Life in New Zealand, mental health

Why I am making May 2017 simply marvellous..

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..

Life in New Zealand, mental health, Reflecting

Stuck in traffic 

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 

Life in New Zealand, Reflecting

Why I love to be outside 

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 

Life in New Zealand, Reflecting

The Season of Thankfulness 

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 

Life in New Zealand, Makes and Bakes, Reflecting, The Fun Project

Living a more adventurous life…

   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…

Life in New Zealand, Thoughts

What emigration has taught me…so far!

 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!