Our family is different to most, in that we have no extended family within a 100 miles radius. This brings challenges as we both work – but all families have challenges. The kids are both in high school and we are firmly into the mum/dad taxi phase of parenting. Every evening, one of them has some activity to attend to… and when you factor in hubbies evening work commitments, my occasional nights away for work and my love of Zumba, our evenings are spoken for.
This makes getting out for leisure quite a challenge: Lack of time, lack of babysitters.
So we have to think creatively. The kids are old enough to be alone for a couple of hours if we time it right. So yesterday hubby and I went to the cinema in the morning. We have been known to go for a quick drink in the afternoon. OK – it’s not what MOST people do, but our circumstances aren’t the same as MOST people. We have to think around the issue.
As I have to in my work: No two clients are the same. What’s simple for one is impossible for another. What’s normal for one is unusual for another, and I have to take this into account when helping them to create L&D solutions. In training and development, there’s rarely a straightforward route to success, and that’s why I like working with L&D managers to create bespoke solutions so much: What makes an organisation unique makes it interesting and it’s what makes me THINK. The obstacles are challenging (in a good way) and the solution kind of unwinds in front of us if we keep ourselves alert to the possibilities, and are wiling to keep on learning. No two journeys are ever the same, and that’s what makes my work so interesting.