If Not Now, When?

Posted on March 19th, 2014 by - 0 comments

You may not have heard of Anne Sweeney but she has inspired this post. Anne was/is the President of the Disney-ABC Televison group and has announced her intention to leave at the end of 2014. She’s leaving because she wants to pursue a career as a TV producer. Much surprise has been expressed at her willingness to give up such a highly paid, high profile role. She has responded:

“When you sit behind these big desks you don’t truly get to touch the creative process and that is an opportunity I want to give myself. If not now, when?”

Indeed, if not now, when?

I gave up my comfortable role (in sense of reasonable salary, pension, known quantity etc) a little over 10 years ago, in my late 40s. It wasn’t brought about by redundancy or closures but by my own desire to follow a path I’d comfort dreamed about for ages when things got a bit tough. I woman dreamingexpect you know what I mean: I’d escape into my daydream of running my own business, doing something really meaningful to me in line with my values, yet still helping people. And then I’d ‘wake up’ and get on with the day job. Until one day, I truly woke up and  decided to actually do something about it.

If you have a dream to do something different and more fulfilling with your life, ask yourself regularly:

If not now, when?

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Spread a Little Warmth – smile.

Posted on March 17th, 2014 by - 0 comments

I guarantee this will make you smile, even though it’s an advert for batteries (Yes, really). It really makes you think a little about spreading the warmth, too. I am resolved to smile a little more often, offer a helping a hand a little more often. Little and often, sounds good to me. Not bad for a battery advert. ) If the link doesn’t open for you, click here. You might also like Smile! and Give Away a Smile Today

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The ‘Media’ (Yawn) and Lack of Gender Equality

Posted on March 15th, 2014 by - 0 comments

I really must learn to stop preaching to the converted…read on and see why. My poor husband is getting a tad exasperated by the fact that we can’t sit down together to watch a film or TV programme without me pointing out the inherent sexism on screen. So am I. It usually goes something like this: Me: Of course, any minute now the woman will be naked. Oh there we go, full frontal of the woman.  Even though this is

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To Thine Own Self Be True – Tony Benn 1925 – 2014

Posted on March 14th, 2014 by - 0 comments

As I write this the death of Tony Benn has just been announced. Tony Benn, a British politician was very left wing in a world where there are few of them left, and yet, despite his politics putting him in the minority, he inspired genuine respect from across the political spectrum. The reasons for this are many but two stand out for me: People talk about him as being very polite and courteous to all he met. And he himself

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The Honeycombs – Early Pioneers of Female Equality?

Posted on March 13th, 2014 by - 0 comments

I have no idea why this suddenly popped into my head. I think it may have been because I had BBC Radio 2 gently playing in the background as I was working and one of their records must have taken me back 50 years. For whatever reason, I suddenly had this vision of the sixties group, The Honeycombs. I wasn’t an avid fan, in fact I was about 8 or 9 when they first appeared on the screen. They have

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Woman Need Role Models Who Are Women? Of Course!

Posted on March 7th, 2014 by - 0 comments

It seems a self evident truth that requires no explanation: It helps to have role models in your chosen field, and it helps if those role models are a bit like you. We’ve known that about ethnicity for ages yet somehow the gender question has not received so much attention, until relatively recently. There are several inspiring women and men out there trying hard to combat the very negative, demeaning images of womanhood promoted in the media, as well as

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