A Dream Journal Series – Stories Come to Life

  • Date: 17th January 2021
  • Lucidity: 5 / 10
  • Vividity: 7 / 10
  • Realism: 9 / 10

In the middle of nowhere, a house stood out in the night.

A warm orange glow could be seen from miles, warmth enveloped those within. Inside a group of friends lay in their beds, wide awake yet half dreaming telling each other stories of far away places close to our hearts.

It was my turn.

But before I tell, I must explain the days or even weeks leading up to this moment. You see, I had this book that was with me all the time. A book of short stories with beautiful illustrations of the characters of which they tell. Flicking through the book, there were dozens of characters and their stories told, but many more of whom had empty stages.

And so it was that night when I read these stories out aloud, that we all realised, it was the stories of ourselves. The characters were them and the stories were real.

How this was so I did not know. What I did know was that when I wrote these stories, it wasn’t just me. There was another hand. As if I was entranced while doing so and the story wrote itself. Sometimes it feels this way when you’re doing something you love and feel so natural in and it all just comes out. It was like that when I wrote these stories.

So the group wanted to know Shane’s story and although I refused at first to write, it came to me in a dream and I had one to tell. As everyone stared at me from their beds, eager to hear the story, I knew it was one that I could not tell for it was evil, it was death at one’s door.

The group, convinced that if once told the future could be altered, was more eager than ever to hear. And so I told the story knowing that it was false hope, that once death was at your door it could not be stopped and if anything, it would be worse.

Shane would die that night, the story foretold. He would fall asleep no matter how hard he tried. He would wander away, leaving the warmth of the orange glow and into the cold dark abyss of the night. And in this darkness, he would be struck by an oncoming car and there was nothing he could do.

The End.

A Dream Journal Series – Careful Where You Move

  • Date: 16th January 2021
  • Lucidity: 4 / 10
  • Vividity: 7 / 10
  • Realism: 8 / 10

We’re in our new place in South London. Recently moved as planned.

The first thing I see is how large the place is. It’s wooden floors and simple furniture, it’s shelves unmoved. It’s exciting as always being in a new place.

But that all changed the moment we took a step outside.

In front of our home was an area filled with young crazy people (which whom I recognize as hippies) dancing and waving their arms around to music unknown to me as if they were seeing and hearing something that I wasn’t. Whatever it was, I had the thought that it was induced from some sorts of drugs and having people like that right outside my doorstep was definitely not the plan.

At that moment my older brother, Michael turned up at my doorstep requesting me to come home to Sydney. He was quite convincing in that he was using the classic tactic of  telling me how there’s nothing here for me, that there’s no path forward here, that the family needed me back home. He said and quite randomly that my dad wanted to start his own railway business which did strike me as really odd and worrisome as if something had triggered my dad since I was gone. In any case, I was rejecting any notion of it, I was enjoying it here and still believed there was much to achieve.

We all started towards our van. I don’t recall where we were headed but wherever it was it didn’t matter because before I got there, the hippes from the party outside were already gathering around. One had taken up the drivers seat (which was in the middle section of a 3 section 6 seater van?) with my girlfriend next to him. Another two hippes had taken up the front seat whilst Michael was out back. I tried to jump in the drivers seat and remove the key but it was too late, the van had already begun to move! So I did the only thing I could of, was quickly take the back seat just to be in the van.

The hippy was crazy! His driving was definitely under the influence of substances and I was worried for our lives as he swerved left and right on the road ahead. After a few short minutes of his driving and extremely annoying hippy chants and in-car dancing, I had enough. I whispered into my girlfriends ear who was in front of me and told her to prepare to take over the wheel. When the time was right, I took the hippy by the neck from behind into a headlock. I was absolutely pissed off about the situation and was yelling to my girlfriend to park the car ASAP! She of course panicked and was doing the same, going left and right trying to find the perfect spot which made me even more anxious because I could see multiple spots where we could have stopped. This made me bring out my pissed off sarcastic self and I kept yelling here! here! here!

Eventually we did make a stop, I jumped out of the car and dragged each hippy out of our van with a punch to their face and a kick whilst they were on the ground for good luck. I was tempted to kick them some more before I decided otherwise and decided to leave, and so I did.

The End

A Losing Battle

“I realised a long time ago that the harder I resist and fight against my destiny, the more I am fighting a losing battle. Yes, you do create your own destiny but to an extent only, and when you start to see the difference between the two, everything changes.

