- for more than 20 years we lived with our 4 kids in a little dead end street East Brunswick, with Lygon St shops out our back gate and CERES just a short walk in the other direction;
- I lived in various hotels in Port Moresby for more nights than I care to remember;
- We made a caravan into a second home and committed to living and working in it least 3 months a year, mostly on the NSW north coast;
- When we moved to the Sunshine Coast, our apartment had stunning views over the northern tip of Bribie Island with the sand of Bullcock Beach out our front door;
- And when family reasons took us to Launceston we found a place on the redeveloped SeaPort Marina where we could walk to the Harvest Market and into town;
- Our Melbourne base for a few years was the iconic CityPoint, on the doorstep of Southern Cross Station and with uninterrupted views across the south western CBD;
- And when we eventually moved back to Victoria we were lucky enough to jag a townhouse opposite the sprawling Village Park with the estuary, river and ocean beaches, and Barwon Heads' fabulous shopping strip out our front door.
I often get asked if I have (semi) retired. I don't know how to answer that question. I do know that I do a lot of work and recreational things, some of which I get paid for, and others for which I don't. I have written a book(let) that can best be described as a manifesto. In it I reason that pleasure, betterness and meaning are what matters, not the extent to which one does paid work.
But when it does come to vocational activities, I work behind the scene to support change agents. I do this in three ways:
- I design and facilitate change programs.
- I serve on the boards of social purpose organisations which are led by socially minded entrepreneurs,
- I coach and mentor people to be their best at work and in life.