Fer and Dave, my thoughts are with you both through this tough time caring for your sick family members. Remember to care for yourself too, and please give yourself two and a half pats on the back for yourself from me.
Also Fer, congrats on 50th post!
Today is a sad day - OK, I'm exaggerating a little. I wrote a difficult email to reject an invitation to the world conference in Perth on child neglect and abuse - its one of the most important conferences on the issue, and its their first time in Australia. Most of all, children holds a very special place in my heart. After all those time spent writing the application, I had to decline after being selected.
I have another conference in Melbourne on the last day of the 4 day above mentioned conference which I have agreed to present earlier. The 6-7 hours flight to Perth will kill me I'm sure.
I feel incredibly lucky to wake up to a baby bear cub who wish me good morning almost everyday and accompany me through the last few hours of my work - and sometimes sneakily sends me emails that make me laugh so hard my colleagues think I'm mad. Even though its only through online, to this very special person, here's a shout out to you - you're a superstar!
What have I done this week for myself, for my love ones and for the world?
I treated myself with an unhealthy lunch - lots of very nice creamy chicken + cherry tomatoes pizza and Coke. I watched... a very terrible TV show but I loved it.
For My Love Ones
I made cheap attempts to make people's day better by sending them an email. Brought Erika to her favourite restaurant on her last night of her trip. I called my mum and we spoke for an hour mainly about all her travels for the past 2 months - that's how long I haven't spoken to her.
For the World
I bought a random stranger, Lindon and Lucy, dinner. I inspired 4 high school students at the conference I presented on Saturday to organise a campaign to end extreme poverty in their school and I have since been mentoring them through emails. I taught two of my colleagues to buy products from social enterprise e.g. buy groceries that you know goes to support charity or marginalised communities such as buy fair trade coffee and chocolate and Mount Franklin water with pink caps for Breast Cancer Foundation.
Photo credit: Cayusa
Tell me, what have you done for yourself, for your love ones and for the world.