Before I left on this short trip I had a new barbecue installed – just a small one! It was erected in the morning and we had a barbecue that evening despite the odd and very unexpected snowfall! I think I will have to stay away from all these county and garden shows as I invariable get tempted into having something new and fun in the garden. I now am the proud possessor of a pizza oven, an outside dining ‘tent’ and an arctic cabin (barbecue!)!!! I think that plenty of dinner parties for friends and family will be on the menu for this summer.
I finished reading a book recently – Follow Me by Angela Clarke – and a really good crime thriller but very spooky as it is all linked to social media. I found it a bit too close to home demonstrating how social media can work in a very dangerous way. I sometimes find it sad how much time our young spend on their computers or Iphones – sometimes I wonder if we are going to lose the art of face-to-face communicating – building relationships at a really personal level. So many families today don’t even have regular family meals together – another communicating opportunity lost I fear.
Workwise, I am loving every moment of now having my older daughter join the business as of January 1st. As many of you know, my younger daughter Emma re-joined about seven years ago and now Lucy, who was with me in the very early days when I first started has come back – we really are becoming a family business and I LOVE it! One of the things that I enjoyed most this month was going to speak to the 65 person HR team of Costa and as they gave me a two hour slot was able to share enough to give what I hope was real value. The place they chose to run it was Woburn Safari Park which added to the experience. They were really impressive in that Costa appears to have an exceptionally inclusive culture – not easy with the speed that they are growing. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day.
Another piece of news that made my heart sing is that two of my favourite clients are getting back to working together again! Anna Filipopoulos is joining Aggreko as Group HRD with Chris Weston as the CEO – I knew that this would have to happen again at some point and I am delighted for both of them and wish them all success.
One of the practices that I still do my very best to keep up is writing my gratitude book and whenever I do maintain the practice I am aware that I feel better and somehow my life goes more smoothly. And yet ….. even though I know this to be true I still find it easy to let the habit slip and somehow find that a whole week has gone by and there it is sitting on my bedside table waiting to be picked up. There is no question in my mind that if only I can keep my thinking on the things that go well and that I am really grateful for I somehow attract better things into my life. If there is one thought I would like to leave you with this month it is this – consider doing a gratitude book.
Until the next episode, may your life be full of great success, joy and peace.