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28.02.2016 - How to maintain worklife balance

I finally did some sewing this weekend. It must have been six years since I last got out my Bernina. Many years ago people used to call me ‘pot plant’ because I always wore floral dresses…and during my days contracting to the Prison Service in New Zealand, many of the staff used to say, I …MORE »

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23.12.2015 - How to change careers – follow your passion not your pension

It’s my great privilege to share a sneak peek at Jilly Bennett’s incredible story of reinvention and her amazing photography. I first met Jilly in 2014 when I was chasing my many passions in Italy. We both signed up to follow another passionate woman, photographer Carla Couslon, with whom we travelled around Puglia learning more …MORE »

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4.12.2015 - Faith in the Stars – Astrology For Career Change and Self-Awareness

“I liked the idea that astrology believes we all are special and have unique gifts. It was at that moment that my love of astrology was born.” ~ Marianne O’Hagan, Astrologer So many people put their faith in psychometric tests, many of which are resounding failures in predicting job satisfaction, happiness or superior performance. Why …MORE »

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2.12.2015 - Why I Wrote Mid-Life Career Rescue – the rise of the older worker

Why I Wrote Mid-Life Career Rescue  Someone once asked me, “What was the catalyst for writing your book?” In part, it was my experience as a psychologist and career counsellor, and the  experiences of my clients. Like, those who were made redundant after 40-years of loyal service, and offered only 2 hours of support to help …MORE »

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17.08.2015 - Your turning point: Career Rescue for Mid-lifers: Break free of the job trap

Several years ago my good friend and artist Max Gimblett wrote a foreword for my book, Happy At Work for Mid-lifers. As I prepare to re-release an updated version of this book, to be available on Kindle late September, I thought his sage advice was a timely reminder. So many people think age is against …MORE »

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30.06.2015 - 5 ways to beat the winter blues and make the most out of the chilly season

Winter is a tough season.  The temperatures plummet.  We hibernate inside and see very little of the sun and we have more time to reflect and get inside our heads.  This is where attitude comes into play.  Do we decide to be introspective and use the reflection time to really get the best out of …MORE »

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23.06.2015 - Passion@work – how to find a career you’ll love

To be inspired is to be in spirit – a place that comes from your soul.” ~ Cassandra Gaisford, Psychologist, Coach and Author Some people believe that you go to work, grit your teeth and bear it. Others say that it is unrealistic to expect job satisfaction. But these views couldn’t be further from the …MORE »

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21.04.2015 - Commitment to action – just do it!

  “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” ~ C.J. Jung As motivational author James Clear writes in his eBook on creativity people don’t just get lucky, they earn the chance to be lucky because they keep showing up. “Show up, show up, and soon the muse shows up too” writes …MORE »

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3.02.2015 - Burn your ships – how to achieve your goals

The motivational power of setting constraints “Setting limits for yourself — whether that involves the time you have to workout, the money you have to start a business, or the number of words you can use in a book — often delivers better results than ‘keeping your options open’.” ~ James Clear Ok, so you’ve …MORE »

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10.11.2014 - Overcoming your fatal flaw

Overcoming your fatal flaw

“You don’t finish anything,” my daughter said to me today when I told her I was going to be a romance writer. No doubt she is referring to the 20 or so half-completed manuscripts buried in my computer; Or perhaps to the various works in progress still to be completed. Yes, she is right. But …MORE »

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