Yes I know.
Four full days late on a blog post. And not much time even now to create something substantial. So here’s a quick update from the Sydney world.
The New Job
Those of you who are in my industry and know my line of work will be aware that it’s a pretty busy fortnight in Australia. A lot of funding announcements, coupled with the announcement of a federal election over the weekend has meant that I’ve been spending long days in the office helping my team stay on top of things. By the time I get home I’m exhausted and have a bunch of other things to take care of, so blogging hasn’t been a priority.
The job itself is going well, though there are plenty of times where I feel on the verge of being overwhelmed. Having such a capable and supportive team has helped immensely. A big challenge right now is trying to transition from the consulting and business school mindset of having projects that take place in the space of weeks, to bigger picture thinking where an initiative may take years to play out. Thinking in that latter mode requires a lot of patience and resistance to the feeling that everything needs to be done now.
It’s a tough but necessary transition.
The other thing that has been taking up a lot of time has been my return to the singing stage. Last week I sang in a concert for the Pacific Opera as a guest artist, which was the first proper singing gig I have been involved with in about three years. It was a real honour to work with the company, which is committed to developing young artists for future careers at the top level of opera. The voice was a little rusty after three years of disuse (and misuse), but it was surprising how easy it was to get back into the process.
It was also a great feeling to be back on stage and learning repertoire. I had missed that. Hopefully there will be more opportunities in the near future.
Coincidentally, my parents were visiting on the same weekend as the concert, so I had a nice group of people in the audience wishing me well. It also meant that the remainder of the weekend was spent hanging out with them, including a day trip to the Blue Mountains, two hours west of Sydney. For a comparison to the USA, it’s somewhat like the Grand Canyon, except instead of desert there’s incredibly dense temperate rainforest covering the mountains. We hiked down to waterfalls, and to viewpoints out across the canyons. It was spectacular, but not recommended for those with a fear of heights.
That's about it for now, except to add that as a Mother's day present, along with the concert tickets and dinner (which I managed to convince my mother that I would pay by virtue of victory in an arm wrestling match), I taught her how to play a new game of cards. She picked it up pretty quickly...
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