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Hey there! It’s been a while…

Thursday, 27, October, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Well, I'm slightly embarrassed to say how long it has been since my last post! I do believe there is a season in life for everything - a time to lean in and a time to lean out. Roots & Wings was (and still is) a passion project of mine. Rather than writing about it, I guess I have spent the last couple of years just living it. What have I been up to you ask? Well, I have travelled to over 6 countries and 15 cities including New Zealand (twice!), Hawaii, Copenhagen, Sicily, Nashville and Montana. I have been baptised as a Christian. I have started a new legal role which really focuses on what I love about my ...

Don’t use emoticons (And other useful career advice)

Tuesday, 2, June, 2015 0 , , Permalink 0

The first time you enter the workforce – the corporate kind – it’s the beginning of a huge learning curve. You swan in with your university degree and self-proclaimed “life experience” and can’t help but shake that excitedly expectant feeling that you’ll be the next Harvey Spector… But, as it turns out, a piece of stamped paper and volunteering in South East Asia for 5 minutes isn’t much help when it comes to navigating the do’s and don’ts of office life. After nearly 9 years in the corporate world (gah!), here are the 10 lessons I think it’s good to learn early - whether you’re a university graduate or moving from professional services (law, accounting and consultancy firms) into the “real ...

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5 Things Successful Job Hunters Do To Get Hired

Sunday, 19, October, 2014 0 , , , Permalink 3

Over the past 15 years, I've applied for at least 50 jobs and internships and interviewed for close to 30. Everything from a bakery, hardware store, supermarket, hospital, temping agency, engineering company to law firm. It doesn't matter what the position, there is a method to the madness of getting hired in this economy. Here are the 5 things every successful job hunter does to get hired: 1. Reach out before you dish out Over 80% of jobs are never advertised - they are usually filled internally or through existing networks, as it saves the employer time and money. So, personal connections are clearly important in the employment process. If you're responding to a job advertisement, try to make contact with someone at ...

Lifehacks for Innovative Meetings

Sunday, 14, September, 2014 0 , , , Permalink 0

It's kind of ironic really. When I started my career, I thought attending meetings was the pinnacle of success - sitting in board rooms, suited up with pen and notepad in hand, looking out the window at the surrounding skyscrapers. Being asked to attend a client or executive meeting was a badge of honour I would proudly wear. Now - fast forward 5 + years - and I dread attending most meetings. Lawyers bill time in 6 minute intervals, which has a way of making you acutely aware of when you are "wasting" time - and I've carried that mentality with me since leaving a law firm. Most meetings are an unproductive and inefficient use of valuable workday minutes. The world's most ...

3 Lessons from the Girls I’ve Been

Sunday, 24, August, 2014 3 , , Permalink 3

You've probably heard the famous words by George Bernard Shaw - Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. I didn't always agree with this. A hopeless romantic at heart, I believe(d) in things like fate and destiny and reincarnated souls - life was about discovering the person that you innately are. Over the past 27 years, I've come to realise that this was perhaps a belief of convenience - a comforting thought that I alone was not responsible or accountable for how things turned out. Shaw suggests that we have the power to create who we are - that it is not necessarily predetermined or limited by fate, genetics or circumstances. We are in the driver's seat. A scary ...

50 Cities & 50 Coffees

Sunday, 10, August, 2014 2 , , , Permalink 0

This week, I wanted to share with you two articles that made my heart flutter with excitement - each representing my love of all things Roots & Wings. #1: Top 50 Cities to See in Your Lifetime. If you ever needed a travel bucket list, the Huffington Post just gave it you on a silver platter. I'm heading to No. #3 (New York City) for my fourth visit in as many years in a couple of weeks. Now, I'm a glass half full kind of girl, so reflecting on the 23 out of 50 cities that I'd visited in my 27 years was like a nostalgic walk down memory lane: 1) Venice, Italy 2.) Seville, Spain 3.) New York City, USA 5.) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6.) London, England 9.) ...

Bring on the hard choices

Sunday, 3, August, 2014 2 , , , Permalink 0

Recently, I watched a TED talk by Ruth Chang (a lawyer, turned philosopher) on How to make hard choices. It has completely revolutionised the way I view major life decisions. I only wish I'd had this insight 5 years ago. Life - although I feel our twenties in particular - is full of hard choices. Where will I live? What will I study? Which job will I take? Will I marry him/her? Should I move to New York? Should I buy property? I'm exhausted just thinking about it. Ruth suggests that we have misunderstood hard choices. Rather than being a source of stress and anguish, she says that we should cherish hard choices as opportunities to step up and be active participants in ...