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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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  • Turning Off, Tuning In

    By Sandy Burgham Take the cellphone challenge – if you drive off leaving your smartphone on the kitchen bench, how far away from home can you be before you turn back? I live in St Heliers and have decided that my turn back zone extends as far as Fergs Kayaks in Okahu Bay, about seven kilometres down the road. I’m

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  • Trade Me a Less Cluttered Life

    By Sandra Burgham When I agreed to contribute to this publication, I said to the editor, “Ok, as long as you’re not expecting articles about how your life will improve if you clear clutter.” How we laughed — until this morning when I realised that actually that is exactly what I want to write about. Who wrote that you spend

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  • Dad as His Own Man

    By Sandy Burgham Pondering the faces of modern fatherhood   My daughter recently posted on Facebook a meme showing a toad-like creature with a grumpy face, and a headline that read: “How you feel when your mum comes home and all the fun and relaxation comes to an end”. One of the unexpected outcomes of maturing while previously-adorable children like my

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  • The Creativity of Boredom

    By Sandy Burgham As a keen observer of consumer culture, I am interested in the current business discourse regarding the importance of creativity and innovation. The inherent irony in this is that the word “business” has etymological links to “busyness”, which is exactly the opposite condition one really needs for both creativity and its implementation phase of innovation.   Research

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  • Is it just a lack of imagination holding you back?

    I was recently recommended this TedTalk and have been passing it on every since. Harvard Psychologist Dan Gilbert challenges our  fundamental misconception about the power of time. He argues that we are walking around with an illusion that our personal history has just come to an end, that we have just recently become the people that we were always meant to be and will

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  • Clearly, I am not sorry….

    Hot on the heels of the recent #banbossy campaign fronted by Beyonce we have #shinestrong, an effort to reach out to women by Pantene, who must have realized that dull hair is not actually what holds women back.  Click here to look at the video about how often women apologize in everyday situations.  The video is part of the company’s

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  • Staying In Step on the Pre-Ball

    By Sandy Burgham Sandy Burgham, The Hobson’s “The Second Act” columnist, shares her notes about a different kind of life event. After being accused of only thinking about myself and my “stupid 50th birthday party” by my equally self- involved 17-year-old daughter, we drew the short straw and agreed to host a pre-ball, the social hot potato amongst parents of

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  • VIVA – The New Balance

    Started off the year with an interview in VIVA talking about balance. While it’s always a bit awkward reading a transcript of an interview I did actually say all these things. Read it here.

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  • #GIRLBOSS

    Have been recommending this book to everyone I know. For Gen Y and below – it’s an inspirational DIY business book that they will relate to. For Gen X and above – it’s a great example of how business is done is done in the digital age…and who is doing it…  

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  • How to Live Wisely

    By Sandy Burgham Reflections on lessons learnt from my late mother As my 50th birthday loomed, I experienced the usual angst mixed with incredulity that I had probably passed the halfway point. The wake-up call was also due to my own mother having died in her 50s. At the time, she had seemed so old, but as I crept toward

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