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A New Chapter

Pursuing a career can be some risky business, risky business that I happen to enjoy. I have been working at the same Hotel for the last 4 years, 3 years ago I was “peaking” and then it all became a bit stagnant whilst I excelled in my current position that I have now officially resigned from. It has been an ongoing “battle” to remain focused over the last few months, allowing oneself to get bored at work is very dangerous and can kill your passion. My passion is working in the Hotel industry and with people, I thoroughly enjoy exceeding the expectations of my guests as well as the Directors and Management in my company.

On the 19th September I accepted an offer to work at a different Hotel within the same Hotel group that I am currently working in and I cannot wait to get started with the new job. I am looking forward to the challenge as well as the opportunity that it has to offer. I am also really sad to be leaving the current Hotel that I am working in as it has been my pride and joy and my “baby” since I started working there on the 4th January 2010. I was part of the opening team and together with other passionate professionals in my Hotel we managed to make it the successful Hotel that it continues to be today. I am so proud of where it is and how far it has come.

When I walk out those doors in a few weeks after my last day I know that I am going to be extremely sad to go, it will truly be one of those bitter sweet moments that I will keep with me for many years to come. I am probably going to be overwhelmed with emotion.

I have always been heavy on the career path, I mean I even ended a rather serious relationship in 2010 because I was taking my career so seriously. Three years on I am now more mature and can make wiser decisions in most aspects of my life. Health, family, friends and my career. They are all equally and differently important to me.

That said, I am looking forward to the next chapter that I am about to enter into.

It’s all going to be about me…

I’ve decided that I am going to be selfish and start concentrating on myself. What I want, what I need, what I feel and the type of people that I should be surrounding myself with. I need to figure out my own direction in life, focusing on my interests, and what makes me happy. I can’t live off what I think I need, especially if I’m going to look for it from other people or try find it from my job.

I need a sense of my own self-satisfaction. I need to be more confident in the person that I am. I love reading, I love music, I love going to the movies, I love exploring, I love learning new things, I love people and I love my family.

Here is the big one, I’m not going to freak out over men, not worry every second about not having one, nor am I going to read into everything they say or do. I do not a need a boyfriend to define me. I just need me. I am the person who I want to be at this point in my life. I need to stop worrying about what others’ might be thinking of me. People notice me a lot less than I think, which also scares me because I worry about being invisible and irrelevant, I love being noticed for the positive. I also need to realize that it is okay to not always be happy and to allow the tears to roll when they need to.

Life doesn’t always turn out exactly how you plan it, but that is okay. Things change all the time. Jobs change, careers change, people change and I am constantly changing. It’s called life. A man won’t like me just because I want him to, nor will someone who is just looking for an easy hookup miraculously want a girlfriend, especially in such a scenario.

While I’m still trying to figure out what will help to fill the void that I have been feeling for the last couple of months, I am going to try relax more and do the things that bring me pleasure while making sure I become a well adjusted adult, this includes with starting by ticking things off my Bucket List. Patience…, something I am not gifted with, that’s all I need.

My Bucket List…

Here is my bucket list with 100 things that I want to do before I die, it is in no particular order, some have been ticked off already! !

  1. Learn 5 words in 10 different foreign languages.
  2. Attempt to surf – particularly do the surf tour along the Wild Coast through Stoked Surf School.
  3. Give a public speach.
  4. Run a marathon.
  5. Cycle the 94.7 cycle challenge 5 times.
  6. Hot air ballooning.
  7. Learn how to ride a motorcycle.
  8. Go on a candlelit dinner date on the roof of a building in Johannesburg.
  9. Scuba dive.
  10. Bungee jump.
  11. Do a tree top canopy tour.
  12. Go back to Thailand and the East for another Holiday.
  13. Have my own business.
  14. Fish, cook and eat my own catch.
  15. Have a pet.
  16. Watch the top 10 movies of all time.
  17. Start rock climbing/abseiling.
  18. Rap jumping down a building.
  19. Dive into water from a cliff.
  20. Learn how to sail.
  21. Paint and frame my own painting.
  22. Help a stranger in distress.
  23. Make a snow angel in the snow.
  24. Hike the Otter Trail.
  25. Read the top 5 novels of all time.
  26. Read all of Jane Austen’s novels.
  27. White water raft down the Orange River.
  28. Do the Put Foot Rally.
  29. Sleep under the stars in a foreign country.
  30. Make a fool of myself and laugh about it afterwards.
  31. Drive across an entire country.
  32. Learn how to play a musical instrument.
  33. Drink beer at the Oktoberfest.
  34. Brew my own beer.
  35. Go to New York.
  36. Go to the Superbowl.
  37. Go to the Olympics (Summer or Winter).
  38. Go to 5 different World festivals.
  39. Plant a tree.
  40. Learn how to Salsa dance.
  41. Ride a camel in the desert.
  42. Have my own children.
  43. Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
  44. Go to the Opera.
  45. Cross a country using public transport.
  46. Party until sunrise.
  47. Milk a cow.
  48. Fall in-love.
  49. Backpack along the Wild Coast in SA.
  50. Backpack through another country.
  51. Learn how to Ski.
  52. Go skiing in Austria.
  53. Sneak into a movie at the theatre.
  54. Trek to Machu Pichu.
  55. See the Iguazu Falls.
  56. Visit Angkor Wat.
  57. Dance at the Carnival in Rio.
  58. Go to a drive in movie theatre.
  59. Ride a Gondola in Venice.
  60. Go to Paris.
  61. See and pose for a photo in front of the Eiffel Tower.
  62. Travel at least once by train.
  63. Float in the Dead Sea.
  64. See the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).
  65. Get married.
  66. Travel to Vietnam (Ha Long Bay).
  67. Visit the Taj Mahal in India.
  68. Live in a Eurpoean Country.
  69. Travel to Turkey/Istanbul.
  70. Arrive at an Airport without a plan and book a flight to a foreign country.
  71. Eat pasta in Italy.
  72. Bungee jump off of the Storms River bridge along the Wild Coast.
  73. Feed a homeless person.
  74. Read an Afrikaans novel.
  75. Own my own property.
  76. Do volunteer work.
  77. Teach someone how to write their own name.
  78. Travel to at least 25.
  79. Bury a time capsule.
  80. Cycle the Cape Argus.
  81. Register as an organ donor.
  82. Stand in the mist/shower of a waterfall.
  83. See the Mona Lisa at the Lourve.
  84. Go to the OppiKoppi music festival.
  85. Go to AfrikaBurn.
  86. Donate blood.
  87. Travel to Greece.
  88. See Stonehenge.
  89. Cruise on the Amazon River.
  90. Do an advanced drivers course.
  91. Drive in an Aston Martin.
  92. Build a Snowman.
  93. Spend Christmas in a Snowy place.
  94. Go to Sun City.
  95. Go for a Picnic.
  96. Own an original piece of art work.
  97. Adopt a pet from an animal shelter.
  98. Ride a jet-ski.
  99. Walk with lions.
  100. Feel like the happiest person on Earth.

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