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Kate’s post from earlier this week really nailed something that troubles me and so many of my colleagues – imposter syndrome. It comes into play when applying for a job, questioning a manager’s decision or sometimes even something as seemingly trivial as choosing a new outfit or hairstyle. As Kate pointed out it’s often, but…

Why run?

Since January, I’ve been gradually coming back to running. There was a time 7 or 8 years ago that I ran regularly, 3 or 4 days a week, mostly at dawn in the Royal National Park with my dear friend and neighbour Linda. The years have rolled on, injuries and other setbacks put a hiatus…

The uncertainty of occupation

First up, a fact about me that you may not know. When I first left high school I started a degree in Occupational Therapy at Cumberland College of Health Sciences in Sydney. I didn’t survive past the end of Semester 1, I believe it was a psychology essay that finally tipped me over the edge…

Taking books (and reading) for granted

In libraries everywhere the debate about whether the printed book is dead, or merely not that useful anymore continues to be a discussion. Of course, it can largely depend on the type of library in question. In my sector, academic libraries are making room for more student space often at the expense of print material because circulation (that’s library…

End of an era

This evening we did a really hard thing. We took the family dog to the vet for the very last time – we came home without him and he is now at peace and no longer suffering from anything. It’s been a surreal couple of weeks leading up to this. We’ve known he’s been on…

Thinking Pink

Once again I am humbled and overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of my family and friends. Today we hosted our second Pink Ribbon Breakfast fundraising morning tea and together we have raised more than $1000 for this cause. Of course, it’s a cause close to my heart as it is for all too many…

The tenth day of Christmas

On the tenth day of Christmas I did more family stuff. My brother and his family were in Sydney for only 3 or 4 days, so it was really important to take time out to spend with them. Mum and dad came up from Canberra to have dinner with us all last night – together…

The seventh day of Christmas…

…is also the last day of the year. I’m not much into making New Year’s resolutions. However, I like this idea, this picture has been making the rounds of Facebook over the past few days. In spite of busy lives, good things do happen along the way and it’s nice to remember those, even if…

What a difference a year makes

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month again and today it is 12 months since my breast cancer diagnosis. In some ways it’s been a long year but in many other ways it seems to have just flown by.  In the whirl of appointments, panic, tears, laughter, fear and hope that followed that day I clearly remember…