Rewriting Your Story

The New Year lends itself to a ‘reset’ in many people’s lives. New year resolutions, reboots, challenges, audits, bucket lists, intention setting. It is a time to evaluate the past year and determine whether you want to implement a few changes for the coming year.  Tomorrow night I’m attending a ceremony to mark this transition…

Shame

Some of my best pondering is done while hanging out the washing. I don’t know why, but there is something in the repetitive action of pegging clothes that gets me introspective and frequently triggers motivation for writing something. Today, as I hung out some of the never-ending laundry pile, I was thinking about body image…

Bearing Witness

My husband got glasses this week. He’s always been proud of his 20/20 vision, gently teasing my rapidly deteriorating eyesight. He’s a builder and consequently has the occupational hazard of regular splinters in his hands. Over the past year, his arm got too short for him to focus on the tiny shards of timber, much…

For My Daughter

I’ve had a nostalgic morning browsing through tubs of old photos. I’ve always been known as that one who takes endless photos. Even before digital cameras, I was constantly snapping away, large chunks of my money spent on developing film, only to discover that you had just 3 decent photos out of a roll of…

Time to Embrace

I wrote this article two years ago, in anticipation of seeing the documentary Embrace. It came up as a memory today on Facebook and reminded me of how drastically things can change in a short time. Two years ago I was still at war with my body and trying desperately to find a way to make…

Marriage & Mental Health

Pete and Kylie met in their thirties, set up by mutual friends. Both had been married before and Pete had children from a previous relationship. They fell in love fast and hard. Within the first few months, Kylie noticed behaviours that gave her caution, but in her own words, she was already in love. Pete…

Breaking

A few years ago I had what I now describe as my break down. After returning home from two years living abroad with my family, I struggled to immerse myself back into our ‘normal’ life. I’d gone from managing a team of thirty plus staff, feeling respected and ‘important’, to working from home by myself,…