It’s not a competition!

I don’t know exactly where or why this all started. I imagine perhaps it’s an animal response from our cave men days where it’s in our nature to compete in order to survive. Maybe we need to be the best in order to not prove that we are higher up than all others so that we’re higher in the pecking order? I don’t know. All I know is it’s exhausting. It’s ...

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F(#@*& the past few weeks!

I know I’m not perfect but, I sure as heck do try to be most of the time. I hate failing. I hate doing wrong. And I sure as heck hate feeling like I’m not good enough. I wrote about not feeling good enough a wee while back (you can read that here). So, let me tell you, these past few weeks have been absolutely hell for me. I won’t go ...

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3 Easy Steps to Being Diplomatic

Consider this: you’re talking with a colleague and they make a comment you’re not particularly in agreement with. In fact, you strongly disagree with them, but you don’t want to hurt your relationship with this colleague. You know that by disagreeing with them it might lead to conflict or worse, being unable to work with this person closely in the future. So, how do you proceed? I have had many years ...

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How we can help stop child abuse

Last week, I wrote about child abuse and how we need to put an end to it. It’s one of those topics that’s incredibly hard to talk about, but we can’t not talk about it simply because it’s too difficult. Even this week, another story has been shared in the media about some abuse another New Zealand child has suffered. This article came out a few days ago: Auckland man ...

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It’s time to put an end to Child Abuse!

I’ve read some horrific stories in the past about child abuse and murders. Now, I don’t know about you but, these stories are extremely difficult for me to read. They make me physically sick to my stomach. Often, I get quite upset and I sit in contemplation about how a person could harm such an innocent child. This week, my Grandfather shared this link with me: Man charged with murder of ...

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So, that was my weekend…

This is one of those rare times where I struggle to write my weekly post. It doesn't happen often and it bothers me when it does happen. This week, though, I've not accomplished a lot due to the fact that I got quite sick last weekend. If you're like me, getting sick and not being able to do much is REALLY frustrating. It all started right before I was about to ...

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What are you really afraid of?

Life is funny, isn’t it? We build connections with strangers normally because we have things in common. Somehow, these connections build into friendships. And, if you’re lucky, some of these become life long friendships. A fantastic situation, really. But sometimes, people don’t live up to our expectations. Sometimes, people let us down. We simply can’t be perfect all of the time. Yet, we can’t help but feel disappointed. Disappointed in them ...

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Who are we really?

This has to be said! I’ve just re-watched a video on Facebook which I shared earlier this week in the Brit Army group. It’s a video that I really connected with and it got me thinking. The video, summarized, was about how we share a “highlight reel” of our lives online. And about how we don’t reach out to each other and connect anymore. We assume someone is ok because they ...

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Pink Shirt Day: Let’s talk bullying

Today is Pink Shirt Day. It’s a day celebrated annually around the globe and began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against homophobic bullying. In September last year, I wrote a post about my own personal experiences with bullying. You can read that post here. With Pink Shirt Day coming up, I re-shared my bullying post earlier this week. I also decided to share it amongst my ...

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Dare to Compete!

On Monday evening, I had the privilege of attending an event featuring Hillary Clinton. She was here in New Zealand to talk about resilience including her experiences in the previous elections, her journey so far and the lessons she’s learned throughout her life. I entered the event with uncertainty as to what she would be willing to discuss. I wasn’t sure how a woman with her experience would present herself, or ...

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