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The Brook Buzz – Finding Inspiration In 2020

posted by Lindsey Hobson 08/10/2020 0 comments

We’ve heard lots of words used to describe 2020. All we will say is interesting times call for inspiring measures!

We asked each member of the Brook Recruitment team how they’ve been staying positive and finding inspiration in 2020.

Vanessa
CEO and Founder

What’s been the biggest change for you during lockdown?
The balance between work, family and exercising. Without all the rushing around I am finding more time to fit a walk in everyday and spend with my kids during breaks and after my work day. 

There is always a silver-lining! What’s been your blessing in disguise?
I think the silver lining has been taking a pause from the hustle of life and taking time to read, write and get some of those things that have been on my to do list for years finally ticked off! Saying that, learning Spanish might be on that list for a few more years at least!

What’s something you are really excited about post-lockdown?
After this change of pace I am looking forward to getting back to a bit of the excitement of life going out for a beautiful dinner with friends, getting dressed up, going to Sydney see my family and friends, and seeing my team and having those rooftop drinks we have promised ourselves!

Which books, podcasts, documentaries, influencers and the like have you nourished your mind with to stay inspired and positive throughout it all?
I have just finished Claire Bowditch’s memoir “Your own kind of girl” and are currently reading a great book “The Education of An Idealist” by Samantha Power – she’s an inspiring women who was a US ambassador to the UN. I also recently listened to Tim Ferris (Tools of the Titans Podcast) interviewing Elizabeth Gilbert – Eat, Pray,Love and Jamie Foxx – what a fun and inspiring man! 

Reese
TEMP, Marketing, Admin & Entry Roles

What’s been the biggest change for you during lockdown?
Exercising!  When lockdown first started in March, a friend and I started working out every morning since.  We have never worked out in a gym except for the first 3 days, then the gyms closed. 

There is always a silver-lining! What’s been your blessing in disguise?
The blessing in disguise is definitely not commuting to work every day.  It normally takes me 25-35 minutes to drive 6km to and from work.  That extra hour + a day is very well spent with exercise and more time walking and going to the park with my partner and dog. 

What’s something you are really excited about post-lockdown?
TRAVEL!!!!  I can’t wait to get out of Victoria! Ben (partner) and I have a road trip planned from Cairns to Coffs Harbour for Xmas so we can finally go scuba diving and camping and to as many pubs as possible, of course! Fingers crossed we can get there for the holiday break this year!

Which books, podcasts, documentaries, influencers and the like have you nourished your mind with to stay inspired and positive throughout it all?
I have always listened to podcasts regularly, some of my favs are, RadioLab, Throughline, The Anthropocene Reviewed, Reply All, Making Sense, Rough Translation, and 99% invisible. — but since lockdown started, I have definitely binged a few series!  I watched all of Big Bang Theory, all of Homeland, and I am working on Suits now!  Not overly proud of it, but I honestly ran out of podcasts!

Richard
Senior Property, Construction & Finance Roles

What’s been the biggest change for you during lockdown?
I have managed to re-assess my time management between work, family and fitness.  I wake up early now and I was not a morning person, I was a night owl.  I sleep for 6 hours now, not 8 or 9, I wake up and exercise for an hour, have breakfast, get my daughter ready for childcare and drop her off, all before sitting down to start my workday. 

There is always a silver lining! What’s been your blessing in disguise?
Adjusting to working from home, with the magic of Zoom we can spend more time with each of our candidates than we were able to face-to-face at the office.  This also means candidates no longer have parking troubles, just the odd technical issue, as we all battle to max out our internet’s service and video quality.

What’s something you are really excited about post-lockdown?
Venturing further than 5km, so that I can get more done around the house, not to mention heading to a winery for a degustation or even a holiday if we are going all-out.

Which books, podcasts, documentaries, influencers and the like have you nourished your mind with to stay inspired and positive throughout it all?
COVID has actually been a game-changer for me and I am fortunate enough to still be working.  I stumbled across some videos that have completely flipped my mentality on how I should be living my life every day and they have refocused me and my goals.  Noteworthy YouTube channels being; MulliganBrothers, Motiversity & MotivationHub.

Steph
Accounting, Finance
and Legal Roles

What’s been the biggest change for you during lockdown?
Coming up with ways to entertain a 2 year old and an 8 month old. I’m sure many of us with children have found lockdown quiet challenging to adjust to whilst managing work from home, home duties, and for those of us lucky enough finding even 10 minutes for ourselves. I’m happy to share with you all, I’m still alive! 

There is always a silver lining! What’s been your blessing in disguise?
My silver-lining, time has flown for me. I can’t believe it’s October! Bring on summer and 2021! 
I also have a better appreciation for being in the office, I don’t think I’ll ever take that for granted ever again! But I also have to say that, it’s amazing to see and hear about how most of us have been able to adapt, looking at it from an instinctive and biological perspective and how those attributes have spilled over to how business is being ran these days. It has been difficult, but it certainly has made us think out-side the box and come up with new ways on how we conduct business. 

What’s something you are really excited about post-lockdown?
Human interaction outside of my home and summer.

Which books, podcasts, documentaries, influencers and the like have you nourished your mind with to stay inspired and positive throughout it all?
I’m currently, reading Negotiate This! by Herb Cohen. Great book, as it has great insight and tips on how to negotiate, that spills over to everything from business to even negotiating with kids! My 2-year-old has gotten me most of time, in the past she’s always had the upper hand, but I’ve now got a few cards up my sleeves.
As for documentaries, The Social Dilemma on Netflix, I thought, was quiet eye opening. What I enjoyed about the documentary, is that it allows for one to take inventory of how one uses social media and think twice about the information we are being exposed to and are putting out. 

Lindsey Leigh
Marketing Manager

What’s been the biggest change for you during lockdown?
The amount I can do at once! I’m someone who takes life one million miles an hour. The efficiency of working from home – no driving around, no preparing to leave the house, no plotting the most efficient order to run errands in, no forgetting things and having to go home again (typical me), no being late (also typical me) – has allowed me to do so much more.

There is always a silver lining! What’s been your blessing in disguise?
Lockdown, in essence, has been a form of sensory deprivation. This means we have all had a lot more space to evaluate some of life’s bigger questions and why we are doing what we are doing. The silver lining of this for me is being able to re-evaluate and realign everything I do with my own personal “big picture”.

What’s something you are really excited about post-lockdown?
Three little words. Parma and cider. In a beer garden. On a warm day with my closest friends and some great tunes… That’s nineteen words, but they’re worth it!

Which books, podcasts, documentaries, influencers and the like have you nourished your mind with to stay inspired and positive throughout it all?
I’m an enthusiast for this and I have two incredible Coaches/Mentors I’m blessed to be personally working with – Sophie Musumeci and Leanne Christie. I recently participated in the Russell Brunson, Dean Graziosi and Tony Robbins’ challenge and actively follow these guys. Grace Lever from time to time… Everything from Frank Kern… Ok, I’ll stop now.

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