It’s almost 12 months to the day since I wrote about what a successful year 2015 had been for Women in Strata. I can’t help but feel that last year now pales in comparison to what we have achieved in 2016.

In April we held our first event at David Lawrence Westfield Sydney, followed by our Productivity Breakfast at Macquarie Bank in September. At our end of year event a few weeks ago, we supported Share the Dignity’s #itsinthebag campaign, giving to those less fortunate than us at this important time of the year.

Next year’s calendar is already filling up: on Thursday 23 February 2017 at 6pm (Potts Point venue) we are hosting a workshop on health and fitness for the busy Woman in Strata. Lock the date and time in your diary now, with details to follow early in the New Year.

This year has seen Women in Strata identified as a key strata sector stakeholder in the City of Sydney local government area (the UNSW City Futures Research Report identifying us is here) and I am very pleased to announce for the first time here that we are now represented as part of the NSW Fair Trading Strata Reference Group: a key forum for engagement to advance priorities and solutions that address the needs of the wider strata community. Participants of the group include SCA (NSW), the OCN, UDIA, Property Council of Australia and City of Sydney Council. We are in esteemed company.

Usually, at this time of the year, I take the opportunity to reflect on the year that was, be grateful for what I and those close to me have achieved, and make a promise to myself to reach the same heights next year. If I can shoot past them, all the better.

I encourage my fellow Women in Strata to do the same: take some time out – perhaps in that (relatively) quiet space between Christmas and New Year, when you’re on the beach and the kids are finally occupied by the presents they’ve been threatening to open for weeks – to feel that sense of gratitude for the year that is coming to a close, and all that you have learned from it. More importantly, give some thought to the year ahead. What are your goals and dreams:

  • for your health
  • for your happiness
  • for your relationships
  • for your personal development
  • for your finances
  • for your career
  • for your impact on the world.
Write them down: it makes a huge difference seeing them on paper, out of your head.

I have taken this list from Jeff Olsen’s life-changing book: The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness, which is an easy but incredibly powerful summer read. It has certainly impacted the way I operate in the world day to day.

I wish you and your loved ones a beautiful festive season, and I look forward to seeing you all again in 2017.

Rest, relax, reflect and prepare.

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