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It’s been a year since I left my corporate job in a bank. Some days it seems not too long ago, and on other days, it feels like a lifetime.

I remember posting on LinkedIn then to share a delightful caricature the country management team commissioned as a farewell memento. I also shared what I was going to focus on for the rest of that year.

One year on, I guess it’s a good time for a progress check,

  • I’m physically fitter and stronger than I’ve been for a while. Most days I clock 20k steps. On days I don’t, I still am close to it. Mentally, I have fewer headaches (real and figurative). But most significantly, I resumed bible study at BSF International. It was coincidental (or divinely directed) that we were studying the Book of John which was the same book I did when I first joined BSF in 2010. How different my life was then, and yet His Word and prompting haven’t changed.
  • For the first time in as long as I can remember, I didn’t have any work email to check when I travelled. It felt a little strange the first day waking up in the U.S. and not having to reply any emails, return messages, or jump into a quick call even before I got out of bed. I got used to that quite quickly.
  • I cooked more often and resumed entertaining at home more regularly. I also got a bit more adventurous with my cooking, using ingredients I don’t normally have in my fridge or pantry. Results of that are mixed but it also triggered a fresh book idea!
  • Book ideas … these got out of hand, I admit. I started with one – today I’m juggling four! All works-in-progress – a goal for the next 12 months is to publish at least one of it. Someone, please hold me accountable.
  • I completed my ICF coach training and now close to completing the minimum 100 hours needed to attain for my ACC. I caught a massive learning bug and went on to complete my ACLP. Now, thinking of what’s next.
  • I took back a lot of the care-giving for my son. While I hadn’t planned it that way, it seemed timing was good as my parents (my selfless co-caregivers) are getting on in age. It did also result in a rather massive change in my household – I got a live-in helper. It was something I’ve resisted for ever until I accepted the reality that I couldn’t be everything or everywhere. As much as I’ve harboured so much dread over it, having the help also allowed me to accelerate other areas that I’d set out to do.
  • My transition into the coaching, learning and development space is no secret. But having a public presence was a milestone I set.

So here you are – reading this on my website on which I’ve spent countless hours being my worst client ever. I hope you spend some time checking out the other pages here and let me know what you think of it.

And in this blog, I’ll be writing on autism, parenting a special needs person, career change, development and transitions, leading teams, personal brand & growth. If any of these topics interest you, subscribe below to get updates when anything gets posted.

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Here’s to a successful second half of 2024!

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