JayysNotes

Personal Context – There’s somewhere I’m meant to be. Someone I’m meant to be with. I think about this all the time. The more I think about it, the more I think I am ready.

Goals of 2021 – Through Thick and Thin

How do I see through the fog of which I am about to embark?

At the end of each and every year just like a tradition, I write two letters to myself. A reflection of the year that has past and a look into the future, a year ahead to see the possibilities that lay before me. This is of the latter and I must admit, it is the hardest one I have ever had to write.

It would be easy for me to sit back and repeat the goals of 2020, many of which had been incomplete, put on hold because of world events. But that would mean that there had been no insights this year, that not only was the world put on hold, I was as well. Luckily for me, that’s not the case, upon pondering through my thoughts, 2021 looks to be one of the most important pivots of my life and below, my goals reflect that.

I challenge myself not only to take on the goals of 2020, but new daunting yet exciting ones as well. 2021 isn’t going to be easy, but then again, who said life was anything but, right?

  1. (On hold from 2020) A sense of community – One of the things that really surprised me this year was the overwhelming sense of shift in the community from an in-person perspective over to the virtual space. I’ve connected with a lot of great people within this online space but there’s always the missing element that only being next to someone can give. What this is exactly I am not yet sure, but I hope when we can all get together again without fear, I can rediscover this. To summarise, I am in search to make a deep connection with a community here in London, i.e. be an integral part of at least one community organisation or group by the end of 2021.
  2. (On hold from 2020) Travelling and exploring – 2020 was not the best year for eager travellers and explorers like myself and leading into the new year it still looks grim. I’m hoping that in the second half of 2021, we can rekindle this fire. It’s important to remember that my travel plans will continue to be led by my love for music, culture and people just as it was in the previous years. What I must do this year however is to make sure I meet more people along the way
  3. Healthy cooking and advanced baking – 2020 was a great year to explore my inner chef, being home all day for every meal meant that there was great opportunity to be creative. Now it’s time to take that to the next step. I want to really know what it is I am eating and how that fits into a “balanced” diet everyone keeps talking about. I’m looking at the food triangle as a good start for this but through this new year, I want to learn healthy recipes, eat less meat and more greens like mom always used to say. Baking on the other hand still feels like the dark arts! How does yeast work? why does flour quadruple it’s size in the oven, how can I bake something healthy without using a ridiculous amount of butter and sugar, really? If you know me, you know that i’m not much for sweets and I’ve always connected baking with being sweet. I know now that this is not always the case and will seek that out this year. Included in this is the making of baobaos and traditional Chinese baking!
  4. A new venture – Some of you might already know that I have something I’ve been working on through 2020. 2021 is the year I will try to build a new skillset to accompany that something. I’m talking about things like basic coding and website design, learning about business structure and finances. No matter what happens on this journey, there’s something I can learn and take from it.
  5. Reading at a higher level – 2020 was a great year for establishing some amazing reading habits. Every night now, I can’t fall asleep without having read my book! So the question for 2021 is, how can I top that? I’ve considered early morning reads, it’s a possibility and might be a really good start to the day. But one thing I know for sure is that I want to read a much more wider range of genres and go through a lot more books while I’m at it. Let’s set the goal at 25 books for 2021 and a large number of them to be non-fiction.
  6. Meditation & lucid dreaming – I began the practice of meditation over 10 years ago and what ties closely with that was the ability to learn to lucid dream. A few years back, I put this on hold. It was on hold because my sleeping patterns were off, I struggled to recall dreams and I was always moving from one place to another. This year, I want to bring that back. If this year permits, I’d like to attend some regular meditation classes and recall more dreams than I do now. I need to get into a regular pattern of dream journaling and finding a community out there who can support that.
  7. Social media frenzy – One of my big goals this year is to know exactly what information I take in day to day and from where. It’s crazy that in todays world, algorithms determine almost everything that you see on your social media feeds, so much so that you are drowned and lost in it! Today, my social media feeds are a total mess but with this goal, I want to clean it up. This includes improving the level of security on all my accounts, understanding how my data is being used and what I will and will not allow to be used, ensuring that I see my friends posts first before all else and making certain that the news outlets, articles, stories and content is one that is highly reliable from respectable sources and is of a high quality. Yes, that means this is the beginning of the end for many so called “news” outlets that use cryptic memes and comedic articles to subtly feed you their views.

So with that, I leave you with one thought. What are your goals for the year? How have you set them upon these uncertain times?

Thanks for reading. Happy goal setting and here’s a big wish for you and your family for good health and prosperity in the new year! Love, Jason.

