Don’t Let Burnout Sneak Up On You

It’s a brand new day. You’ve snoozed the alarm at least three times (if you’re that kind of morning person) and dragged yourself into the shower. Before you can barely grasp the soap, a deluge of your undone action lists stream into your consciousness. A slow mumble begins to build …

Tribute to Simba Mhere

I only met Simba Mhere once. That’s all it took for him to leave an indelible impression on me. I didn’t ask for his autograph during our hour-or-so interview. I wanted to play it cool and not come across as an over-eager groupie. He’d just been selected as Top Billing …

Are You An Ageless Student?

The youngest person in my English Honours class is probably 21. The only student with a wedding ring, I am more than a decade older than the talented and promising post-graduates that I share a learning space with. And I am privileged to be there. I have tried this before, …

The Day I Killed My Credit Card

14 July 2014. A day that will be engraved in Cheryl history as the day that I won a small but significant battle in my fight for financial freedom. I’ll be honest. I’ve closed credit cards before. There have been cycles in my life where I used to get mad …

Organisations Don’t Owe You Anything

The sooner we understand that organisations don’t owe us anything, the sooner we start making a real contribution in the working world. I have been working for 16 years. I started at the delicate age of 17, fresh out of high school, looking for work because I didn’t have the …

Overcoming The Sting Of Failure

What is it about starting a new year that fills one with a complex mixture of optimism and secret despondency? Maybe it’s because we have such good memories. I was telling my husband the other day that my goals for the past five years haven’t changed: Get closer to God …

Levels And Layers

  I’ve been realising more and more how we experience and live life through ‘levels and layers’. The friends you had in high school are now weird looking adults with marital appendages and oggly googly offspring to boot. Your junk-food eating and animal-like partying tendencies eventually catch up and suddenly a new decade …

When Heroes Fall

Everybody wants a hero. Not too many volunteer to be one. Let’s face it: a true hero is fictional. They come alive on 3D screens and dominate the focus of media coverage. But deep down, we all know the deal. Someone is about to fall. It’s a familiar story… someone …