#SundayRead: Vox

#SundayRead: Vox

Books
#SundayRead: Vox I read The Handmaid's Tale when it was first published. It’s one of those novels that stayed with me all these years later. Vox will be the same. In the last month, I’ve received two books with similar themes. In fact, Elle magazine says this novel is a “petrifying re-imagining of The Handmaid’s Tale in the present”. (more…)
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#FreelanceFriday: ruminating on my choices

#FreelanceFriday: ruminating on my choices

Lifestyle, Worklife
#FreelanceFriday: ruminating on my choices We make choices every day of our lives. And they begin the minute we open our eyes to the world we have been born into. Making a choice is a simple act. It’s something we don’t often think about – it happens as easily as brushing our teeth in the mornings. Yet choice impacts on our lives in every way. (more…)
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Three tips to generate engagement on social media

Three tips to generate engagement on social media

Worklife
Three tips to generate engagement on social media The success of a social media campaign correlates strongly with engagement. Likes, comments, shares, debate – they all signal engagement and they’re good for your brand. So, if you want people engaging with your content and your brand, you should be paying careful consideration to what type of posts your audience will relate to. There are heaps of ideas out there that could help you find the right type of post to generate the best engagement. This post looks at my top three. [caption id="attachment_2560" align="aligncenter" width="640"] If you want people engaging with your content and your brand, you should be paying careful consideration to what type of posts your audience will relate to.[/caption] Personalise I make a concerted effort to keep…
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Misogyny in the workplace is alive and well

Misogyny in the workplace is alive and well

Lifestyle, Worklife
Last week I wrote a blog about my friend Anxiety and how we met. I’ve pinpointed an incident that took place almost a decade ago as the root cause of my trauma. And while I have dealt as best I can with that incident, Anxiety and I remain good friends. She drops in every now and then. It’s inconvenient, but some guests just don't understand “no”. After many years of therapy, I’ve come to realise that while the initial stress point was being held up in the sanctity of my own home, a secondary and more insidious stressor was the reaction of my manager at the time. (more…)
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#SundayRead: F**k Plastic

#SundayRead: F**k Plastic

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#SundayRead: F**k Plastic I’ve written extensively about my plastic-free journey this year. If, like me, you’d like to join the war on plastic, get your hands on this nifty pocketbook. It offers you 101 ways you can join the campaign. There are 51 trillion particles of plastic in our oceans - possibly more than the marine life that inhabits it. It’s a sobering thought. In this book, you can find simple tricks and tips you can do in your everyday life to reduce your plastic footprint on the earth. The message is simple: cut down on single-use plastic and help save the world. From opting for an ice cream cone instead of ice cream in a plastic container to changing over to a shampoo bar rather than the liquid variety…
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#FreelanceFriday: Let’s talk about anxiety

#FreelanceFriday: Let’s talk about anxiety

Worklife
#FreelanceFriday: Let’s talk about anxiety A few years ago I was held up in my home. I was in the shower, getting ready to fetch my kids from school and head off to work. I’d spent a productive morning writing an article after interviewing a South African woman author. I was inspired and so full of hope. (more…)
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Productivity: what is useful work

Productivity: what is useful work

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Productivity: what is useful work According to the Cambridge dictionary productivity is the rate at which we do useful work. Did the number of hours I put into something yield useful/beneficial results? How many minutes did I spend creating this blog? How many minutes on answering a text message while creating it. And what value do I get from all of that time spent? Was it worth the time? It all boils down to what Seth Godin refers to as business/busyness. The trick is to separate being busy (busyness) from creating value (productivity). Being busy is not constructive. [caption id="attachment_2539" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The trick is to separate being busy (busyness) from creating value (productivity). Being busy is not constructive.[/caption] Upskilling To be productive we need to be good at what…
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Sunday read: The ‘Adults’

Sunday read: The ‘Adults’

Books
#SundayRead: The ‘Adults’ Many things give it away – the quotes in the headline, the definition at the beginning of the novel. This is a novel about people who believe they are adults – mature and perfected – but who, in reality, are not. And to be honest, how can you have “normal” family once parents divorce? Really? Really! Claire and Matt are divorced and have a daughter Scarlett. They decide that, in spite of their divorce, they would have a “normal” family Christmas together – along with their new partners and Scarlett’s imaginary rabbit friend, Posey (the irony of this name did not escape me). Claire arrives at Happy Forest Holiday Park with her new boyfriend, Patrick, and Matt joins them with Alex, the “love of his life”. And if you…
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What to do when a creative block happens

What to do when a creative block happens

Worklife
What to do when a creative block happens On December 4, 2017, I launched my freelancing career in earnest. Since then, I have steadfastly and consistently shared and engaged with followers on my social media platforms. Advice, travails, highs, wins, reviews … I’ve shared what drives me in my business. I’ve also created blogs, websites, and other content for various clients consistently through this year. Producing content comes relatively easily for me. I sometimes wake at 4am to quickly make a note of something I’d dreamt about. That phrase “where did you dream that up?” has taken on a whole new meaning for me these days. But last week, I needed a time out. Last week for the first time in a long while, I woke at 4am with no…
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LinkedIn leads the way in long-form content

LinkedIn leads the way in long-form content

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LinkedIn leads the way in long-form content Last week I took a mini break from creating to do a bit of research. Like with anything, being on top of your game in what you do means research and learning. I spent my time understanding LinkedIn and how it has evolved since I first joined in 2008. The platform is changing and adapting rapidly and it is a no-brainer that every professional and/or brand should nurture their presences on this platform. Did you know LinkedIn has a blogging option? It is a huge drawcard on this social media platform and after exploring it and playing around with the functions, I was suitably impressed. And I’ve since learnt that when LinkedIn added the option, more people began using the platform regularly. And…
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