Category: Life

Free to download during national novel writing month! As far as I am concerned—if you register and write—you win NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) even if you don’t make 50,000 words. No questions asked! And I say that because I know writing is one of the most difficult things anyone can do. Life—and all that that entails—often gets in the way. Children, family, work, sport, a social life, other books, Facebook and A Game Of Thrones all conspire against you for writing time. That’s what The Secret Lives of Writers is free to download for NaNoWriMo. No email address required! It’s my gift to

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This post was originally posted on WFA.Life. The Freedom Road series documents my transition to a more freelance, less corporate working life. After a tumultuous few months (year, actually) where I have been through the wringer at my workplace, and ended up finding an oasis, my journey to freedom has been on hold for a while, waiting for the dust to settle. Breathing, and feeling a sense of both contentment and achievement that I haven’t felt for a long time. To cut a long story short, after bouncing back to my department (after being out for three years) and bouncing

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This post was originally posted on WFA.Life. The Freedom Road series documents my transition to a more freelance, less corporate working life. The last time I posted, I was having all kinds of trouble moving to a WFA.Life. It started with my work situation, which has kind of sorted itself out—well, as much as it can in the circumstances. I’ve moved from being incredibly disenfranchised and unmotivated—knowing, of course that I couldn’t just up and quit—to being much more settled and motivated. Tied to that, was the amount of overwhelm I’ve been feeling and experiencing. There is just so much

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Hayley Teale is 37 and lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She is a personal trainer, and married with two children: Katelyn, 9, and Mitch, 4. She also has two dogs, nine chickens and lots of fish. Since completing this interview, Hayley has moved over to cycling and has joined a women’s cycling team. However, she has only temporarily hung up her running shoes! 1. At what age did you start running? I was 33 when I started running. 2. Why did you start running? I had post-natal depression with my first child, so after my second child was born, I found exercise helped keep me

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This post was originally posted on WFA.Life. The Freedom Road series documents my transition to a more freelance, less corporate working life. When I first agreed to write for WFA.Life, I was very excited. I was chuffed to be asked by Andy to document my journey and share it with y’all. After all, what better way to be accountable than to be public in my declarations of moving forward? If I said it here, in this space, in this forum, I had to do it, right? I admit that I’m a little bit stuck. In my last post, I berated

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This post was originally posted on WFA.Life. The Freedom Road series documents my transition to a more freelance, less corporate working life. I made a couple of rookie errors… I got it wrong. So very, very wrong. And I’m paying for my mistakes. In more ways than one. How could I—a seasoned war horse—make a number of embarrassing rookie errors? Things seemed perfect… I have always wanted to pare back my working hours, but I didn’t have the level of income to allow me to do that. Not until 2012, when I landed a plum role as a training consultant

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This post was originally posted on WFA.Life. The Freedom Road series documents my transition to a more freelance, less corporate working life. The freedom to choose… I’ve got a confession to make. I’m 52 years old and I’m sick of working. Actually, that’s not quite right. I’m 52 years old and I’m sick of working for other people in a job. I’m sick of the 9-5 grind, the having to be at my workplace because someone has decided that “being there” constitutes productivity. I’m over being told what to work on and what to do by “leaders” whose only real claim to

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Rebekah Stevens is 29 and lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She is married, with one child and one fur baby (dog). She works as a medical secretary and loves being a mum. Rebekah only started running a couple of years ago, but in that short time, has been able to tick off some fabulous running goals. Rebekah is a huge fan of  the paleo and vegan approach to food. 1. At what age did you start running? I was 27ish when I started running. 2. Why did you start running? It was free! I was having issues with my weight as I had

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Fuck It Right Off. After a year of wandering around in a work desert, with a brief respite in only one or two oases, I’m checking out. And by checking out, I mean checking in. For the last three months, I’ve been back in a marketing communications role. Finally, after close to nine months, I thought I’d found my home. That I could relax. Nothing could be further from the truth. After working my butt off for the last three months, putting my hand up to help out my immediate team (who by the way, are wonderful and I respect

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Michelle Hanlin is 44 years young and lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She is partnered with five children and lots of pets, and works as a registered nurse/nurse educator and consumer advisor. In amongst all this, Michelle still finds time to run, is an active member the trail running community and loves supporting other runners. 1. At what age did you start running? I was 41, almost 42. 2. Why did you start running? A shoulder injury had forced me to give up paddling and netball. I was sitting on my butt and getting fat! 3. How did you approach running when you first started?

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Rose Lowe—who is now 67—took up running in her late 50s because her weight was an issue and walking took up far too much time. While she never played sport as a youngster because of poor eyesight, she built up her running distances from 100m to full marathon, and has now competed in a couple of ultras. Ros’s Running With Sisters story includes her daughter. Spoiler alert: you’ll need tissues. My daughter’s name is Annie. In January 2013 she moved from Adelaide to Sydney, taking up a high-profile job. For the previous 12 months she had been unwell and was treated

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