What a week it’s been! I think that besides being tied down with work and commitments, it’s also been a mixture of emotions and new realizations.
I suppose the main thing that happened this week was that I finished up at work. Of course, this was a long-awaited break and I’m really glad that I’ll have this time to prepare myself for my new arrival. Yet I still feel that tinge of sadness and that strange aversion towards so many things changing in my life.
You’d think that with my background, I’d be used to change by now. I went to two preschools, two primary schools, two high schools, two colleges (pre-University) and finally ended up in another country for Uni.
Even with my Bachelor’s Degree, I had to move every 6 months. After 6 months of Uni, I had work placement in Port Douglas QLD; back to Adelaide for 2nd year, then scooted off to Melbourne and finally finished the course in Adelaide. What a time it was!
Mind you, the whole region of Far North Queensland is absolutely gorgeous! I really should do a post about it sometime as it has some real beautiful spots. Here’s me being all hippie at one of the waterfalls there:
But nevertheless, despite my many encounters with change, we are still not very good friends. I remember, after leaving my last job at Unilodge, I spent many tearful nights thinking of my beloved staff members and tenants (I love you guys still!). I probably don’t feel as attached to my MBA students as I do my tenants (some I never ever met face to face yet!) but I still feel that familiarity and care for these people because I really put my heart and soul into the work that I do.
But nevertheless, one has to move on. I shared this quote with my students:
Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
Of course, this applies to many people but I believe it resonates in my life right now as I’m always the type who wants to do this and do that but ends up doing nothing at all because I simply can’t decide on what to do or how to do it.
Right now, it’s actually good because I do have a specific purpose that I can’t shy away from. Obligation and responsibility are sometimes the best motivation to help one commit to change. And I’m also the type who performs better under pressure, so I hope that this helps me when I’m dealing with stressful situations in motherhood. Wish me luck!
But anyway, I digress.
Some good times at AIB – shame I don’t have more photos, as I forgot to save them from the Shared Drive:
Had a little gathering for Chinese New Year…
Casino night where we gambled fake money.
My last day was really enjoyable. A bit crazy, lots to do but enjoyable all the same. I timed my departure at the end of the enrolment period which, evidently, caused everyone to be pretty busy. We had a record-breaking finish due to a combination of reasons, and it’s just really encouraging to see the number of people who are interested in pursuing their MBAs, be it for career advancement, personal development or simply to formalise their management background.
Just doing a little marketing for my workplace – it’s the Australian Institute of Business, a fully accredited business school offering the full suite of business qualifications from Diplomas to Doctorates. I dealt primarily with MBA students, who have found that the unique model and emphasis of the study benefit them greatly.
More details here: http://www.aib.edu.au/
Anyway, the Marketing team went for lunch at the Union Hotel which has pretty nice food. Call me narrow-minded but my ideal pub meal is a chicken schnitzel with mushroom sauce, and that’s usually what I order.
Then we had a bit of a farewell later with the full staff, where I got a huge card, some lovely gifts and an awesome cake:
I love those little feet! I kept the dark blue ones because they look like smurf feet…
It feels really great to be valued and honestly, I was really blessed over the many months that I worked here. So just a big thank you to all of my awesome workmates, especially the ones in the Marketing team who had to put up with my walking around while talking (including hiding in the closet when the line was bad), my strange Asian videos and my eating seaweed (yes, it is delicious).
So I’ll say goodbye, but I’ve found that goodbyes never truly last forever – paths do cross again and new memories will be made.
But til then, I must remind myself that I haven’t stopped work… in fact, the work has barely started! 😉