Cultivating what matters

Change for the better “’Kaizen’ has been my word for this year,” Sam explains. It is a Japanese term that means change for the better or continuous improvement. She tells me about a process that commenced for her a little over two years ago. At the time Sam began reassessing her priorities. She was working for the Christian Humanitarian agency, Baptist World Aid (BWAA) and … Continue reading Cultivating what matters

A hiker’s view of transitions

“I don’t see transitions as being gentle, ongoing, slightly rocky bush trails. I see them as being difficult. You are going to get bruised and battered. But when you get to the top, you are going to be proud of that. And it will sting for a bit, but what a reminder of what you’ve achieved.” Katie reflects on her love of mountain hiking as … Continue reading A hiker’s view of transitions

Learning on the job

“When I was in High School, I didn’t know what I wanted to study, but I knew what I wanted to be,” explains Claudia as she unpacks the past few years of her life since leaving University. Creative Dreams She goes on, “I wanted to be an Art Director, working for a major publication because I wanted to be super creative.” After some investigation, Claudia … Continue reading Learning on the job

The heart of a runner

Doug’s story “I started running seriously about 20 years ago”, Doug explains. “Initially it was to spend time with my son Paul, who had developed a passion for running when he was 14.” Eventually Doug would be running long distances. Even though he had previously undergone a knee reconstruction, he became an endurance athlete, running in many long-distance events. “At the time of my peak … Continue reading The heart of a runner

A transition to retirement?

How do you transition to retirement? That was Julie’s question. She had plenty of energy, plenty still to contribute, but wondered, “when will I be ready?” Julie had been with a large community organisation based in Sydney for twelve years. “We had gone through a lot of changes. I had a big role, responsible for a lot of staff. But I was thinking about moving … Continue reading A transition to retirement?

An unexpected turn

Getting ahead in her career was not a major priority for Emma this year. Yet the onset of Covid-19 has elevated her work in ways she could not predict. Her skillset and professional experience are more in-demand now than they have ever been. Change of focus Emma’s focus at the beginning of the year was on helping her employer expand into new markets through strategic … Continue reading An unexpected turn

A move to support

Matt and Clare moved from Sydney to Newcastle with their three children at the end of 2019. Clare had been offered the role of CEO for Compassion Australia, a significantly sized humanitarian charity. “Most aspects of my life have changed. I finished up my role as a Pastor for a local church and am effectively working as a stay at home Dad.” Changes He sums … Continue reading A move to support