The sweetest moments of the day

I have a One Line A Day diary that I started when Arty was born: a space to write a line that encapsulates that day or helps me remember something special. Lately, there have been too many moments of sweetness to choose from.

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A year since the worst week of my life

There is something in me that needs to commemorate dates – sweet dates like half birthdays and first meetings, and sad dates like today’s: 30th March, a year since I had emergency surgery and lived through one of the worst weeks of my life.

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One Billion Happy

How about this for a big goal… Mo Gawdat wants to make one billion people happy. In the next five years. He’s been working at Google X (the guys who predict the future) for the last few years, and has decided to leave Google to focus on this goal.

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Great Mom advice

I’m always on the lookout for mom advice – always. Maybe one day I’ll feel like I have this whole mothering thing waxed, but for now I’m always keen to learn more. Both for my own sanity, and for my kids. I got two fantastic pieces of Mom advice last week, and wanted to share them…

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True self / Mom self

I’ve been thinking a lot, lately, about the different versions we all have within us. This is partly because after my amazing holiday (amazing! so amazing!) I felt like I reconnected with the part of me that has been around much longer than I’ve been a Mom… And then I came home and said goodbye to that part.

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The greatest gift I could give myself…

I’m about to catch a plane to Durban for 5 glorious days of holiday… just me. Pinch me, am I dreaming?

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Everything will be all right

(This should be read while listening to The Killers track of the same name – see below.) My defining memory of this song is listening to it on an overnight bus that took us from Brazil to Argentina. I had it on repeat as I looked out the window at the darkening landscape flashing past, worrying. We’d been staying in the ridiculously fabulous Hotel Das Cataratas on the edge of Iguassu Falls and were entering Argentina with very little money and no idea how long before we had to fly home with no plan.

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Cape Town’s water crisis

Here in Cape Town, we’re in the midst of the worst drought in recent history. This is not new information – we’ve been on water rations for many months, and there’s been a constant stream (excuse the pun) of suggestions on how to be water wise. But this weekend, things suddenly got serious.

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Three ways to learn content strategy

A client asked me the other day what the best way is to learn content strategy. I think there are actually three ways, depending on what kind of business you have…

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The best thing about having kids

Before I had children, I was an expert (weren’t we all?). One of the things that bothered me the most about people with young kids was how they complained all the time – about exhaustion and never having any time to themselves and all the stuff I complain about here… My thinking was: you chose to have kids! Suck it up.

Oh how times have changed.

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