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Planning like a Product Manager

Preparation for Camino By February 6, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments


I’m a Product Manager by profession, so it is only natural that my first instinct would be to build a roadmap for this project. This has grown slightly bigger as it’s more a roadmap of my life at this point.
Pictured in this blog was the starting roadmap on my wall at home. I’ve learned a few things from it:

  1. I have terrible handwriting.
  2. I have a problem spelling the word preparations.
  3. That seeing this roadmap and its goals on my wall in my bedroom every single day is helping to make it a reality and is helping cut out the unnecessary.

The blond, brunette and the perm

Memories of a rose By February 4, 2016 No Comments

How we feel about our hair

My mother had an endless array of hairstyles throughout her life. She seemed to have had no fear in changing,cutting and colouring her hair. Based on my observations I wouldn’t have described her as someone particularly attached to her hair. It was however a very different situation when she lost her hair.

When reading cancer forums it is clear that this feeling is shared by many woman going through chemotherapy treatment.

It makes sense. I’m very precious about my own hair, it is I think an extension of my identity and makes a real impact on how people view me.


What’s in a pancake?

Memories of a rose By February 4, 2016 No Comments

Cinnamon pancakes

In my case, a winning combination that undoubtedly helped me through many exams and projects in school and university.

My mother had a habit of making late night pancakes. She would suddenly appear in my room with two perfectly laid out cinnamon and sugar pancakes. I should clarify that South African pancakes are the equivalent of French crepes and the favourite way to eat them is with cinnamon and sugar.

These beauties would appear at just the right time in the hands of my mother. Until this day, pancakes are my go-to late night pick me up, although I have to admit, hers were better.


The rituals of music

Memories of a rose By January 28, 2016 No Comments

Photo of Rose-Mari

I’ve always loved this picture of my mother. I like to imagine that she was sitting at a Cat Stevens concert or something alike which seems fitting given the musical background to my childhood. The reality is that she must have been about 23 here which would have made it 1983, the height of the Apartheid and political unrest in South Africa. This would mean that the chances of her having the opportunity to watch an international act on local soil would have been little to none. Also with the international ban on travel, I can rightly assume that she was not sitting at Woodstock in the US taking in the culture. I never asked my mother about this picture, so truth is I can only rely on assumptions.


Design the logo

Show support By January 5, 2016 No Comments

Design the logo

Recognising your own strengths and weaknesses is not always an easy thing to do however at some point we all have to face the facts. I had that moment last week when, after hours of trying to design the logo for Conversations with Rose, I had to admit that logo design is just not something I’m particularly good at. Somewhere between the preliminary sketches and the focus on representing the brand or more accurately the cause in this case, I get lost.


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