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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Young Wild & Three

What have I learnt from having a three-year-old in the house? Well… in the short couple of weeks that I have had a three-year-old I have learnt that I should never look at Pinterest while planning a birthday party, party planning is all for myself rather than for him (turns out I have a “if I’m finally going to do a birthday party then I’m going to do it good!” attitude ...

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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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Where do I start?

I’ve been watching Reign lately which is a television show based around Queen Mary of Scotland. The greatest thing I noticed about this show was that when the women supported each other, they were stronger. They achieved more, spoke more and appeared to feel more empowered. In a time dominated by men, where women had little power, it was quite inspiring to watch. Even though the stories on this show are ...

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The Power Struggle – What will you do to make it through?

Recently, I read an article about the 5 stages of a relationship. It talked about the stages that relationships go through. Where most relationships fail. And talks about how you can make it through and have a lasting relationship, if you’re both willing to work on it. You can read more about the 5 stages of a relationship here. I found the “power struggle stage” or “love hangover” very interesting. It’s ...

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