My word, it’s been a hectic start to the year for me and my little family.
We put our house on the market on the 9th of January, Goran started Grade 1 on the 11th, and my beloved mom-in-law lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on the 18th, just four days before her 61st birthday. She was only diagnosed last month, and we are still reeling from the shock of how quickly it all happened.
Somehow, amidst the mayhem, I finally managed to finish writing and submit my proposal to the Department of Social Development (DSD) + Department of Basic Education (DBE), about using Umbilicus and/or my Teen Talk as a teaching aid for Life Orientation (LO) teachers, specifically during the new Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) programme which is to be introduced to the curriculum. The DSD’s CSE team, along with their colleagues from the DBE, are in Sweden this week to study their CSE programme, so it’ll probably be a while before I receive feedback on my proposal.
I also made contact with a booking agent who sounds as excited as I am about growing the inspirational speaking arm of my business. Initially she will be focused on marketing my Teen Talk to LO teachers at high schools. Like Nikki Bush, I would like to become a regular fixture on the local speaking circuit.
On Saturday I will be presenting my Triad Talk to a group of prospective adoptive parents and social workers in Pretoria.
And I am busy creating a new ‘Age of the Authorpreneur’ presentation which I will be delivering at the inaugural Johannesburg Design Week in April.
This morning an author Q&A I did recently went live online. You can read the whole interview here.
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Wishing you all a happy, healthy 2017. x