A Slice Of Expat Life – Ziva

A few months ago during the cold, dark Berlin winter, there was a little ray of sunshine that brightened it up. The lovely Valerie Khoo, Sydney-based award-winning  Journalist, Director of the Sydney Writer’s Centre and Editor of Latte Magazine (the magazine of Business Chicks – Australia’s largest female business and mentoring network) got in touch. She wanted to know if I would…

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Better Urban Living – Blue Wings April Column

In his 2007 book ‘Affluenza’, British Psychologist and Author Oliver James claims that our contagious, socially transmitted condition of debt and anxiety results from our efforts to “keep up with the Joneses”. As a result, many people in modern-day society fail to understand what promotes well being. Even the ancient Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato, and…

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Better Urban Living- my blue wings April 2012 Column

(First published in blue wings magazine,Sanoma Magazines, Finland)  

In his 2007 book ‘Affluenza’, British Psychologist and Author Oliver James claims that our contagious, socially transmitted condition of debt and anxiety results from our efforts to “keep up with the Joneses”. As a result, many people in modern-day society fail to understand what promotes well being. 
 

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Why You Should Take a Career Sabbatical: Guest blog post on the hugeYesisYes blog

(First published on yesisyes, March 2012)

How many times have you been sitting in your office with a full in-tray, an annoying boss asking you to churn out yet another meaningless monthly report and what with yesterday’s cuppa soup staining your desk, all the while dreaming about joining an art retreat in the Tuscan foothills?

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Bold New Clicks- March 2012 blue wings column on start ups and new entrepreneurs

(First published blue wings,March 2012, Sanoma Magazines Finland)

There are now some 400 million entrepreneurs starting and running new businesses, according to a recent survey by the world’s largest study of entrepreneurship, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (www. gemconsortium.org), which profiled 54 economies.
 

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The Warts And All Version Of Starting a Writing Career In a Brand New Country

I’ve been thinking about writing a lot lately. Which is different to actually writing. Firstly because it is just on two years since I finished my Integrationskurs(German language and cultural orientation course).With my last exam (‘Write a letter to your old school teacher and tell him/her what you have been doing recently’) fertig, my brain…

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Nice day for a white Wedding: Berlin’s ugliest but most charming suburb

“Wo ick wohne? Wie alle feine Leite, Berlin W. hinten mit en ‚Ding‘! –?? – Na Mensch, vastehste nich, Berlin Wedding!“ – Hans Ostwald, Der Urberliner “4€, bitte” the man said chirpily. “Entschuldigung, nochmal ? ” I asked, incredulous about the price. “Ja, 4€” he repeated. I handed over the coins, wondering  in the process…

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