Feature image – The opening celebration held at Tomorrowland, a famous yearly gathering of people from all around the world for the absolute appreciation for music, culture and love taken on the 18th of July 2019. It is only a matter of time that we are all reunited not only for the love of what this represents but the love for each other as a human species.

A Look back on 2-0-2-0 – An Unexpected Year

As the year comes to a close, we look back on all the moments that the year has brought us. What will stand out from the rest?

For me, so much has happened. So much of the unexpected that no goals set at the onset could have ever predicted. That is the power of goal setting, to have a bar in which you can aim and compare against for constant reevaluation and growth.

All whilst at the same time, so much too has not happened. At the beginning of 2020, I spoke of two key goals I really wanted to achieve this year. To really be a part of the communities that London has to offer and secondly to ramp up my European travels. Both of which have been, as for many others, put to an absolute halt.

But as turbulent times bring uncertainty and fear, they too also bring vast opportunity and new ways to love.

2020 was an incredibly unexpected year for me. I absolutely loved the changing working environment that we’ve been thrown into, the ideals surrounding a more flexible home/ work arrangement is one that will bring benefits in our health and wellbeing and increased productivity for many years to come. I took on new challenges in the workplace, one of which was the proud works related to the Australian Embassy here in London, which led to my recognition and promotion along with the support to continue working here. I submitted my Engineering Chartership application which I have been working on for the past 3 years! I co-chaired the internal young professionals network within my organization and was voted in to be the 2021 chair of a volunteer organization (IET).

With all this, I think the thing I am most proud of is reconnecting with friends and family on a more personal level and being appreciative of your time and the things you have taught me. So as an ending note, I would just like to thank you and wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

Thanks for reading

❤ Jason

A Journey of Exponential Growth

Where do I begin.

I think it was 16 when I first really started thinking for myself. It was then when the journey really begins. Before that, like most of us, we were just kids. Children in the playground, following the way of the world not really asking ourselves the questions that had to be asked at that age.

It was at age 16 when I remember clearly asking myself something that would ring true for the rest of my life. To give some background, that age was an incredibly turbulent and tumultuous time for me. Like all young adults, puberty was a time of so much confusion, sometimes so much pain and heartache in which many carry over their shoulders for the most of the best part of their lives. Mine was no different. But the questions I asked and the things I told myself may have been, because without it, I would not be the person I am today.

I remember having the ability to think to myself quite often, to talk inwards if you might say. It might have been then when I truly found that inner voice that still speaks to me today. I held onto that inner voice like a child with his teddy bear, it was my best friend, my consular, my hope because outside of that, the outside world seemed so very cruel and rough and hard to understand.

And so I remember asking myself these questions I had no answer to. “Jason, who are you amongst the crowd? Do you even know who you are? Are you pretending to be someone you are not to fit in? Why does every day feel the same? Why does life feel so small and tight and close?”

With all of these questions I did not know, I had only one that I did, and this one somehow felt like that it was all that mattered; “Jason, are you doing the best that you can right now with everything happening in your life?”.

My answer to that was always yes. Everything else followed after.

It took me about three years to really grow out of those teenage years, and rightly so between the ages of 18-20 when I really started to enjoy life. University was such a bright light in my life. I remember my first day, I was on my own walking around campus and there was a little animal farm the university had brought in for the new students to enjoy. There’s a picture of me somewhere holding a snake that day and I absolutely loved it. What I loved most wasn’t the fact that I enjoyed animals (although I do) or I was feeling strong, it was the simple fact that I had made the choice to do it.

Before this moment, there was a sense that everything in life had been chosen for me and all I did was follow blindly. It was with this moment of choice that changed my life. I remember that day to clearly. I remember feeling a sense of release, a burden off my shoulders and for once in my life I felt like I could breath. This moment was and still is the most calm, relaxed and peaceful time of my life. Time was slow back then, I could feel it. Each day after class I’d spend doing things on my own, I’d go for a long walk to anywhere, have a picnic on my own in the grass, I’d go for a drive somewhere.

One of my favourite memories of this was being woken up by one students with what looked like a movie set of equipment, having taken a nap on the university greens. I was so taken aback by this when they asked if I could answer some questions for an interview about student life at the University. At that age, being on camera meant you were famous, and for that week in my mind at least I was!

So it was the power of choice that took me to new heights. Choice that made me realise that life is what you make of it.

