How to completely empower someone

How to completely empower someone

One of the philosophies that The Hunger Project teaches is to come with a beginner’s mind to the cultures and people you might encounter on the road to ending world hunger. When you begin anything, you come with little knowledge. And that’s what they’re asking you to...
How to get out of the box you keep getting placed in

How to get out of the box you keep getting placed in

When we are employed, we are assigned roles. Often when we are assigned roles, we are labelled. This labelling is convenient and often allows us to be the ‘go to’ person for that particular thing. For example, Lynda is the project manager. The project manager...
I could give a honk

I could give a honk

I am revisiting my travels to India today. I was reminded this morning of a lesson I had yet to share. Remember the women that I met in India, our elected women representatives with all their resilience, courage and persistence? (For reminders click here or here or...
Pressure is pulverising your creativity

Pressure is pulverising your creativity

I’m writing under pressure today. The sun is shining, the ocean is beckoning; teasing, tantalising and cajoling me to leave this desk and go and play. These are the last days of good weather, after all. But I FREEZE. I’ve left my blog writing to the last minute and...
I’m totally judging you

I’m totally judging you

As I’ve gotten older and moved through what Katie Byron calls ‘the work’, the people and relationships in my life have become more and more meaningful and rich. It’s also meant that I’ve become more and more discerning about who is allowed in and who must go, pronto....
India Part 3: Taking a stand

India Part 3: Taking a stand

Thank you for allowing me to tell my stories of India. A big part of processing the whole experience is exactly that, telling stories; taking the assault on the senses and ordering it in some way, giving voice to the many feelings and thoughts that bubbled up. (If you...
India Part 2: Resolve, Nurturance, Love

India Part 2: Resolve, Nurturance, Love

Last week I started to recount some of my stories from India. The lady in the photo with me is Rachni. I met Rachni on the third day of my visit. Elected women representatives came from all over the state to hear from us and us from them. We split into groups to sit...
India Part 1: Tears, Joy, Humility

India Part 1: Tears, Joy, Humility

It was my great privilege to travel to India recently with The Hunger Project – the humble little giant of a not-for-profit that I contract part time to. Corporate leaders in arms, charged with learning how to do leadership better, the group left Australia hoping to...
Light bulb moment #701

Light bulb moment #701

My fears about giving up ‘the dream’ have been needling me a little. Some weeks I’ve been so tired post doing my part time contract role that I’ve been doing the bare minimum in my business. And that means a little guilt ensues. But then two things happened; I...
A fat person and a trainer

A fat person and a trainer

Oftentimes clients will ask me – how do I achieve what I want to achieve without compromising my current lifestyle? Would you like the honest answer? You don’t. Let’s get really, really, really real here. If you were a personal trainer and an obese person came to you...