Before I post my next update of where I’m at at Hargraves, I’m going TOTALLY LEFT OF FIELD, and want to share my story and then I want your help so please bear with me.
Take a break, grab a cuppa and chill for a couple of minutes, or less if you’re a speed reader.
Here goes, the majority of my secretarial career was with McDonald’s Corporation (17 years) in their head office. After my first 5 years, I had the opportunity and made the decision to travel Australia, in a Volkswagon Kombi van!
Rather than take a year off, thinking travels may take longer, I resigned from Macca’s from where I had made many friends. With my partner then, now husband (the trip was either going to make us or break us); obviously we ‘made it’, we travelled by following the sun. Leaving Sydney travelling the coastline to Melbourne, Adelaide, via the Barossa, across the Nullabor to Perth, up the coast to Broome, then east to the Stuart Highway, down to Uluru/Ayers Rock (at that time we could climb it, and that ‘s another story), then back up the coast to Darwin, and finally east to the Queensland coast.
A point to note, being a passionate organiser, I took a manual typewriter and wrote every day, how many kilometres we travelled (or not), where we were and what we had done that day, which equated to 68 pages, along with 4 albums of photos. One day I’m going to put it all together (retype the diary, scan every photo – 900+) into one, actually probably a few, of those photobooks that are all the rage at the moment. I say one day… (P.S. can anyone recommend a scanner that scans multiple photos at once but creates each photo as it’s own file?)
By this stage we have been on the road for 8 months and now running out of money and having to head home unless we got jobs, we visited friends, which started the ball rolling for employment in Port Douglas, North Queensland.
I had the privilege of working for John & Marilyn Morris (Port Douglas Reef Resorts Ltd) where I started doing their admin which expanded to work between their office, and their sub companies, like working as a Tour Guide at The Rainforest Habitat (now called Wildlife Habitat), also working functions, ending my role managing the Port Douglas Caravan Park before it was demolished for them to redevelop and build Treetops Resort. This employment extended 3 years and allowed us to buy our first home, in the small coastal town.
Deciding it was time to get a bit serious, the 3 years were really just a big party (outside of work of course); we decided to get married. So a few months after the wedding, no honeymoon as we were back to the idealic Port Douglas, we packed up and drove back to Sydney. As I kept in contact with my Maccas friends, they asked me to work for them again and open their new regional office. 12 years on, I left and joined Hargraves Institute where I have been now for just over 8 years.
I’m on the downhill run now….. stay with me!
I visited the most amazing places and met wonderful people along our travels and note we are so blessed to live here with the diversity of landscapes and towns.
Anyway, my point in relation to my role here at Hargraves is the constant privilege of meeting new people, hearing journeys of jobs and roles from those in our membership and connected community. There are many members who are long termers too; that I get to talk to and share stories, it’s what makes us who we are. Hargraves is all about open collaboration, with trusted conversations and shared learnings.
So, I want to try something a little different, don’t tell the boss…
My dad beat a rare cancer (SNUC) a couple of years ago and my mum passed away last year and what I’ve come to cherish more-so now are the simple sayings of “Don’t give up” and “Life’s too short”. Obviously we all need to work but we definitely need to have downtime and something to put a smile on our face.
Therefore, along with my ‘work’ update of Lisa’s Latest I want to add a light heartedness section to my update, and that’s where you come in. I want to give you tips and trivia that hopefully will put a smile on your face, even if it’s just a smirk or just go, ‘wow, I didn’t know that’.
I would love to hear what interesting ‘item’ you want to share that you may’ve just read or heard of from a work colleague, discussed with a mate on the weekend or heard from a girlfriend whilst having a coffee (or wine).
For example, do you know, the best …..
place to get fish & chips in Melbourne
vineyard in the Barossa Valley
website for designing logos
fishing spot in Sydney Harbour (well actually no-ones going to give that one away – I love fishing)
recipe for curry chicken
news article of the day….
The list is endless and totally open, open collaboration but on a personal level.
I read this yesterday, do you know what breast cancer can look like?
Also I recently read on the Men’s Health website (great website, along with Men’s Fitness), now that I’m back on that fitness rollercoaster (with my fitness machines collecting more dust than use), I want to be outside. Did you know you can burn 1/3 more calories if you wear a weighted backpack whilst walking. Actually I have done this for the past 2 days (6kg in a backpack for 5kms), and I’m certainly feeling it.
So, email me what your interesting item or bit of trivia is? Note, you don’t have to put a name to it.
Let’s all have a bit of fun and help me on this ‘left of field’ journey !