The History of Mothers’ Day

Mother’s Day was celebrated in the UK on Sunday 26th March this year. It was lovely for me to see photos on Facebook of my friends celebrating with their children. Originally from Scotland, I have lived in Sydney with my husband and two daughters since 2007. I have often wondered why this day is celebrated on different days in different countries and so decided to do a bit of research. Reading about the history of this day, I discovered that an American social activist named Anna Jarvis (1848 from Philadelphia) lobbied the US government for an official day to honour […]

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achievement

What does it take to be awarded an MBE?

Hearing the news that my eldest brother has been awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, caused me to reflect on how this could be. He is the eldest of six children brought up in Castlemilk, Glasgow with poorly educated, working class parents. He didn’t go to a top school, or leave with the best grades. He didn’t inherit money or have heaps of guidance. What sets someone on this list apart from those who are not? What is it about these individuals that makes people want to nominate them, recognize […]

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volunteering is selfish

VolUnteering is SELFish

In the 1990s, I hit a turning point in my life and began to search for meaning. I wanted more than a corporate title. I needed a greater reward than money. My friend had just returned from Africa and when he spoke of the poverty and need, I felt this was something I had to contribute to. I left my career and enrolled as a volunteer. I was appointed Project Manager for the Surgical Eye Expedition (SEE) in Zimbabwe. Twenty young people from the UK made up my team and together we visited local villages, assisting nurses who performed eye […]

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motivation

WHAT DRIVES YOU?

I have studied the topic of motivation and different internal or external drivers that move people forward in life.   For example, some people are motivated by money others strive for free time. I have struggled with the idea of goal setting for the past few years because (thanks to my husband for financially providing a comfortable life for me and my family) neither time nor money drive me to achieve. Some may say this is a very ‘spoiled’ scenario and to just ‘get over myself’. I may even recommend to someone else in this position to go and do voluntary […]

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