Each year when I’m asked to speak to a group on International Women’s Day — I go through a 3 phase process to prepare.

1. Excitement: When the request comes in — I’m thrilled that I get to play a small role in promoting recognition of the importance of women’s contributions, and bringing awareness to the issues faced by women not only here at home, but the world over.

2. Overwhelm: Then — as I start preparing for what I’m going to share and what we’re going to talk about — I inevitably become overwhelmed, because honestly — how can…

This year has been a crazy one, and given the craziness it has thrown us on a seemingly never ending merry-go-round, with 2 weeks left in 2020, there is no knowing if we’ve seen the last of it.

If I press publish on this at the end of writing it — and there is no guarantee I will — it will be the first thing I’ve written from thoughts, to words on a page, to completion, to release — that I’ve managed to accomplish since Covid hit the headlines.

It’s exhausting even contemplating it to be honest. I’ve wanted to…

What is it about rollercoasters? They terrify and thrill us in equal measures. We squirm as they snail and snake their way up the seemingly endless upward track, then comes that tiny bit of level track, where the anticipation starts to build. …

International Women’s Day is almost upon us. March 8, 2020 is an opportunity to celebrate chicks the world over — no matter where you are or what you do — we mark this day to honor and recognise the important contributions women make to the world we live in. It’s also a day to acknowledge that as far as we have come in working to create a world where women are valued equally in the eyes of the law, culture and community, we still have much work to do.

This year the theme for IWD is ‘An Equal World is…

‘I’ll aim for the stars…it’ll be fun…I have chocolate in my pocket, I’m ready!’

Several years ago, before I joined the company I currently work for — I was self-employed, a sole trader, an ‘entrepreneur’. Parts of this working world I really enjoyed. At the time I had a young child still at primary school and working for myself allowed me the flexibility of working around his school hours and days, so I could be (to the best of my ability) a present Mum during his younger years. I also enjoyed the autonomy of working for myself in terms of being the key Decision maker across the board, who I worked for, the type…

I’ve always wanted to learn to dance Salsa. I first dabbled way back in 2000, when I had planned a trip to Cuba with my then husband, father, brother and his new wife. My hubby and I headed off to Arthur Murray’s Latin Dance Studio in a short-lived attempt to steam up the dance floor with some Salsa, Cha Cha, Rhumba moves. Our attempts failed dismally. I’d like to say it was all his fault — but with the benefit of hindsight — I’ll take part of the blame because I now understand something I didn’t understand then.

I went…

I woke this morning feeling wretched. Tired (although I’d clocked up nine hours of sleep), aching joints and muscles (although I haven’t worked out and don’t have the flu), bloated tummy (although I don’t suffer from IBS or similar), and foggy brain (although I didn’t drink alcohol last night).

What then I mused — as I lay in bed at 6am in the dark, chronicling my various malaises, could be the cause of why I felt like crap?

Now in my 50’s I’ve learned a few things about what makes me feel good and what contributes to me feeling lousy…

I’m working at a conference. MC’ing a two day offsite for a company — 50 people. In addition to the typical MC duties — intro’s outro’s, housekeeping, energisers, funny gags etc, I’m also running business sessions to support their business strategy and financial forecasting for the next twelve months. Translation — it’s busy. I’m ‘on’ the entire time. They are a delightful bunch of people and we’ve had a day full of challenges, hard thinking, real conversations and lots of laughter.

When we wrapped for the day at 5.00pm, I stayed in the conference room and prepped my sessions for…

They say one of the great things about getting older is getting wiser — but wisdom isn’t something you automatically qualify and get a pass for once you hit a certain age (like a transport concession card). I think part of the getting of wisdom is the realisation that you must keep pursuing it in order to make getting older worthwhile at all.

Ray Croc (of McDonalds’s Burger fame) summed it up beautifully –

‘When you’re green you grow, and when you’re ripe you rot’.

Profound in its simplicity and powerful in it imagery. From the moment I heard it…

Author and Son (pre teen angst)

It sucks being a teenager. In my mid-50’s now, I can still remember the suckiness of it. Not all of it sucked to be sure. Loads of it was super fun, but there were definitely elements of it that sucked big time.

Things like the mind games teenagers play with each other. Being excluded from groups, welcomed back and then shunned again (rinse and repeat). Hormonal roller coasters. Limited freedom at a time when you’re just desperate to run your own race. Alcohol and drugs. Study pressure. Career choice pressure. Body stuff, boy stuff, girl stuff, what to wear on…

Nathy Gaffney

Author of ‘The Gap Year(s)’ — One woman’s journey, Every Woman’s Roadmap. Facilitator & Executive Coach at Phuel. Mum of 1 and all round flawesome chick.

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