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Change is the new black

This year has been a year of changes for me. One of realisations, discoveries and learnings.

I have realised the strangeness of my past and accepted those things I cannot change. Rather than dwelling on what was not, instead I am looking towards what can be in the future and how I can change the patterns of the past.

I have discovered strength in myself that I never knew I had, as well as several professional strengths that I sort of knew were always there. Clarity of, and confidence in, these strengths is what will lead me to my next adventure in the New Year.

I have learnt how to be flexible and change my approach. A different path forged can sometimes be lonely, but prioritising what is important to you helps lead the way.

I have realised the greatness of people around me once again. Conversation, human nature and the desire of the majority to be friendly, helpful and kind.

I have discovered the joy of a little growing person who I actually get a kick out of spending time with. Going to the movies, the zoo or just being at home.

I have learnt a new appreciation of the city I live in. Drinking, dining and boating on the harbour. Date nights, work outings and hanging with friends.

The biggest change has been the discovery of exercise. That’s right, you heard it here first, this non-gym goer now has a personal trainer and loves it!

This year has also been a year of domestic travel. Back on the wine trail in Tasmania, the Barossa and the Hunter Valley with good friends and my small family of three.

Next year I look forward to more of the same, plus hopefully more international travel to destinations unknown. I can’t wait to realise my own potential, discover the value of a mentor and learn more about other people and places.

I have definitely achieved my end of year goals from 2014 of trying to appreciate the little things and dream bigger about the big things, beyond even what I had thought was possible.

Yes, change has definitely been the new black for me in 2015 and may 2016 continue this exciting trend.

Catch you in the New Year, and as always, thanks for reading.

Disclaimer: I can’t take credit for the title of this week’s blog post, but it got your attention didn’t it?!

P.S Thanks to all the website owners that have published my 2015 travel tales from Barcelona, traveling with kids, Sri Lanka and closer to home.

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The queens of reinvention are Madonna and Kylie Minogue. Each has managed to change their public image, adapt to the era and be successful over decades- standing the test of time.

I think that, just like them, we all have the option and ability to reinvent ourselves if we choose.

Of course, the ordinary everyday person is not in the public eye as much as a celebrity, but in a way that almost makes it easier to change your image. If people have never heard of you before, they have no preconceived ideas of who you are and how you should behave.

The ability to adapt to the current era may be hard if you are not willing to change, especially with the accelerated rate of technological innovation. However, depending on the situation, why should you change? Unless you want to stay relevant of course.

To successfully reinvent yourself is the hard part. There are some parts of us that may never change, not matter how hard we try. Our beliefs and values can be fairly set in stone, until a life disruption causes us to rethink what we once held dear. And of course, it is very easy to fall back into our regular behavioural patterns, just out of habit.

Sometimes I think your personality is formed as a toddler, and it never really changes from that time. You are who you are, so why try to fight it?

Just look at Brittany Spears- no matter how hard she tries, she always seems to end us back in the same place. Mind you, she has made rather a success of herself along the way.

But if you do want to reinvent yourself and become a new person, I truly believe this is possible, if it is worth the sacrifice of your past that goes along with it. And sometimes shedding that past is exactly what you need to become successful.

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