A long distance reminder

Yesterday I reconnected with a dear friend in Italy.

We met when we were very young, in a magical castle in Wales.

Now we are mothers, entrepreneurs, businesswomen and still great friends.

She reminded me of why and how I started this blog and these drawings.

I am not only thankful for her friendship, but also for her reminder that our small actions may have great impact on others.

This post is for you Laura, thank you. 

Who do you tell?

The saddest and shortest story in the world:

This person had a story, but no one to tell it to.

The end.

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We need to tell our stories.
And we yearn to be heard.
Yet who do we tell our stories to?

This series of drawings were inspired by recent events.

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Transformational vs Transactional

Over the past few days, I have had a number of discussions with different people on the often talked about topic of relationships.

I have come to realise that most relationships in life, are transactional.
You do this, then I will do that.
If you can be this, then I can be that.
If I am this, then you are that.

Sometimes, we meet people who transform us.
People who inspire us to be more.

Someone who challenges your notion of what love or friendship means.
Someone who mentors you, inspires you or questions you.

Someone who makes you want to be more.
Be better, be stronger and be YOU.

Thank you for being in my life.

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Fierce Mama

Yesterday I was Snapchatting my daughter.
I still had my curlers in my hair and was making all sorts of faces.
(As you do, when Snapchatting …)

There was one photo where I thought I looked pretty fierce.
As in PRETTY + FIERCE.
A selfie that was “shareworthy”, if there is even such a word.

Once I posted it on Facebook, I got lots of LIKES and my friends commented on how the photo is very “ME”.

It was interesting to know how my friends perceived me.
And I thought I’d make a doodle version of it.
And also share it here on my blog.

Fierce Mama with curlers on and ready to take on the world!

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Happiness is… Team work

I am so happy, grateful and honored to work with like minded people.
It makes work fun.
It makes us forget time when we are in the flow.

We not only work well together, we are very appreciative of each others’ contributions, talents and positive attitude.
And we make a real effort to let each other know.

When was the last time you told someone that you appreciate what they do as part of your team?
It might be the smallest thing but sometimes it is what makes a difference.

Scroll down past my drawing for a condensed gratitude list from the weekend and today!

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I am thankful for…

1. An amazing time at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, giving a talk on career planning.

2. The great crowd at Chinese University – over 100 people!

3. My team mate Beatrice – your enthusiasm, your tenacity and your happy face.

4. My good health.

5. My puppy Pepper for her constant companionship and general silliness.

6. My mum feeling better after a bout of the common cold.

7. Learning more about the psyche, the brain and the body.

8. Getting a clear sign of what to do next.

9. Having a kitchen to cook home food.

10. Having amazing life partners who share my love, my woes and my hopes.

Friendship is … asking questions that matter

The last six months have been challenging.
Lots of changes and many decisions to be made.

It’s been a habit of mine to keep thoughts to myself and work things out on my own.
This often causes a lot of stress and eventually physical illness for me.
And I know I need to consult my close friends and share my burdens.

It is not advice that I seek.
What I love about my close friends is when they ask me questions that make me think.

The question of the month is,
“What does ‘home’ mean to you?”

Something as simple as that helped me tremendously.

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Today, I am thankful for…

1. Our early morning meeting!

2. Waking up just in time!

3. A lovely breakfast of croissant and tea!

4. Spending time with my sweet friend and colleague Beatrice.

5. The adorable old plumber who declogged my kitchen sink.

6. A superb afternoon of phone meetings which went very very well.

7. All the good things that are happening right here right now.

8. Feeling better physically.

9. Hearing that my sweet friend Keiko will be visiting HK next week.

10. Speaking to my mother and my niece on the phone.

PENCIL

My dear friend Odie got me the PENCIL from the US.
It has finally arrived in my hands and I am so happy.

It really is as good as they say.
I draw all my doodles on my iPad mini, using the app PAPER by 53.
Now paired with their stylus PENCIL, it’s even better!

Thank you Odie.
It’s Christmas again today.
For me.

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