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Day 27 of 30-day challenge to improve my awareness:

▪what do I notice in everyday situations?

▪what can I learn from my observations?

▪what can I adapt?

It’s a rainy day and I’m taking the opportunity to sort through the things I’ve stored in my loft. I have so much stuff I’ve kept over 16 years “just in case”, “for old time’s sake” or just “because”.

Coincidentally, the inspirational Dame Stephanie Shirley is being interviewed on BBC Radio 4 about her latest book “Let it Go”. Her life story gives me impetus to clear out and make way for the new or make do with less.

I acknowledged I have moved on, my identity has changed and I don’t have to hold on to things as a security blanket. Others can make more productive use of what I give away and donate to charity.

If you want to find out more about why I’m doing this 30-Day Challenge see


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  • Let It Go resonates with me, but I am also a believer in upcycling in every area of my life – including my learning habits. Thank you for sharing your challenge and I can’t wait for the book!

    • sylvanacaloni says:

      Great attitude Justine. Upcycling is critical as the future of work, multiple generations working together and the impact of AI changes how we relate and engage with our colleagues and clients.

      I’m also reminded of J.F. Kennedy’s advice : “The time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining”

  • stefano capodagli says:

    I like the metaphor and apply it in my life.
    How much are the things symbol of ourselves who has changed / no actual anymore ? is there any other inner meaning?

    • sylvanacaloni says:

      Good point Stefano. If we stay fixed in our thinking, behaviours and sense of identity we are less flexible and able to navigate the complexities of the modern workplace.

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