Work and play
It has been a snowy week...
I’m not sure who made this snowman that I saw on Twitter but I think it is brilliant! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
On Sunday, I wanted to go with my daughter to walk the dogs ...
But we were snowed in
But there was time to play! 🍋🍋🍋
Another great ‘Twitter snowman’!
I was sad on Monday and Tuesday as I had arranged a couple of Christmas get togethers with friends but the roads were just too icy.
But on Wednesday I had an important #MatExp meeting in London ...
There is indeed always something happening with #MatExp.
And the snow had cleared - but the trains were still in disarray
Love how the short (platforms?) bit gets cut a bit shor...
We had planned the meeting for late afternoon as I was already coming to London for an evening bash. The light was beautiful and I enjoyed experimenting with a few photos.
The line between work and play is very blurred
Oops! Time to hurry up. Important meeting.
I am critical of typical ‘meetings’ but like meeting with #JFDI people, as was the case today. We made real progress with our new #MatExp Whose Shoes project about perinatal emotional wellbeing. I look forward to working with this fab team from across the country.
Now we are looking for a project administrator to get the show on the road.
And then it was time to head to London Bridge and enjoy the Christmas lights around the Shard - scene of my extraordinary ‘party’ in September.
Telling my story at the Shard
I made my way through Borough Market. Vibrant with lemons. 🍋🍋🍋
It was a Christmas tweetup with friends, old and new - but particularly some of the Darzi Fellows network I have worked with for the last five years, one of my favourite areas of Whose Shoes work.
We use Whose Shoes as part of their coproduction module: healthcare professionals and citizens working together to learn how to work collaboratively, understanding what really matters to people- not just what is the matter with them.
And lo and behold - Jenni, one of the fab Darzi Fellows, produced her orange Whose Shoes keyring from her handbag. I sometimes give these out at my workshops and am always thrilled to see how people value them!
I had only just met Jane but we were quickly deep in conversation as she runs @wecoproduce, so of course she had to have a shoe too. Lemon coloured! 🍋🍋🍋
The evening raced by, full of wonderful food, sparkling people (and wine). 🍷🥂🍷 I somehow managed to stay long enough to enjoy a limoncello 🍋 and coffee. ☕️ I had been looking forward to that - even though my cat had tried to hide the menu.
The lemon dessert looked better with some background lighting. 🍋💡
My new friends seemed to agree.
And so a very nice day came to an end. Work and play. People talk about work / life balance but if you find things you are truly passionate about, it is all one.
Time to go!!
I rushed to catch the train.
The platforms were still icy.
And then the mainline train home. Clearly others had had a great day too.
Flo tweeted about her busy day...
And I tweeted about mine.
My work - and play - is all about building connections, bringing people together, collaborating with others who are passionate about improving health care. Today was a good day.
Until tomorrow... 😉