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