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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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  • 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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  • All I want is a Room Somewhere

    By Sandy Burgham When I was young and dreaming of what I wanted to be when I grew up, there was one constant amongst the changing line-up of fantasy careers. I was definite about one thing, and that was no matter what I ended up doing, I wanted to live in a “big house”. A “big house” would assure me

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  • A New Road Travelled

    By Sandy Burgham First our daughter left home, then my husband went to LA on an extended work trip. Then, we sent our son up there to join him on a father/son holiday. And I was left … alone. It was the first time I had been completely alone for more than 20 years. It was … bliss.  As an

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  • Hey Nineteen!

    By Sandy Burgham (Me with the long hair at 19 years of age). When our daughter turned 19 in April, as if by magic that trying, self-opinionated, combative persona gave way over-night to a delightful, hormonally-balanced version of her best self. We’ve been almost smug that she has emerged in this final year of her teens so centered, happy and

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  • Rewriting the Script

    By Sandy Burgham Here’s a question to answer right here, right now, honestly and with no fence sitting. Would you say who you are today has been shaped more by pain and disappointment; or joy and happy occasions?   Usually when I ask this, there are more people who admit to the former; and these are happy, successful well-rounded types

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  • Here’s to You, Mrs Robinson

    By Sandy Burgham As a feminist I have always subscribed to the assertion popularised by my heroine, Gloria Steinem, that “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle”. That was until I was in Britomart the other day, and was unexpectedly propositioned by a handsome young man on a bicycle. Youth is relative of course, and he

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  • Why I Went To…San Francisco

    By Sandy Burgham The Second Act columnist, Sandy Burgham takes a lightning — and enlightening — trip to Silicon Valley   As I mature, I am increasingly glad I live in New Zealand. This has nothing to do with wanting to slow down and retire, in fact quite the opposite. We all know the risks of living here – slow

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