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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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  • 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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  • Out of Our Holiday Comfort Zone

    By Sandy Burgham Ahhh, the great NZ summer holiday, when literally thousands of us leave town at precisely the same time, on the same day, to venture to the beach, = bach or a combination thereof. You know the drill — squeezing too much stuff you don’t need into the car, obsessively checking to make sure the phone charger has

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  • Diving Into Online Learning

    By Sandy Burgham Studying part-time at university in my second act has been an unexpectedly enlightening experience – not just because of the course work itself, but the fear I had to overcome. While at 52 one doesn’t really care what the kids think, being the oldest student in the room takes some courage. You become a COW (Conscientious Older

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  • Dreams of Good Men

    By Sandy Burgham A few nights before the Rugby World Cup final, I dreamt I was having an affair with Richie McCaw. It may be a testament to my age that it wasn’t a particularly torrid affair, more an affair of the mind. He found me fascinating. I wasn’t 52 in my dream, I was just some sort of ageless,

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