Over a Cuppa

Musings on Life, Parenthood & Work

The Truth of Being An Adult

Remember High School? Where the scent of Clearasil and BO mingled with raging Testosterone and Oestrogen to create a terrifying cocktail of angst. Remember High School? Where mean girls roamed the corridor - scything down swathes of confidence with a single curl of...

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Today is the First Father’s Day Since Dad Died …

Today is the first Father's Day that I haven't spent hours sifting through cards to find the perfect blend of humour and love. The few pithy sentences that tried inadequately to compress a lifetime of memories and feelings into mere words ... and always failed...

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The Lessons of Detours

Patience is not my strong suit. Let's be more specific. When you look up the word "patience" in a dictionary - in the antonym section (the opposite of the word - if it has been a while since you finished school), you will find my name and my 8x10 signed portrait. I am...

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Trying On a New Mindset

A few weeks back we looked at some research around mindsets - how success depends on whether you believe you can only achieve something if you were a "natural" at it, or if you believe that skill is something you can learn. Last week I put this research to the...

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Christmas Inspiration: Let There Be Hope This Christmas

The exhausted mother, glassily patting the back of her baby who has filled her ears with pained sobs from dusk to dawn. The frail old man, carefully folding his lottery ticket into his threadbare wallet as he heads home on the bus to dry crackers for tea. The...

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Define Winning

Early this year, over one of our many coffee chats, I asked my father to tell me his top 5 life highlights and what made them stand out. He gave me a strange look and admitted he had never really thought of that before. He had lived a full life, but stopping and...

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Please Give 30 Days Notice Prior To Your Death

"He is dead - which is why he can't come to the phone and talk to you. D-E-A-D, deceased, no longer living". I exclaimed forcefully in the phone to the call centre operator. All I was trying to do was cancel dad's TPG internet - and somehow I had morphed into a bad...

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The Next Best Present

The Christmas tree lights danced on the face of the sleeping old man, highlighting furrows of age and smudges of sorrow. This was his first year without his wife ... it seemed longer somehow. She always bought the presents, wrapped them with a beautiful bow, and...

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The Back Story is Always More Compelling

A few days ago, I shared a link on Facebook to one of my favourite modern artists - Jason Fitzgerald - and I had a few comments back from people - what do you see in his work? Jason is a client of mine, and I have to admit I am not usually a great modern art fan....

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How Old Do You Feel?

I had an interesting conversation with my dad the other day - he is in his 80's now. But when I asked him how old he felt inside he said, "I am not sure ... about 30 maybe". So I started to ask a whole pile of other people of all ages how old they felt inside. Most...

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A Living Fossil Speaks – The Challenges of Midlife

The other evening, I was speaking at a meeting of 50 or so web designers and web developers in Brisbane. As I stood up and gazed around the darkened room, I saw only one or two people of my vintage in the crowd. The rest were bright-eyed, keen young designers, as yet...

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