Celebrate the success of others

Last week my awesome 13 year old cousin Theresa received the year 8 Dux award at her school’s end of year prize-giving.    Theresa is a wonderfully precocious kid with a love of K-Pop, Netflix, drawing, poetry and spending time with friends and family.  She also has an appreciation for global issues, including sustainability and…

Excelsior!

This year we said goodbye to Marvel co-founder Stan Lee.  As the creator of the X-Men, the Hulk, Spider Man and Iron Man, he crafted a cast of relatable outcasts who ultimately triumphed over adversity.   Growing up reading X-Men comics (how could I not be captivated by the likes of Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Gambit and…

If anything, be kind

As a careers practitioner, I love to weave in different techniques and tools to effectively engage with my clients.  It can be such a dynamic process and you never know what might resonate or connect throughout a session.  But one thing that always remains the same is the idea of always treating clients with kindness. …

Countdown to Christmas! Sharing my reflections & learnings

And just like that, it is now December and we are only 25 days away from Christmas.  Wow.  Where did the time go??  As we approach the end of the year, I have started reflecting on all the things I have experienced and learnt throughout 2018.  Lots have been satisfying and interesting.  Others less interesting,…

Farewell Mr Watt!

Maths was always my least preferred subject at school.  In fact, I hated it.  I guess I didn’t see the sense in manipulating numbers and solving equations. This notion got challenged in my fourth form year at school when I was introduced to the determined, utterly commanding, and somewhat scary figure in Mr Peter Watt…

I ♥ Humans of South Auckland

JOY.  Finding out you are expecting your own baby after years of fostering children. SORROW.  Wishing you spent more time with your dad before he passed away. RESILIENCE.  Coping with teasing and taunts, and turning them into poetic ambition. URGENCY.  Making every previous moment count with a sickly child. PRIDE.  Embracing your faith and empowering…

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Why did the chicken cross the road?  To help you reflect and ponder your existence.  Okay… more on that later. Last Saturday I took my mum and partner to Ngā Tohu o Uenuku (Mangere Arts Centre) to see the fantastic new play Still Life with Chickens by Samoan writer D.F. Mamea.  The slice-of-life story focuses on…

March Madness

The beginning of March is arguably the busiest time of the year… people are back (albeit reluctantly) at work, school kids are parading around in crisp new uniforms, uni students are frantically flocking to lectures, trains and buses are packing in people like sardines, and roads are clogged like a blocked drain.  Yup, March Madness…

Beyond 2000

What were you doing in the year 2000?  I remember how it started very clearly… I was down at the Viaduct for the Millennium celebrations and the weather was wet and drizzly.  The clock struck midnight and the Skytower exploded with fireworks. POW!  BANG!  It was such a pity that the rain dampened them very…

Life is precious

Wow.  Only one month into 2018 and it’s already felt like a period of learning and introspection. January was full of the usual summer frivolity; beach, sun, eating copious amounts of watermelon, and contemplating whether or not to switch on the air-conditioning. But then a couple of things happened that made me step back and…