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Do-It-Yourself

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do-It-Yourself

Some people just seem to have a natural talent to remodel their home and construct seemingly complex outdoor features, without fuss or struggle. They clearly have a knack for working it out and getting on with the task at hand. While I often aspire to the idea of tackling projects like screeding our verandah floor and transforming the space into a sun room, revamping our sixties kitchen, and building a freestanding greenhouse I must admit I would not know where to start. Thankfully there are contractors who are willing and able to take on these types of jobs. I’m curious however how and where contractors acquire their skills. Also, most trades require lifelong learning to continually expand their repertoire in order to remain competitive.
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“Personal” space in today’s world

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

“Personal” space in today’s world

Everyone wants their space; everyone enjoys being alone sometimes and having at the minimum some time to focus on themselves – or at least everyone deserves such a “space”.

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Get published in 2017

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Get published in 2017

Finding the motivation, time and energy to write and publish your book can be daunting, even for the most disciplined writer. The first step is to prioritize your time and manage competing priorities. Irrespective of whether you plan to write a non-fiction book, novel or online editorial to grow your brand identity, you need to plan ahead by creating several sequential easy-to-accomplish objectives and devise a comfortable work-life balance. Getting started on any writing project isn’t as easy as some make out. (more…)

Posture is Key

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Posture is Key

Since this is a blog post aimed at people who spend much of their time writing for pleasure or as a profession, you are no doubt reading this article while seated in a chair in front of a computer. And like most computer users, you’ve probably been in this sedentary position for quite a while, shoulders rounded and neck forward. (more…)

Freelance Writers Wanted

Posted by on Aug 21, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Freelance Writers Wanted

These three words — Freelance Writers Wanted — instantly prompts any dedicated freelance writer into action. The opportunity to earn a living working from home and applying a skill that is also their passion, is a dream come true. While Confucius tells us to “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”, freelance writers must nonetheless follow a rigid work ethic if they want to establish a solid reputation of being competent and reliable. Research and writing can be demanding of one’s time and energy, but in the end producing a well-written piece is worth the effort.

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Writing for children

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Writing for children

Writing for children

Imagnary House is a new boutique publishing house for children’s literature in Cape Town, South Africa. Founder and CEO, Brad Harris, says: “We are focused on building a larger market for African children’s authors and illustrators by both igniting the local readership and engaging with international readers.”

Website: https://imagnaryhouse.com/.

Imagnary House has just opened their submissions after launching their debut publication (Seven by B. D. Harris), and is now looking to build up their publication list for the next 2 years. (more…)

Brand Journalism

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Brand Journalism

Brand Journalism

Tell your story!

Imagine a video presentation with zoom-in and zoom-out functions with music and narrative that draws the viewers’ attention to your branding message. Businesses can grow their reputation and identity by telling their company’s brand story. Why? Because consumers have for so long been bombarded with blatant marketing and advertising propaganda, to the point where they are reluctant to accept much of anything on face value. People generally hate being sold. (more…)

21st Century Business

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on 21st Century Business

21st Century Business

Question?

A question people of all ages from all walks of life ask today is “Will I succeed in this new world of work?” I’ve been told by many human resource practitioners that success in any profession has three prerequisites: knowledge, perspective, and attitude. While I support this basic notion I also believe the ground rules to becoming successful and continuing riding the wave, is way more involved. It stands to reason that the individual must be competent in the particular skills the task at hand requires, but acquiring the relevant peripheral knowledge goes far beyond basic skills. It is important to not only know the concepts and principles of the project or process, one must also be committed to lifelong learning, be prepared to take spur-of-the-moment risks, and have enough insight to circumvent threats. (more…)

Believe You Can!

Posted by on Apr 24, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Believe You Can!

Believe You Can!

If you’ve ever been frustrated by the humdrum pace your life has assumed, you will relate to the powerful magnetism of the law of attraction. Bear in mind that it works both ways. Think negative thoughts and you will attract more of the same. Think positive thoughts and you will set in motion an avalanche of occurrences that will surprise and delight you. Don’t be misled. Simply deciding you want some profound change to occur will not magically bring it to pass. You need to bring your mind and heart into alignment first, and make your aspirations totally believable before the law of attraction is triggered. Our brain controls everything we see, say, feel, and do. Yet internal programming acquired throughout our lifetime can block any significant change. (more…)

Calling all Publishers

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Calling all Publishers

Calling all Publishers

“Go Ahead, Rock the Boat” pitches a transitive action to be daring, different, and unreasonable, whatever it takes to assert constructive and positive change. Get up. Seize opportunities. Take creative risks. Learn from failure. Because life affords us with choices; we can either steer our boat into calm waters, paralyzed by fear and complacency, or we can purposely make waves so that we may raise the sails and soar in the breeze. This book is about how five teenage friends, through insightful conversations and life-changing events, discover their life purpose. Each surrender their common life for an exceptional one, but the transition means they have to step from the known to the unknown. The varied topic-specific conversations encourage the friends to go after what they believe to be important, by stretching themselves beyond their comfort zones and building their wings whilst in flight. They strike out new paths to find new fertile ground. The exchange of viewpoints and thoughtful problem-solving theories are intended to illuminate ideas aimed at solving universal problems about issues like erosion of national pride and identity, politics, religion, poverty, education, disparity, materialism, substance abuse, single parent households, exposure to cultural diversity, the consequence of rapid technological development, and the difficulty of cultivating dependable relationships, amongst others. Together the friends discover what it is like to work on a Kibbutz in Israel. In this unusual setting they forge new friendships, get caught in the middle of political conflict, identify with the hero’s journey, and learn Krav Maga. “Go Ahead, Rock the Boat” is a learning curve that humanizes the transitive action that by rocking the boat to make a few waves you too will find where your life’s course lies. [Synopsis by Theresa Lutge-Smith] (more…)