Harnessing the Power of Criticism

source “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.” – Norman Vincent Peale My friends and I had the most hilarious conversation some time ago about the most horrible things/back-handed compliments and all-round mean things people have said to each of us over the…

Women@Work: What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?

picture source “Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.” ~ Michelle Obama, Becoming I have been very unwell lately….

Women@Work: The Empowered/Disempowered Parent Debate

“Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be very rough.“ You know you are venturing into a touchy subject when it is necessary to begin with a disclaimer. My disclaimer is simple: talking about fatherhood and my perception of the issues I raise in this post, in no way diminishes motherhood and…

Raising Children in the Diaspora

Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation ~ C. Everet Koop, M.D. Raising children has never been easy. Before the days of the global village, family was, at the furthest, a bus ride away. When one had a child, your mother would be there to hold your…

It’s Ok to Change

On a hike last week, my sister and I talked briefly about evolving as people because of life experiences. We talked about how it is ok to change. It’s ok to change. Those words stuck with me and so I decided to write about it this week. When I started my research on the topic…

Women@Work: Check Yourself

“It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self-discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.” ~ Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles” I wrote a lot of exams over the course of my law degree. Like…

Fear in Adam Grant’s “Originals”

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” ~ H.P. Lovecraft Fear. Who hasn’t been afraid? Not me. I have been afraid of many things: my mother’s slap. Embarrassment. Heartbreak. Failure. Being inadequate. A pack of rogue stray dogs (long story). Herdboys who…

If I Should Have A Daughter by Sarah Kay

This week I am missing my mum. I don’t mean in the heart-wrenching “why are you not here” way. Just in the quiet, I wish you were here so I could tell you all my little things way. It made me go back in time in search of this poem.  If, like me, you have…

In Closing – Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” (Book Review)

It took me a really long time but I finally finished Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming. It was a heavy, multi-layered, slow read that required me to pause and think deeply a lot. I don’t think it’s everyone’s cup of tea but despite some initial doubts, it turned out to be mine. About a third into…

In Closing – Becoming

It took me a really long time but I finally finished Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming. It was a heavy, multi-layered, slow read that required me to pause and think deeply a lot. I don’t think it’s everyone’s cup of tea but despite some initial doubts, it turned out to be mine. About a third into…