When I was at the youthful age of 24, I felt that time was against me. The older I get, the more I realise that it was farther from the truth! But nonetheless, it’s human intuition to fear time and it’s escape. It was at that age in which I had just come out of a long relationship where I knew I needed to return to my roots. In the years before it, I had the power of living in the moment and that of choice. In the years after, I would have so much more.

It is only when you reach your lowest point, that you are open to the greatest of change.

That ring so true at this time in my life. For the first time in my life I’d felt real heartbreak which lasted for months on end. Within a time frame of 6 months, I had lost so much of what I had built the years before. I quit my part time job, put a pause on what I really enjoyed, volunteering as a firefighter, my studies and grades at the University were at it’s worst, I was avoiding friends and family, my motivation and drive was faltering in every single thing I did. It was crazy, havoc in my life.

I realised then that when things go wrong, you can tumble down the rabbit hole very very quickly.

I think it rings so true in life and for so many people out there. Their pain and suffering is real and when it is felt, it is felt all around, surrounding you in a coat of pain and tears.

So at the lowest point in my life, I turned inwards once again. I returned to that 16 year old inner voice which over time, I had slowly lost and I missed him so dearly. What was incredible about this voice was that even through all these years, it had not changed.

I was still in there somewhere, providing me strength, giving me hope.

And like before he asked me those very same questions. “Jason, who are you amongst the crowd? Do you even know who you are? Are you pretending to be someone you are not to fit in? Why does every day feel the same? Why does life feel so small and tight and close?”

But of course, the answers to those were still hard to find. All but one, “Jason, are you doing the best that you can right now with everything happening in your life?”

And my answer to that was no. Everything else followed after.

It took me about a week after answering this question of mine to having absolutely changed the course of my life. I began to LIVE, like really live. I set myself some life rules based on things I knew would answer the really important questions.

When I asked myself who I was amongst the crowd, I set out to define that by spending more time doing the things I loved. When I asked myself if I was pretending in any way, I set out to always be true to my beliefs and heart. When I asked myself why life felt so small and tight and close, I set out to redefine the boundaries that my life contained.

In a timeframe of about 6 months, I had joined over a dozen University societies, I had met hundreds of new friends that I still call close now, I networked like a maniac and because of it, I was successful in finding a job I enjoyed, I studied in Beijing, experienced North Korea and found my absolute LOVE to travel and explore.

I still did not have all the answers, but I was finally on a journey through life that felt real, that felt worthwhile, that felt like it had meaning.

At the age of 26, I took a massive leap of faith to move abroad to London indefinitely even against all logic at the time. Flying away from everything I have ever loved, the family home and the building of a new home, my investment home and mortgage and responsibilities that came with it, my job and having to take a 25% pay cut and most of all, my family and friends, missing out on the big moments in life with them. This leap was for me, for that inner self to grow and expand what I knew about life and more importantly to learn about the things I did not and could not possible know without taking on the endeavour.

And so here I am, at the age of 28 writing this piece so grateful of the journeys past and so excited about what the future holds. That inner self, the voice inside of me? It’s no longer just a voice, it’s become who I am, it’s defined me and I never would of found him without the going through it all. I wear him on my sleeve, I trust his guidance and truly believe that together, we will do great things.

Thanks for reading and remembering,

Love, Jason

P.s there’s an incredible difference between why there was a yes to the question when I was 16 and a no when I was 24. It’s hard to know exactly what that is but it has to do with freedom. Largely an external societal influence that makes you feel like you either have to do something because it just is what it is or you have the choice to do something because you have the ability to see further into your future, into the possibilities that could be.

The Challenge of Self-Discovery

“For my father, and now me, the essence of a good work ethic starts with meeting a challenge of self-discovery, of finding something you love to do, so that work — even, or especially, when it’s very difficult and arduous — becomes joyful. Maybe even sacred,””

Warren Buffet

Personal Context – I love this quote because it was only a few years ago that I discovered this on my own whilst I was at my lowest point in life. I remember back then, how lost I was not knowing where I fit in, in this great big world. I remember just walking through life as if it all had no meaning at all, that it was some sick joke played on us, puppets in a never ending show.

And then it was all suddenly so clear, so blaringly obvious even; that the only thing worth pursuing in this lifetime was forever growth and self-discovery. To find the love of my life, not in someone else but within myself above all else.

Since then, my path has been more true than it’s 23 years before it, it has been more clear than it ever has. The realisation that life is not some sick joke, that it is absolutely and wonderfully precious and that it works for you if only you let it.

