My father-in-law (well, in effect — my partner and I aren’t married) told me several months ago that “it seems you don’t love your children, you don’t care for them, you are not a good role model nor mother”. Admittedly, it was amid our first-ever heated discussion but it’s quite…


Corona fatigue has set in for sure, but something special is afoot. It’d be mad not to enjoy (or even, indulge in) this simpler moment.

A funny thing happened on the way to get my coffee today. Every person I passed on the street smiled or said hello. Odd, I…


Hold up a minute. Before you head into the Boss’s office and BOOM, take stock. Are things really that bad? Are you just having a rubbish day, rubbish week, rubbish month?

Could you improve the sitch by owning your career? Explore training or development opportunities, find a mentor, shadow a…


So if you feel like a swift or sudden exit is too intense, start small and start on the side. Don’t throw it all in if you can do it all instead; that is, keep the lousy job while you work on the big stuff.

Do it like Elle did…


Real and relatable… Actress/singer Selena Gomez isn’t one of the most-followed Insta stars for nothing. Credit:Dr GMC (2015)/Creative Commons

Beware of being same same. You can self-promote like the KarJenners without doing it in the exact same way. There’s only so many head-tilting, pout-puckering selfies that can do the rounds.

So love fashion? Get blogging. Anyone can tell you that (see #startasidehustle). But what makes your blogging effort better…


On the other hand, this is a familiar story. Everyone’s doing it. Blog, tweet, post, like. Eat, sleep, repeat.

Not all up in your social media business… Jennifer Lawrence does it differently. Credit: John Bauld/Creative Commons

In a digital world in which no one will shut up, maybe that’s the best thing to do. It sounds simple (obvious, even). If everyone is overexposed, who’s going to notice…


Read the vibe. Then capture it. No one ever achieves greatness without tapping into the mood of the moment. With her bestseller Lean In, first lady of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg wrote the right words at the right time in history. …


So you’ve tried absolutely everything to get out of your work rut. Your 9–5 is a grind and the routine is killing you, slowly. You’ve downloaded every self-help book on Audible. You’ve hit up fam, friends and randoms for job opps in and out of the company. You’ve applied here…


If all else fails when you’re trying to move on or out, step back and reassess. Figure out which of these two describe you, and play to that strength. Relentless is a state of knowing exactly what you’re meant to do or you’ve wanted to do since you were young…


Then do it anyway. Because the best and the brightest are always the ones who took a chance when they felt fear. If they felt fear and stayed where they were, they would become one of the masses. Like everyone else. Mediocre. That’s not you. …

Arti Kumria

Contrarian, activist and idealist. Gender policy adviser by day, occasional writer by dead-of-night. Wannabe hip mum of two.

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