Hmmm…I might need to be doing a lot more of that. I weighed myself for the first time last week (something I don’t normally do) and got a bit of a shock to find I am the heaviest I have ever been! Too many people have issues with ageing, body image and weight so I’m not getting too upset about it suffice to say I will definitely be reining in all the baking I’ve been doing – guilty of making cookies, muffins, cake, banana bread and scones these past few months and clearly a bit too much indulging going on.
Walking is something that’s vastly under-rated and it was interesting to see Jono Lineen – the author of Perfect Motion on TV the other week talking about other benefits of walking in terms of making us wiser and more resilient in ways I’d not previously considered. I also subscribe to Victoria Walks and many friends are regular hikers who are no doubt very happy to see some social distancing measures being lifted. While we’ve largely continued to heed the stay at home message, we did venture out yesterday as a family for a walk near the river (below) in Warrandyte, which was glorious as has been the past few days in the Autumn sun.
I’ve been busy the past couple of weeks helping my marketing colleagues film another young alumna – nursing graduate Yanti Turang who has been on the frontline in New Orleans dealing with COVID-19 in the US. Hers is an extremely inspiring story – she’s been a hard person for me to catch with the time difference but also featured in our online Year of the Nurse event last Tuesday celebrating the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and the 200th Birthday of the founder of Nursing, Florence Nightingale.
La Trobe University has also pivoted in a number of ways (with a raft of new online short courses soon to be launched) including the free 12-week online COVID-19 Industry Response Program for local small business being run by my La Trobe Accelerator colleagues and a similar free 12-week online Leadership Professional Development Program run by our MBA area. If you have time on your hands as a small business owner or individual affected by the pandemic, I would encourage you to apply for one of these courses and up-skill while you have the time.
School’s back very soon and with the lifting of some restrictions, I hope to catch up with family and friends face-to-face very soon. I am going to wait a couple of weeks and will be taking a pretty conservative approach given some indoor environments seem to be more risky – Mr Rosanna and I expect to continue to work from home in the short term and possibly a lot longer. I did see a black public order response police car the other day (the first time ever) and have downloaded the COVIDSafe app as much as it feels a bit Big Brother – some shades of George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four in 2020. Who would have thought? Life is turning out to be stranger than fiction.