#9 Flying Pigs at Number 20

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Week 9 of posts to inspire you in your leadership journey and through the week. 







Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.

Life Is, Mother Teresa


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dramaSpeaking of excuses  They are trickly little things.  Sometimes we get stuck in excuse cycles, so much so that we don’t even realise they are excuses any more.  This week I had a massive realisation about how DRAMA was holding me back.  You know that I’m a massive fan of flearning (learning through my failure) so I wrote about it for you (and for me).  Check it out HERE.

Speaking of drama  Think for a moment about the drama queens in your life.  Are you a drama queen (or king) yourself?  Is there always something getting in the way of your goals – is it always a big, melodramatic hoo haa?  If you are someone who wants to create change, particularly if that change is either  – change at ANY level be it within yourself, to address a dire community issue, or to bring more productivity to your team… ANY change invites an opportunity for drama.  (in fact, if you think about it, if you are so inclined any aspect of LIFE invites an opportunity for drama.

If drama is your currency, the way you get attention you might just want to do some thinking around that.  Drama CAN be used as humour or to deflect a situation, but at its core, over the long term it’s really a pretty unhealthy and unproductive way to live.  If you really and truly want to create change drama is not your friend right now.  If drama is always in your life, perhaps the common denominator is actually you.  I found this excellent article about reducing drama in your life.  Check it out here – yeah, I know you’re accessing it to help a friend.  That’s cool.

What matters

KerryG_Illustration-01This week I’ve really snuggled in close to some of the things that matter most to me.  Family, creativity, health…  These were the things on my ‘what matters’ list that I really needed to give a bit of lurve to.  And as the week draws to a close (or, is it as the new week begins) I’m very pleased that I put in the effort.

I believe that we live in a world where there are so many opportunities for shortcuts to ‘happy’ that we get our priorities skewed and reach for what is easy and quick (i.e. happy) forgetting about more sustainable states of being- contentment, satisfaction, achievement.

I wrote about my current discernment towards ‘happy’ HERE
And found a great article to hack ‘happy’ without the need of alcohol, gossip, bad tv and other drugs HERE

See more ‘what matters’ statements here


Remember the podcast about building community is online for you AND Don’t forget, the Free 21 day challenge will start this week.  Remember, the challenge isn’t JUST for those working (or volunteering) in social justice.  It’s for EVERYONE.

I’ve really been enjoying building an online community lately.  The community supports my personal life, me as a mum, my thinking in business and community and beyond – and I offer that community the same in return.  You can’t always be face to face with those that enrich your life – so reach out to them online.

If you think Facebook sucks, change your feed, find the right people.  I’ve found that community to be an absolute lifeline this year.
But that’s not to say that we don’t need to get out there, into the real world.  The kids and I will be minimising our online time next week (I gasp).  Yep, I WON’T be starting the day with a scroll through the hand held device, and I’ve already scheduled in some info. on Hootsuite to avoid the temptation to jump online every, single second.  In reality I won’t be completely switched off, but there will be parameters.  Hmm.  Look out immediate community, I’m going to have some time on my hands.
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shutterstock_196108805Work / life balance

Yep, the week of kid time is here.  As I press full stop on this message I’ll be turning my focus to the little people.

I’m not quite sure what we’ll get up to just yet, but it will be something together.

As I’ve been conducting interviews with leaders across the globe one sentiment about work life balance is clear.  Prioritise the things that matter to you and schedule them in so that they are NON NEGOTIABLE.  Get out your pen people, it’s time to prioritise the LIFE part of your balance.

What will you prioritise this week?

Intentions for the week ahead:

inside the mindMy theme for the week passed was gentle.

Despite a hiccup at the start, and mid week I slid into the theme with great ease.  And the result?  Ah, I felt so much lighter, a deeper sense of clarity, and purpose.  Who’d have have thought a simple intention could garnish so much good?


My theme for the week ahead is FUN.

I’m really not great at fun (belief alert) – but this week I intend to unpack that and get my fun ON !

See you on the other side.
PS what does this post have to do with 20 flying pigs?  It’s a simple note to myself about anything being possible, about the importance of reflection and taking the time to notice.  It’s about writing for pleasure and bringing even more joy to work.  Finally it’s about exploring beyond what is possible, challenging my (and your) beliefs and uniting change.