Eating the elephant

There’s no two ways about it at this time of year. It can be overwhelming to return to work and be faced with the whole year’s workload in front of you. It’s even more challenging when friends and family keep sending you photos of themselves at the beach (in my case from both peninsulas as well as Byron Bay – go away people!). I’ve been trying to get my head back in the game and the upside of going back early is feeling a bit more prepared planning-wise.

While I’d rather be at the seaside too, I’ve tried to put on a happy face (literally with Mr Rosanna hanging my Ottolenghi plate above on our kitchen wall) and just get on with things. It helps to try and live fully in the present and take each day as it comes rather than thinking too far ahead. With school not yet back and colleagues still on leave, January is a good month to ease back into things. While the streets are very quiet – I love Melbourne in the summer time and it’s about to get busier with the Australian Open starting and the Lunar New Year Festival next weekend. I’ve been enjoying the slower pace and my weekends still feel like being on holiday.

Melbourne is back with a vengeance with skilled migrants, tourists and international students coming to visit or live, inner city rents are back up and the city is expected to overtake Sydney by 2031 as Australia’s biggest.

Interesting too to read that Australia’s been crowned the land of opportunity overtaking the US. My own background is testament to that – both sets of grandparents migrated here from southern China and Hong Kong with nothing only to start businesses and families here, which have allowed the three generations after them to have a very different life full of privileges I’ve never taken for granted. Mr Rosanna’s family background is not much different with a grandfather who came back from the war with nothing but the clothes on his back.

Instead of living the life of a peasant in rural China, I’ve instead had access to education, a career, travel and financial independence. If you’ve had similar opportunities to better yourself then you are very lucky indeed and it’s something to reflect upon as the Tiger year comes to an end and in this month that asks all of us to think about what being an Australian means, and whether all Australians have equal access to opportunity.

So how do you eat an elephant? One small bite at a time…

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Author: missrosannablog

I'm a marketer, writer, blogger and creative type interested in all things arts and culture in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ranging from inner city to outer suburbia and beyond.

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