Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Before I made a leap..

Posted by Lil' Sue at 1/28/2015 02:02:00 PM
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This article was taken somewhere from the internet. I believe it was someone's story which inspired me to at least try to make a LEAP.... Maybe later I will change the story according to mine. (^_^)
Before I made the leap, I asked myself these questions:
1. Does what I do align with who I am?
I felt like I was constantly searching for something, anything to make me care about the outcome at my old job. The problem was that I didn't care. Beyond improving the bottom line, I really felt like there was no greater mission, no greater goal, and not a whole lot of growth for me personally or professionally.
2. Am I willing to make sacrifices to pursue my passion? (And will that make me happy?)
What I didn't realize was that I need a few things to be happy, and they weren't what I thought they were until I switched my job. I thought I just wanted to be the yoga-pant-wearing, fruit hawking, blog-writing, health and wellness professional and speaker. But it turns out what what makes me really happy in my new life is to live with a meaningful purpose by expanding our community's consciousness around food and wellness.
3. How will my current skills translate to my new world?
Even though I plan to switch industries, I didn't leave all of my skills and contacts behind. I've brought them from my former life and am applying them to something I truly believe in. For example, I still have to hustle to open doors, just as I did in my old job. To my surprise, people from my old life have gone out of their way to introduce me to new friends.
4. Do I have a great support system?
I am blessed to have a ridiculously supportive husband and family and a rockstar team at work. I've also built up a network of wellness professionals that I can call if I need help or just someone to relate to. Being in the wellness field can be exhausting (oh the irony), so having those that back you up and keep you focused is crucial.
5. Am I ready to take a long-term view of my goals?
Wellness is a growing field, and depending upon where you live, it's either in its baby-stages or already a major part of the culture. Be patient. Just because you want everyone in the world to make chia seed smoothies, doesn’t mean they will. Sometimes we have to wean people off diet soda first, and then show them how good that feels. Show your clients new ways of doing things. Support them as they change. Repeat.
6. Do you know what my purpose is?
I am clear that my purpose is to grow wellness in America. Selling produce is just one of the vehicles for delivering that purpose. Don’t be rigid that yoga, acupuncture, reiki, Paleo, or any other holistic method as the only way. You are here to serve others, and have a mission. Otherwise, most likely, you wouldn’t be reading this blog.
7. Am I brave enough to do what I love?
Most of us are encouraged to take the logical, safe route, instead of listening to what our hearts and minds are telling us. If you truly believe in what you're doing, take the long-term approach, hustle, and put the work in to fulfilling your purpose. It’s a day in and day out experience. Trust me, not every day is going to be full of rainbows. It may take a little longer for the money to arrive or for the client to bite, but once it starts rolling, it’s totally worth it.
So long story short, I jumped. I was presented with a dream opportunity to join an organic produce buying club, and help them expand membership and launch their Corporate Wellness Programs. We currently work with some of South Florida’s largest companies.
I knew about CSAs, and had always loved the concept and the convenience, but it wasn’t until I joined (first as a member, then as an employee) that I fully understood what a wonderful choice I had made.

I don't know what I was afraid of, other than the unknown. But if I hadn't jumped, I would have never known how that vast ocean of wonderful possibilities might bring me. Looking back, I will always wonder why I didn't do it sooner.

Between Manchester and Durham?

Posted by Lil' Sue at 1/28/2015 11:34:00 AM
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Ok... I have started my ground work and it seems that I will proceed to apply for both of these universities ie. MBS Business School and Durham Business School. Both will be for Doctor in Business Administration. 

1. First Choice

2. Second Choice

Currently doing all the necessary, finalising my summary of research area. well, if I did not TRY, the answer will always NO. So I decided to give this a shot.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015 Resolution

Posted by Lil' Sue at 1/14/2015 11:34:00 AM
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I took this interesting article by By SHARAD VERMA remind myself of things need to be
achieved this year... ^^
It is that time of the year again! This is the time when hope,
 wishes, joy and warmth form in our hearts, when we look back
and take stock of the year gone by and make plans ahead.
Like every year, we make resolutions to start the year on a positive
 note and to make progress. In this article I will cover how to
make resolutions from a professional perspective and suggestions for
How to make new year resolutions:
Take stock of the year that has gone by and look
at the patterns.
To take stock, review your diary or calendar, also look
at your mailbox, your connections on social media platforms,
your status updates, also review any feedback you have
received from your manager and colleagues.

 What are you most important achievements?Ask yourself:
2. What were the lows?
3. Who were the people that made you happy?
4. What are the best moments?
5. Which are your most valuable partnerships?
6. Who are the most important clients, stakeholders?
7. What did you set out to do but couldn't achieve?
8. What surprised you during the year?

Look for themes and messages that repeat and stand out.
Are there any underlying highlights? This will give you
 sufficient food for thought to prioritise and decide your focus
 areas for the New Year.
Take your time to mull over these topics and finalise
no more than three resolutions that you want to focus on.
These could be areas that have you an upside and
therefore you would like to continue to do more of.
Or they could be areas you want to do less or stop doing.
Think about what are the enablers or forces that favour
 you, and disablers or forces that could hinder your progress.
Put in place not just resolutions or goals but also a
"system" or tracking mechanism or an accountability
system that will help you keep on stay on course.
Here are some important resolutions for professional or
career successes that you could consider:

1. Develop your professional network
Networking is extremely important for success. Networks
 need to be real and not just people we are connected to
on social platforms. Make an attempt to meet up,
socialise, get to know face-to-face some of the
 important people in your network.

2. Learn a new skill
There are a plethora of courses available online
that can help to progress your career.
Take that step and choose one!

3. Find a mentor
Find a mentor in someone around you or
long distance, and specifically ask for mentoring
help, zeroing in on a development area.

4. Read a career development book
There are many great books out there -
order one and finish it. Make notes, takeaway lessons
 and start applying.

5. Build a close relationship with your boss
One of the best ways to kick-start your career is to
 develop your relationship with your manager. Set up
a meeting to clarify expectations, proactively seek
feedback, compliment him/her and start the year off on
 a great note.

6. Build subject matter expertise
Choose an area in which you want to be
 recognised as an expert. Attend training courses,
or deliver training, write papers, make presentations
 - make the small moves to be known as an expert.

7. Exercise
One of the best things to do for career growth
 is regular exercise. Exercise helps you stay positive,
be stress-free, develop stamina and to work towards
your success.

8. Manage time
Managing time is key to becoming productive
and getting more done. The start of the year is
 a great time to identify your time and energy drains
and to make a fresh start.

9. Write better emails
New Year is a good time to write more thoughtful
and productive emails. To connect with people
 you normally don't and to resolve differences.

10. Beat procrastination
One of the more popular resolutions, beating
procrastination, is key to getting long pending plans
and projects under way. Guess what, New Year
is the best time to finally make it happen!

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