A Call to Remember

Today is a wonderful day.

We’re less than 2 weeks till Christmas, the most incredible time of the year where families come together and friends unite to celebrate what was traditionally the birth of Christ but now is also (for the most of us), the love we all share for one other.

I want so much to be a part of this, to fill our hearts full of love, not only just our socks or shopping baskets!

So this year and starting with today, I set out on a personal quest to share with you and all those whom I love dearly a time for me and you to catch-up, share the highlights in our lives, to rekindle our friendship and most importantly SUPPORT each other in our life’s goals, aspirations and passions.

See you soon,

Love, Jason

Mondays

“Mondays are absolutely key to any individuals success. An energetic start to the day fueled by the reaping joys of the weekend and a really really good nights rest sets the tone not only for the rest of the day, but for the week that comes.

A Monday spent worthwhile gets you ahead of the game. Before most have even figured out what their week looks like, you’re already looking ahead to the next.”

JayysNotes

Personal Context – I sit here at the end of one of my favourite days, Mondays. Looking back throughout the day, I feel a sense of achievement. I’ve completed the equivalent of a weeks work in one sitting. A long sitting no doubt but I’ve done it and now that I have, the week feels open to me. Open to spending time on what really matters, on ideas that never should be overlooked at a glance, when you’re too busy to really pause and see. Having a good Monday to me means to have an even better week. It is because of this I have my Sunday ME days, to wind down, get an exceptional quality of sleep and relax before the storm in which is myself!

I Miss

There’s a lot of things that I miss right now…

I miss being close to my family, just being there and living each moment with them.

I miss my mum’s smile and my dad in his chair.

I miss the special moments with friends, their birthdays, the holidays spent somewhere new, the events and get-togethers.

I miss the little moments together, the spontaneous catch-ups, the BBQs just cause, the sunny beach days and the hi, how are you’s.

I miss the random encounters, without a mask or covering to show that we were well met.

I miss the workplace banter and eventful weekday evenings at the local pub.

I guess I’m mostly saying that I just miss people, people without the fear of the contagious. But I also miss being the best side of me.

I miss the flights that could of been to places that would of been.

I miss my hobbies always done better together, the dancing classes, the cycling crew, the board game nights and more.

I miss the outdoors, the long walks without being worried or others being worried of you.

I miss the local restaurants, take aways and markets where good food was served with a smile.

I miss fun things, the museum’s, the theme parks, the daily assortment of events like comedy nights and the swingers club (putt putt golf!).

These are the things I miss and took for granted before the choices I’d made, before the world shut down. We all have our own list, one that’s unique to each and every one of us. The important thing to remember is to be grateful that we ever had those gifts in the first place and that it is a blessing when they return.

Feature Image – At the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, one of the last few destinations in Europe that are open to visitors before lockdown 2.0 commences across many countries on the continent and with winter, quickly closing in on us. Taken on the 25th of October 2020.

Epiphany

I want you to know how much I appreciate you and how much you are loved. So here are 50 things I love about you…(and in no particular order).

