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(Re)Fresh

November 2008


(Re)Fresh

Hello November is the time of the year when the no matter how much we crave a rest, we are all trying to finish the year on a high note and plan for the next one. After I read Time to Unwind (page 6) I decided that I have to plan some time out soon but before I can even think that far, I have a lot of work ahead of me. I was recently asked where I would like to see myself in the next 10 years. That is a horrible question to ask any woman but for some miraculous reason I didn’t even think about wrinkles, I thought… ‘I just want to be happy and have balance in my life.’ Cémanthe Harries, life change specialist shares Keys to Success each month do that we can all find ways to balance work, love and life. Enjoy the first three on page 4. No matter how balance you are, sometimes life throws you a curve ball, like it did for our anonymous writer who was Retrenched at 22. She is throwing it back and if you find yourself in a similar situation, you may also be inspired to going back to study or start your own business. And if you are going to start your own business, think about how you can get customers interested from

Talking Online (page 8). Wishing you all a very productive November! Cheers

Monique (Re)Fresh Editor Email:refreshednow@gmail.com Blog: http://refreshtoday.blogspot.com/ Facebook Group: http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php? gid=57821985270

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Contents Keys to Success by CĂŠmanthe Harries

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Time to Unwind by Lauren van Onselen

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Talking Online by Monique Boucher

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Retrenched at 22 by Anonymous

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Keys to Success It is important to keep focused on your personal goals, writes CĂŠmanthe Harries, Life Change Specialist of Puzzle

Piece – Inspiring Change.


In these times of uncertainty , it’s important to keep focused on your personal goals and aspirations. Cémanthe Harries, Life Change Specialist of Puzzle Piece – Inspiring Change, helps us re-evaluate the life we really want to be living by sharing 3 of the 10 keys to success. Define your version of success It’s a word that’s used often, but we are sold on the idea by the media that it has to be material based (like big houses and expensive cars). This means that people are constantly striving to ‘keep up with the Joneses’; instead of realising that they might already be successful by their own standards. Before you start working towards achieving success, it’s important to define what it means to you… Is it having a bigger house, better job, or more time with your family..? List what ‘being successful’ means for you…

Model the masters We each have an area of our life that we would like to improve, maybe even more than one. Find someone who you view as successful in your area you wish to improve on, and find out how they got to where they are. This could be someone like Richard Branson or Donald Trump if you want to be successful in business, Oprah Winfrey if you want to get into TV, or even someone in your close circle of family and friends. Who is the master for you? Once you have that person in mind, the key is to find out how they got to where they are, reading their biography, interviewing them, research them, so that you can model each step.. You’ve heard the saying ‘don’t reinvent the wheel’? They’ve already made the mistakes and also made the corrections, so you can learn form them and develop yourself this way.

We each have an area of our life that we would like to improve, maybe even more than one. Find someone who you view as successful in your area you wish to improve on, and find out how they got to where they are.

Have a goal In order to know what action steps you need to take, you need to know where you’re going… If you don’t know where you’re going, then it doesn’t matter what you do, but then you could spend your life doing aimlessly. Reach your potential by making your goals SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound (more to follow on goals) For the rest of the 10 Keys to Success, read next month’s edition of (Re)Fresh or view the full article at www.PuzzlePieceLimited.com


Time to Unwind Lauren van Onselen found a sanctuary in McGregor where you

Temenos caters for weddings, Christenings and conferences and there is even an event coordinator to help make sure your event runs smoothly.

could to refocus, unwind and Tebaldi's is the on-site restaurant and offers an ar-

relax.

ray of delicious meals to ensure you have a truly

If you feel as though you've been working on fast

restful holiday as well as catering for your special

forward, for too long, you probably have. You de-

event.

serve a break and Temenos is just the place. Temenos It is a garden sanctuary, faraway enough

There are many holistic healers in McGregor who practice various forms of healing through music,

to feel like you have gotten away from it all, but only 2 hours from Cape Town in McGregor.

crafts, aromatherapy so it’s no surprise that

This retreat provides guests with tranquil rural

meditation stools, massage oils, spiritual literature

surroundings and a place reconnect mentally and

and gifts for sale.

