The best part in doing a PhD is the busy label that comes attached to it. That even on the weeks when I’ve done nothing more than stare at the screen and play Angry Birds on my phone I can still pass it off as work. ‘Im finishing up my PhD‘ I tell people. They nod, mutter about […]

There is a disconnect when you write the stories. That you have to ask to hear them in order to write them. Sometimes in the telling, the sadness bubbles back up to the surface for those who open up and tell. I get that for the most part my layered understanding about the telling of what […]

The business coaches are right. Every day on my social media feed I get a link to a free online training video, a post about being the best entrepreneur you can be or an inspirational quote about just getting on with your dream. I used to read lots of them – keen to find the […]

I’m guilty of a few things. I roll my eyes at the way people jump on online bandwagons. Sharing similar stories but not saying something unique. I might share a hashtag that has been shared umpteen times. I might see people saying something and say something similar myself. Im a follower when the conversations stray […]

I push and pull against the idea of happy. Of striving for the goal where everything falls in to place, you breathe out and announce to no one in particular that you have arrived. When I met my husband back in 2007 we had every second Friday night where it was just the two of […]

  The end of year, combined with 11 billion deadlines can make anyone grumpy. Thats the thing about working for yourself, you don’t always know when work stops because it can all merge in to one big 24/7 work stint when you try to combine working, writing, mum’ing and life’ing. (They are all legitimate words. […]

Sitting down to write feels like coming home. Coming home to the realities that exist inside your head, to the voice that speaks with comfort and confidence and the space where you can just be you. Maya Angelou is a lovely writer. One of my favourite pieces of hers is the idea of belonging and […]

I was sitting on the train yesterday. Staring out at the stations along the upper north shore, of homes with gardens larger than my house and many a Range Rover in sight. Since I stopped working full time I view the world through a different lens. Im not rushing with the rest of the universe, […]

The other weekend there were two cries for help sitting in my newsfeed. Two people who made randomly vague statements about life not going well for them and the need to be somewhere other than here. I scanned back and read them a few times. I was worried that my social workiness meant that I […]