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Sunday Column (473)

Now this week has picked up a bit. More emails, more conversations, more responses. Yes, there is a market for jobs out there and we are in the process of making progress. Generally, recruiters say between end of January and mid March is the best time, so fingers crossed. One meeting at a time. This week and next week I’ll be in London more often, discussing projects and jobs. It feels like the world has come alight after a long, dark winter. Did I mention that I texted a mate to catch up and he said he was exploring Australia. Can’t blame anyone doing that? We always had that thought and yet, we just like our comfort, the comfort of our own home. Weird isn’t it? I am just not as adventurous and like stability. We even saw some natural light this week and I could swear there was some sunshine too!

It’s been almost a year that I am British. My free entry to some heritage site is expiring, so I got a reminder 😉 Wow. And the other day I was swearing about the Brits. That is nothing new as I do the same with the Germans too 🙂 Just as if you get used to be someone and then hate the fellowship of others. Not sure that makes sense. You are part of a group and then notice that some people in that wider group are just a pain in the bum. This is just normal. Actually, there is another thought. Normal: have you ever noticed that you start talking to someone and realising they have very similar or same thoughts or opinions on things. Maybe it is a ‘normalisation’ but essentially the majority of us are having the same opinion on most topics. At least in my experience. Of course that depends on education, income, job etc. but just without prejudice there is what I would call a ‘normal’ attitude out there. When I shared a video about a Brit swearing at a Pole in the tube about Brexit, I got lots of comments that were in line with what I was thinking. Yet I am not always that explicit 😉 Also, I was having drinks with a friend for New Year, and most of the ‘hot topics’ we totally agreed. And we are different otherwise and had so much fun picking things apart. Anyway, I love being here, being British and don’t really feel that German at all anymore. I interviewed a German in my podcast this week and we agreed on something he wrote in his book: ‘In Germany, failure and to fail is still a stigma; in the US or UK it is seen as learning and progress, almost as success.’ – we will pick that one apart another time.

Job hunting is different. You are the one that is looking and your 100% focus is on finding a job. Yet the recruiter has 100 people looking for a job, different levels, and also has to coordinate with the companies she recruits for. So you are just one little priority of many. Having said that, some recruiters are really good in balancing that and keeping you entertained, engaged and ready to drop anything for an interview. Others are not so, which is probably the focus they have as of above. Which is fine, as they have to make money too. Knowing that you can almost always forget about recruiters, assuming they will get back to you when they have a job. And most will, but of course not all of them. It is a funny game, and start to finish can take time. That’s why it is always easier to look for a job from a job. Fingers crossed we are moving closer down the road with some jobs now. But it is a fine line of not annoying a recruiter and keeping front of mind. Apologies if I annoyed anyone, but I do like to move on, I am going mad 😉

On other notes, as of above, I really enjoy recording those podcasts. It seems that I almost found a vocation. Asking questions about success, leadership and analysing the differences between countries and cultures is fascinating. When thinking about personal development, that’s where I see myself in a few years’ time: executive coaching for high achievers, based on how they define success. Holding talks on researched topics like that and speaking to C-Levels about ‘what success really means’ and helping them via workshops to identify what they need to action in order to climb up the career ladder further, or to gain a greater WLB (Work Life Balance). Latter is key to most success, and I have said that in the past, and all of my current interviewees have agreed to that. There is a pattern emerging already, and my first interview was released on Friday via Stories Of Success.

And that’s all for this week to be honest. I am trying to not go too stir crazy and balance the job search with family life and relaxing time. To be honest I have been neglecting hobbies but the editing of podcasts takes a lot more time than anticipated. Yet it isn’t work, as I really enjoy doing it. I just cannot make enough money with it. Maybe one day 😉

Cheerio, have a fantastic start in the week,

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Sunday Column (461)

No train on Monday. This week was half term, and I damn well enjoyed myself. Sorry, but I really did. Let’s start with last weekend, when on Sunday we went off to Bracknell to the UK’s longest water slide. A bit of shopping first, and then we headed to the pool, which turned out to be a bit disappointing and the slides a bit dangerous with both boys falling off the rafts inside the slides. Nevertheless, the swimming was fun, lots of water plays and two tired boys at night. That night I managed to sleep close to 10 hours myself and prior to that we had a great steak and chips evening in the Beef Eater adjacent to our Premier Inn. What a way to start a short vacation, and despite previous experience, the Premier Inn was really nice. And unlimited chips too (so much about my diet 🙂 ).