Temenos has a collection of healing music, candles,

spirituality. The name ‘Temenos’ comes from ancient Greece in an area where a natural spring was discover after an

McGregor has much to offer from wine tasting at one of the numerous wine farms, to a hike through

one of the surrounding nature reserves. earthquake parted the ground. It became a place of The peaceful landscape is a painter’s perfect backrestoration for the body, mind and soul. The modern drop so set up your easel and discover the artist day, in McGregor offers restoration with gorgeous within. And if the landscape is not inspiring enough, and serene gardens to meander through, including a visit one of the art galleries in the small town. Zen garden and a spiral garden. Daily meditation McGregor is an artist's haven and many have settled sessions, held in the morning and evening, help there displaying the ceramics art, painting and phoguest reconnect with their calm centre. Temenos tography. offers holiday workshops including healing therapies from yoga, pilates to deep meditation. Visit www.temenos.org.za or email A selection of cosy self-catering cottages offer the

temenos@lando.co.za for more information.

perfect accommodation for quiet evenings. Cottages have a fully equipped kitchen with a patio, a fireplace and bathroom with shower. If you are looking for a beautiful country setting for a special event,

About the Author: Lauren van Onselen, 2nd public relations management student at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, is working hard to hone her writing skills. She loves life for the chance to explore, learn and enjoy an adventure. Her motto for the moment is the Sufi saying: “When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found.” She is deep, very deep.

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Photography by Lauren van Onselen. 2008


Talking Online Monique Boucher The telephone book is obsolete. In the age of the information economy, if you want people to connect to you or your business, you better be online. While there is still room for the generic websites, the interactivity of Web 2.0 means that social media and networking platforms are where people are at. Social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace have become virtual worlds where you can post your photographs, speak your mind and let all your friends know just what mood you are in. Ingrid Rubin, MD of digital marketing and strategic consultancy agency Longtail, posed the question in Bizcommunity.com if being ‘online’ is enough to get your business heard above the information ‘noise’. “Customers want to connect to the custodians of the brands they use and “feel as though they hang out in the same places”. (Rubin.2008) Hanging out in the same places as your target market has never been easier with the most-trafficked social media site and the fourth most-trafficked website in the world, Facebook.com (Facebook/Statistics. 2008) There are a few businesses, organisations and personalities who have caught on and to use it for more than sending a virtual hug. Starting a Facebook group is still one of the simplest ways to get the word out and attract an audience to hear it.

“My Facebook group allows listeners to explore the 'visual' element of my show such as Heart FM events I have attended.” - Meg Shout, Heart 104.9 FM DJ Meg Shout, Heart 104.9FM DJ who started her a Facebook group for her show called ‘Heart 104.9FM Late

Night Show!’ “My Facebook group allows listeners to explore the 'visual' element of my show such as Heart FM events I have attended,” says Shout who regularly sends messages to her group members in order to maintain and increase a loyal following. “It keeps members up to date with my activities and any new information regarding my group,” but adds that it’s important not to ‘spam’ your group members by sending too many messages. When Bernd Röthel, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) alumni , started the group’ Cape

Peninsula University of Technology (Cape Technikon, CATS)’ he did so because he could not find one while all his friends were joining their college groups. Today it is the largest CPUT Facebook group with close to a thousand current and alumni students. Recruiters have used the group to post job opportunities and of course, there are those that post their ‘ads’ to the wall, namely a link to their sites.


From a Facebook group you could create a direct link to a website and/or blog, a great way to direct internet traffic to a site. According to Shel Holtz and Ted Demoloulos, authors of ‘Blogging for Business -

