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A working mothers journey into uncertainty

work life balance

The moment my daughter entered our world, she simultaneously both made and unmade everything I thought I knew about life. Up to that point, I considered myself perhaps somewhat in possession of enough experience and ‘know-how’ to accomplish what I felt I had been given to accomplish. One look at this tiny human entrusted into…

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What happened to my job?

future of work

Ten years. A lot can change in that time. Ten years ago, I spent my time waiting for friends to come online so we could chat on MSN. Ten years ago I had to monotonously click one button 3 times just to get the letter I wanted while texting on the old school brick phones.…

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In the pursuit of passion

passion at work

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” —Bishop T.D. Jakes But what do you do if you have more than one passion? For me, it’s makeup or medicine. I’ve recently discovered one of my passions in makeup artistry. Each time I go…

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Confessions (and learnings) of a 20-year-old.

graduate job

Okay, I confess. I’m 20 years old, I have a Bachelor’s degree, and I still don’t know what career I want. I am currently taking a year off from study to explore my interests and potential career paths. It is a year full of uncertainty. But is it necessary to label this a confession? What…

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Inclusion is not an adjective

Tasked with writing a piece that celebrates diversity for International Women’s’ Day I set off to see what the internet thought. I was overwhelmed by the number of events, discussions and blog posts that google returned. International Women’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the success and stories of women across the world. However…

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Inspired List

Finding work with meaning

This is what sparks our imaginations. It’s what influences our creativity.  When I first picked up LEAN IN, I had just run into my first glass ceiling. I remember standing in the bookshop, deflated, disillusioned and de-energised. I had no idea what to do or how to navigate around it. Sheryl’s words literally jumped off…

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Connections, the soul behind diversity

meaningful work

As I sat at the dinner table with my family enjoying a hot bowl of pho, I thought about the journey my parents have had as migrants to Australia. They immigrated from Vietnam in the 70’s escaping the horrors of war. Here they worked incredibly hard, adapting to a foreign country, which they now call…

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I am enough. Three words which changed my life.

International Womens Day

How I gave up the hustle and why I’m better for it. Perfectly coiffed hair, one designer handbag after another, the entire fashion world hanging by her every word. Miranda Priestly had it all. I remember being an impressionable 26-year-old, bowled over by the thought of wearing Chanel from head-to-toe. To me, that was the…

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If you want to be successful at work, then do this detox

Whitespace

On Christmas day, while the world sat down for Christmas lunch; tables full of crisp roasted turkey, succulent gleaming hams; I was in hospital. Ever since last years’ horror bedbug attack I haven’t been quite the same. I’ve developed severe allergic reactions to just about anything and everything. Since then, I’ve been on a detox.…

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Searching for your calling? Start here

"Strengths revolution"

“Mummy, what cutie mark will I have?” “Honey, you’ve lost me…what are you talking about?” “My little pony. All ponies are born without a cutie mark. When they find what they are good at, a special cutie mark appears here.” My daughter was staring innocently at me, pointing to her behind. “You see Mummy; Rainbow…

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Want to perform better at work? Then sleep better.

personal performance

I know what its like not to sleep. When my daughter was six months old, I went back to work. The truth is, she did not sleep through the night till she was three. For two and a half years, I operated on less sleep than anyone should have, so I speak from experience. Sleep…

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Live to work. The future of the way we work.

new year work resolutions

Miss Honey. She was my daughters Kindy teacher. That year, was the first time she taught a child of a former student. For twenty plus years, she taught and still teaches in the same school. Some would think, you’d be sick of the job by now. But, not Miss Honey. She is exactly the type…

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What does balance mean?

Working mothers

She looked radiant. Her skin was glowing. It was the healthiest and the best I had seen her since we met ten months ago. It is funny how things work out, where we meet and connect with people. We met in the bathroom of a hotel, not exactly the ideal networking space. A Senior Executive,…

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Stop. Reset. GO

Find your Calling

I don’t know about you, but this year has rushed by. Going a million miles an hour, busy being busy. And it’s funny how things work out. Somewhere in October I suddenly crashed. At a conference in the Goldcoast, 104-bed bug bites stopped me. Well, technically it wasn’t the bites that stopped me. It was…

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The leaky female talent pipeline.

Phebe Cho

In 2016 I became a statistic. I decided to leave the corporate ladder, the one I had dedicated so much of my life to climb. I started to redefine what work could be. I joined 780,000 women around the world who in 2016 made the same decision. I am part of the leaky talent pipeline. So what…

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Discovering failure

new career direction

We live in a society so advanced in technology and scientific breakthroughs, but we are lacking behind in education and living. The traditional norms of education still remain the same as they did thirty years ago, forty years ago, fifty years ago… We are still taught the same linear equation to life that our parents…

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Dear graduating student

work experience

Dear student, I know many of you work very hard at University – constantly motivating yourself to get good grades, have a good social life and discover your passions but what do you want the most at the end of all of this? I hear you; because I am one of you. We all want…

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Self-Doubt? Three things to hit it on its head

Perth jobs

To the voices of doubt playing in my head. STOP. I don’t need you in my life. To the whispers that say I am not good enough. STOP. I don’t want to hear you. To the call of judgment that compares me to everyone else STOP. I don’t want to play at anyone else’s game…

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The one thing every successful person does

Female talent

Over the years, I’ve noticed that every successful woman has a morning ritual. It doesn’t matter if they are in business, in politics or the community. It doesn’t matter what part of the world they reside in if they are a mum or not. All strong, successful women leaders have a morning ritual. Pepsi CEO…

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