Lull or Null?

If you run in the same or similar circles on SoMe to me and on the whole I’m assuming you do, then I’m sure you’ve seen this blog from @Rachiemouce that sparked this blog from @HRmanNZ, and we’re waiting on a follow up from @everydaymanager as I write. So yep, I’m jumping on the band wagon. I love this sort of thing, I love people, opinions, perspectives and some healthy debate and hopefully sparking of new ideas. And to be fair, for me, it’s exactly the post / comments I needed to really kick start me back into this arena in 2016.

I tuned out over the Christmas / New Year’s break…and to be fair there were days I regretted my sign out/off period while we battered wind and rain in our NZ summer, but the days where the sun was shining and the beach was beckoning made it all too easy. Now we’re all back at work, and in our particular pocket of the world the weather is spectacular; today alone I came home from work, swam for exercise for an hour alone then was joined by my daughter and extended family for “canon bombs” in the pool according to Miss 5 for a further hour. Bliss. What could be better?!

Sure I sit here now a few hours later with family staying over, at my computer working (and now blogging!), but it’s worth it. I switched off, I’m back on, but I’m easing in to it. I missed the posts and the updates initially – and like I say most especially on the rainy days, but the silence was nice for bit. And that my point in all of this, for a bit. I’m ready now to start again, recharged, and missing the conversations, the learning’s, the debates, the laughs and the networking. Yes, there’s a lot of noise, but there’s so much to be gained as well.

I wonder if we notice this lag in kiwi land or indeed the Southern Hemisphere while we’re all in summer – and do we notice the same from our Northern counterparts when their summer hits and they go out to play?

I wonder too if it’s new year, new role? I’m in that boat so there’s more than usual to get my head around and to think about on a daily basis, meaning other things are taking a priority for right now, but by no means do I intend for that to go on. Who else is in that boat? Many in my personal circles, so again I’m assuming (and yes I know that old saying assume makes an ass out of you and me),that there are others out there in this boat?

Or I’m simply making excuses? Blind to the change in front of us? I hope not and I don’t think so. There is a lot of noise, but there’s also a lot of cut through. And I for one am not signing out. I look forward to the learning, the development, challenges in thinking /ways of working / behaviours / processes etc  that 2016 brings me via blogging and SoMe. And most of all I look forward to the connections. There are people I’ve never even met in real life that I feel close to, that I care about and are part of my circles I’ve only met through these channels. There are others I’ve connected with that I look up to, admire and learn from. I’d hate to think there was an end to this. It’s so valuable for all of us and a largely untouched and unchartered as far as I can see…the cool kids always move on first and the rest of us play catch up…but in this instance I’m looking forward to catching up. And I have no doubt that will be in new channels and horizons – but it’s the sharing that I look forward to the most.

So not an end, but perhaps a lull; maybe a change in course or dynamic. A signing out, but not signing off? Here’s to the future, new beginnings, carrying’s on and best of all innovation, disruption and collaboration.


New Year, New Role, New Goals

2016 is going to be amazing! 2015 was pretty amazing as per my last post – and finished on a particular high for me with the birth of a new nephew, Austin! He’s amazing and adorable and I’m totally in love! But I reckon 2016 is going to be even better and so far it’s off to a fantastic start with me getting some R&R in my favourite part of NZ, the Coromandel over the summer break.

Professionally, I’m kicking off the year in a brand new role as NZME’s Recruitment and Employee Brand Lead which I’m hugely excited about! It’s exactly the new challenge I needed after all my years in an HRBP role and is a fantastic opportunity to merge the HR skills I’ve been honing with my marketing past. I have a massive end goal in sight and big expectations of myself, so am now working through a plan and strategy to get us there which will need a series of mini goals and steps in a roadmap to ensure I reach the intended end destination. Which will no doubt change and have a few twists and turns along the way, but that’s half the fun of it! I’m loving the new direction and focus of thinking that the role has brought so far, I’m really looking forward to being part of a new and progressive wider HR team with some incredible talent and am super excited about the year ahead and all it has in store.

Development wise I know my new role will be a big learning curve, but I’ve also committed along with an enthusiastic group of inspirational HR type folk from around the globe to helping steer #NZLead into its future incarnation. Amanda has handed over the reins to a degree, you can read more about that here so I look forward to seeing where the journey takes us, but have no doubt that there’ll be professional development and learnings in it for all of us, and I’m excited to be a part of it.

Personally, I mentioned in my last post my new year’s resolution for 2015 was to be kinder to myself. I’m making that a goal this year in the hope I achieve it! I need to put some parameters around what this means, but I’m thinking along the lines of not putting my hand up to organise everything and anything that comes my way, not being too hard on myself if I miss a run or opt instead for a walk and losing the working Mum guilt J

A side goal of being kinder to myself is health…so I’m embarking once again on a sugar free crusade – I did it last year and noticed so many positive changes in my life both physically and mentally that I know it’s worthwhile. However, in the lead up to Christmas and since I have WAY over done the lollies and chocolate and now it’s time to take control again. Gluten is another thing that has to go. I’m coeliac so once again I know how bad it is for me and how crap it makes me feel, but too often I think a little bit won’t hurt. Well it does. So it’s gone too.

I’m going to need a lot of self-control to achieve the personal goals, but I’m sure I can by keeping myself accountable and afterall they’re a health and lifestyle choice, so keeping that in mind should help. As for the professional side of things – bring it on 2016, I can’t wait!