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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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How can you fix your organisational culture? It’s the age-old question that just about everyone asks at some point in their working lives: how do you fix a workplace culture that’s dysfunctional and toxic? The short answer is: you can’t. Sorry about that. The long answer is you can, but it takes a significant amount of energy, time and (probably) money. And in an age where most organisations want a quick fix, most organisational culture projects are doomed to failure because they are long tail. And these projects fail not because of systems, frameworks, project plans, policies, procedures, processes, guidelines or communication, although these all

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Writers write about creative writing Regular readers will know that over the last 18 months—yes, it’s been that long since it started!—I’ve been running a series by writers, for writers, on their approach to creative writing, with a special focus on how they fit writing into their busy lives. I am super pleased to announce that The Secret Lives of Writers is now available in the Amazon Kindle store, Kobo, Nook and and iBooks. You can grab your copy from the Delicious Publishing Book Store. So who is this book about writing for? If you are interested in creative writing, or dabble in

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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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Melinda Kovac is a writer of short stories, historical fiction, young adult novels and memoir who is working on her first novel. She has been blogging for a number of years, with her newest blog now at melindakovac.com. She also has her own copywriting, editing and proofreading business, MKK Communications, should you need any of those services. Writing: find what works for you A year ago when I offered to write a guest blog post about how writers juggle art and life I naively thought I’d have it all figured out by now. People seem to do this all the

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Late to the party, I have become a huge fan of House of Cards. Just like Game of Thrones (of which I’m also a huge fan) HoC deals with the theme of power, and is an expose of what one couple would do to: a) gain (arguably) the most powerful political position in the world and b) retain this power. Murder, manipulation, corruption, lies, cover-ups, abuse of power: these actions are all in a day’s work for Francis and Claire Underwood. From where I sit—intrigued, I might add—they are clearly psychopaths. They are arrogant, callous people who are defined by their lack

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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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