Chapter 24

Happy birthday, Me! I have reached the 24th chapter of my life and it seems to get better and better. If I reflect on the last 12 months and compare my mindset to that of 2013, it is a whole lot more positive and accepting of any other year. 24 feels like…

Acceptance….Of where I am at physically, professionally and geographically. I have accepted that I am not am athlete anymore, nor do I have the time to make green juices every morning and run 100km. Professionally, I can’t be at the top of the corporate ladder tomorrow. With the right attitude, energy and dreams.. You’ll find me there one day. Geographically I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else in this world saving my dosh to buy a one way ticket to London (soooo close to paris!) for next year.

Love…Is still the most important thing (my wise old owl self said that at my 21st speech – I should drink more champagne to say wise things). Love of your family, what you do each day, your special someone, your friends and of course yourself. I fall deeper in love every single day and have finally found out ( well, for myself) that quality over quantity with friends is the key.

Gratitude…For those friends that really are true friends. Many of my beautiful girlfriends have moved away over the last year or 2 and you know you truly care for them when you are legit happy for them, rather than your green jealousy monster rearing it’s ugly head.

Open eyes…This year I will travel to india for the first time. I’m ready to gain another perspective and have those gentle reminders that you only have when you see the life that others lead. The illness of family members and dear loved ones has also reminded me that circumstances may change in an instant and that commitment to one another is that tall tree of support we all need.

A big, bold leap …I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Whilst we control our environment and give ourselves the comfort of our dreams, I feel it is important to seize opportunities as they arise- even the ones you least expect. Every day we wake up a more intelligent person. If it wasn’t for these unexpected opportunities and chances we take, we wouldn’t live such rich and colourful lives. We wouldn’t have stories to tell at the dinner table. We wouldn’t have advice to give others and we sure as hell wouldn’t have the wisdom I intend to have ‘one day’.

So, in 12 months time, what do I want to say? Instead of having a quarter life crisis and drinking goon sacks to feel like I’m still at uni, scared shitless of what the future may hold, I want to say I wouldn’t rather be any other way and that despite whatever happened, I grew some wings taking a big, bold leap.

I hope every page of your chapter is in bold.

EC xxx

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First day fever

Day one of my new job. It went a little something like this…

5:45am – alarm went off. Pressed snooze.

5:54am – second alarm. Remembered that I actually have to work today and that I can’t press snooze again.

6am – 20 mins vinyasa yoga with Adriane on YouTube. Just loving her videos and cute accent! Thanks to the bog Heidi Apples for the link .

6:30am – shower and wrestle with my long hair to sweep it into a first day I’m-here-to-kick-butt bun.

7am – breakfast. Yoghurt with berries and museli. Lemon and hot water went down a treat.

7:30 am – ran for bus (nothing changes).

8:00am – coffee at my favourite haunt on Eagle St, Aquila. Bless those waiters. They knew it was my first day and gave me a cute long smiley macc with 2 wafers. Great start.

8:30am – arrive and admire the view from my new building. Hopefully I’ll upload a pic soonish!

8:30am – 12:30pm – a flourish of coffees, meeting people and admin.

12:30pm – a delish lunch. Smoked chicken, endive and pancetta salad. I left half of the croutons on the bowl.. And dipped the rest in the poached egg yolk on top of my amazing salad.

1:30-5:30pm – more flourishes of admin and meeting people.

So far, so good. That other part of me is that amazing uncertainty of the exciting opportunities that await me. That feeling of coming in at a higher rank, and not knowing what it means. I have posted a quote in my room for the week, that says “something that is inside me is greater than any obstacle”. Sure is. It’s so easy to get caught up with that voice inside our head telling us it’s not ok and that you must be certain. We can’t stifle our creativity. We need to be open and embrace what lies ahead of us while staying on the present.

What about you, what does your first day fever look like? Is it exciting, mind boggling, take a deep breath and enjoy? Or do you shake from the stress?

Have a wonderful week everyone.

EC xx

My cute coffee