“I aspire, like anyone, to do great things with my life. I want to be Jack Kerouac, Mona Lisa, Ghandi and Mother Teresa all at the same time.
I want to inspire people”
– Nelly Furtado
Everyone told me that worrying came hand in hand with Motherhood, so I was really prepared for that. But the definition of Motherhood to me has been playing over and over in my for the past few days, and in my eyes it’s this:
1. The fear that you cannot possibly be this blessed.
Our Baby Boy, Judd Graeme Henry arrived into the world on Friday, January 11. We were lucky enough to be able to have a newborn shoot with him just nine days after, with Justine Arrow, who runs the business Hearts and Arrow.
Justine made us so welcome in her beautiful home and took amazing photos of our little man. Please head over and like her page to check them out. It’s a great idea for all parents with a newborn, so please share and recommend the site to your friends and family also. We are so appreciative to have such beautiful photo’s of Judd as a newborn baby that we will treasure forever!
An example of her amazing work, and our brand new bundle of joy who we love so much!
Photo’s from the Corporate PA Summit that took place in Perth earlier this month are available to view on the facebook page – here.
It really was an amazing day, Think Tank Media have made this an event that is more and more outstanding each year.
Narelda Jacobs, Channel 10’s News at Five anchor, was there to speak about Being the best you can be, whatever the world throws at you, and gave insights on giving your family the best of you, learning to say no and learning when it’s important to extend yourself.
Mario D’Orazio, Managing Director of Channel Seven in Perth gave a CEO’s perspective on the role of the Executive Assistant. I loved that he mentioned to all in attendance what EA’s are, here are a few:
– Subtle and Sledge Hammers
– Honest Observers
It was wonderful to hear from a CEO about the EA role and how vital it can be, I really hope The Corporate PA Summit has this type of segment in their upcoming annual events.
Kobi Halbert, EA to the CEO of the City of Bunbury, spoke about Managing Organisational Change, and gave great tips due to personal experience that she had found helpful. Kobi mentioned that her employer had a rumour box where any staff member could secretly add a rumour to then be addressed by the CEO each week. Something I would love to implement in my workplace!
Lisa McInnes-Smith, a Professional Motivational Speaker held an engaging and vibrant session, reminding us all to be the kind of person people love to be around, and not to focus on what we are not, and not to condemn ourselves on the first effort.
Tiffiny Hall from the Biggest Loser was my favourite session, focusing on health and wellbeing and adding her Ninja flair! I was so excited to be able to pick up a copy of her cookbook for trying out my Ninja poses with a massive 36 week belly and my six-inch heels! Once I start making her recipes I hope to feature my attempts on this blog, as I’m really passionate about healthy alkaline eating. One big tip Tiffiny Hall mentioned was to bring Flaxseed Oil into our diets, which I will do a bit more research on! You can see the poses and some of the delegates actually breaking planks of wood on the link above!
Nicole Stafford from Randstad, a sponsor of the event spoke about recruitment for EA’s and what key qualities are in demand. The session was fascinating as I found it really relevant to what I’ve heard in industries, that businesses are looking for productivity gains and efficiencies and see their biggest challenge in being growing middle management into future leaders. It was unbelievable to see that maybe one in ten of the 200+ delegates didn’t have a development plan in place! Do you?
Priya Cooper, a hugely successful paralympian, spoke on success being a choice. I was so fascinated with her down to earth approach on her achievements, and inspired by her sheer determination to reach her dreams.
I spoke on Time Management, and how to save an hour a day every day. Did you know that if you saved one hour a day it equals 32 weeks in one year?! What would you do with all that time! You can read more on my methods on my Time Management, and Learning to Prioritise posts.
Finally, the amazing Fiona Wood, a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, known for her work with the Bali Bombing victims, and West Australian of the Year in 2004, spoke about dealing with extreme situations in extraordinary circumstances. I would hope everyone would get an opportunity to hear Dr Wood speak at some point, she is riveting!
As you can see, it was a jam-packed day, but extremely beneficial! It is a day’s worth of motivation that will set you up for the rest of the year, as well as providing the opportunity to network with the other people within the industry. Events are held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne also.
If you are interested in any particular session and the insights they gave, please don’t hesitate to let me know and I can write a blog post on the notes I took. And don’t forget to sign up to keep updated and to attend next year’s event here, as it’s already shaping up to be impressive once again!
Sure, there are far better things ahead than anything we leave behind. But let’s, for giggles and for something to get us started for the week ahead, look back for a moment.
What lessons do you wish you had learnt 5 years earlier? 10 years earlier? What things would you tell your 18-year-old self to look out for? In the workplace especially, but also in life?
What things do you wish you knew as soon as you stepped into the workforce?
I’m reminded of a scene I watched in the movie “The Kid” – cast your minds back, this was released in 2000 and starred Bruce Willis! When Bruce’s character asks an acquaintance what she would teach her younger self. She turns to him, and says she would tell her to stop worrying. ‘Everything is going to be ok.’
I would tell my 18-year-old self the same. I would also tell her to wear flats when walking to and from work and to not be so eager to please everyone – use your gut to know who is a beneficial contact and who is a waste of time. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
Do you say yes more often than you say no? Do you find yourself doing things more often than not to help someone else – knowing it’s putting you even further behind?
Saying no doesn’t have to be hard. Especially if you already know your commitments, as I’ve already discussed in my earlier posts.
Try these statements:
“I would love to help out, but I’ve already made other commitments to…”
“Unfortunately, given my schedule, I’m unable to help you out at this time. Please let me know the next time something like this comes up as I’m keen to assist.
“As much as I’d love to help, I think … is in a better position to help you if you want to check with them.”
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