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Pausing to reflect and acknowledge achievements


Today I have taken the afternoon off to travel to Sydney to hear Mia Freedman, a woman I admire, speak.  This was my treat to myself, a reward for submitting my full manuscript to my editor for final edits in the journey to becoming a published author.  On my way to the airport, I had a call from Catherine who is part of the DENT, Key Person of Influence community, to check in and see how things were going for me.  The combination of this call and my drive to the airport made me pause (not literally, I was driving on the motorway) and ponder what I have achieved.

I know for sure, too often we get caught up in the daily grind.  We don’t celebrate the little wins as much as we should, hence when we get to the end of a day, week, month and our list of tasks is longer than when we started, we feel disheartened. I know I’m guilty of this.  Today was different though. Today I did stop and I did think about my wins and sitting in my car in Brisbane’s version of traffic, I celebrated my recent achievements.

In 2016, I embarked on the Key Person of Influence program through DENT.  It was a big undertaking.   I took on way too much all at once and in the process strained my eyes so severely I required steroid treatment… not to mention this was all while embarking on the challenge of writing my book (the book that is now complete let me remind you!!).  It was a process that made me question what I do as a lawyer and how I assist my clients. As I chatted to Catherine, I reflected that had I not engaged in this program, I’d never have found that little creative being inside of me, desperate to get out.  I now schedule time in my diary for writing and creativity.  It’s a time I relish, just me, a lot of coffee and writing.

I also know that I would not be well on my way to publishing my first book.  Who would have thought that was on the cards!?  As I write this, I’m waiting on my final draft from my editor for final review.  My launch day is set for March.  I’m excited to be sharing this moment with those friends, family and colleagues who have helped and supported me along the way.

During the DENT / KPI program we spent a day with mentor David Dugan.  At the end of the day there was time to reflect on how far we’ve come and where this journey can take us if we lean into it.   Twelve months later I’m there.  I have learned that sometimes we can’t do everything at once, certainly not if we want to come out of it at the other end in a lucid state.   Things do take time, but that shouldn’t stop us from striving for the best version of ourselves.  Therefore, an impromptu trip to Sydney to see Mia Freedman speak seemed like the perfect way to celebrate these past few years.

On that note, I am off to enjoy the moment.  Thank you for reading.  I hope you also take the time out to reflect and celebrate.


PS… Watch this space for some exciting announcements coming in the next few weeks.