I’m standing in line for my COVID-19 vaccination. I booked the appointment five weeks ago, as soon as I became eligible. It was the earliest time slot I could get.
It’s a hot Australian day. I’m at the local showgrounds. The vaccination clinic is a series of large, military-looking tents. The walls are rolled up and the gentle summer breeze wafts through. Underfoot is sandy dirt and in the distance is the faint hum of the highway.
It’s glary outside. I’m glad I brought my water bottle and sunglasses.
There are lines and lines of people.
It feels like it…
When I first started writing, I thought I needed to craft my articles in isolation, without assistance or consultation. As if learning from other people would somehow reduce the purity of my work or dilute the effort I was making.
How I now shake my head and laugh!
The reality is, as humans, we hardly do anything well just by ourselves. We work best as a collective. Sharing information, being inspired by each other. Teamwork makes us great. It’s our super skill.
Ignoring humanities collective knowledge only makes the job harder. …
With finite writing and emotional energy in each of us, at some point, we all have to decide who we’re going to be online.
Do we want to put ourselves totally out there, or do we hold back and maintain our privacy? Do you write about sexy, taboo and risky topics, or do you stay in the land of the safe and guarded?
Often it's a consideration of our risk tolerance and how strong we are with our own convictions. How much do we want to engage, and what do we feel really needs to be said.
I’ve found the…
In a completely unscientific estimate, I would say 9 times out of 10, small talk with strangers revolves around how you earn a crust.
‘What do you do for a job?’ is the go-to starter at dinner parties or the school gate. People sum you up quickly based on the answer, but how much does a person’s current role really tell us about them?
This morning I had coffee with a new friend. Our children go to soccer together, and she asked me out for a chat. …
Becoming a full-time freelancer is a big step. The decision is packed with emotions, with dreams and aspirations tugging at the heartstrings. The thought processes often feel like an ocean whipped up by the wind, smashing against a jagged cliff wall of practicality.
Will I be successful? Am I throwing away my career? Am I foolish to think this could work?
The sheer volume of encouragement on the net is overwhelming. So many messages of ‘you can do this!’ and ‘making money online is easy!’ are continually being yelled across cyberspace.
And yet, most of these positive messages seem connected…
The to-do list of a working parent can only be described as scarily intimidating. Drop-offs, pick-ups. Tidy house. Career climbing. The list is long, varied, and like a family laundry basket, it’s never-ending.
Being a working parent is often harder than people think it’s going to be.
Just getting the family out of the house in the morning is exhausting, with parents often feeling like they’ve worked a full day before their paid job has even begun.
Mixing family and career isn’t a short-term proposition and so to make it work, you need long-term solutions. Trying to do it all…
It’s a big decision to sacrifice your career, even a little, to spend more time with your children.
While most of us feel the pull to parent our kids directly as much as we can, the impact on a career is impossible to deny. Many of us have worked hard to get where we are, often with years of study and climbing the ladder behind us. The financial investment of a university degree, too, can be overwhelming to think about.
While it’s a real privilege to have the option to stay home, it can still be a tough one to…