The universe, the darkness and the alter ego

When I’m tired and weary, strength comes from the oddest places. I have spoken in pictures more than words in recent months so it seems appropriate that I “show” you rather than tell you how I get up… Indeed, there are times when I’m knocked down. The trick is not to get knocked out.

1. I believe in God, the universe, in time, in space and that everything happens for a reason…. Somehow, this helps me get up because there’s hope.

2. The darkness and the tunnel do not go on forever. There were times when I think, “this is too hard… ” But I see light at the end of the tunnel. To see the light, I have to get up!

Photo taken by Derek Blank - see his work on www.dblank.com

Photo taken by Derek Blank – see his work on http://www.dblank.com

3. Ultimately, I have an alter ego that really kicks ass. Sometimes, she comes on the scene late but she does bring it when she comes. I’ve learned to be a tiny bit more patient with myself. Also, the solution we seek may not be the solution we get…but it’s still a solution and things work out.

xx

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

In the Day

New Capital Quay Apartments, Greenwich, London - daytime

A view from New Capital Quay Apartments, Greenwich, London – daytime

 

At Night

A view from New Capital Quay, Greenwich, London - nighttime

A view from New Capital Quay, Greenwich, London – nighttime

Photo Credits: Yekemi Otaru

Remembering the unforgettable and being unforgettable

The VC congratulates me at Henley Business School's Graduation Ceremony on Friday, 18th October

The VC congratulates me at Henley Business School’s Graduation Ceremony on Friday, 18th October

Photo Credit: Ede & Ravenscroft Photography, Cambridge, UK

I almost forgot about 3 years of my life. I hardly remembered my fierce determination and obvious persistence. In the past year since completing my 3-year MBA (Master of Business Administration), I’ve faced small and medium challenges like starting a new job in a new company, finding my place in a new group, rekindling old friendships and making new ones. I was often worried about how I would cope or if I would survive. Indeed, I had almost forgotten what I could achieve if I set my mind to it.

It was last Friday, 18th October when I attend my MBA graduation ceremony that it hit me unexpectedly as I saw my classmates, many of which became friends of mine. They will be unforgettable because they taught me more than business.

I don’t know where strength came from. It often felt like there was a pipe pumping energy into my veins at high speed. I had low points when I thought I couldn’t continue, that the demands I had of myself were too high. But I was unable to accept that state for long. Looking back, I’m grateful for those low points as they helped me refuel. I’ve learnt to appreciate the stillness instead of panicking in the silence. I’ve learnt over time not to forget to be kind to myself in the excitement – to remain unforgettable in the process. Even as I shake the hand of the Vice Chancellor, I don’t think I fully got it. Hopefully someday, I will.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Going Universal

It was more difficult to focus on taking pictures in Orlando, Florida. We were busy with theme parks and shopping and the occasional golf. Also, there are only so many photos you can take of roller coaster rides before you lose inspiration. Anyway, I have some pretty good moments captured. Here we go…

 

How tall are we and which rides can we go on??

How tall are we and which rides can we go on??

Numerous options...fun, fun, fun

Numerous options…fun, fun, fun

 

Coming in rejoicing :-)

Coming in rejoicing :-)

 

You are SCARY, Mr Megatron

You are SCARY, Mr Megatron

That’s a wrap! Now back to the cold reality of normal daily life :-P

PHOTOGRAPHY: Inspiring Chicago (Part 2)

We goofed around in shops and in the streets, having lots of fun on the way.

Goofing around

Well ahead of Halloween prep

…Take me to your leaderrrr…

Photo Credit: Yekemi Otaru

...Dancing in the streets...

…Dancing in the streets…

Photo Credit: Alero

For those of you that haven’t ever been to Chicago, here’s an idea of the height of  many of the buildings over there…just epic! Especially for a village girl like me :-).

An idea of height

From the 96th Floor in the John Hancock Center - "The SIgnature Lounge"

From the 96th Floor in the John Hancock Center – “The SIgnature Lounge”

Photo Credit: Yekemi Otaru

My neck just couldn't bend far back enough...Perhaps laying flat on the street to capture this would help. High!!

My neck just couldn’t bend far back enough…Perhaps lying flat on the street to capture this would help. High!!

Photo Credit: Yekemi Otaru

And finally, there were some scenes I just loved for different reasons. Some were mysterious, others romantic with a little more of a story perhaps. Here’s my favourite.

Random favourite

...Lion in the city streets...

…Lion in the city streets…

Photo Credit: Yekemi Otaru

One more post on Orlando, Florida and it’ll be wrap on my lovely holiday.

Thanks, everyone.

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