She is creative, assertive + energetic. 2

Like many of you reading this, I live a very full life. My work is full-time *and the rest*, it’s fast paced, demanding and energetic.

Last year, I was working so much that I simply exhausted myself. Weekends weren’t enjoyable; they were ‘sleep as much you can, and fix the disaster you created in your home’ days.

I remember driving up the freeway, calling my husband on the phone [insert ugly cry], with stumbling words of ‘I just can’t do this’.

There were three things I learnt through this ‘breaking-point’.

I needed to think creatively. I pulled off the freeway and stopped in at a yoga class. I needed free thinking space. I walked out with all the worlds’ solutions. I needed to restructure my team – ‘yes, that is what I will do!’

Time and time again I’ve learnt that if you sit with something long enough, create the space to look at it from different angles you can usually find what you’re looking for.

I learnt to be assertive. I went home that night to work out the plan on paper and the next day presented it to our leadership team. After tossing the cost and roadblocks to change back and forth for a couple of hours we made it work and created our new team model.

I’ve learnt that if we want something, we need to find our own solution. No one cares about how something makes you feel as much as you do. Creative solutions are waiting to be found, we just need to find it and be confident.

I needed to create stimulation in all areas of my life. The truth is that it wasn’t just that we didn’t have the team structure right. It was also that I just loved my job and I felt so stimulated all day. My husband has a home office; so he would often still be working when I got home, I would cook dinner, tidy up blagh blagh blagh. Boring! I wasn’t stimulated. So we changed that too.

We created date nights again (so cliché, but oh so good!), I went to yoga more, some days we would leave work early and race to the beach to chase the sunlight and we got a puppy, Brixton! {he is delicious!}

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Nurture; it means to care for and protect. Sometimes the best way we can do this is think creatively, be assertive and find ways to make all of your life exciting!

Karina x

About Karina Chicote

Karina Chicote is a strategic leader for an international child’s rights organisation and writer and presenter on radio for Kin Women. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and has designed and led award-winning programs for Aboriginal children and young people. Karina has worked across the globe on campaigns in London, asylum seeker centres in Papua New Guinea, the UN General Assembly in New York and now leads strategic projects across Western Australia. Karina was a finalist for the WA Youth Work Awards in 2015 and 2016, recognising her leadership and commitment to creating change for the most vulnerable young people in our communities. Above all Karina is a wife to Lance and lover of their Pug Brixton, who amidst the seriousness of changing the world make her laugh, a lot.

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