Everything You Need To Know and Why You Should Care’, blogs are powerful because they offer a range of features that make it easy to build community spread ideas, engage in a conversation and solicit feedback…(Holtz, & Demopoulos 2006: 20) You could say it’s the difference between meeting for coffee shop or meeting in a boardroom. In a coffee

you are going to get to know your client like a friend and are more likely to come up with creative ideas. While social networks like Facebook may be a great place for networking and drawing interest to your site, blogs offer the space to be creative and more personal. Some business owners are even choosing blogs over traditional website. Mitchell Wong Ho, of ‘I DO Photography’ switched from a traditional website to a blog two years ago. “I found traditional website portfolios didn't allow for the story-telling format that blogs (web-logs) by design, allow for,” says Wong Ho. On his blog, he posts the photographs and commentary from his many photographic assignments, mostly wedding and engagement photographs which he specialises in. “I use the Wordpress blog application and my blog is well supported with many 'plugins' which has allowed me to customised my blog according to the content and theme, “ says Wong Ho, “ I am fortunate to have some web development skills, which has helped me to personalise my blog.” If you want to be heard, you need to talk and listen...Today your audience controls your messages and the only hope to influence it is to engage the conversation wrote Holtz, & Demopoulos (2006: 4). We don’t have to look far to see this, just think of how many of your friends use social networks, blogs and micro-blogs like Twitter and you get an idea of the impact Web2.0 has had on how we communicate and how we do business. So until the next great Internet revolution, we will be meeting on Facebook, speaking our minds on our blogs and sharing our ideas online while we wonder what will come next.

Sources: Facebook. Statistics. 2008. Facebook.com (Online) Available: http://www.new.facebook.com/press/ Find Meg Shout’s Facebook @ Holtz,S. & Demopoulos,T. 2006. Blogging for

Business – Everything you need to know and why you should care. Chicago: Kaplan Publishing.

http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php? gid=13542358559

‘Cape Peninsula University of Technology @ Rubin, I. 2008. Is your CEO a brand champion

http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?

online? August, 28. Bizcommunity.com (Online)

gid=2364832866

Available: http://www.bizcommunity.com/ Article/196/18/27828.html

[29 August 2008]

The ‘IDO Photography’ blog: http://www.idophotography.co.za/blog/

Photography by Monique Boucher. 2008

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Finding a good job is hard. Finding a job that you love but have to leave is even harder.

Photography by Monique Boucher. 2008

by Anonymous


Retrenched at 22 In July 2008 I began work at a young, exciting printing company as a “Traffic Administrator” handling media campaigns and the day-to-day craziness that surrounds them. In essence this was mini-project management at its best. At first the work was difficult to adjust to but after I became familiarised with the ins-and-outs of the company, I began to love the work. The challenges of the campaigns (and believe me, there were challenges) really stretched me but for the first time in a long while I felt content. The staff enjoyed end-of-month braai’s and an open plan office kitted out with a large screen TV and a Wii. The atmosphere was always jolly and playful, and when it wasn’t – the stress-freak-outs were welcomed as a way to keep everyone on their toes. My fellow traffic administrators became friends and mentors. Our design team, were in my eyes, “the boys” - guys who were (and I’m sure still are) kids at heart. They really made the stressful times bearable. The company had a funky vibe and its products were “off da hook!” I enjoyed boasting to friends about the services we offered.

After almost two months of being at the company, and finding myself quite happy, the HR Manager pulled me aside and explained to me that the company was refocusing itself. The salaries offered to staff were some of the highest in the industry, and the company offered further perks to those who made it through the three month probation period. After almost two months of being at the company, and finding myself quite happy, the HR Manager pulled me aside and explained to me that the company was refocusing itself. All this sounded so strange, almost like ‘what has that go to do with me?’ Oh it had plenty to do with me (and two others). We had until the end of the week to wrap up and clear out. I said I didn’t mind staying till the end of the month but boy was I wrong to say that, after one day the agony was just too much. Everyone KNEW we where leaving and it was so strange and sudden. All three of us just wanted to get out of there that same day. Somehow we made it through the week and walked out with dignity. The company looked after us though, they didn’t just leave us in the lurch. However I still feel a deep sense of loss as it was the first job that I felt truly at home with (and the money wasn’t bad either!). Nevertheless, you get up, dust yourself off and move on. I plan to further my studies in the new year, giving myself more of an edge to take into industry. I learnt that I could survive retrenchment... and if it happens to you, you can too. Plus, I have an impressive battle scar – how many people can say that they’ve been retrenched at 22?

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