Recently someone contacted me regarding the local newspaper and I felt the need to explain I have little spare time (not that they had pressured me at all – the need was in my own head). That said, my life is a bit of a juggling act, and I’m fortunate to have the support I need to keep the balance. Tony has always supported me to do my art and be involved in the wider library profession, and my family and friends support me in myriad ways.
What’s going on in my life? Here’s a snapshot of most, but not all, the things:
- I work fulltime as Libraries & Cultural Services Manager at STDC; I manage 7 libraries, the museum and an arts position
- I’m Chair of the Professional Registration Board with LIANZA, which means I’m also ex officio to the LIANZA Council
- I’m 3/4 of the way through the Papa Reo course with Te Wananga o Aotearoa
- I mentor a couple of librarians around the country
- I have a month long art exhibition coming up October with the lovely and talented Dimmie
- I travel for work, and art, fairly regularly
- I teach art classes locally, and am teaching in the South Island in July
- Tony and I publish the local monthly newspaper
- I have some ongoing health issues, and am waiting on a 3rd MRI (2nd on my spine)
- I’m a food addict and, following weight loss surgery, need to make sure I do the right things every single day
- Tony has some serious ongoing health issues which are increasingly restrictive
- Tony has PoA for his cousin who has dementia, and I support him in this
Don’t get me wrong – Tony and I have a good life; we’re fortunate and this busyness is my (our) choosing. But the health issues are an unwelcome complication that mean I make sure we both get enough rest, and there’s “uh oh” flexi-time built into our schedules. Taking anything else on just isn’t a goer for now.