On cleaning up, cleaning out and a new era in my life

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When my Mom visited Vancouver recently, she noticed that my apartment (I live in a shared household but my own private apartment, as you may have read if you’ve followed my blog for long enough) could have used some home improvement. She insisted that we throw all the garbage in common areas of the house, organize my kitchen cabinets, wash and mop floors, wash the bathroom, etc. Basically, we did a whole cleaning out of my apartment. I have read somewhere that “cluttered space, cluttered mind”. Don’t get me wrong: I’m extremely organized. EXTREMELY.

I would not be able to juggle my academic, consulting, social and personal lives if I were not organized. But there is always room for improvement, and my Mom showcased that to me. So we threw a lot of garbage out, I acquired a new couch, and lots of kitchen organizing stuff. And I hired 2 interns for Hummingbird604.com. Having a Content Manager and a Project Manager allows me to free my brain to do what I need to focus on: my consulting and academic lives..

This is a new era in my life.

Doing all these changes to my life at the beginning of August 2011, ensuring that I have a clean(er) start as we move into the 2011-2012 academic year makes me think that this will, by all standards, one of the best if not THE best professional year I’ll have. As Gus put it very nicely the other day, I have, indeed, worked extremely hard to get where I am. And I can now more clearly see the fruits of my work.

I’ve needed to trust now my interns to do stuff and I’ve begun to learn that when you choose the right people and the right fit, you can achieve great things. I have a lot of faith in both of my interns, in that I determined that I had found the right people to work with me. I’ve built a great team and now I look forward to doing the same in my academic and consulting lives too.

Related posts:

  1. I schedule my life to the very last minute, do you?
  2. How much of your professional life depends an internet connection?
  3. Upcoming changes in my life
  4. In between the corporate and the academic life
  5. Cleaning up (a.k.a. getting rid of garbage/baggage)

Comments (7)

S. YoungAugust 1st, 2011 at 6:49 am

Just curious how you approached finding the right interns? I’m in need of one or two for my site, and not sure where to start.

fotoeinsAugust 1st, 2011 at 7:13 am

Raul, I’m glad to read that you’ve hired a couple of people to help out, to allow you some additional freedom to focus on your key areas. Nice nudge from your mum, too! Saludos de Chile!

Joy ChandnaAugust 1st, 2011 at 7:13 am

Raul – I really enjoy your reading your blog ! It is very user friendly and easy to navigate through, it is so nice we can relate to one another through social media ! Thank you for your great posts.. looking forward to many more ! Do you use wordpress?

RaulAugust 2nd, 2011 at 10:18 am

@ S. Young – I threw a blanket request for applications on Twitter. I got over 30 applications and I chose 3 to follow up with, interviewed 2 and hired 2. They both had read my blog, they both have artistic and academic interests, their personalities mesh with mine and we seem to complement each other perfectly, so I think the best option is to try to find who matches your personality and goals.

RaulAugust 2nd, 2011 at 10:19 am

@ Henry (fotoeins) – thanks, Henry. They are great, I wish you were in Vancouver so you could meet Anabelle and Jessica. Such sweet, smart girls. I hire them well ;)

RaulAugust 2nd, 2011 at 10:19 am

@ Joy – Thanks Joy! Blush :)

It is all set on WordPress. My theme is customized (J. Karen Parker was the expert wizard behind the customization). Thanks again!

S. YoungAugust 2nd, 2011 at 10:20 am

Thanks so much for the advise! It sounds so smart, and so I’ll definitely go this route. Thanks again for your assistance.

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