Saturday, 31 December 2011

A New Year, a New You? (that old cliche)!

It's that time of year again when we start looking forward to the next 12 months and what they may have in store for us.

But we mustn't forget to look back over 2011 and to recognise what we've achieved so far. Personally, the last 12 months have been pretty darn eventful, I quit the 9-5 to start working for myself, tried and failed (several times) in the love department and got reconnected again with my big brother.

What I've learnt in 2011
  • It's ok to NOT have all the answers. I have really very little clue about what my career will be like or what I'll be doing. This is kinda liberating and pretty scary.
  • To enjoy the highs of life, you gotta sometimes experience the lows (boo sucks!)(e.g. meeting a "great" guy versus crying in the bakery aisle of my local supermarket when it all falls to pieces...(it wasn't pretty let me tell you))!

So my goals for 2012 are:
  • To continue on my career journey and see where it takes me...maybe onto a masters, maybe developing a website, maybe "life" coaching, who knows (I don't...ekkk)!
  • To meditate more (I only do 10 min sessions so I have NO excuse)!
  • To blog more (aiming for a weekly article, so time for me to get super disciplined)!
  • To be happy!! :)
To kick of the new year, here' a little TED talk which made me smile, (my favourite part is the escalator stunt .... wonder if I could do something similar in London)??

TED talk which made me smile!

So happy New Year all and let's make 2012 the best yet!! WHOOP WHOOP!!

Thanks for reading!

Peace and love


Thursday, 6 October 2011

Steve Jobs. RIP to an innovation legend.

Steve Jobs -An inspiration to us all

Just wanted to add a short post in light of today's sad news about the loss of Steve Jobs. He was an inspiration to us all and has certainly left his mark on the World and his legacy will continue.

I personally was inspired to consider changing careers by a speech he gave at Stanford University about his life and career. In this speech he said...
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it."
His mantra from this speech to ... "stay hungry, stay foolish" is an important message for us all.

Thanks Steve for being such an inspiration to so, so many.

Steve Job's speech at Stanford

Monday, 3 October 2011

Picking your battles and "the youth of today"

Last Wednesday I was witness to an incident on London public transport which made a heavy impression on me, so I decided to share this with you. 

I was on the top deck of a London Bus (route 19 to be exact) on my way home from Knightsbridge when a large group of school kids (mainly boys aged about 12/13 years old) got on and all sat at the back of the bus on the top deck. They were really rowdy and seemed pretty excitable (too much lemonade/fizzy pop as my dad would say). Anyway there was lots of shouting and screaming and it made the other passengers pretty uncomfortable. I was sitting right at the front of the bus (I know, I'm  a child) and next to me on the seats on the other side was an older gentlemen (let's say 60 ish years old). 

After about 5 minutes on the bus, two boys rushed to the front and sat in the spare seats neat me. The older guy was sitting in the aisle seat so one of the boys climbed over him (literally as if he wasn't there) to sit down. After a minute the boys got bored (as expected) and so wanted to move to the back of the bus with the other kids. 

But when the boy sitting next to the older guy tried to move the older guy decided to physically restrain him, shouting,"No you're not moving!"  There was lots of shouting between the 2 of them and eventually the boy wriggled free of the older mans grip (but not before knocking the older guy's glasses off).

The older guy was pretty shaken up and got off at the next stop. Ironically the kids also got off at the same stop as the bus driver refused to move until they left. Other adult passengers on the bus started shouting at the kids, saying they should respect their elders and it all got a bit heated. The kids had no come back to the other passenger words and as they left the bus a lot of the adult passengers clapped.

All in all the whole episode lasted 10 minutes but I thought about it for a long time after.  I thought what a shame it was that the older guy didn't get to see the other passengers standing up for him and I wondered how he was feeling and if he was recovering ok. I also wondered whether I should have done to more to calm the situation. 

But most of all I thought about how we should pick our battles carefully and learn to control out anger and frustration. Yes, the boy was behaving badly but in my mind that was no excuse for the older man to physically restrain him and hold him against his will. I can understand the older man's frustration at the "youth of today" (I could see it in his eyes the moment the kids sat near us) but is violence, shouting and kicking these kids off buses really the way to address this problem?  

I dont pretend to know what the proper solutions are, but wanted I would put this story out there for any further pondering...

Till next time... pick your battles carefully (please),

Peace and love



Thursday, 29 September 2011

Blogger virgin....treat with care (please)!

It's me (with someone else's hand)!!!
This is my first ever blog, so please be gentle with me!! Thought I would introduce myself (bit boring but pretty necessary). So my name is Suzie Chick (and yes that's surname is for real)! I'm 31 and have lived, worked and studied in Central London for most of my (young) life. 

I'm a chartered accountant (sorry don't do tax returns guys) and have been working as a fraud investigator for the past five years. Just recently I have decided to explore other careers and ways of living (there was a serious need to design my own life and not leave it in the hands of my employer, am sure some of you can relate)!

So what did Suzie do next I hear you ask??? Well, I quit my job and headed for Thailand. Pretty crazy stuff but no regrets (so far)!!

So after a lot of pondering this Summer, I have decided to embark on a new adventure; to look into becoming a psychotherapist and eventually start my own business (and be my own boss..yippee)!

So I wanted to start a blog which documents my journey and to hopefully inspire and help others. 

Thanks for reading and until next time....let's chatter about things that matter!

Peace and love