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Weaving the Patterns Together

Updated: Feb 13, 2018

So I've now switched into personal development mode.


It's kind of crazy how many differing things are now coming into connection in my life. For example, I wrote a book in November that I am trying to get to the point that I am ready to share with the world. Through asking myself why I wasn't ready to be vulnerable and share, I realised that I needed to do some soul seeking. The result of that has been the development of my Action Research Proposal (the paper I mentioned a few weeks ago that I am nervous about tackling).

I have been able to link personal things that previously had nothing to do with my academic life together. And it's been great!


But first....


Items I have learned today


Daft: Silly/Stupid. Usually said in a way to not make you look stupid for forgetting to do/attach something, like "Maybe I'm being daft, but I don't see XYZ"

Skiving: Skipping/playing hookie

Dossing: Messing around

101: It's generally thought of as torture chamber/worse nightmare (not an introductory class like I'm used to). So scheduling a work meeting called Training 101 - isn't exactly the best idea in the world.



Just finished another 3 days on campus for a new Module called "Board Level Research and Consultancy." In this module I will need to:

-Write a research report for a topic that will be released on 2nd March (due 5 days later)

-Form a Consulting Business and find an outside organization to pitch our services to

-Develop a Project Plan, Charter and Consultancy Report for said business

-Write a Reflection paper on it all


That's in addition to sorting out who I am at my core from my Action Learning Proposal.


It's a switch from last term where I was spending hours trying to dive into Finance and save the world from youth and knife crime in Croydon. Long term however, I know I am developing and building on skills/tools that will be useful to me for the rest of my life and that's invaluable.

However, taken as a whole, it's a lot.

Luckily, I am working on taking it all day by day, and so appreciate when I can weave differing areas of my life that I am passionate about together (like my writing and my MBA program for example).

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