The time crunch

Some of you may know that I am expecting my first child in the near future.  I will be taking some time out to devote myself fully to this important role of raising a small human being.

Over the past few years I have been heavily involved in my own personal professional development, and generally trying to contribute positively towards the profession in New Zealand and moving us forward.  I thoroughly enjoy where I am at the moment in my career, and the collaborations and relationships that I have established and continue to nurture.  I also revel in my day-to-day experiences and learnings from my volunteer roles with LIANZA, and my role at my place of employment.

However, I’m nearly at a cross-roads, and it’s crunch time.  Something, sooner or later will have to give.
(Mums, Dads – does it? Will it?)

Over the past 6 months or so, my musings here have definitely subsided with the occasional squirt of a thought making it to “publish”, along with tweets and other miscellaneous tools for social interaction, including the odd coffee or yumcha lunch date.

It’s getting to the crunch time and I’m a wee bit nervous.

Years later, I’m probably going to look back over this and think, aahhh those were the days, when I worried about retaining my professional identity while raising some kiddiewinkles.  Well yeah, I can’t wait for that day when I look back.  But right now I have to look forward into wholly unfamiliar territory.  People tell me your world changes.

Don’t get me wrong, I will make it clear now, that I am really looking forward to this new journey in my life.  I’m excited about that new world. 🙂

I have read, talked, asked, enquired, read, chatted, laughed and mused about what it will be like post-children.  I am now getting to wonder what it is like specifically as a “new-generation” Librarian, who aspires to be LIANZA president one day and possibly even an LJ Mover and Shaker.

What spurred me to draft this post was reading Bobbi Newman’s (LibrarianbyDay) tweet for a request to an article about how Movers and Shakers were treated after getting the award.  Someone found it and Bobbi said she’d seriously like to see a follow-up article.

This is what I learned from reading that article:

Wordle: Explore

Time is the most valuable possession.  If you don’t have time, then you can’t do these things.

I am very much looking forward to this new phase in my life and I look forward to the journey and where it will take me.

I will find time to explore, experiment and think.

6 thoughts on “The time crunch”

  1. If you bring even half the energy, positivity and commitment to parenting that you’ve brought to librarianship, your wee one is going to have such an awesome start in life. A baby is such a huge blessing – I hope you and your partner enjoy this new time in your lives.

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  2. Thats the most exciting (and scary, and interesting and thrilling and frustrating and and and…) part about the parenting journey.

    My journey isn’t yours, and yours isn’t hers, and theirs isn’t ours.

    I think having a focus and retaining personal identity are very worthwhile goals, and I hope you find time to explore, experiment, think AND evolve 🙂

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  3. thank you Freya. Reading that article (a good read, totally recommend it for potential leaders) gave me lots of “uh huh uh huh” moments, and then I thought, shit, you come across barriers to being heard everywhere you go. Just gotta keep pushing and evolve as you say 🙂

    You’re a smart cookie.

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  4. I’m in the midst of retaining a professional identity while raising kiddiewinkies and and maintaining both roles is exhilarating and exhausting. I love how Twitter can aid in my professional development, and it can connect me to so many wonderful people in my profession. It is a wonderful journey and I wish you well 🙂

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    1. thanks Steph 🙂

      I wish you well too. How old are your kiddiewinkles?

      Twitter is a god-send. I know a guy who knows the guy who started it too, my partner had the first NZ account. Anyway, thank you 🙂

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