Monday, September 21, 2009

wow almost 2 yrs on!

So where have I been and what has happened in the past 2yrs....

This was Jake November 2007 - what a little spunk!

Sean, you got it in one - Tupper ate my blog!

Not long after my last blog entry I decided to become of all things a Tupperware Lady! Really, it was my bid to stop Darren playing cricket and for me to get out of the house. Well I achieved that and so much more!

You see, when I start new projects I tend to get "involved" very quickly ... I seem to have an inability to just "be" and always have to push myself to be the best. I quickly gained some attention within the distributorship as "potential" and was quietly being groomed, or cajoled, towards being a manager.

Managership is something I do well so to me it seemed like a natural progression. Daggles and I discussed it and decided that I wouldn't promote until June or July.

I promoted in April, and flew to Perth that same week for a Manager's conference. My goodness those ladies know how to party! Tammy McLachlan, my "mother manager", was an amazing go-getter and kept me motivated and focussed. Unfortunately not long after I was promoted Tammy was promoted to her own Distributorship and left Queensland. That didn't stop me and we moved onto bigger and better things. August 2008 found me at the Tupperware State Conference and #2 New Manager in the State, plus I presented a talk on "Focus" - a Tupper buzz word.

Wow that Conference was a buzz, and culminated in a gala dinner that night (and the conception of our daughter). My Tupper Career was on a roll - I had an amazing Team of girls who supported me all the way!

Unfortunately while my career and business grew, my family time shrank and I entered that juggle of guilt at leaving my children and the high of achieving some great career goals. Jake was constantly fighting one bug after another and was in and out of the doctors all the time. Thankfully I had a flexible job where I could work it around, but still my work-life balance was slipping.

Not long after this high Darren, Jake and I took off to Sydney for a Family Holiday. We had a ball and it was great to take the time to reconnect with my husband and son. Jake has such joy in little things and loved Darling Harbour and the aquarium, meeting all of his extended family and the loooooooooooooong drive home to Brisbane. He amazes me everyday with little things. It was a great break but we won't be doing that drive again anytime soon!

So that takes us to September and life was still pretty hectic - I was working hard towards taking Darren and myself on a Tupper-trip to Hong Kong in October - and Jake was still fighting bug after bug with antibiotics courses one after the other. Oh, and I was pregnant!Lots to do! I had achieved the trip for myself, now to get him on the plane as well. We had organised Darren's mum to come and stay with her partner Lewis so I just had to come up with the goods ... and we did!!!

October we flew to Hong Kong. It was like a second honeymoon except I was 14weeks pregnant, cranky and intolerant, and extremely nauseous! But we had an awesome week and I would love to do it all (expense free of course) again one day. We lived in absolute luxury for a week at the Intercontinental and I had a 5 course breakfast everyday! Congee, sushi, poached salmon and greens, eggs and bacon, pancakes or muffins and pastries, fruit, yoghurt ... and that was just to start the day! No wonder by the time I came home I looked 6 mths pregnant!

The pregnancy was starting to take its toll on my energy and motivation, plus Jake was constantly sick. His daycare centre was burnt down so we had the battle of finding another suitable one. The first one we went to was ok but its standards were nowhere near the old one. So we went on the waiting list for family daycare. Luckily my team were ticking along nicely so I was able to lighten my own party load and still maintain an income.

November and Jake turned 2!!!! I'll catch his second year in the next post!