December 17th, 2019

speaker, consultant, coach

A life of music

Music has been a big part of my life.

I don't see that changing.

I'm not sure if there's supposed to be a link between our character and our choice of music but I'd like to think there is, otherwise I'm not sure how to explain my eclectic/weird/odd taste/s.

I've been lucky to have some key influencers: Jazz from my dad; rock from my late uncle; my friends at school who exposed me (inter alia) to punk, new romanticism, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and soul; and a whole heap of other people too lengthy to name.

But music is much more than a prop for my disposition.

It lights up my soul?

In fact, it's one of the few things where I'm apt to shed a tear — and that, sadly, is a rare thing in my life.

One other thing: I've never closed my mind to listening to anything no matter what others say. I think, by now, I can make up my own mind about what floats my boat.

Blessings,

Ju.

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Work/life

“What we seek is some kind of compensation for what we put up with.” ― Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

I'm back at work.

It's quiet at the moment. And that makes a nice change.

The atmosphere is subdued, though. Perhaps everyone's tired and in need of a break, but I think it's more a case of not knowing where we're headed next.

But, hey, who knows anything these days?

*

Yesterday was a day of reflection. There was (thankfully) no screaming thoughts but, at some point, I had this overwhelming sense that I'd been working for a very long time, and I wasn't done — not by a long shot.

I know I'm not alone, but I'm of the generation who was expected to work from an early age. In my case, I started a part-time job aged 13 and I've never not worked, even when I was studying full-time at Uni.

Perhaps I thought by now I'd have retired. If that's the case, I've made a sh*t job of planning for it. I'm not hot on predictions but I've this unerring sense that I'm very likely to be working, much like my old man, until 70 — i.e. another 18 years of blood, sweat and toil.

Ah, never mind.

At least I'm here to tell the tale. 

Yes, life is a gift even if or especially if it doesn't always feel like that.

Deep bows.

Ju.

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Wine: part 2

I'm here again. A cheap bottle of Rioja but actually it's not that bad. I've got a £65 bottle of red waiting for me for Christmas; a client gave it to me rather than paying my fees. I hope I can wait until Christmas day.

Ju.