A decade of chal­lenges

The past 10 years have flown but I would not change any­thing

Central and North Burnett Times - - MIND - Rowena Hardy /is a fa­cil­i­ta­tor, per­for­mance coach and part­ner of Minds Aligned: www.mind­saligned.com.au

ON THE day this is pub­lished, I will qui­etly cel­e­brate a sig­nif­i­cant birth­day. Sig­nif­i­cant not be­cause it’s mine but be­cause an­other decade has rolled around and it feels true that time seems to move more quickly the older you get.

The weeks, months, years fly by and sud­denly it’s a decade and I’m left pon­der­ing what ex­actly I’ve done in that time. It doesn’t seem like much time at all but, con­sid­er­ing I’m a per­son who of­ten doesn’t re­mem­ber ex­actly what I did last week, that isn’t en­tirely sur­pris­ing.

How­ever, when I stop and think about it, the past 10 years has been a decade of change, un­ex­pected events and progress.

It’s 10 years later this year that we estab­lished our busi­ness in a year when Nick was un­der­go­ing a 12-month, self-ad­min­is­tered chemo pro­gram and con­tin­u­ing to work a full-time, busy sched­ule.

I ended up in the UK for five months. In fact, the decade has in­cluded other sig­nif­i­cant health events for Nick: an angina at­tack and hav­ing a stent im­planted; a cataract re­moved and two heart at­tacks, the most re­cent of which was last year when his heart stopped for a good cou­ple of min­utes.

It was also a decade of fam­ily events.

The five months in the UK was to help care for my mum with de­men­tia who had re­mained in hospi­tal after a bad fall. After re­cov­er­ing as best she could we were able to help her make the tran­si­tion into a care home where she passed away peace­fully a cou­ple of years later. Ear­lier that same year, Nick’s mother in New Zealand had a se­vere stroke and died.

Through­out this time we were also fo­cus­ing on es­tab­lish­ing and build­ing the busi­ness, re­view­ing and up­dat­ing our cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and adding to our skills and ex­pe­ri­ence to sup­port our clients and grow our ex­per­tise. For those of you with your own busi­ness, you know how all-con­sum­ing it can be. We were also for­tu­nate to be able to take hol­i­days to see fam­ily and were of­fered some won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties to work with in­ter­est­ing peo­ple in Aus­tralia and over­seas.

All of this plus Nick’s health and his ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing at­tacked on the Black Cat Track, in Pa­pua New Guinea, in 2013, cer­tainly changed the way we ap­proached busi­ness and life in gen­eral. It re­quired me to step up, dig deep and chal­lenge my­self in ways that I hadn’t ex­pected.

I would not change any­thing. And I think if you were to do a sim­i­lar re­view of your past 10 years you too might have in­sights.

The weeks, months, years fly by and sud­denly it’s a decade and I’m left pon­der­ing what ex­actly I’ve done in that time.

PHOTO: THINK­STOCK

◗ Make some time to re­flect on what you have achieved in the past few years.

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