You are cordially invited as guests to my graduation

You have had to endure countless late nights editing my papers. Last minute requests to read 10,000-word essays. Feeding me, leaving a glass of water near me while I madly type my last minute assignment. Then put up with my grumpiness the next morning because I haven’t had any sleep. You sat there quietly waiting…

11 Life Hacks for my daughter

I remember my mother telling me some things as I was growing up and she changes to her I’m-about-to-tell-you-something-important voice. Some of them stuck and still holds true like: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” Of course she said it in the negative and not exactly that way. It was…

This will not be pretty

I am writing this not even thinking of editing it after. All I want is to rant and fucking rave. Purge my big fucking anger on the keyboard. Tapping as loudly as I can – because this is how we scream now. We type loud and fast, each letter louder than the one before. tap-Tap-TAp-TAP-TAP!-TAP!!-TAP!!!…

Work/Life Balance is stupid

It’s almost the end of the first day of 2014. And I’m sitting here thinking about the past: 2013. I was thinking about the goals I set for myself last year. Most of them were met. I worked as I planned to work. I studied as I planned to study. But the other goals, the…

Just a question

I thought I was some kind of feminist a year ago, but I could not quite describe what kind of feminist I was. I did not mind this. Then this question happened to me: “With all the parents that Olly has you’d think she won’t need to go┬áto before- and after-school care huh?” This was…

My Big RESET Button

I just wrote on a number of post-it notes. Wrote on each one of them what I wish to purge from my life and what are my desires from now onwards (or until I need to do another reset). A friend of mine told me that August 17’s new moon was the best time to…

Hi, I colour out of lines and I suffer from migraines

Yes, I do. And it’s not like I know when they occur or how they occur they just do. And today I have it. But it’s only a Category 2* migraine so I can still function and do things. Category 1** migraines are the worst. Cat 1 means I curl up under my blanket and…

Beyond the Mayans’ imagination

I predict this year that the doomsday movies will overflow. That the end-of-the-world proclamations from funny-sounding cults will be aplenty and people doing stupid things to avoid the Tribulations (as one Dexter character put it) will be on the ABC24 News all day. I really don’t understand all the negativity surrounding 2012. I think as…

Say pardon, not sorry

A couple of days ago I had to do a presentation for this management course I am doing. I was stressed as hell during the day because amongst other things I had to worry about a sick babysitter, then organising back up babysitting for Olivia while I present in the evening. So even though I…

Color out of brands

The other day I started this painful exercise of creating a personal brand as part of this management course I am studying. According to the articles I have been reading on the interweb, I am a bit behind. It seems that everyone in business have been doing this for a couple of decades now. The…

Educating Olivia

Amazing how contentious education is for a lot of people. When I tell them that I’m putting Olivia in a Steiner school a whole gamut of opinions are thrown at me. I understand that yes I’ve chosen an alternative philosophy for my daughter’s education, but this is more so because the schools I’ve attended, I…