 2014

Back to Life...Back to Reality

I feel like it's been forever since I wrote a blog...but really I've been blogging practically all week with mini-blogs and promotional content. It feels good to be back and tell my story and I love that I still have some loyal followers on google, twitter, facebook and most of all my personal mailing list. Thank You so much for joining me.

photo credit - CKCorreia 2014 All rights reserved
It's the weekend again and I am basking in the afterglow of my recent trip. Well...I sorta dramatized that expression a wee bit:) It was a good get-away weekend to refuel and reconnect. And now, that season has come and gone just like everything else in life. It's now back to regularly scheduled programming.

Technology in the 21st century has afforded us the opportunity to live life in colour. Many of us transition through space and time with the privilege of travel and technology. I say privilege because although it is now widely accessible, there are many barriers and restrictions for many reasons as we can see in the news today. 

As my Caribbean Airlines flight ascended off the runway to make it's way to Grenada, my memory involuntarily took me back to my very first plane ride when I was 9 year's old to New Jersey to visit cousins. Last weekend, I made a mental note then and there to thank my mom when I got back home for introducing me to this new and exciting world of travel. That was the first and only time I ever travelled with company. Since then I have been more or less travelling on my own (even on the Tobago ferry save for a few instances)--something that I used to take for granted. 

Now when I look back on it, all those long journeys and connecting flights by myself as a teen and then later on, was a demonstration of true courage and independence. I still get nervous and butterflies before flying, but I think this trip nipped that fear in the bud once and for all.

I am making a conscious effort to make this blog short. Many things are happening simultaneously. Tonight I started studying for a pilot HR exam. As I listened to the podcasts, I marvelled again at how technology has catapulted us into an age where learning is out-of-the box: creative, dynamic, compelling and interactive. It's in your face and hard to ignore. Makes you want to grab your pen and a notebook and then turn that knowledge into a living, breathing thing. 

As I listened and took notes, I thought about how I can transfer my learning experience into my own workshops as it is all related. I marvelled again at how far we've come...when I did my first degree and then my masters in 2008, there was no such thing as podcasts and even skype was not so prevalent. I had to sift through several large binders of printed research material, tons of books and antiquated videos. It makes you appreciate your education and sacrifices even more. Time is really something.

With that said, I hope I can successfully master this balancing act to get all of this research done in time and pass the exam. If I do, I will then be certified SHRM-SCP. Just for information purposes, SHRM is an international body for everything HR. The acronym stands for the Society for Human Resource Management. 

I also have to structure my time wisely to get done all the paperwork and research needed for my new initiatives/projects and potential partnerships. Some of which include: my book signing/launch of my audio book coming up in November for Thinking out Loud, the completion of my second book by year's end, National Library week activities and other presentations. Meanwhile the biggest project right now is the production of a magazine and other board related work, as I fulfil my duties as Editor-in-Chief.

I am weary, yet I remain grateful because if history repeats itself, it will turn out just fabulous.

What would make this week complete is a glass of wine, but unfortunately my doctor said this does not agree with Ibuprofen! The hazards of working at home...I will save that for another blog :-)

How was your week? How did you change it up to break the monotony?

Until next time...Peace, Love & Happiness...