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100 days of loving life and the lessons I learned

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100 days of loving life and the lessons I learned

A little over 100 days ago I started a personal project. It was soon after the Paris bombings and the news and my social media feed was filled with tragedy. Anger and hate seemed to be rising up within the public consciousness, and virtually emanating from my computer screen.

I strongly believe that what we focus on expands. And I felt that if we continued to focus on what divides us, we would only see an escalation of animosity. So I decided instead to concentrate my energies on love and the beauty of life. It was a small gesture...

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I am not superwoman

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I am not superwoman

Everyone used to call me superwoman. My friends, work colleagues; even people I’d just met. I think it was meant as a compliment.

A year and a half ago I moved to South Africa from Thailand where I had been working at the United Nations, to take up a position leading the largest global programme to prevent violence against women and girls in low and middle income countries. I was thirty-five. In tow were my 4-month-old twins who I was still breastfeeding, my two-and-a-half-year-old toddler, and my husband, musician-photographer-bread-baker-now-full-time-dad extraordinaire. I had a PhD; had recently launched my first academic book; was writing a novel in my spare time; kept up a sporadic yoga and meditation practice; still looked passable in a bikini (apart from a slightly deformed post-twin-pregnancy belly button); and was, at least on the surface, happy. In truth, I was.....

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