July 10, 2016

About

profilepicKia ora and welcome to my website!

My name is Jordan Alexander. Friends back in the ‘shwa’ remember me as Marijana (or Marijuana) can you blame me for the re-brand?! My family used to call me ‘little Marijana’ (after my tata, Marijan), except as my wonderful cuz pointed out on holiday at the cottage a few summer ago, I am now ‘starra’ or ‘old’ Marijana since my youngest now claims the latest Marijana nomenclature! Doesn’t matter how far away I move, my family has a great way of finding me (thank God), and always keeps me grounded.

So hello, and welcome. My aim is to give a snapshot of my passions and projects in these pages. I’ve been dreadful at blogging – I’ll blame raising teenagers for that. I’ve started a community of like-minded ‘authentic living and loving’ professionals – if you let me know what you’d like to read about, I’ll try to tailor my blogs to give you value.

What’s keeping me busy right now? Writing and coaching. And my wonderful family (including the lovely Rick, my fiancé)!

I recently sharpened my saw in Sydney with Authentic Education where I added to my ICF membership – the Results Coaching Certificate was phenomenal, and I have a whole new set of tools in my coaching toolkit. As I shift my focus from organizations to individuals, it is hugely rewarding to watch how aligning individuals with their values and beliefs helps clarify their ‘authentic’ goals and eases commitment to act to achieve them. So rewarding. I love it!

The desire to connect people, places and ideas (the geographer in me through and through) continues. I presented a seminar to a local architecture and development company to aid with understanding unconscious bias in planning and place management. As professionals it is so important to understand the complexities of cross-cultural meaning ascribed to land and interfaces in our diverse world. The atrocities in Christchurch remind us all of how important it is to speak about humanity in an ‘us’ not ‘them’ context. I am proud of the way our PM and nation has responded – kia kaha – and now more than ever, we are one.

As Don Miguel Ruiz sets out in the four agreements, “Be impeccable with your word.” Words have the power to hurt and to heal. I will remember these sage moments as I spend more time on my writing projects.

I’ll soon be sharing the in-residence retreats for The UBU Practice – so tune in to our community newsletter – Explore.Discover.Grow. experiences with pampering, workshops, wine – who said learning shouldn’t be luxurious and fun!

Best be off – Rick and I are heading to the pub in Martinborough to watch the Hurricanes have a talking to with Canterbury!

Thanks for stopping by, and speak soon!
Arohanui
JMA xx

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