The HR Juggler

Highlights So Far…and Hopes for 2011

Posted on: December 21, 2010

It makes me smile to think of what my response would have been this time last year, had someone told me I would be writing a Christmas and New Year message for my blog :).  I suspect I may have had an attack of @theHRD’s tourettes and suggest that they bu***r off and questioned how they thought I would ever have time for that?!  Funny how a few months can change things.  The lesson from which, of course, is that you always make time for the things that you enjoy doing.

There have been lots of positives for me in 2010 both personally and professionally and I have a strong suspicion that 2011 will hold many more opportunities, which I am determined to remain open to and benefit from.

Highlights from 2010 –

  • Finding the ConnectingHR folk on Twitter and becoming part of a wider professional HR network of like-minded people.  Well, mostly like-minded, we all like a bit of debate 😉
  • Attending my first Unconference and being inspired to blog….then wondering what on earth I had started!
  • My children starting school and loving it (phew!)
  • Achieving a better work-life balance and (mostly) working a true 3 day week rather than trying to squish 5 days into 3
  • Developing my blog into something I can be proud of…and being frequently amazed at how much I love doing it

My hopes and plans for 2011 –

  • More and better juggling – I will increase to 4 days a week in January and although undoubtedly an adjustment for me, I am optimistic that it will work well
  • More networking with the lovely ConnectingHR people and beyond.  I’m already looking forward to January’s tweet-up and May’s Unconference and hope that the initiative will continue to grow, strengthen and improve
  • Develop further at work. 2010 was a year of consolidation and regrouping for me, and I believe 2011 will hold lots of potential for meaty projects and meaningful progression in my skills and capabilities, which I am looking forward to tackling
  • Blog more and better.  Lots of room for improvement here as I am just beginning on this journey, but I hope to be able to write and share more and by doing so perhaps inspire other HR practitioners to do the same
  •  Use LinkedIn more effectively for recruitment and networking

To all who take the time and trouble to read my blog, thank you!  Twitter has proved the source of an enormously strong support network and I genuinely appreciate all of the ‘Encouragers par Excellence’ that I have met along the way…Michael Carty, Doug Shaw, Mervyn Dinnen, Theo HRD, Flora Marriott, Kevin Ball, Gareth Jones and Bill Boorman to name just a few.

I wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and successful New Year!

8 Responses to "Highlights So Far…and Hopes for 2011"

I blush at the mention, Alison. It’s been a pleasure to be a tiny part of your beginning; I look forward to sharing red wine and juggles in the year to come.

Thanks Kevin…you to me are one of the quietly reassuring, behind the scenes encouragers: reading, commenting and retweeting, which I have appreciated very much! It was great to have more of a chat the other week and I too look forwardto more of that next year!

Thanks for the mention Alison, really pleased to have been able to encourage you!
Reading the blogs that you have written so far it’s hard toi believe that you only started a couple of months ago,,,I look forward to reading more in 2011.
Enjoy Xmas with the family…it looks like you’ll be seeing less of them in 2011!

Lovely Christmas message thanks Alison. And a top list of highlights and plans for 2011 – I look forward to developments with interest. Here’s to an exciting New Year. And I appreciate the name check very much – ta


Thanks Mervyn – credit where it is due, I could not possibly have omitted you! The real-life juggling will certainly continue apace in the New Year but I have negotiated to do two half-days from home on Mondays and Fridays and in term-time only…so it shouldn’t affect family time too much, in theory at least! I’m very fortunate to be able to work flexibly.

Hope you have a fantastic Christmas and a wonderful New Year – I have a good feeling about 2011 being the year of opportunity for all of us

Thank you too Doug! I hope your Christmas is magical and that you have a lovely break…although I think yours will be as busy as ours, what with little girls’ birthdays and all the accompanying excitement 🙂

Thanks for all your support and encouragement, as ever!

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