Today is World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Today is about remembering those who have passed away. Today is about acknowledging the importance of connection. Today I remember my friend Heather. Heather was the type of person you couldn’t help but like.  She was effervescent, engaging, kind, and pretty cool.  The year was 2004 and we were…

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…

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…

A new chapter begins for you dad!

A year ago I blogged about my dad and how he turned 65.  At that stage he was so adamant that he wasn’t ready for retirement. He wanted to save a bit more money for projects to do around the house (ie. create mum’s dream kitchen). Flash forward to 2017 and last Friday he officially…

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…

Unitec Student Connectors

This week we officially launched the International Student Connectors programme at Unitec.  The purpose behind this programme is empower and guide International students to support other students during their study journey.  This can be through volunteer opportunities, peer-to-peer support activities, to participating in on-campus events.  We will also provide the students with ongoing professional and…

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…