Stepping into a bookstore as an adult feels exactly like walking into a candy store as a kid. I enjoy a little bit of everything, so choosing a favourite genre is a difficult task.
In the past, I went through a phase of reading Historical Fictions; they are full of surprises that ignite my curiosity and leave me wondering. With time, my tastes have changed and now non-fiction books are my go-to, specifically Biography, History and Spirituality. Having said that, this doesn’t stop me picking up a romantic novel and a hot chocolate to curl up with for the day in a cosy coffee shop.
Reading gives me balance; an escape in my life to relax and learn.
When I am reading a book, my mind shifts gears. When I’ve had a stressful day, a book can transport me to another world where my only focus is the story, and the rest of the world just falls away. Right before bed, reading a nice romantic novel is my favourite.
I am a curious person by nature and thrive on learning new things. The more I read, the more I understand different people and their behaviours and experiences, different places and cultures and interesting facts that otherwise I would not have known.
Yes, I think having that personal outlet separate from work is hugely important.
In the early years of Microsoft for example, co-founder Paul Allen liked to pick up his guitar at the end of marathon days of programming. To quote Paul, “It forces me to look beyond what currently exists and express myself in a new way.” The same is true for me and many others. I believe people with creative pastimes are more likely to come up with creative solutions to work-related tasks or problems.
Allianz Care encourages and rewards entrepreneurship, therefore being creative and thinking outside the box is crucial.
I normally start my day in "Grumpy Mule", a local cafe, with a delicious flat white to help fix my morning ‘grumpiness’. Armed with my caffeine fix, I begin replying to emails and queries received overnight from other Allianz Care operations as I sip.
My role in Allianz Care is generally more behind the scenes. One day I could be immersed deeply in the back end of the systems. Another day I could be working on financial analysis. There is never a dull moment and I love that!