Signing out for a while

The best thing about being alive is all of the interesting twists and turns life throws our way. I started out the year with a few key goals – some personal, some work related and some travel related. Some goals even as silly as making homemade scones for the first time!  But now here we are, almost at the start of December and I find myself looking back over the year and all the events that have happened, and I recall the famous phrase from good old Forrest Gump – “Life’s like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get.”  But that’s all part of the fun isn’t it?

Life has certainly lead me down some new paths this year – the biggest, and one of life’s most special surprises, is the impending arrival of my first bub due in early January. In one more week I will be signing out for a period of time to start a new chapter in my life as a mum and taking maternity leave. Funnily enough, (and no this wasn’t planned!), July marked the anniversary of my ten years of service to Oak Tree, and upon reflection, it seems a fitting time to take a break and experience a different side to life.

I’ve seen a lot in my ten years at Oak Tree – the good, the bad, the ugly. The changes! I’ve been witness to some immense growth.  But my role here, even though it has evolved over the years has always been a gratifying and interesting one, and Oak Tree have always been great employers.  In training my replacement, Sam, I’ve surprised myself in how much knowledge I have accrued over the years and picking out the important parts to download to Sam in such a short period of time has proven a challenge – the poor guy, a brand new dad for the first time himself, is not only struggling with sleep deprivation but with information overload! He is doing well though and I hope you make him feel welcome.

I’ve a lot of memories here:-

–        I’ve been to all of the grand openings of Goodna, Boronia Heights, Skye, Park Avenue, Yeppoon, Cairns, Warwick, Kingston, Toowoomba & Burpengary

–         I’ve arranged Spring fairs and fashion parades, through to Melbourne Cup festivities and Carols by Candlelight events and had a great deal of fun mixing and mingling with our wonderful residents

–        I’ve explored my interior design skills and set up display homes as far north as Cairns to as far south as Kingston (experiencing the different climate extremes whilst I was at it).

–        I’ve had fun working with our residents on multiple photographic and film shoots

–        I’ve enjoyed meeting prospects at open days and watching them purchase a new home then seeing them relax into, and enjoy, the Oak Tree way of life

–        And I’ve enjoyed the variety of my role and working with a great team of staff over the years.

I’ve learned a lot, and I’m grateful for a lot. I’ll miss everyone here, including some of the wonderful residents I have gotten to know over time.

My plan is to return sometime next year, but in the meantime, my departing message is – Enjoy all of life’s twists and turns – I hope only the good ones come your way along with only the yummiest of chocolates!

Have a merry Christmas and safe and happy new year!


P.S – I still have not gotten around to making my scones but in my spare time before baby arrives – this pregnant lady could sure enjoy some scones topped with extra cream and jam!!