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  • May 22, 2014

    Beyond Facebook: Why it's important to share our struggles, not just status updates

    I've had a head cold for this week, and while I haven't been bed ridden,  my energy's been low. So last night, at 7 o'clock, after rustling together dinner for the family I was on the fence about whether to head out for a dinner

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  • Mar 25, 2014

    Do you care too much about what others think?

    As someone whose livelihood depends on people thinking well of me, I’m very conscious of what people might think about me. Will people like what I write or say? Will they think I’m too opinionated or that I harp on too much about being courageous?

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  • Feb 13, 2014

    "Love Is As Love Does": Spread a little this Valentines!

    Happy Valentines Day ! On this day of love, I'd encourage you to truly embrace 'that lovin feeling' with all the people you interact with over the course of today and the weekend to come. While it's easy to be loving toward the people we love

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  • Dec 31, 2013

    Wishing You A Wholehearted New Year!

    I'm going to break from the traditional Happy New Year salutation this year and, instead, wish you a Wholehearted New Year! Why? Because life is not about being forever happy, it is about becoming more whole. Of course I want you to be happy too, but I

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  • Dec 24, 2013

    Festive Family Feuds: Ten Ways To Stay Merry When Relatives Push Your Buttons

    I love my family. Most the time I really like them too. Which is why I’m excited to have twenty-six rel’s coming for Christmas lunch this year.  But I also know that family dynamics can trigger some less than merry tension among the relative ranks.

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  • Dec 18, 2013

    Feeling more frazzled than festive? Time to unplug & play!

    Ho Ho Ho!   Seasons Greetings from Melbourne where the barometer is due to hit 40C/100F today! If you're from the northern hemisphere, a heatwave may not feel very Christmas-like but it's certainly feeling very Christmassy to me! And not just because I'm in a sundress. Long

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  • Oct 29, 2013

    Avoiding a difficult conversation? 7 keys to speaking up about things that weigh you down

      We've all been there - feeling upset, resentful, frustrated, hurt or 'all of the above' with someone but loathe to say anything lest it be awkward, uncomfortable, or worse... turn into an ugly confrontation. For many people, they can  think of little worse! But

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  • Oct 07, 2013

    Twenty years married. Keepin' love alive over the long haul!

    [caption id="attachment_8658" align="alignright" width="199"] Feeling blissful at my sisters wedding 2013[/caption] Twenty years ago tomorrow I got married (yes, a child bride!). Two decades on I’m still married… and to the same man no less!  Better still, I’m as happy to be his wife as

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  • Sep 22, 2013

    Holding a grudge? How to let it go (for your own sake!)

    When someone has wronged us in some way, there is something self-satisfying about holding a grudge toward them. It helps quench our desire for justice, for getting even. After all, they don’t deserve our forgiveness; they may not even be asking for it. Why on

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  • Sep 01, 2013

    Need to toot your horn? Why self promotion isn't conceited but crucial!

      Growing up on a diary farm, with six brothers and sisters, it was drummed into my from an early age that humility is a virtue, and bragging, well… not so much. We were told that if we worked hard, and did a good job

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  • Aug 26, 2013

    What would you do if you were being courageous? The question that's inspired my last 10 years

    I realized this morning that I cannot let this month slip by without acknowledging the milestone that it represents. You see it was ten years ago, in August 2003, while I was living in Coppell (Dallas) Texas, when I officially began my second career. I

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  • Aug 18, 2013

    Lead From Within: 7 Acts Of Courage For Career Women

      Earlier this month  I had the honor of speaking at a women’s leadership summit in Shanghai where I got to meet many women from around the globe. Smart women. Hard-working women.  Women aspiring to do more, be more and lead more. Women who also

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  • Aug 05, 2013

    Five Ways To Bolster Your Resilience For Tough Times

    In late 1996, when I was nineteen weeks pregnant with my first child, I found myself in the midst of a violent armed robbery in Papua New Guinea.  With a gun thrust into my forehead, I was commanded to open the company safe where the

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  • Jun 17, 2013

    Nigella Lawson, Domestic Abuse and Saying "Enough!"

    I don't know what has gone on behind closed doors in Nigella Lawson's marriage. However given the images that have been plastered on papers and internet sites around the globe over the last 24 hours, I'm guessing we only saw a fraction of what's happened

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  • May 29, 2013

    Is Facebook making us lonely? Why we mustn't hide behind technology

      I love Facebook. Most the time anyway. It's a magnificent tool for staying in touch with friends far away and connecting with people I never otherwise would (perhaps you're one of them!)  But like all tools, we can't rely on it to do things

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  • May 23, 2013

    Why you are wired for inaction!

      I've come across lots of fabulous research about the psychology of risk-taking over the last two years as I was writing Stop Playing Safe. As I shared in the interview above, we human beings are wired to be risk averse. In other words, we find

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