• Sculpture of Socrates
    Soul food

    Why reflect on the past?

    “The unreflected life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates I have come across this quote a number of times lately, causing me to reflect further on the statement itself. This quote of Socrates was first presented to me many years ago by an affirming mentor when I was going through significant change in my internal world. I was questioning myself in so many ways: my beliefs, my actions and my position and purpose in the world. At the time, the statement helped to validate the reflective turmoil I was experiencing, and over time I have come to appreciate the great wisdom of Socrates. What exactly is the wisdom embedded in…

  • Summer Goodwin
    Soul food

    One day at a time

    I just read the brilliant article Russell Brand: my life without drugs and, in memory of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, I feel inspired to share my story. “Drugs and alcohol are not my problem, reality is my problem, drugs and alcohol are my solution,” Brand writes. This is also my truth. I have not picked up a drink, one day at a time, since 3 June 2007. I am aware of the risks in telling my story. I may be judged, criticised or pitied. I am not a celebrity with a host of fans who adore me regardless. I have chosen to share my story in the hope that it…

  • Holiday reading
    Soul food

    What’s your theme for 2014?

    I love Twitter. I get so many ideas, insights and inspiration from the people I follow. I met @trevoryoung back in 2008 and he has since become both a mentor and a friend. Trevor posted his three words for the year, and a theme, over on his PR Warrior blog this week. I’m poaching the idea to share here. My theme for the year is: Learning I’m undertaking a postgraduate course this year. It’s a six-month Diploma in Digital Marketing starting in March. It took seven years to complete my degree and it’s taken me this long – nine years – to consider doing formal study again! I’ve completed short courses over the years,…

  • Shoes and red dirt
    Career business

    A gift for your inner critic

    “You can’t manage this campaign! It’s too big, it’s too complex. You’re not organised enough and you certainly don’t have the authority to keep the team on track.” This was typical of the ‘supportive’ rhetoric I used to receive from someone I worked with on big projects and small. It’s not very nice is it? Nor was it helpful. Do you know who it was? Me! For most of my life I’ve done pretty well at things I’ve put my mind to (OK, horse riding, not so much). I’m not the smartest person you’ll meet, but I’m not too silly either, and with the excellent work ethic I inherited from…

  • Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali
    Soul food

    Embracing an imperfect life

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” ~ Marianne Williamson It’s hard being a perfectionist. My son got his ATAR result today, which was amazing, and was offered a scholarship at one of Australia’s most prestigious universities. I am as proud as punch. He is disappointed. Why? Because his score wasn’t perfect. Even though it was brilliant, it wasn’t enough. His perception got me thinking about my pursuit of perfection. I was at university part-time for seven years and consistently achieved High Distinction and Distinction grades. But I received one…