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 

mental health, Reflecting

Why I don’t find anti-Trump memes very funny…

When I was 15 I had to write an autobiography for an English assignment. I started it off by describing my appearance in a way that only someone with serious body confidence issues would. I described my greasy skin, very wobbly bits, big nose and lank hair so vividly and with such rawness that I recall… Continue reading Why I don’t find anti-Trump memes very funny…

Reflecting, Thoughts

Why being bored is good for you 

We are currently in the middle of our long school holiday here in Auckland. I am feeling super relaxed, have been sleeping better than I have in years and feel as though the holidays have stretched on forever and I want to share the reason why. Normally by now, my days would have been filled… Continue reading Why being bored is good for you 

mental health, Reflecting

What are your goals for 2017?

I have always admired the character of Josephine March in Little Women. When I was a little girl I took great solace in her confession that she was hopelessly flawed and was inspired by her honest and very real struggle to be the person she really wanted to be. It is a struggle that I… Continue reading What are your goals for 2017?

mental health, Reflecting

A light in the darkness 

I know first hand that Christmas is not always a season of joy. When you are suffering with depression, the pressure to be happy and festive can be a challenging burden to carry. Social gatherings can be a nightmare to navigate when you are struggling with anxiety and the abundance of food, feasting and alcohol… Continue reading A light in the darkness 

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 

Reflecting

Fresh air and sunshine 

Yesterday afternoon, I decided we would all go for a long walk. It wasn't exactly a popular decision and it's fair to say there was some moaning as we left the car and started to walk down to the beach. Usually, I would have chosen something more obviously child friendly or just asked the girls… Continue reading Fresh air and sunshine 

Reflecting

Magical times at Disneyland and beyond! 

Last week we visited Disneyland. We rode the classic rides, ate  ice creams the size of our heads and watched incredible parades and shows. It was all we imagined it would be and more and was well worth the sacrifices we had to make to get there (which I will write about soon!) I keep… Continue reading Magical times at Disneyland and beyond!