mental health, Thoughts

Forgive yourself

What is your biggest success and biggest failure? In a discussion around the nature of success with my Year 9 students, they asked me this question. After some consideration, I replied as honestly as I could that in essence my biggest success has also been the source of my biggest failure: my family. They were… Continue reading Forgive yourself

mental health, Simplicity, Thoughts

Four steps towards contentment 

Consumer culture tells us that we always need more. What we have is not enough. Who we are is not enough. I spent a long time thinking that I could only start to really live my life and embrace it, once I improved myself to the point where I was 'acceptable'. I was unhappy and… Continue reading Four steps towards contentment 

Life in New Zealand, Reflecting, Thoughts

A thought-provoking trip to the Museum 

Yesterday was the first day of the school holidays and we woke up to torrential rain so we decided to go and visit the Museum. Auckland residents get a free pass to the Museum so we we have been on a few occasions before, but were particularly excited to see the visiting Anne Frank exhibition.… Continue reading A thought-provoking trip to the Museum 

Life in New Zealand, Reflecting, Simplicity, Thoughts

Simplification 

Living a simple life. It sounds simple and surely it should be simple - but what does it actually mean? One of my recurring goals for at least the past 10 years has been to “simplify my life” but I am still not exactly sure what it is that I really want to achieve. Fourteen… Continue reading Simplification 

40 before 40, mental health, Thoughts

Head stands and bridges

It is easy to take our body for granted and focus on what we would love to change about it, but more fun to embrace it and focus on what you wouldn't change for the world! I had a difficult relationship with my body for a long time. For years and I literally mean years,… Continue reading Head stands and bridges