Chris J Powell

So I am 44, Now What

Every year around this time (ie yesterday), I turn a year older and this causes me to sit back and look to the previous year and contemplate what I have done, what I am doing and what I will do. Last year I looked at the number 43 (post has gone missing), and what that means to me, but just after that post an amazing thing happened…life has a funny way of giving you exactly what you don’t know you are looking for.  I met a wonderful, understanding life partner who has brought great joy and happiness over the past year. As I celebrated the completion of 43 years on this rock and enter into my 44th year with something truly amazing to look forward to. I now have an amazingly complex newly extended family, my daughter now lives with me full time and wedding bells will soon be heard throughout the land as I commit myself to the most wonderful woman I have ever met. As I sit back and reflect on the passage of time I see that … Read more

Waking up to Complacency – And Saying "ENOUGH"

There is truly nothing worse than realizing that your life has been filled with wrong turns, mistakes and bad decisions.  Don’t get me wrong, as much as the changes that are going on in my life are painful and challenging…I don’t think that I would change a thing because I would not have become who I am today without those challenges.  It is not a fault of any one decision or path that I have taken.  It is not because of a single person or action that has taken me to the point that the time for change must happen now. I became complacent with the things that I had achieved.  Sure I was always striving for MORE but more does not always mean that.  I forgot about balance, and that lack of balance changed the dynamic that I live in.  If forced a change in me and those closest to me that I didn’t want but now realize truly deserved. It is funny, I think back to my summers as a kid, hanging out at my Grandparents farm.  Going … Read more

Infographic of the Week – Happiness in the Workplace

I will be the first to admit that I have had a lot of jobs that did not leave me happy.  In fact the last decade of my work history has been this way.  Sure I made good money, enjoyed the work I did, even liked the companies and the products / services we provided but I was never really happy, or emotionally invested in the role that I played.  I wanted to be happy, I wanted to look forward to going into work each day…but in reality that wasn’t the case.  I went digging for some insights into how to be happy in the workplace and found this interesting Infographic from Socialcast by vmWare: Cheers, Krispy