Opinion · Reflection

A woman, loss and politics

What does it mean to be ‘”woman”?
A thought that crossed my mind, again. Today. Whatever that means… 🙂

MEANINGS AND MUSINGS

I cannot escape this sense of loss, this great sorrow.

I am woman, and that alone is enough to speak to the many ways in which I am deeply disappointed by the outcome of the US election. I realised the energy, the hope I had invested to see a woman make it in what is purportedly the greatest country in the world.

I am not referring to party politics. I don’t want to speak of claims of fraud or lies, and misogynistic or corrupt behaviour. I am not calling it. My experience is not American, I am not one.

But I know the politics that is played out in my life, whether I have chosen to welcome it or intentionally invited it or have it imposed upon me. And the outcome of the election epitomised it.

So I will speak about being woman. What does it take for a…

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Book reviews · Non-fiction · Opinion

@FTThum #BookReview ‘Insight: The Power of Self-Awareness in a Self-Deluded World’ by Tasha Eurich

Lit World Interviews

I have a particular interest in self-awareness, so reading this book is for pleasure and professional purpose.

Title:      Insight: The Power of Self-Awareness in a Self-Deluded World
Author: Tasha Eurich
Publishers: Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pages:   357
Genre: Non-fiction, Psychology, Self-help

What’s it about?

Author, Tasha Eurich, begins with a lament on  the self-delusion of today’s people, identifying blindspots to how well we know ourselves.

An organizational psychologist by profession, Eurich claims self-awareness is THE meta-skill of the 21st century for success. In a world of operating in the shallows and privileging opinions of the external world, self-awareness separates the achievers and mediocrity.  She referred to studies which showed self-awareness to be lacking despite claims by many leaders to the contrary. The “cult of self”, Eurich states, prevents us from approaching with humility and self-acceptance to truly seeing ourselves.

Insight expounds what insight is, referring to internal self-awareness

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Opinion · Reminisce

Murder on the Orient Express – review

Somewhat cynical, I went to see the remake of "Murder on the Orient Express" adapted from Agatha Christie's book of the same name. I grew up with Agatha Christie, her books a respite for a child filled with curiosity and desire to problem-solve. Not surprisingly then that law became a first career. Kenneth Branagh, a… Continue reading Murder on the Orient Express – review

Living life · Opinion · Reflection · The Self · Writing

Naked… Nude… Pornography…

(WARNING: Content for persons over 15 years old and may offend :-)) Naked… Nude… Pornography… What’s the difference? Not a lot, and a matter of perception. As I found out during a tour of the ‘Nude: from the Tate Collection’ exhibition, “naked” is merely without clothes and common and “nude” is an idealised artistic expression… Continue reading Naked… Nude… Pornography…

Being Woman · Living life · Opinion

A woman, loss and politics

I cannot escape this sense of loss, this great sorrow. I am woman, and that alone is enough to speak to the many ways in which I am deeply disappointed by the outcome of the US election. I realised the energy, the hope I had invested to see a woman make it in what is… Continue reading A woman, loss and politics

Being Woman · Inspire · Opinion

Woman of your dreams

If you could be the woman of your dreams, who would you be? My answer: Me, myself and I.  No matter what my experiences might have been, are and may be, they are just that, experiences.  And I live them.  As you do yours.  You are amazing! 🙂     If you could be the… Continue reading Woman of your dreams

Blogging Awards · Living life · Opinion

Real people in blogosphere?!

This post is about connection and community, the one I have found here on blogosphere. It is a social experiment in hindsight, and these are my observations and purely subjective :-). But before I go there, some qualifications. I did not have any preconception of what or how a friend ought to be. I have… Continue reading Real people in blogosphere?!

Opinion · Writing

Debut Novel: Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling-It all begins here… Chapter One.

I have been waiting for this book… the story of change and a man’s transformation set in the high seas. I am privileged to have read it and it’s brilliant! Here’s Chapter One …

Author Ronovan Hester

Coming February of 2016 is my debut novel, a historical adventure written with award winning author PS Bartlett, titled Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling, a prequel to her Ivory Shepard series of books. Through this novel you discover the beginnings of the beginnings. And how Gabriel Wallace is involved with the gentleman pirate who devotes his life to freeing the women kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery.

Here I give you the novel’s first chapter, with a taste of who and what is involved and a way to know in advance the book’s pace and the beginning of Gabriel’s Fall.

Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling

Chapter One

“Gabriel, there’s trouble brewing upstairs,” Miles Jacobs said, taking an empty chair at the corner table of the tavern. When I observed my Lieutenant’s set jaw and clenched teeth, I immediately appreciated the seriousness of his words. My eyes followed his to the steps at the opposite end of…

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In relationship · Living life · Opinion · The Self

Love in practice

Love is undefinable. There may be words, strings of words for the wordsmiths among us, shapes and colours for the artists, to describe the expression or impression of love, yet its essence is mysterious and perhaps subjective. One of my favourite quotes of all time, which I have shared here before: “We don't see the… Continue reading Love in practice

Being Woman · Living life · Opinion · The Self · Writing

Life lesson: I am a human being

I am a human being. Nothing human can be alien to me. ~ Terence circa 170BC   I stumbled upon this. My takeaway is... okay, here's an aside. 'Takeaway' refers to 'lesson learnt' or 'light-bulb moment' - a term which is rather common in therapeutic circles in Sydney. So my takeaway from this video is… Continue reading Life lesson: I am a human being

Living life · Opinion · The Self

We got to go through it

We can’t go over it We can’t go under it Oh no, we got to go through it! Excerpt from ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ Today, I am acutely aware this is how we sometimes must approach life. “We’re going on a bear hunt” is one of my favourite children’s books. Our copy is… Continue reading We got to go through it

Opinion

Blogging for Therapy Will Bring Success. by Guest @RonovanWrites

Communication. A great word with different meanings. One meaning I use in blog language is relaying of my thoughts to the page and to the reader. I communicate my meaning. In most cases there my responsibility, if I ever had one, ends. It's a blog. I share my thoughts. That's what a blog is. It's… Continue reading Blogging for Therapy Will Bring Success. by Guest @RonovanWrites

Being Woman · In relationship · Living life · Opinion

Labels, whatever…love is love

For as long as I can remember, I have had a certain resentment to labels. It feels as if for every label I accept or acknowledge, I lose a bit of myself – choice and freedom readily comes to mind - and I find myself bound tighter. While there is a certain security in these… Continue reading Labels, whatever…love is love