These are some snaps I took on my phone of beautiful Omana beach this week. I love it there as it never fails to revive my soul. It was a beautiful clear day and the water was so still and calm. To me this place sums up what I love so much about New Zealand.
This week has been all about trying to establish a basic new fitness routine as in the past few years I have kind of let my fitness slide. Unbelievably I was able to run a half marathon less than three years ago but since then I have done very little by way of regular exercise even though… Continue reading A new fitness routine
When I was out walking on the beach, early last Sunday morning, I took this picture of the crunchy sea shells beneath my feet. There are lots of reasons to love living near the sea and I am blessed to have always had a beach I can walk to. I find the sound of the… Continue reading Shells on the beach
May 2016 was a low point for me because it was when I finally admitted that I was struggling to the extent that I needed to go back on medication. I sat on the floor of the bathroom and cried angry, scared tears because I didn't know how I was going to get through the… Continue reading Why I am making May 2017 simply marvellous..
Lately I have spent a lot of time in traffic. My commute into the city is easily taking an hour most mornings and I spend a lot of time not moving at all. My natural tendency is to get stressed out when I am stuck like this as I worry about being late for work,… Continue reading Stuck in traffic
Today I want to share something very simple - the restorative power of fresh air and waves. Since we moved here, I have remembered how much I used to love being outside when I was a little girl and I have embraced it. I love running on sand, paddling in the sea, playing on swings… Continue reading Why I love to be outside
I am not sure I will ever get used to a hot summer Christmas but I love that here in New Zealand, it signals the start of the season of relaxation. The long summer break from school for the children begins and signals an opportunity for us to live according to a different, more peaceful… Continue reading The Season of Thankfulness
When was the last time you tried something new? Lots of experts in the field of positive psychology (the happiness experts) recommend trying new things as a useful strategy if you are trying to become happier, so it's a question I ask myself regularly. It is funny how quickly we become settled and fixed… Continue reading Living a more adventurous life…
Today I want to go home. I miss the cold and the rain. I miss belonging, having a joint history with people and a shared sense of humour. I miss those gloomy wintery days, the queues in Asda, pay and display car parks, half term holidays that are too short and the deafening noise of… Continue reading Missing home..
It is two and a half years since we left behind all of our friends and family in the UK and it now seems right to start reflecting on what it is that this experience has taught me. The three main lessons that I think this experience has taught me so far are: 1. You take… Continue reading What emigration has taught me…so far!