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Reflections on 2013

It’s New Year’s Eve and it has been a huge year! There is a new moon in Capricorn on 1 January 2014 (my moon sign) which is a powerful start to the year. I’m feeling reflective, as you probably are too, so let’s share highlights from the year that was…

I conquered my fear of public speaking. I was a keynote presenter at the Social Media Marketing in Tertiary Education Conference in Sydney. It was a tough gig – I was the final speaker on the final day. I was so nervous in the lead-up. But when I got on stage, I actually enjoyed it. I received great feedback about my presentation, ‘Managing organisational change in 140 characters’, and now I’m not afraid of public speaking at all.

My son finished school. Forever. It’s been an epic 13-year journey that started at Hilton Primary School in Fremantle and finished at Caulfield Grammar School in Melbourne. He’ll go to the University of Melbourne in 2014 and I’ll figure out what the hell to do with myself now my child is raised.

My team won an award. Swinburne University of Technology won second place for the Highest Engagement in the Education industry in the Social Pulse Awards 2013. This is an awesome achievement for a core team of two. We were also in the top 10 for largest brand page. As Swinburne’s Social Media Manager, I mentored an Industry-Based Learning student, our Social Media Officer, Chris Wong this year. Chris is so talented, creative and hard-working and it’s been wonderful to watch him develop during the past 12 months. I’m at the stage in my career where mentoring and supporting young professionals is the most fulfilling aspect of my work.

I conquered my fear of playing music in public. A community organisation I’m involved with held a talent night and, inspired by my public speaking experience, I took the opportunity to conquer another fear. I played guitar and sung ‘Mad World’ by Tears for Fears and ‘Your Ghost’ by Kristin Hersh, on stage, to an audience of about 100 people. I don’t know if I’ll do it again, but it ended up being fun and I felt elated afterwards. Feedback was lovely – in fact, one person described my performance as ‘mesmerising’.

I launched Sun on my Parade. After a couple of years thinking about it, I took the plunge into entrepreneurship. I launched a digital magazine and online community for women celebrating the second half of life. It’s a work-in-progress, but I’m proud of myself for taking a risk and giving it a go. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. I’d love to hear your thoughts on how the site could be improved. Best wishes for a very happy 2014 and I look forward to sharing the journey with you.

What were the highlights of 2013 for you? 

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