Welcome to Emma Frankie!
I’m setting up this blog to be accountable for achieving some long term goals I’ve had for the past 10 years.
So I thought this year, I’m going to have a go at project managing myself first and foremost, using tips and tricks I use professionally.
About me: 32, Australian, blonde, blunt.
Loves: The three C’s: Chocolate, Coffee and Chip (my doggo). TRAVEL. Leaning, laughing, puddle jumping.
Other interests: Baking cupcakes, sewing, singing, having a good time. Comedy festivals.
Worked as: babysitter, volleyball umpire, sandwich maker, Starbucks barista, hotel cleaner, researcher, project manager, civil investigator, bartender.
Along my travels as a project manager, I’ve had great success from a work perspective as I’m very career focussed, but have struggled to look after myself first.
I also have a website called the travelling criminologist, where I blog (very occasionally) on crime prevention. If I blog on there more than here, my goal is failing and it’s your job to keep me accountable!
Without further ado, here is what I am working for in 2018:
- Learning a second language – working past my current level in Spanish asking for a coffee or a wine.
- Failling in love. Hasn’t happened yet. Gotta fall in love with yourself first, and this is my year!
- Travel the Trans-Sibierian Railway.
I realised it’s important to look back and reflect on wins and what you want to improve, so you can write a story that doesn’t go around in circles! Past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour, so to change the future, the best place to start is the past. So here is a list of what I achieved, and what I’d like to improve.
What I achieved in 2017:
- Successfully managed $10 million project budget.
- Dance! I learnt full dance routines and performed in front of others in dance class. I’ve always loved the idea of dancing, and consistency went for 18 months to get there. My results at dance weren’t as good as I’d like as I’d struggle to let go of work quickly enough for the day before going to dance. I’d then dance and couldn’t remember the choreography or be too tired from work. But hey, I kept going and now I have way more moves for the dance floor, and am in great shape!
- Accepted as Commonwealth Games 2018 volunteer.
- Lived by myself with my doggo. This was huge for me – very Sex and the City style (except in Brisbane haha), in a cool apartment walking distance to work and the city. It was great, but ultimately I prefer living with others.
What I didn’t do well:
- Didn’t put myself first – work always came first despite my best intentions.
- Took on board negative criticism too willingly.
- Changed too much too soon – I’d moved interstate, and due to a couple of injuries wasn’t able to rely on my usual social network of playing netball. I learnt dance instead but I love team sports, so it was hard being very isolated at work and also socially.
- Book travel. Conveniently I have a UK passport, so I’m hotfooting it until the UK to work and travel Europe before Brexit is fully implemented and it’s more annoying to travel the EU.
- Resign job. DONE. Moving back to Melbourne to rest up and take on a short term contract (hopefully) before going overseas in April. If the contract falls through I’ll be heading over in Feb.
- Focus in health. I’m putting my health as first priority every single day, as quite simply, my life goes better, I trust my gut and making the right decisions for me is easier as you are feeling and looking great.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you get something out of my journey! Please post any hints or tips you may have to keep me honest and accountable.
Emma Frankie x