New Beginnings

I had a vision the other day. I was perspiring while unicycling along a steeply inclined tightrope. It didn’t end there, oh no. My baby was balancing on my head while I juggled my laptop, mobile phone, a plate of organic food (beautifully prepared), a weighing scales and something symbolising a social life. Lapping against my back were flames which bellowed from the pit of darkness that I was pedaling away from, struggling to not slip backwards into it. In the distance ahead were beautiful meadows of serenity. I could hear the calm exuding from them.  But as I pedaled I felt the wheel slipping on the rope. How will I ever get there?…..   I was remembering where my life was at only a couple of years ago.

As a producer of tv commercials and digital advertising projects with my own production company, the arrival of my first son was something I decided I could balance with ease with my work commitments. For the most part I did just that. There was the odd last minute change of schedule which threw childcare arrangements into disarray. It wasn’t until days before a large digital media event I was running that my son was admitted to hospital with an unrecognised virus. He was there for five days, two of which were frightening. He got better quickly afterwards and is fine. But it was then that I realised nothing else matters than my family. Not that I didn’t already believe that, but really everything else paled into insignificance. I cancelled the event on day 2 of the hospital visit because we had no idea what was wrong or how long he’d be in for and nobody else could do the prep that I had to do. I felt helpless, and vulnerable and out of my depth. So that was the turning point of finding a career that I could balance successfully with having a family. There have been some major compromises, and I’m not there yet.  But delving into my interest in nutrition, health and well being, and applying my management science background and my practical head, I returned to college to become a Health Coach.

Cut to today. And another baby. But life is good and calm, well, calmer anyway. It’s been a bit of a journey of self discovery to get here. And I feel like I’m on a positive run of self improvement having addressed anxiety, diet, exercise, work, career and family.  This is where this journal begins. If you’d like to join me on this escapade I could think of nobody I’d like to share it with more.

As an inherent planner and organiser I have some interesting challenges lined up for myself over the next year or so. I’ll document them and will be looking for your support along the way. Thanks for reading!

Xx

Comments 20

  1. Clare Kavanagh
    January 21, 2015

    Lovely & honest Suzanne, enjoyed reading. Best of luck and good wishes for this new chapter. Anything that challenges the perceived new norm of tip your children into a crèche from 8 til 6pm is bringing a little light in.

    1. Suzanne
      January 21, 2015

      Thanks Clare. It’s been so encouraging getting such positive feedback. It’s a little daunting being so honest, but very liberating! I don’t know if I’ll perfect the balancing act, but hopefully I can help others get some stability in theirs. x

  2. Audrey Farrell
    January 21, 2015

    Best of luck Suzanne x

    1. Suzanne
      January 21, 2015

      Thanks Audrey! Lovely to hear from you. x

  3. Adele
    January 21, 2015

    congratulations Suzanne! A bold smart and courageous move, well done:) This looks like the start of something really great for you. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading more!

    1. Suzanne
      January 22, 2015

      Thanks Adele! x

  4. Emma O'Beirne
    January 21, 2015

    Congratulations Suzanne and wishing you the best of luck with the new venture. Really enjoyed reading your piece x

    1. Suzanne
      January 22, 2015

      Thanks Emma! Really nice to get all this positive feedback 🙂

  5. January 21, 2015

    Best of luck Suzanne
    Does your expertise spread as far as Howth?
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    1. Suzanne
      January 22, 2015

      Thanks Eoghan. Have passport, will travel 😉

  6. Gary Cosgrave
    January 22, 2015

    Best of luck Suzanne!

    1. Suzanne
      January 22, 2015

      Thanks Gary!

  7. January 22, 2015

    Best of luck Zanny!! Sounds exciting and really positive. If u ever want a fitness on horseback challenge or simply a nice gaunt to clear the mind, let me know! Xx

    1. Suzanne
      January 22, 2015

      Thanks Madeleine… I might just take you up on that. I feel a blog post coming 😉

  8. Rachel
    January 22, 2015

    You go Suzanne! Life is short : – )

    1. Suzanne
      January 22, 2015

      Thanks Rachel – too right!

  9. January 22, 2015

    Followibg from Florida – loved your blog ! Well done changing careers – not an easy decision – I’m a friend of Rockets (Eoghan from years ago)

    1. Suzanne
      January 22, 2015

      Thanks for your lovely words Dolores. I’m feeling very exotic now I know someone’s reading in Florida!

  10. Sinead Neville
    January 25, 2015

    well done Zani! Sounds awesome and I’m sure you will be awesome in this new role! Best of luck xxxx

    1. Suzanne
      January 27, 2015

      Thanks for the support Sinead! I can work via Skype so feel free to spread the word Down Under 😉

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