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Yes you can have it all, but not all at the same time. Agree or not?

You wouldn’t know from the frequency of my blog posts this year that writing really is one of my favorite things.  For in 2013, I’ve been living the words of Her Excellency the Governor-General Quentin Bryce: “Yes, you can have it all, but not all at the same time. Set your own priorities, trust your gut and follow your heart.” And so, for the first time in eight years, being at my writing desk most every day of every week wasn’t a priority this year. Instead, I’ve been reflecting on life, reveling in the people and the things I love, reigniting a professional career and roaming the globe in search of the she who is me, in 2013.  What an adventure! Many destinations, many words of advice, many lessons along the way. Being a woman, carving out a career, and nurturing family and friendships; of course it all means different things to different people.  The choice is also the challenge. Letting go, easing up and not insisting on perfection in every one of life’s endeavours isn’t always easy. It can take conscious effort, and commitment, and a belief that even when life seems out of control, we can still be in control of our ultimate destiny.   I’ve observed this in many of the women who’ve inspired my career.  They know when to let go, which battles are worth fighting, and which to let pass.  When the going gets tough, they take a deep breath and confidently push on. Trying very hard to emulate these behaviors this year has been a great learning.  It’s tested my patience and broadened my perspectives.  And interestingly, those times I did regroup and reset my priorities, almost always I was the only person who noticed the change. A few gentle words of wisdom, like those from our Governor General, are sometimes just what we need. So as 2013 draws to a close, what better way to summarise the year and all of life’s possibilities than with a SlideShare of those inspirations that have resonated with me this year.

Thank you for being my audience and my sounding board again in 2013.  I will be back in 2014 with many changes to The SheEO Blog and sphinxx… and I apologise in advance if the website upgrades don’t go completely to plan (as they never really do!) With best wishes for a very Merry Christmas! Jen 🙂

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2 weeks ago

Jen Dalitz

What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Jen Dalitz

I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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– They let me go at 42 because they told me I was too old to represent women's dreams. #kvinnedagen

Watch our talk show interview with Isabella Rossellini here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRa7UptZ3qw
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