The whole of life is but a moment of time.


Cirque du Soleil

Image by shadowbrush via Flickr

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!

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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: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=129221043814551

You can find more information about International Women’s Day at the following link: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/about.asp

 

Why Blog?


Why blog? Good question.

I initially took up blogging to try to get back into writing, and to see if I was actually any good (at writing and blogging). It was a test to push my own boundaries and see what I could achieve, as I was stuck in a rut to be honest.

My aim was to write, to try to have a bit of fun, and to share my experiences in the hope that in doing so I could help just one person. Pretty simple. I didn’t expect to get many readers. In fact, I was told I wouldn’t.

I started blogging on a website called Emergen (at the time it was called yGen Club – it’s a community that was created to give young professionals the knowledge, skills and connections to stand out from the crowd) ) mid-2010. Thinking back to my first post, I was terrified to press the ‘publish’ button, and when I did I found myself stressing about getting negative feedback, or worse – having no one read my posts! But, there was no reason to worry, as I couldn’t have found a more supportive bunch of people, who were open to ideas and concepts (or at times ramblings).

So after a few months of blogging on Emergen, I thought to myself ‘Why not take the plunge and start my own blog?’

Hesitantly – I registered with WordPress (after painstakingly trying to come up with a name for my blog!). And then there was no looking back.

I was lucky enough to kick off my own blog when ProBlogger was running a free ‘Intro to Blogging’ online course. This provided me with a wealth of info, and convinced me to straight away register my domain name (so instead of having a .com/wordpress address I have a .com). I haven’t taken the next step of getting my site hosted though – I have to take some things slowly!

I then somehow stumbled on the Groups facility in LinkedIn. Having only been on LinkedIn for a few months, I had discovered some groups related to Blogging and writing. So I took the plunge and joined. Initially, I was freaked out as all of the members looked so professional. They blogged about marketing, logo design, freelancing, using social media to promote your business, blogging as a career, and so forth. I had no business. I had no product. I was only just starting to blog. I just had me. But they welcomed me with open arms – and have been excellent teachers and support from all over the world. Special thanks to Keyuri Joshi, Susan Oakes, Rosanne Dingli and Patricia Weber to name but a few.

I’m now incredibly active on Twitter, and have connected with many more inspiring and informative people. I’ve also made many new friends (although I’ve never met them). Thanks to one of the people I have ‘met’ (Hajra – check out her awesome blog!) I now have a Facebook page for my blog, and have joined the Ultimate Blog Challenge.  The Ultimate Blog Challenge is a challenge to blog every day for the month of January (If I achieve January – I’ll continue into February and so forth). From there, I’ve joined the Ultimate Blog Challenge Facebook group, and made more friends who are really supportive. We comment on each others blogs, or offer support when struggling with writer’s block, or personal issues. As a side challenge, I’ve also taken on WordPress’s challenge to ‘Post every day in 2011.’ Let’s see how we go with that one!

At times I feel like I’m on this out of control train, which is heading faster and faster to somewhere…I just have no idea where it is going. I just know, that as every day goes on, I hold no regrets on pushing that button to publish my first blog post.

Questions to the bloggers out there:

  • What made you start?
  • Why do you blog?
  • What do you enjoy about it?

And if you don’t blog –

  • Have you ever thought about giving it a shot?
  • Is there anything that is stopping you?