In April, I had the privilege to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), which is a leadership development programme for emerging leaders. Reflecting on my adventure almost three months later, there are three main learnings that I want to share with you: Teamwork. Inspiration. Self-Awareness.
We can ride out what comes our way
and rest in the moments
when we make it through.
Rock bottom tends to provide one of two outcomes; quitting or persevering. We are interested in the persevering, in seeing rock bottom as a springboard in disguise.
Every day, it’s the same routine: wake up, prepare breakfast, take a shower, go to the office, come back in the evening, workout, make dinner, work on projects, spend time with family or friends, and finally (after a long exhausting day) go to sleep. Does this sound familiar to you?
Who am I? Where do I come from? Why do I look this way? These are questions we ask ourselves.
It is okay to let it go. It is okay
If it feels like a layer of skin that you need to wiggle out of
A layer keeping you small.
Shed it. Make space.
I challenge you, when opportunity comes knocking, when something catches your attention, even for just a moment, lean in to it. Feel the discomfort of something new and start anyway. In our passion we must find the courage to start something.
There’s a sense of liberation that comes with embracing your “failures”. Just say it out loud, and breathe. Acknowledge it, and the impact that it has had an you as a person. See it as another stroke on your canvas, a page in your book, or a stitch on your shirt.
I can see your light. You shine. But can you? Explore that. Where is it hiding?
A quarter of the year has rushed by. As the temperature drops, I have been looking back on what a summer it has been. Looking back to those good days and thinking, How do I keep the summer vibes and wellness alive? How when it is freezing outside, what can I do to live in all that joy all year round?
The past week has been a chorus. The voices of Aotearoa are one, strong, and stand together. This is what has been proven. We are one. We are strong. We stand together.
Today the Seed Waikato bloggers add their voices to the chorus echoing up and down this land which we share. We sing of support, of love, of our common humanity. Kia kaha.
Sometimes you need to take the journey from your head into your heart and just feel - the layers, and layers, and layers of feelings. Not just the surface level - not just the ones you have words for, but the deeper emotion, the ones that are hidden that you aren’t able to explain. Sometimes you need to exist in the messy space of feeling all of those things, but not try to understand them just yet. The barista at Coffee Culture reminded me of that.
When I found out about the “50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic” exhibition at the Waikato Museum, I knew that this was the perfect opportunity to restart my creative journey. I was excited to discover some of the most iconic images ever captured through the magic lens of a camera.
In order to seize this new year; to begin anew, we must be ready to make changes to our lives that are brave and courageous and have a positive impact on our well being and the well being of those around us. It is now, as a new year folds out in front of us, that we must take stock of the year that was.
We’re back! The Seed Waikato Bloggers are excited to be writing again. To get the year started, some of us are reintroducing ourselves, and sharing our hopes and resolutions for 2019 with you.
From all the Seed Waikato Blogging Team, this is our Christmas Card to you. Thank you for reading. We’ll see you in 2019.
There are so many things we need to fix in this world, that are not humanly possible to change. But why can’t we do something more to help something that surrounds us everyday?
The millennial generation is a young one, and we are building this plane while we are flying it, our stereotype will no doubt change and shift as our generation grows, sometimes we will be met with negativity, sometimes indifference, sometimes excitement. This is the magical thing about being a Millennial, we really can be apart of the change we want to see.
At the center of this bold new world is finding unity in diversity. Unity and diversity. Two words that completely contradict one another in a literal sense. So how can both of these ideas co-exist? How can we find that balance? How do we make sense of this proverbial yin and yang?
Recognize the circumstances you were situated in when you were forming - the patterns, responses, ways of existing that you need to unlearn to show you that there is more to life. You are worth taking the time to begin to understand the patterns. You are worth doing the work to slowly, delicately, rewire them with grace, and you are more than them. There is so much more out there.