On Monday and Tuesday we were in Legoland. I so desperately wanted to stay in the hotel, that we decided to do that over half term and we chose an adventure room. It was fun, a great themed hotel room, a riddle to open the safe for a toy, and two days of rides and food. What not to enjoy? The possibility to spend time with my two boys and the wife was great. I haven’t had that for a long time and feel like I have been away too much travelling recently. But that is going to stop for a few weeks I suppose, that’s what I think anyway. So time to make up for it and even go down a roller coaster ride. Really? Yup, I did, but I didn’t enjoy it at all. And if I am not mistaken, it was the first time I ever went on a roller coaster. I know…I am a bit of a chicken when it comes to fairground rides. The Ninjago ride/game was great, despite the 90 minute queuing time and the laser ride in the pyramids was fun as well. Probably my two most favourite rides. Yes, Legoland is a great place to be, but after two days, I was done with it. I had enough to be honest. I was “lego-d” out. The most fascinating bit was probably the Star Wars exhibition.

The last day of my half term we went to London to get the boys new German passports. With Brexit lurking and the world being a not so safe place, you never know which passport will be best in the future. So off we went and also spend a sunny day on the Southbank. A boat ride, a relaxed swing on the exhibition in the Tate Modern and lots of tube and train journeys. Just what the boys enjoyed. We skipped the Emperial War Museum and saved it for a rainy day. Yes, another successful day, and three tired out boys in the family 🙂 Time to go back to work, so I did exactly that on Thursday. Not without having a huge pizza and some wine on Wednesday. Back to the diet as of tomorrow, right?!

At time of writing I am still looking back at the experience. What a fun packed week, and when leaving the house on Friday morning after my run, the boys and the wife were still asleep, catching up on the much needed sleep and dealing with the experience of the week. What fun we had! Even a few days away can make such a difference and on the back of it we ignited the Lego fun again. My wife organised a new shelf to organise the Lego and I got myself the BMW R1200 Lego Technic motorbike to build for the weekend. The boys and I put it together on Saturday and on the way I explained them how engines work, mechanics works and what traction for wheels is like. Time to get my hobby car, the Jaguar. Maybe next spring depending on the situation moving forward. We shall see.

As they say, life happens when you are busy making other plans.

And as I read the papers, the noise around a no Brexit deal is getting louder. There is a chance for Brexit, maybe even later than 2019, and there is a chance for a no Brexit deal or even a no Brexit. Two options to not go ahead, or really one to go ahead without a deal and one without a Brexit if that makes sense. I believe that slowly this country comes around and realises the implications a Brexit might have, and that already a lot of banks moved to Europe in order to avoid the uncertainty.

Uncertainty, whether one is out of a job, looking for the next step, waiting to hear about some results, or living in a country to exit a union, is never a good situation. It is, as it says, uncertainty. A situation where one doesn’t know what happens and naturally humans seek security and certainty. Yes, we also need uncertainty, and the 6 human needs clearly show it, but mostly in a controlled fashion in forms of adventure or entrepreneurship. We don’t want to live with constant uncertainty, at least most people don’t. In other words, living in a country with an uncertain future and having an uncertain future, is a combination that doesn’t make life easier. Should one stay or should one go, carry on or do something new? With every uncertainty comes opportunity and as my boss used to say, change is good. Life is good too, did you notice that? Where focus goes, energy flows.

I watched a video recently where, in an experiment, people were put on a line and everyone who had to never worry about money, always had food, always could go to school, never had to worry about a roof over their head etc. took a step forward for each of those priviliges. Priviliges they cannot even pat themselves on the back for. Having a warm home, enough food and the ability to learn gives my children a head start. I am glad I can provide that and hope that in the future I can do even more. Because they are my first priority in life, and nothing should ever change that.

So before I go on about uncertainty and priviliges, I look at the upcoming sun, with a mind like water, and trust that the universe will help me to get where I am supposed to be in the future.

Love and Kindness from my corner of the world,

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