Today you are YOU, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

Around this time last year (plus a month) I wrote a blog titled 'The time for communicators is now'. Today, as I sat here thinking about a final blog for a final Friday at work before I embark on my maternity leave, I thought - do you know what January 2017? The time for ME is now!

Me, still a communicator yes. But also a writer, an account manager, a wife, a mother to be (all being well), a friend, a daughter, a sister...Sophie. Yup, the time for me is definitely now. I'm going to take these next few months to really show myself what I can do on a personal level. I've spent the last six years growing professionally at theblueballroom (and because of that, personally too) - but now I'm flipping it on its head.

So, I started thinking about all the lessons I've learnt here over the years. Lessons that will definitely stand me in good stead as I step in to this next chapter of my life. And though I couldn't possibly note them all, I thought I'd leave today having penned a few. I think these things have been good day-to-day mottoes. I hope they've not only made me a better work colleague, but a better person in life in general. 

  • Learn to use everything - things like the franking and binding machines. If you know how to use them you've not only picked up what I like to call transferable skills, it means you can always help when someone is struggling. I don't think any task should feel above or below you at work. Having said that, the one thing I can't seem to conquer is trimming with a scalpel. No-one here trusts me with one, I'm an awkward lefty and I've broken quite a few blades in my (heavy-handed) attempts - last year I called it a day on my efforts. 
  •  Be honest - this one is easy. If you're not honest you can get yourself in a right pickle, most people can see right through you, and you have to remember all the things you're not honest about. That's just stressful, isn't it?
  •  Don't be afraid to ask for help - there is nothing wrong with asking for and accepting a hand when you need it. It really can make everything easier and eliminate stress very quickly - plus it allows people to see your human side, making you much more approachable in the future! 
  •  Kindness is free - my ma says this frequently - just be kind, just be the bigger person. And it's true. As that popular meme says, 'Kindness is free, sprinkle that sh*t everywhere.' It just feels good to be kind.
  • 'Comparison is the thief of joy' - Theodore Roosevelt, these are wise words, thank you. We all compare from time to time, it's perfectly natural. But it's also disastrous and depressing - so STOP IT! On the subject of wise words, what did Dr Seus say? 'Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You'...
  • Always be yourself - and on that note, just be you! It must be so exhausting trying to be someone you're not, and how boring would it be if we were all the same.

All that's left to say is, farewell for now - I'm looking forward to re-joining theblueballroom later in the year, with a wealth of new lessons I've learnt being out of work, busy being me.