It has been some time since I posted a blog on my site. It forced me to reflect on a topic that is important to me in my personal and professional life. That of commitment and courage. Sometimes you can be so busy that you forget the commitments you have made to yourself and others. For me I work hard not to let others down but it often comes at a cost to myself and the commitments I make to myself. The Christmas break was a good opportunity to reflect on this and to catch up with our wonderful friends and family in Sydney and in Auckland. All around me I observed commitments made to children, passions , goals and partners. It was a proud moment catching up with my sister in law and see first hand the business she has started in Port Kembla - Ambling Home. Mandy is an amazing seamstress and has now followed her passion for recycling and makes the most amazing furnishings and clothes from vintage fabrics. Practising true sustainability. Look her up on Facebook.
I also reflected on the commitment Michael and I make to each other. I am proud of the focus we have on our health ( physically, spiritually and psychologically) and fitness so we can enjoy life, travel and adventures for many years to come. I feel such a strong connection through us having the courage to have the conversations about what is important to us as individuals and as a couple. Sometimes these conversations can be painful and sometimes very uplifting. The one lesson is they cannot be avoided. We must show commitment and courage in order to keep growing and strengthening.
The strongest reminder of commitment was the recent announcement of our daughters engagement to Matt. Matt showed great respect for us and discussed his intentions with us before popping the question. They have know each other since junior high school and have shared the journey of growing up into young adults pursuing their dreams. They have helped each other through exciting times and challenging times. All good experience for a life commitment to each other. Although their is much excitement about the wedding and all the planning that goes into a wedding we remain them both it is also about having the courageous conversations about what the marriage means to each of them and what commitments they will make to each other.
I am looking forward to 2015 and stay committed to my family, friends , work colleagues and challenges. Most of all I am committed to the growth I will make through chasing my goals. Happy New Year to you.