  1. I love that you love me.
  2. I love that you learned how to cycle so that we could cycle together everywhere.
  3. I love that you are so in tune with your musical side.
  4. I love that we get to spend the most important times together.
  5. I love that you let me plan and take you to new places.
  6. I love that you are super happy and energetic when you’re drunk, just like I am.
  7. I love that you remind me to call my mum all the time.
  8. I love that you always know the best presents to get me.
  9. I love that you and I cook and eat everything together.
  10. I love that you always care about my health and safety wherever I am.
  11. I love that even when I joke about having six kids with me, you’re okay with that.
  12. I love that you know the real value of things and take good care of old things for a long time.
  13. I love that you talk to your mum and dad everyday. It shows how much you care about those you love.
  14. I love that bring me back down to earth when I’m too far in the clouds, but also let me pursue realistic dreams.
  15. I love that you laugh at all my lame jokes, that I’m not the only one laughing at them anymore.
  16. I love how you taught me how to sing and dance to “I’m a little teacup” in Chinese.
  17. I love that you put up with the historian in me.
  18. I love that we are both strong, that we both carry our own weight and sometimes you can even carry mine.
  19. I love that you love the outdoors as much as I do.
  20. I love that you enjoy long walks, like our really really really long walks.
  21. I love that you are always so switched on, that you always know what to do even when my mind is in zombie mode.
  22. I love that you are such a kid sometimes, that we can both be kids around each other.
  23. I love making our little positive habits that we’ve made for each other, like keeping snacks out of the house and reading before bed.
  24. I love that you only want the very best of the best so that it can last forever.
  25. I love that you always remember the million things I forget about every single day.
  26. I love that you always save me the last and best slice of food.
  27. I love that you want to do more and more hobbies together.
  28. I love that you are willing to give up a lot to be with me.
  29. I love when you jump around and laugh and smile and are really cute when you’re happy.
  30. I love when you show me that you’re a flower.
  31. I love that you brought Monkey Jay into my life.
  32. I love that you are so huggy and cuddly all the time.
  33. I love that you have lots of eye brows when I wake up to see you.
  34. I love that you put up with my gaming habits and even game with me too!
  35. I love that you have achieved so many things in your life so far.
  36. I love that you love and get along so well with my childhood teddy bear, Beary.
  37. I love that we hold hands to bed each and every night.
  38. I love that you are shorter than me.
  39. I love that you think everything is funny.
  40. I love that you like to live life within your means just like I do and know how to appreciate all that we already have.
  41. I love that you are so focussed on your career.
  42. I love that you get along so well with my family.
  43. I love that you grew up with good morals and beliefs.
  44. I love that we both want the same things for our future family, kids and home.
  45. I love that you’re a really understanding and patient person when it comes to everything.
  46. I love that you teach me how to be a romantic like you.
  47. I love that you will take on challenges and things that you’re scared of because you trust that I’ll take care of you if anything happens.
  48. I love that I’m hot and you’re cool in bed so that we stay warm each night.
  49. I love that you love animals so much, especially every time you see a dog or cat and scream.
  50. And last but not least, I love you just because my heart tell me to.

I hope you know how much I love you, more and more each and every day. Next time I’ll aim for a hundred more 🙂

An Appetite for Risk

The appetite for risk is an incredibly powerful topic not only in the world of business but also in our personal lives. Over the years I have learned that our appetite for risk varies so incredibly much from person to person, from experience to experience, but like all businesses, without the right balance of risk and reward management we too can fail to thrive to become the best that we can be or worse off become left behind in an ever changing world.

“The level of risk that an organization is prepared to accept in pursuit of its objectives, before action is deemed necessary to reduce the risk”

Wikipedia

It’s not our fault that our appetite for risk is where it is at. A large portion of it stems from our past experiences. A child who is yelled at for speaking his truth may choose to keep his thoughts to himself the next time round. Conversely, an adult who risks driving a bit too fast to save a few minutes in life may actually take a life instead. Risk, like many things is what it is to it’s viewer.

So, is there a “right” way to approach risk? Is there a better way then just trusting our instincts from our incredibly varied and unpredictable past experiences? I say there is.

Like any great organisation that understand themselves and their objectives well, we too have to understand our ourselves and what we hope to achieve. Only by having our objectives in mind can we assess the risk we are willing to take to achieve it, that much is obvious. We know that risk is a daily action, we take risks every single day of our lives, but the real important risks we take are those with long lasting effects on who we are, the path we take, the wellbeing we add to ourselves. This is one of the things we’re not good at, we too often take risks as they spring out into our lives as if to surprise us that they were ever there. Imagine an organisation tackling risks only as they appeared and never as they predicted; oh the stress! So then, why is it that we do the same in our lives?

So firstly appetite for risk is knowing why it is worth to take the risk even when the risk has yet to appear in your life.

What we also don’t do well is seeing our risk appetite as a polarisation effect. That we “know” that a result of this risk or that, we will or will not do this. Most of us know that a polarisation of any belief is not good. To keep an open mind is the introduction of any critical thought, of empathy with another. So like so, ones risk appetite shall never be set in stone. We must understand the guard rails in which we must operate within. It is often fear/ fear of failure that drives the polarisation of why we should not take a risk and my one admiration of fear is that it is incredibly convincing, that fear’s grip makes you easily believe that what it says is true, forcing away all other beliefs that might say otherwise.

So secondly, as our world changes ever so fast, our appetite for risk must also change with it.

The last point I’d like to make is the understanding of how risk affects and is affected by our internal and external environment. With any risk we take, we must take into account the full range of benefits and consequences and not just pick those that support your own argument. This is incredibly important because too often do we refuse to accept the existence of one or the other when making decisions. The textbook definition of these considerations include; financial, health, recreational, ethical, social and information. I’ll leave it to you to think about these and where you might do better to think about.

