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These posts first appeared in The Hobson magazine. It’s about the commitment to reinvention at mid life.

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  • Working Towards the 100-Year Life

    By Sandy Burgham   When I was heading toward 50 I decided to live by a beautiful mantra penned by poet and essayist Diane Ackerman. “I don’t want to live the length of my life but the breadth of my life as well”. It has served me well over the past handful of years as I have skied more off-piste

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  • Another Name for it

    By Sandy Burgham Recently, my nephew tried to explain Airbnb to my 90-year-old dad; how we laughed. But after initially assuming it was Dad’s lack of digital prowess that lead to his bewilderment, it transpired that it was merely because it was nothing new – it was simply called “renting out a room” in his day.   Increasingly I find

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  • Useless Life Lessons, Repeated

    By Sandy Burgham   We spend our life until we’re twenty deciding what parts of ourself to put into the bag, and we spend the rest of our lives trying to get them out again.” — Robert Bly.   Our daughter is 20 and for the large part, I have been trying to shove “key messages” into her bag to

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  • A Cook’s Tour

    By Sandy Burgham (Occasionally, I interview someone for my column who is an embodiment of change in their “Second Act” asking them questions like ‘how does one earn money from what they love?’ And ‘what happens if what they love changes?’).   Stonefields resident Sarah Tuck is a freelance food and travel writer, food stylist and photographer. As well as

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  • Salon Appointments

    By Sandy Burgham As I turned 50 and made the commitment to live more purposefully, rather than reactively and washed down with wine, I became increasingly interested in expanding my mind. I was also keen to regenerate some of the brain cells that had been decimated by youthful endeavours and buffed away by workplace stress and ambition.   First stop,

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  • Flat Out at Fifty

    By Sandy Burgham I read once that we only grasp the point of a decade when it’s over. Hence so many women at midlife realise that they spent their 20s subconsciously, or even openly, looking for a mate, when their time might have been better spent enjoying freedom and adventure before partnering and having kids.   So what is the

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  • The Circle of Life

    By Sandy Burgham While some people play Fantasy Football, constructing and betting on dream teams, I play Fantasy Dinner Party, constantly mentally bumping people off chairs in favour of someone more interesting. But one person who always holds her seat at my table is my real-life living hero, Gloria Steinem. So time stood still for me when on the morning

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  • Let’s Hear it for the BMFF*

    By Sandy Burgham *Best Male Friend Forever Looking back from the viewpoint of my now-fabulous early 50s, the most overrated decade of my life was my 30s, which is a big call given the fact that this was the decade when my husband and kids turned up. At the time I couldn’t put my finger on what was irritating about

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  • New Kid on the Block

    By Sandy Burgham So we have said our final goodbyes to the beloved family home that we have been grafted to for 18 years, and have reinvented ourselves as inner city dwellers. After the first fairly sleepless evening, getting used to the city sounds of nightclubs, air conditioning hums, random shouts and all-night traffic, I opened my eyes and saw

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  • Your Personal Board

    By Sandy Burgham I am lucky enough to be on my fourth career reinvention, each one building on previous learning and experience. Having evolved into leadership development means I am also observing adult development and career development, both at once. A bittersweet observation I make is that at the same time as you’re becoming increasingly at home in your skin

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