Entries by joshkraus

A search for Identity

Identity. What is it? It determines so much in our lives. It is who we are. It is what we do. It is where we come from. It is how we look – inherently and aesthetically. It is how we behave. But it has become about so many more superficial things in today’s society and […]

Win with Great Expectations this Mother’s Day!

Great Expectations has collaborated with a few amazing local businesses to bring you a Mother’s Day competition to swoon over. We will be offering one lucky winner in Cape Town: A luxury pedi voucher valued at R390 to treat your toetsies to from Rouge Day Spa. Rouge Day Spa are a health and beauty spa based in the southern suburbs […]

Ask for help, it’s a strength.

You can’t “have it all” if you insist on “doing it all”, yourself. The merging of a career and family is not an easy transition. A common theme in my coaching sessions with professional women in this phase, is to explore their sense of feeling overwhelmed, overloaded, and fatigued especially upon their return to work. […]

Fork in the Road?

Is the decision to start a family the “fork in the road”? “She chose to have a baby, she needs to just accept that she can’t perform the way she used to” (…said by a female Line Manager of her recently returned employee) “Having a baby was her choice – she mustn’t expect special treatment now […]

To Sleep, perchance to Dream…

A few interesting snippets on Sleep, with some gift ideas for Christmas!  You may be wondering how Sleep and Christmas gift ideas fit together, read on… I am a third of the way through Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive, and loving it. (Note: Gift idea #1) One of her topics, which she cheekily calls “Sleep your way to […]

“Hope is not a Strategy” – some lessons in self-promotion.

A real strategy for women to get ahead. I know what you are thinking:  Self-Promotion??? I can’t do that! My response: Yes, you can. You CAN make yourself more visible, position your value and even ask for a pay rise! Let me explain… I was recently reminded that for many women, self-advocacy does not come naturally. I have […]

When Baby Makes 3……Pay Attention to your Marriage

When Baby makes 3… Pay Attention to your Marriage – A top tip to protect your relationship during the parental transition. When our first daughter was just 8 months old, my husband won an award through his business – a trip for two to Mauritius. We didn’t hesitate. We spent three glorious weeks having a second […]

Press Pause, and be Proud of it

I was given a little book years ago, called Meditations for Women Who Do Too Much. It was at a time in my life, when I was at my busiest with a growing business, a young family, and an insatiable appetite to achieve and to get things done. I took this gift as a compliment. […]