Posts Tagged ‘Working Parents’

Single and Want a Baby?

May 10th, 2010

As a Mum who was a single parent from the very beginning, I’m often asked about the pros and cons of having a baby by yourself.  In this age of independent women having careers and travelling, whilst the biological clock keeps on ticking, it’s a decision more and more single, thirty something, women are faced with.  If you are single, want to have a child, and are running out of time, then deciding to go ahead on your own can be the only option.  There is no right or wrong answer here, no foolproof decision making tool, but here are some important questions to work through to make the best choice for you.

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Allow Yourself to Receive

March 21st, 2010

Being fiercely independent is limited and selfish.  A controversial statement perhaps, but as Helen Keller famously said, “Alone we can achieve so little, but together we can achieve so much.”  Even Einstein, known more for his mathematical genius than his philosophies on life, deduced that “when two people put their heads together, it is like a third person has entered the room”.

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Belinda Duffy – Duffy Design

March 9th, 2010

belinda_duffy_design_aucklandIt’s no secret that website design and development has been a major cause of grief for me over the last three years.  But finally, several web design companies later (not to mention thousands of dollars, hundreds of chocolate bars and countless gray hairs!!) I now have a website that is fully functional AND looks great…. and I love it!!

The woman behind showing me that successfully creating a website IS actually possible is the fantastic Belinda Duffy of Duffy Design.  Belinda was recommended to me by a friend who had endured three years of my website woes over numerous coffees.  And bless her, Belinda took it upon herself to personally guarantee that I would have a positive website experience, resulting in a fantastic website.  And she certainly delivered.

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Under Promise and Over Deliver

February 24th, 2010

Are you one of those people that says yes to everything, tries to please everyone and runs around like a headless chicken trying to be in six places at once? Chances are you are also late for everything and annoy more people than you manage to please, no matter how hard you try to keep everyone happy.  Maybe it’s time to try a new approach.  Warning- it may go completely against your natural instincts at first, but you, and everyone else, will soon see the benefits.

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If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get

February 18th, 2010

In my opinion, asking is the most under-utilised tool for getting what you want.  Kids do it well, but as adults we seem to have lost this tool from our repertoire.


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Lynette “Polly” McFadden – Excerpt from the Book – Go Girl Go!

February 11th, 2010

1 Lynette cLynette “Polly” McFadden – Harcourts Real Estate

Lynette, known as Polly to her friends, is a vibrant Maori woman successfully operating several Harcourts real estate offices in the Christchurch area.  A working class background hasn’t stopped her from becoming one of Christchurch’s hottest businesswomen.  Not content with her own success, she shares her positive energy with all around her, inspiring others to succeed and grow into whatever they wish to become.

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Everything is Always Alright in the End

February 10th, 2010

One of my favourite quotes is from the Dalai Lama, “Everything is always alright in the end.  If it is not alright, then it is not the end.”

No matter how bad things seem, it is never forever, it always gets better.  Sometimes you just have to trust the process, and focus on your intended outcome, and remember that the rough patch will pass. 

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Protect Yourself

February 8th, 2010

Most people worry about things that probably will never happen.  But because there is still a chance that they may happen, they worry anyway.  This worry could be eliminated by taking some simple steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from the things that cause you the most concern.

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Louise Rutten – Excerpt from the Book – Go Girl Go!

February 3rd, 2010

Louise RutterLouise Rutten -Inkspot Digital Ltd

Louise is the driving force behind Inkspot Digital Ltd – an Auckland based IT / Animation / Entertainment company leading the world in computer animation. This small youthful company works alongside big players such as Microsoft and shows the world what a couple of Kiwi’s can achieve when the put their minds to it. For Louise, the secrets to success don’t lie behind a university degree or loads of investment capital – success comes from lots of hard work, personality, and undying belief in your idea.

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Saying ‘No” – the Power of a 2 Letter Word

February 1st, 2010

How often do you say “yes” when you really mean “no”?  Do you run yourself ragged trying to get things done that you agreed to but didn’t want to do in the first place?  Do you wonder why you have no time and energy left for the things that are important to you?  Do you worry about letting other people down?  Do you wonder why on earth you said “yes” in the first place? 

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