Learning is fluid (and doesn’t need to stop)

Last year I wrote about commencing my Masters studies and how nervous, excited and challenged I was, especially as I was juggling a full time job and other commitments.   You can refer to those posts here…  https://coffeecareerchat.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/blending-work-with-study/ https://coffeecareerchat.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/the-highs-and-lows-of-study/ During my studies, I came across an unexpected turn of events in mid-2017 and ended up leaving…

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…

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…

Blending work with study

I work Monday to Friday in a full-time role.  My days are long and there is always lots to keep me busy.  I regularly spend time with my family and friends.  I also have a partner (and a cat) and we have a mortgage to pay. On top of this, I decided to start my…

Cake by the ocean

I recently returned from a ten day boat cruise up to New Caledonia and Vanuatu and the experience totally exceeded my expectations.  It was like a whole new (water) world was opened up to me! My partner and I were fortunate to travel with P&O’s Pacific Pearl, the beloved New Zealand-based ship going through it’s final…