A Tragedy Close to Home Shows Us Who We Really Are

I have seen, and sadly experienced (on Twitter mostly), people from outside our community and New Zealand itself making rather unfair commentary on our country and society. There are people talking about “how bad white people are” (i.e. white supremacy and white privilege). Yes, the terrorist was someone who seemed to support white supremacy and …

After an Election

Saturday was our General Election in New Zealand, and I personally found it quite exciting that so many people got out to vote — a record number of us voted early! — and that the results are quite close. Under an MMP system (Mixed-Member Proportional for those of you not in the know) in New …

“Look for the Helpers…”

Being 11 September here in New Zealand — even though the infamous 9/11 happened on 12 September 2001 here — some of my news feeds are showing images and sharing articles about the anniversary of 9/11. Every year, I feel something different. Having been through our own set of natural disasters — the initial quake …

Being Passionate About Something

There was a period in my professional career where I heard almost every other applicant bounce into my office and tell me she was “passionate” about beauty therapy. It drove me absolutely stark-raving bonkers because how could so many people be so “passionate” about the same thing? (As an aside, as I type this blog, …

A Happier New Year, 2017 Style

When another New Year rolls around, quite a few of us make resolutions to make this year different from the last.  We’re going to lose weight, or stop drinking so much, or run three times a week.  How often we stick to these resolutions really depends on our outlook and our drive to make such …