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Weekly Blog Posts to Empower You UPDATES FROM ANDREA

Hi Everyone! Old and New , Active and Dormant Members! ITS TIME TO REACTIVATE


Andrea here with some exciting updates for our Global Empowerment Society and the new Ment2BeWell community. As we celebrate our 5th anniversary, I'm thrilled to announce some new initiatives that will help us grow and support each other even more.



 

ANNOUNCEMENTS


First, we're launching a free app on our website for all members. It's will be packed with free resources to help you on your personal growth journey.


Plus, for those who want to dive deeper and support our mission, we're introducing a Patron membership with exclusive benefits.


Visit the website for more: Its all developing and I am planning it to be fully operational from August.



 

After the little house keeping here is this weeks blog article:



Nr 1 challenge that affects many of us in Asia :

Burnout and Work-Life Harmony in Asian Work Cultures


Let's chat about something that's been on my mind lately - burnout in our fast-paced Asian work cultures. I've seen it happen to friends, colleagues, and even myself. Those long hours and high expectations can really drain us, right?


There's this saying in Chinese:


"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it."

While I love the spirit of determination, sometimes we push ourselves too hard. It's okay to take a step back and breathe.


What's your experience with burnout? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!


Here's something that's been helping me: the Pomodoro technique. It's simple - work for 25 minutes, then take a 5-minute break. Stand up, stretch, or just breathe deeply. You can adjust the times to fit your style. The main thing is to give your brain regular breaks.


BOOK TO READ

If you're looking for more tips, check out "The Burnout Solution" by Siobhán Murray. It's full of practical advice for high-pressure work environments.



 


Nr 2 challenge that affects many of us in Asia :

Work-life harmony


Now, let's talk about work-life harmony. Living in bustling cities like Singapore, it can feel like we're always racing against time. But instead of chasing a perfect 50/50 balance, I've been thinking about harmony - blending our different roles in a way that feels right.


There's this wisdom from Confucius:

"The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."

I love this! It reminds me that small, consistent changes can make a big difference.


One thing I'm trying (and it's not easy!) is "time blocking." I set aside specific times for work, family, personal growth, and fun. It doesn't always work perfectly, but it helps me make sure I'm not neglecting any part of my life.


BOOK TO READ

For more ideas on this, you might like "Off Balance" by Matthew Kelly. It's got some fresh perspectives on work-life satisfaction.


Remember, it's not about having a perfect balance. It's about finding what works for you.



 

Nr 3 challenge that affects many of us in Asia :

Digital Gap


Lastly, let's talk about the digital world. In Southeast Asia, we're seeing a lot of exciting developments with Web3 technologies. But I know many of us are still getting comfortable with Web2 tools. It's creating a bit of a divide.


I love this Thai proverb:


"The river may change its path, but it will not forget its source."

As we move forward with new tech, let's make sure we're bringing everyone along.


One idea I've found helpful is finding "tech buddies." If you're not so comfortable with digital tools, pair up with someone who is. It's a great way to learn and connect across generations.


BOOK TO READ

For a deeper dive into this topic, check out "The Digital Divide" edited by Mark Bauerlein. It's not specifically about Southeast Asia, but it offers some great insights.




Don't forget to check out our new app and consider becoming a Patron member. Your support helps us create more resources and opportunities for our community. Visit the website for more


That's it for now! Remember, we're all in this together. Let's support each other, share our experiences, and keep growing. I can't wait to see what we'll achieve in the next five years!


See you next Monday at the Virtual open Networking Meetup


Stay awesome, everyone!


Andrea




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