The raw story of flexible working

Flexible work is a very attractive concept. Even the word, flexible, has an alluring ring to it. Still, I hadn't given it much thought in the past few months. But then I was asked to speak at a Social Change Collective event; apparently I represent flexible working in action. Turns out, when I sat down to put some thoughts together, I do have a lot to say on the topic.

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Anna Watson
Life is not a journey

Because I decided some time ago that honesty is a top value of mine, I'm compelled to admit that the title of this blog confuses me. Isn't life supposed to be a journey, enjoy the ride, slide into your grave screaming yehaaaaa etc., etc.? After some thorough research, stretching back some 28 years, I have decided that the answer is no. Life is not supposed to be (or even trying to be) a journey. For one, if life is a journey then why am I so frequently lost?

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Anna Watson
How to make friends with your shy why

When I came back from overseas in August, I was excited. To start on #somethingelse; another adventure that would add a bunch of skills to my growing toolkit. To share my journey with you, and with future me. To feel confident in sharing my why, what, and how.

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Anna Watson
3 lessons from the SEWF

Last week I shared some initial thoughts on the SEWF here. Having been overseas travelling for the last few months, getting myself to the Forum provided the perfect opportunity to remind myself of New Zealand’s aspirations in “ka koroki te manu” - creating our tomorrow.

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Building my own compass

Last week, I spent two nights alone in the bush. I carved my life out of sand and sticks. I scaled a rock wall blindfolded. I swam with my shoes on. I shared a breath with a beech tree. I surfed ocean waves in a kayak. I made firm friends with eight perfect strangers. Clearly, it was no ordinary week. 

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Anna Watson
A survival strategy

At the moment I'm riding waves of change. It's exciting, at least from an outsider's perspective. It's scary, experiencing it firsthand. And it's familiar, a game of career change that I've played before. If you know what I'm talking about, I would like to share with you my survival strategy for keeping afloat. My survival strategy started like this: I curled up with a cup of tea and a notebook.

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Anna Watson
Showing Up As Vulnerable Me

A word recently slid into my mind; vulnerability. A big word for someone who is on holiday, but time is ticking. By August, I will be back in New Zealand. Jobless. Job-seeking. Job-creating. And when I think of my career, I inevitably think of vulnerability.

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Anna Watson
Lessons from 30 days of tramping

So it turns out that tree roots are entirely absorbing. There I was, 17 days of tramping under my belt, in the perfect setting for a relevation on the Next Step. And what had I thought about? Tree roots. Bogs too. Birds, sometimes.

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Anna Watson