Being honest – life gets in the way

I was talking with someone doing research for their library qualification the other day. We got chatting about transparency, honesty etc when blogging as a librarian, and about how people negotiate private versus public. I commented that I keep the two fairly separate but believe in being authentically and identifiably me, so the two do cross over. This is one of those times. Why? Because what is happening in my private life is impacting on my professional life. I don’t have as much time or head space for my own professional development or networks at the moment. Here’s what I just posted on my personal blog:

Tony’s surgery is confirmed for Monday afternoon; we need to be at Waikato Hospital early Sunday afternoon for scans, pre-op etc. Although it’s awful timing, in the sense that he’ll spend Christmas and probably New Year in hospital, and I have to come home and do the newspaper and look after the animals, we’re so grateful it is being done urgently.

Last year, when they did the first bypass, he was only in hospital 2 or 3 nights but this time they expect it to be between 7 and 10 days. I suspect this is more major surgery because of what’s gone wrong – whatever that might be. We won’t know for sure till they do the scan Sunday afternoon.

I’m also grateful that I can stay with Sandra, my best mate of more than 45 years (not that I’m actually that old). It’s her first Christmas and 25 Dec birthday without her Mum so it’ll be great to share it, and the stress, with her. Plus she has wine…


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2 Responses to Being honest – life gets in the way

  1. Amy Paget says:

    Thanks for being such an excellent mentor on best practices…and more importantly for modeling authenticity. My thoughts and prayers will be with you over this holiday season.

    As I get ready to launch my professional website and new blog, I am thinking about these things as well and your intro paragraph is a good guideline.

  2. Penny says:

    hey – thinking of you. Hope it all goes well for you both.

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