Every year in Aotearoa, we focus on Mental Health Awareness . There is no escaping that 2020 has created some huge challenges for us all, right across our daily lives.
This year’s theme, “Reimagine Wellbeing Together” – He Tirohanga Anamata, encourages us to reflect on the big and small actions we’ve taken to take care of each other this year.
Sometimes it’s hard to reimagine what wellbeing looks like. We all have mental wellbeing. It can mean different things for us all. It’s a timely reminder to embrace the simple things we can do each day to really help strengthen our wellbeing. This can then can help us through the tough times.
There is a new theme each day – beginning with “Recharge with others” – Whiria te muka tangata.
Welcome to our very first e-newsletter! Firstly I hope you are all safe and doing well. Congratulations on making it through week one in what is such a surreal time for us all!
Thank you for playing your part to stay home and save lives, let’s stay united to beat this. In what is a challenging time for us all, there is one thing I am certain of – we will be here to support you in whatever way we can. Whether you are looking for work or wanting some support with your people processes, we are here, so give us a shout if you’d like to connect.
We are very excited to launch this newsletter which we hope will inform and inspire you on a regular basis. You are receiving this because you are in our database.
Are your pets loving having all the family at home in their bubble as much as mine are? Lots of extra walks and treats for us all.
….And then we were two
A huge welcome to Leila McIntyre as my new Client Services Manager. Some of you will know Leila already, as she is in fact my sister. It is very humbling and motivating that Leila believes in my business and has joined me to continue this epic journey.With her strong background in PA and customer focused roles – she is the perfect addition to the team.
This Too Shall Pass
by Leila McIntyre
In our own way each of us will be coming to terms with how Covid-19 has affected our lives. Who would have ever known that 2020 would become such a nightmare?
Two weeks into my role as Client Services Manager for my sister Carol, and we had to say goodbye to each other not knowing when we would see each other again in the flesh. We are so lucky that in 2020 we are able to to stay in touch virtually, during this imposed lock down, and how we are now turning inwards and realising the importance of staying in touch with those nearest and dearest.
Yesterday was yet another glorious sunny day and my husband and I took the opportunity to walk around the neighbourhood. Never have we had so many greetings, or waves from complete strangers. We then came home feeling energised and our social contact tank topped up. Later that day whilst I was pulling weeds in our driveway, each person who walked by greeted me. With the lack of noise pollution from vehicles, I was able to hear conversations never heard before. I found it entertaining being given an insight into other people’s lives and again made the isolation a little more bearable.
I know that eventually this will pass and life will go on, but I like to think that this new way of being aware of each other will remain.
Round North Island Race 2020
The Round North Island yacht Race kicked off in Auckland on 22 February. Fraser People was proud to sponsor CU Later yachting on their epic adventure. The race was created by Sir Peter Blake back in 1976 and is raced every 3 years.
Thirty eight yachts took on what can be considered a crazy challenge – circumnavigating the north island.
Logan and Nico had a great result completing the race on 9 March with an overall 2nd on line and 2nd on handicap in their division. As one of the smallest and most extreme yachts in the race we were delighted to support their dream.
Things to be grateful for whilst working from home
Here’s an opportunity to restore some balance in your life
Less commuting time means you now have more time to spend with your family
There’s also the comfort that comes from being in your own space, with your own things, and wearing what you like
It’s easier to stay on top of household duties like putting on a load of washing or letting meals cook while you work
You might find it simpler to schedule in exercise or just take a break by going for a walk around the block
The way you work could be more streamlined – a meeting might become an email; or a quick video check-in
Your breaks can also involve things you couldn’t do at your workplace, like playing an instrument or cuddling your pet.
This philosophy from Author Sheryl Sandberg really resonated with me last year, as I processed my grief after losing a loved one. It helped me as I worked out what the next phase of life was going to be like for me. The thing is – most of us are in fact living our Option B, C or even D, as when big stuff happens in life that is out of our control, it can create a shift in mind set, or the need for change.
So how is option B going for me?
I have been reflecting a lot over the past week as we approached the Anniversary, which I’ll admit has had quite an impact on me. While I don’t want to be defined by what has happened, writing about it is cathartic in a lot of ways. Taking some time out to see how things look today also helps.
Taking the plunge to start my own business
It was one of the scariest and most rewarding things I have ever done. Having a new focus was key and I knew I had to do it my way. Simply, I wanted to work with good people with the same ideals who wanted to work with me and have fun along the way. I am happy to say that is in fact happening, and 1 year on Fraser People is taking on a life of its own.
I heard a saying somewhere that out of our pain we find our power. It’s certainly what has driven me. I’ll always be grateful for the support I have received – so here’s to you all kicking the shit out of your option B, C or D!
For me, taking the plunge into self-employment is the end result of my journey following the sudden death of a loved one last year. It may sound cliché but I now understand why many people effect change in their lives after suffering a loss.
Grief can be a baffling experience. I can say without hesitation I have never felt anything like it. It’s something you move through not get over. It can create a huge shift in your outlook.
Some people decide it’s time to do something radical like volunteering in Africa, moving cities, or re-train. Some choose to retain the status quo. It’s a personal journey so the outcome is different for everyone.
Grief became the catalyst to start my own business – and consequently, start this new blog. I should probably have begun with a topic like ‘recruitment tips’ or ‘how to write a good CV’ – that would be the easy option, wouldn’t it?!
But first I wanted to share why Fraser People is more than just a name to me
It’s scary to put yourself out there, and I (like most of you), have had that voice in my head creating all the usual objections about why we can’t do something rather than why we can. But hey, to quote US research Professor Brené Brown: “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen”.
So here goes…
Throwing in a paid job and taking several months out last year to contemplate life, in general, was exactly what I needed to do. Hanging out at the beach with our much-loved dog, Frodo, was just the tonic. With family, friends, and some wonderful clients as a sounding board, it became clear to me that starting my own business was what I really wanted to do.
Being able to build a business that fully embraces the values I believe in: strong relationships, honesty, and exceptional customer service is incredibly important to me. So I’ve taken everything I’ve learned from my life’s journey so far and found the inner strength to jump right in and do things my way.
I’m proud to say I’m now re-energised and grateful to have a new focus. “Life is short” is no longer an over-used term from my point of view. Instead, I’m embracing tech executive and author Sheryl Sandberg’s philosophy: “Option A is not available so let’s kick the shit out of Option B!”