Yesterday, I clocked a 23 week old (nearly 6 month) baby bump. And, boy oh boy, can I feel my body changing...Read More
My bump is beginning to be a tell tail giveaway. Our Mum's can barely contain themselves. For the first time there is talk of cots and buggies and nappies and.... Yes, we are having a baby...Read More
This year my Grandmother turns 95. Since October 2015 she has experienced a rapid decline in physical and mental health. In the last two years there have been adjustments that have shaken my Grandma to the core. I have witnessed her wrestle with age, change and human mortality. This is what I have learned from these happy, challenging, frustrating and sad days.Read More
Recognising that I was slave to my life
Those who run their own business will know that you have to sell, smile at networking events (even when you don't want to), do the marketing, answer the phone, respond to emails, manage the business, manage people, manage projects, do the books, do the admin stuff, not miss meetings, not be late, remember to eat... Oh, and actually do some work and be really good at it. And that's just life at work...Read More
In April 2014 two NHS professionals severely criticised me for suggesting there were consequences for behaviour. I was not permitted to teach my 17 year old niece this lesson in the way I would have chosen. I had gone there for help but I left having lost her.
This experience has taken me through yet another bumpy and winding journey. I have found that some people do not want to hear words like choice, consequence, discipline and delayed gratification. But no matter how you want to spin it, life is all about choices. When you choose one action over another you have made a decision. And each and every decision results in something (consequences).Read More
I've got another life experience t-shirt. This t-shirt has 'BOOM! Kicked ass on Kickstarter!' written all over it. It was a great way to end 2013 and the story goes something like this.
I have a crush on Zambia. I am a co-founder of the Best of Zambia. I've followed a bright spark called Ngosa Chungu on Twitter for a while. Based on nothing other than her Twitter stream I decided I liked her a while ago. Members of my team meet Ngosa in the flesh at a Startup Junction event in Lusaka. We discover we have the same vision for quality online content on Zambia. We want to make videos but we don't have the money to do it. We scratch heads. Some crazy person (not me) has the idea of crowd funding, probably because we recently were inspired by, and supported the Fest Gurus crowd funding campaign (they too were successful :-). Before I know what the heck I am doing I am the face of the #ZedVideoProject campaign. The 20 days I spent refreshing our Kickstarter page and incessantly checking my email for new backer alerts began on 11th of November 2013. This weird mix of euphoria when there was a backer, to depression when nothing happened for 24 hours was a living hell. But my hell ended well on 1st December 2013.Read More
1999 was the year of the big move. My Mother needed to be near her aging parents. The decision was made for us to move to England.
My early years in England were quite brutal. I didn't mix well. I was met with impenetrable tight knit groups. It felt like they had known each other forever, like they had never been beyond their town, their streets, their little world. Quite frankly, most of them hadn't. I was alien in so many ways.
This blog is for people like me. People who are giving their everything. People whose chosen path is strewn with love lost, forsaken pleasures, and a million mistakes. People like this will know that there are always days, sometimes weeks, and even months, when you need to find an inner strength from deep within. You need to grit your teeth and fight on through the pain, the ridicule, and the insecurities. The battle WILL be won, and these war songs will help you keep focused and fighting, even when you have gone way past the 12th round.Read More