The appetite for risk is complex because we as humans are inherently complex. We all have our views and beliefs on what levels of risk are acceptable to us; too often do we express those views to others without the full consideration of our own views. Is there a right way to approach risk? no, not really, but there often is a more better way than you may think.

Thanks for reading. What is your risk appetite?

Wishing you all the best, Jason.

Feature image – Moving to London, a risk I chose to take even against all odds and logic at the time but has defined much of who I am and what I know to this day. Taken on the 17th of January 2019.

The Greatest

“Use your position as leverage for the positive change you want to see. Aim to be the greatest not for yourself, but for all those who need you to be; and for all those who never had the opportunity”

JayysNotes

Personal Context – This quote came about as the year 2020 closes, a year where a large bit of my free time was taken up by activities relating to the chairing of the young professionals committee at my company. Looking back, there were many a great achievements, mistakes and hurdles that I had to overcome but it has to be one of the most eye opening things I’d ever done. Being in a position of respective power allowed me to push agenda’s which really made a difference, but more importantly, it allowed for conversations with people and organisations in which I would never have made bringing me up through the company’s structure and back down.

For 2021, I was voted in to become YP chair of an even more prominent organisation, the Institute of Engineering & Technology. So it makes me think, how far can I take this? How far can I use my title, my position to drive the values and beliefs that I truly believe in that with positively change the lives of others?

5 Years Ago

5 years ago we all were well met.

Many of us have become incredibly great friends of one another in the time between. Many others have found ourselves spread out across the world on different soils in which they’ve found opportunities to do what you love.

Wherever we are in our lives right now, I hope that you are all healthy and well and are being the amazing version of you that we met here.

Let us reunite and tell stories of our journeys soon again!

Thanks for being a positive part of my life, always here to catch up ♥️

Becoming a Better Conversationalist

GOALS – The most amazing thing about conversations with people are those in which you are walking away feeling engaged and inspired, when you feel like you have made a real connection and or are feeling perfectly understood.

  1. Don’t multitask – Be present, be in THAT moment. Don’t be half in and half out of it.
  2. Don’t pontificate – Enter every conversation assuming that there is something to learn. Set aside all of your personal opinions and beliefs. Everyone is an expert at something
  3. Use open ended questions – Who, what, when, where, what are the words to use!
  4. Go with the flow – questions and ideas will come into mind in the middle of a conversation but be careful not to hold onto them in your mind as this will stop your listening, let those questions and ideas come and go.
  5. If you don’t know, then say that you don’t know.
  6. Don’t equate your experience with theirs – It is NEVER the same. All experiences are individual and more importantly it is not about you. Conversations are not a promotional opportunity.
  7. Try not to repeat yourself – It is really condescending.
  8. Stay out of the weeds – People don’t care about the little details (years, dates, names etc). They care about you, what you are like and what you have in common.
  9. LISTEN – we’d all rather talk than listen, but when we talk, we don’t learn. Steven Covey said that most people don’t listen to understand, we listen with the intent to reply.
  10. Be prepared to be amazed.

Thanks for reading, keep learning! Jason ❤

Feature image – One of the last great team outings with my old team back in Sydney before I left for London, as always, we had a great time out! Taken on the 8th of October 2018.

Introduction to Philosophy – Personal Summary Notes

These are my personal notes taken to help understand the content behind philosophical questions in our world.


Week 1

What is philosophy?

  • “The study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.”
  • Is it an activity, a way of working out what is the right way to to think about things.
  • The question “why” is used a lot to justify the ways of thinking
  • Philosophy is challenging because it takes on what we think we know and are comfortable with or take for granted.
  • Philosophical questioning does not always have to be big and bold, it can be be about mundane topics and arise anywhere. the important thing is to understand how important it is to think about one over another.

The activity

  • A valid argument is one in which the truth of its conclusion follows from the truth of its premises

Travel and Work

I have a vision for the world.

A world in which all professionals and ordinary alike can travel and work together from all around the world to achieve a greater purpose and fulfillment in life.

The current shift in the world is allowing that more than ever. It’s hard to see that now, as the world stumbles to find it’s feet and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

But in these changing times, we are challenged to see opportunity instead of suffering. The opportunity for the world to do better, to learn from our past mistakes and our past inability to take the action that was needed. I don’t just speak of the ever-increasing risk of pandemics, but also other global challenges we all face; those of climate change, growing inequality, social and racial injustice, and the continued loss of biodiversity just to name a few.

