The whole of life is but a moment of time.

Cirque du Soleil

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It is our duty, therefore to use it, not to misuse it. Plutarch

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and this morning I woke up with a bee in my bonnet.

I think it was spawned by how absolutely knackered I was last night as a result of a hellish 4 day week at work oh which climaxed with yet another confrontation on Thursday afternoon (sorry – make that 2).

Denis and I had tickets to Cirque du Soleil last night. I have wanted to go for years, and finally the night was upon us, but on the way there I sat in the car zombie-fied, my eyes feeling as if they were popping out of my head and my mind struggling to get the thoughts of work out of my head. This continued as I sat there waiting for ‘Saltimbanco‘ to start, which was when I decided that I had had enough. As a human being – a person – I am not meant to feel like this, and it is not healthy to go every day at work walking on egg shells and battling monsterous projects and project managers all in the name of ‘Governance’.

So this morning I woke up and posted on my LinkedIn and Facebook profiles that I was going to start my own business and follow my heart into writing. I didn’t actually expect any reactions, but already I’ve had 3 designers offer their services in branding, et al and support, advise and questions in an effort to help me clarify what it is that I want to do.

It is still vague. I do know that it involves writing, a second blog, ebooks (and books!), offering my skills as a writer, and advise as a blogger and social media guru-swami (hehe kinda). It will also harness my life experiences including depression, anxiety, stress, changing directions, and following your heart. I want to help people – of which I am apparently doing via this blog. Thanks to some incredibly special readers, now friends, they have given me this serious boost in confidence – I believe that I can do this…whatever it is, and I am thankful to have all of you behind me.

If you have any words of wisdom please feel free to share. This is a biggy for me to say but – I need help : ) Thank you.

P.S. Cirque du Soleil was amazing!


Some Awesome Women Bloggers

I wanted to share with you some posts of some awesome women bloggers I have had the honour to get to know over the last few months, courtesy of the embarkment on my blogging journey.

They have joined us at Emergen in taking up the challenge to ‘Blog for a Cause’ for International Women’s Day, and I wanted to acknowledge their posts by sharing them with you:

Growing up Jenny – Jenny Stamos

I ‘met’ Jenny a few months ago. I forget how…it was possibly a blogging community I joined, or it could be the similar experiences we have had with our battles with depression that brought us together. Our personal blogs can be quite similar. We have now become friends on Facebook, are talking about a possible collaboration and guest posting on each others sites, and about visiting each other. We also lean on each other from afar for support and advise on dealing with depression, and I am thankful to her support in my writing and blogging.  Jenny posted today on Strong Women – A tribute to the strong women in her family. This is a post I think many of us can resonate with.

The Mompreneur – Dani McGrath

Dani is a fellow member of the TLC Club – a 90 day challenge I joined last month with other fellow bloggers, to ‘tweet, like, comment’ and generally provide support to each other. Dani is also a ‘Mompreneur’ – a word I have only heard the last few months. Dani chose to blog about the following: International Women’s Day – A Tribute to Women Entrepreneurs Who In…

The reason why I am sharing this with you is that I know there are many women entrepreneurs on Emergen, or women that want to be an entrepreneur, and it’s important to learn from others. I think Dani also illustrates that having kids is not an ‘impediment’ to having a successful career, or in seizing the day and creating one for yourself!

Dont Hang Up! – Penelope

I love this blog, and Penelope reminds me of my Nan, my Mum, some friends…it’s amazing just through commenting on each others blogs how this impression can be reached. I want to shout out to Penelope, as she is going through a great deal of upheaval at the moment through moving, etc. and she still took up the challenge to blog for International Women’s Day! Her post is aptly titled ‘Don’t Live Down to Expectations‘.

Hajra Kvetches – Hajra

Hajra and I met via a blogging group on LinkedIn late last year and struck up a friendship. She is one of the reasons I am where I am today. Through her support, advice, tweets, amusing posts to keep me entertained, and so on, I am grateful to her and her participation in this challenge. Hajra’s post is titled ‘Some Special Women…And a Big Sorry and Thank you’ and is a tribute to the women in her life – notably her family.

And then there is Shawn Broussard McNairy, who’s blog Women Living Thru the Unthinkable. We are fairly new acquaintances, but Shawn has chipped in with a short and sweet homage to International Women’s Day.

As Blogging for a Cause day nears…

As the inaugural Emergen Blogging for a Cause day nears, I have butterflies in my stomach due to the anticipation of the brilliance that is to come (no pressure!).

Seriously though, I’m looking forward to it, and I hope you are too!

I know that the topic – International Women’s Day – may not immediately jump out at everyone (especially the men) but i think it’s important to realise that all of us have a part to play on this day.

  • Be it through celebrating the women who gave us life – our mothers, or the women who gave them life – our grandmothers.
  • Or by supporting our sisters, wives, girlfriends, cousins or friends.
  • Or through acknowledging certain facts, such those provided by the World Health Organisation:

‘At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime – with the abuser usually someone known to her’. LEE Jong-Wook, Director-General, World Health Organization.

Therefore I urge you to get involved! And don’t let the anxiety of ‘I’ve never posted before’ or ‘I don’t write well’ get in the way, for:

  • We all start off like that; and
  • This is probably the perfect time to start!

So please, join us by composing a blog post using the theme ‘International Women’s Day‘ and posting on March 8. We can all then get on board and share the posts via Twitter (#IWD and #Emergen), Facebook, LinkedIn and so on to spread our words and inspire!

‘So make a difference, think globally and act locally.’

For more information about the Emergen Blogging for a Cause – International Women’s Day – check out the event on Facebook at:

You can find more information about International Women’s Day at the following link:


Blogging for a Cause – International Women’s Day

I have never placed a shameless plug on my blog before, but this is something really important to me, and I’d love all of my readers to join me in BLOGGING FOR A CAUSE!

What is Blogging for a Cause?

Throughout the year, Emergen will be choosing different causes, themes and issues to encourage members to blog about, providing them with an opportunity to share their thoughts and to get informed about issues and create positive social change via the internet!

So what’s involved?

The first ‘Blogging for a Cause’ day will focus on International Women’s Day (8 March 2011), and all you will need to do is to compose a blog piece and post it on the 8th.  Easy as that!  We can all then get on board and share the posts via twitter, Facebook, and so on to spread our words and inspire!

We here on Emergen want to do our bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding, and one of the ways we want to do this is through the use of social media – particularly blogging.

Is this open to females only?

Absolutely not!  We want rich, diverse and thoughtful views.

Some ideas are:

  • You can pay homage to an amazing woman in your life,
  • Post about discrimination witnessed, or
  • Post about hurdles / challenges experienced and overcome, etc.

How can you spread the word?

We would like to engage as many people as possible in this.  So please invite your friends on Emergen or Facebook using the ‘Blogging for a Cause – International Women’s Day’ events that have been created on each site, like the event in your facebook status, share it with your coworkers and let your friends know too.

There is no registration required – all you have to do is write your blog post and post on the 8th.

What if I’m unable to post it on the 8th?

You can actually schedule your blog post to post on the 8th.  Simply go to ‘Add a Blog Post‘ and choose the date and time you want it scheduled to post!

What is International Women’s Day?

‘International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

Annually, on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse activity connects women from around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more’.

Get involved

‘So make a difference, think globally and act locally.’

For more information on getting involved with ‘Blogging for a Cause’ on Emergen and the Blogging for a Cause – International Women’s Day, event you can refer to the website or look up their Facebook page. You can also contact myself, as I will be coordinating the event!
For more information on International Women’s Day refer to the following link: