#FreelanceFriday: And the word of 2018 is toxic

#FreelanceFriday: And the word of 2018 is toxic

Freelance, Lifestyle
#FreelanceFriday: And the word for 2018 is ‘toxic’ “The Oxford Word of the Year is a word or expression that is judged to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the passing year”. This year that word is TOXIC. “Toxic” has many strings – toxic waste, toxic poisoning and the like. And events around these issues have facilitated the word’s rise to the top of the most-used pile. (more…)
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Raising responsible, tech-savvy teenagers

Raising responsible, tech-savvy teenagers

Lifestyle
Teenagers and social media: raising responsible, tech-savvy people Generation Z is a demographic group that comes after Millennials. One of the defining characteristics of this group is that youngsters from Gen Z have grown up with mobile communications. Among this generation, the most common form of communication is texting or social media interaction. This week I’m talking about teenagers and social media. (more…)
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#FreelanceFriday: ruminating on my choices

#FreelanceFriday: ruminating on my choices

Freelance, Lifestyle
#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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Misogyny in the workplace is alive and well

Misogyny in the workplace is alive and well

Freelance, Lifestyle
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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#StopMisogyny: a salute to the strong women I know

#StopMisogyny: a salute to the strong women I know

Freelance, Lifestyle
#StopMisogyny: a salute to the strong women I know August. It’s Women’s Month in South Africa. Just over a week ago we observed Women’s Day. While marketing boffs made the most of the opportunity, this day holds a deeper meaning for South Africans, women in particular. Women’s Day is inextricably linked with our shameful apartheid past. It is linked with the stand taken by thousands of women against the dehumanising laws of a despotic state. Some half a century later, with apartheid abolished, a sad realisation dawned on me this week … so much has changed, yet so much stays the same. (more…)
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Home Bru Graft Café: my go-to coworking space in Durban

Home Bru Graft Café: my go-to coworking space in Durban

Durban, Freelance, Lifestyle
Home Bru Graft Café: my go-to coworking space in Durban There are days when I crave human contact. I love the solitude of my home during the weekdays. Me, the cats, the dogs and the silence. But it’s also quite an isolating existence. After working in an open-plan newsroom for close on 20 years, some things cannot be replaced. Popping my head over the partition for some advice on a headline with my colleague, mundane conversations at the coffee machine, morning diary meetings … human interaction feeds the brain and the soul. (more…)
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What the … freelance!

What the … freelance!

Freelance, Lifestyle
What the ... freelance! After almost 20 years of working in a newsroom as a sub-editor, lifestyle writer, night editor and online editor, I’d done a range of exciting jobs. But it just wasn’t enough. I realised I’d hit the glass ceiling and atrophy was slowly creeping into my body and mind like a snake in the dark. A combination of events gave me the necessary kick in the rear to take charge of my career and make a change. I needed a new challenge. I needed to wake up in the mornings with a sense of purpose. Being an automaton was just not in my DNA! (more…)
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Are you ready for a coworking environment?

Are you ready for a coworking environment?

Durban, Lifestyle
Are you ready for a coworking environment? [caption id="attachment_2188" align="aligncenter" width="640"] It's time coworking gained more traction in Durban. Picture: WOCinTech[/caption] For me, one of the pitfalls of working from home is the sometimes intense isolation. And it’s at times like these that I long for the hustle and bustle of a newsroom. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I can roll out of bed, brush my teeth (maybe 😁) and head to my office to get stuck in a day’s work. Sometimes, if the need arises I can even work from my bed. A sick day means I can still be productive without infecting an entire office of people. (more…)
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Transparency is trending: take a bow Fashion Revolution

Transparency is trending: take a bow Fashion Revolution

Durban, Lifestyle
Transparency is trending: take a bow Fashion Revolution Often out of devastation blooms hope and new purpose. Sometimes devastation is the impetus for global action. And global action is sometimes the only way to honour the thousands of victims of a tragedy. On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. This incident is the fourth largest industrial disaster in history after the death toll stood at 1 138 people, with an additional 2 500 injured. All five clothing factories in the plaza were producing garments for the western market. What’s more, most of the victims of the building collapse were women. (more…)
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