Show gratitude towards others at work (everyday!)

I absolutely adore this quote.  It represents the hope in our lives, providing the energy that keep us connected, grounded and kind. Showing gratitude puts you in a state of reflection where you see things, actions, people and memories in an appreciative way.  When you express gratitude towards others, your face softens and you become…

Pacific perspectives on career development

Talofa lava, Kiaorana, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo ni, Kia ora koutou and greetings.  Last week a panel discussion focusing on the Pacific Perspectives on Career Development featured at the CDANZ National Symposium in Auckland.  The panelists included: Fa’anānā Efeso Collins (Samoa, Tokelau) , Councillor – Auckland Council Dr Jemaima…

A drive to remember. Thank you Bic Runga!

Dear Bic Congratulations on the 20th anniversary of your first album, Drive.  I attended your concert at the Civic last night and my breath was truly taken away by the experience.  There was something so beguiling about hearing songs so familiar, yet so new when played live again. “Rain fall from concrete colored skies, no…

So what’s your coffee of choice?

Okay peeps.  Finally a blog post about coffee! This morning I woke feeling more tired than usual (must be all that weekend sunshine) and my first instinct was to get a coffee when I got to work.  Habit, or something more you ask?  Some argue that there are scientific health benefits relating to caffeine consumption:…

My ferry has been my fairy

As a true-blue Aucklander and JAFA, I can staunchly say that my car has been a core part of my adult existence.  With all of Auckland’s bumps, hills, roads that make no sense, and rapidly growing population, I have always used my car (currently named ‘X-Man’) to go everywhere, even when venturing into the busy…

Awesome (yet arduous) August

Goodbye August.  Boy, what a hard, challenging month you were!  You put me through the wringer, tested my patience, made me confront myself, and took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. Despite going through this arduous process, I made the bold decision to leave my workplace after 5.5 years.  Yup!  Time for a new start…

Self care weekend

Last week was such a roller-coaster at work.  Lots of ups and downs with many challenges thrown into the mix. I noticed I was getting tired.  Over-sensitive.  Crabby.  Emotionally exhausted.    Psychologist Guy Winch says too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, but we don’t have to.  He makes a…

Matariki – the Māori New Year

Happy Matariki everyone! For those who aren’t aware, Matariki is the Māori name for Pleiades, an internationally recognised galactic cluster which can be viewed from anywhere in the world.  The rise of the Matariki star cluster is an important time in the Māori calendar as it signifies the Māori New Year. I love this description…

Volunteering IS meaningful #NVW2017

Happy National Volunteer week!  ‘Live, laugh, share – volunteer’ is the theme this year, which helps capture the heart-felt appreciation we feel when people come together to build stronger, more vibrant communities through volunteer service. I love this wee blurb from the SEEK website:  According to research, volunteering can quite literally make you live longer,…

Pink makes you think (for the better)

The bullying culture needs to stop now! I remember watching kids being bullied back in high school and I felt helpless to do anything. These kids were teased, pushed and punched simply because they, looked, talked or expressed themselves ‘differently to the norm’. In hindsight, I wish I said something because things cannot change unless…