I’ve just been reading a few of the harrowing and heart breaking real-life mental health crises the activist and advocate Mike King has been sharing on social and traditional media. It highlights that we are a nation faced with a genuine epidemic, and I have so much respect for all those who share their stories. … More Reflection and Protection
Today, I was chatting with one of my best friends for nearly 20 years. P and I go back so far we can’t pinpoint when or how we actually met. We’ve been allies and friends through ups and downs. Which is strange to some people as, on the surface, we could not be more different. … More The Friendship Formula. Is There a Formula?
HoooOOoookay. Today I want to talk to you about failure. I’m intimately acquainted with the act and the concept of failure. Seeing as I set myself a rather high bar in most things (except housework… obviously ‘rollseyes’) in life, I am quite familiar with the sting of falling short on expectations. Truth is, I have … More The Importance of Failure
Does anyone remember learning about the seven deadly sins and the seven heavenly virtues? Here they are in case you forgot or are not familiar with them (I just cut and pasted this from Wikipedia because not many people click on the links according to my stats, so I thought I’d make it easy … More Eight Traits that Make People Great (Rhyming isn’t Necessarily One of Them)
We’ve recently had a formidable run of big decisions, big opportunities, and big mistakes. Grumpy and I had a conversation that has been echoing around since we had it a few weeks ago went a little something like this: Dee: “Okay, so basically, we’re damned if we do, and we’re damned if we don’t. No … More Making Excuses – Damned if you do, damned if you don’t – but why not do it anyway?
I’d like to talk about friendship. The best place to start, I think, would be to openly and publicly acknowledge how fortunate I feel daily, considering what a huge pain in the ass I can be, to have the friends I do. We are surrounded by a multitude of absolutely amazing, supportive, honest, kind, interesting, … More Random Friday Insights on Friendship
Our children are all exceptionally lucky. They have been exposed in massive doses to their cultural heritages, here in New Zealand, in my native land Canada, and across the planet. They have trudged through the Grampians, visited the lochs, and picnicked along the river Dee in Scotland, all the while being told tales of their … More Raising Cross Cultural Kids