The amazing thing is that we are all capable and willing hands, we all seek to contribute to solving these great challenges of our generation. The real challenge is finding exactly where that purpose and sense of achievement can be found for each and every one of us and I believe that can be found by broadening our horizons outside of not only what we know but also whom we know.

Feature image – On a warm and cool day, graduations would be taking place in a few hours time. Taken on the 20th of January 2020.

Recording the Journey – Ask Why

The Golden Circle at it’s core teaches us to ask the question of why we do what we do in the world of business and life and the fact that the two are becoming ever less separated from one other. If we can start with the why, the purpose of your goals, your ideals and beliefs will be something that is engraved into the how and what it is that you do.

Those of whom believe in what you believe will see this. Those of whom who wish to achieve a similar goal, who wish to see a similar ideal succeed in a world where it does not yet will join you in the great cause.

This generation is at the greatest crossroad in human kind. We are stuck in between the way we have always done things and the modern world where anything and everything has been enabled and opened up for us. For once people truly have access to global information and opportunities and with this we each seek for more purpose than ever.

The great challenge of our generation will not be to find what our purpose is, the challenge for our generation is creating a world where everyone has a sense of purpose. Purpose is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness. I truly believe these words and they’re not just mine, they’re shared by many who believe in humanity.

With this in mind, I believe it is one of the most important things in life to ask ourselves why we do what we do, why we follow the things we do, why we believe what others believe and most importantly, once we’ve found purpose within, how we can create a sense of purpose for others.

Feature image – Awoken by my thoughts early in the morning as often happens, I leap to my desk to brainstorm ideas and put my thoughts on paper. Taken on the 7th of June 2020.

You can’t choose

Sometimes, you can’t choose when it is the right time.

When it is something you love to do, the time can be anytime. It’s often I wake up in the middle of the night or absurdly early because my mind wants to get to work, it wants to build on the ideas in which I’d dreamt but not remembered.

Do you ever get this feeling? I believe it has something to do with flow because these times are in which I am most loving, most passionate and most excited to do whatever it is I am doing. The best part is that it is easy, it’s something that just happens because I let it, it’s as if these words write their own and I am just a passenger looking out into the world, seeing my fingers typing and warm body moving.

Snap me back to reality you might say. I really dislike that term, reality is where the impossible really does feel impossible and this state is it’s exact opposite.

❤ Jason

Listening

THANK YOU for listening.

To those who listen with their hearts to you and mean nothing but the best for you.

I know who you are because I know how you have made me feel, absolutely and undoubtedly supported through the ups and downs of my life. Without you I would be an empty shell, cast out into the ocean with no one to pick me up and listen to my tune.

We all need heroes in our life, we all need that wind beneath our wings that allows us to fly and soar above the clouds; so I hope you know that it is you who has made it all possible.

❤ Jason

Together

THANK YOU for my absolute LOVE to bring people together.

I find the most happiness when I am connecting people, when I am bridging the gap between you and me, between you and him and between him and her.

This is because I truly believe in the power of the mutual connections that we give each other, it is one of the few things that really matter on our short time on this Earth. This love to bring people together has made me feel loved by many, has helped me build real heart filled relationships with those around me and simply has helped me become so content with the life I have been given.

If there is ever a goal in life I cherish more than anything, it is that I continue to pass on the bright light that I have been given by you and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

❤ Jason

Feature images – On my 25th and 23rd birthdays, I invited those closest to me to join me in celebration, a celebration that to me, wasn’t for me but for all of us; to enjoy the little moments we have together and meet others who have no doubt shaped each our lives for who we are. Taken on the 17th of October 2015 & 14th of October 2017.

Today

I’d like to mark today as an extraordinarily special day.

I woke up today with vision. With an idea based on the things ive been most passionate about for a long time now. Who knows what will come out of this day but the thing I do know most is that this has been a conscious shift in a positive direction.

To future Jason, never forget this feeling of wonder.

Love, present Jason

Remember

Around this time two years ago…

A pit stop on my journey through The United States, this was none other than the Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas.

In times like these, we always remember what was and how things have changed. The lock down has distanced not only ourselves from one another, but also our individual goals, our check-lists, the to-do’s & the forever could-of-been’s. It is easy to see this as time stolen from our short time here on Earth, but it is merely a stepping stone to something that we will look back upon with reflective eyes.

We must always remember too, that with all great changes (or challenges) throughout history, there has also been opportunity; the opportunity to return not to the norm, but something far greater. From this we (and humanity) will be stronger together; have faith my friends.

For me, when we are once again all reunited through the love of the sound, we will remember this.