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Food for Thought (and Little Tummies)

Food for Thought (and Little Tummies)

I took a big step last week, and sent in my resignation letter to the school I taught at before T. was born – I’m officially not going back to work for the foreseeable future. Hooray! Hooray?? I knew, ages ago, that I was going to make the decision not to return to work after … Continue reading

The Choices we Make

The Choices we Make

“Forget success. Make it your mission to be brave. Forget your job title. Listen for your callings. Forget wealth. Learn to live well in your place. Forget marketing. Find and tell the stories that will heal you. Forget popularity. Let yourself love foolishly. This is what the world needs from you.” Marianne Elliott We make … Continue reading

Feminist Inspirations

Feminist Inspirations

As both a New Zealander and a woman, I have long admired Kate Sheppard, not only for what she accomplished, but how she accomplished it and the way she lived her life. After many years of struggling to have their voices heard, on September 19th 1893, New Zealand became the first country to give women … Continue reading

Sweetness in the Stillness

Sweetness in the Stillness

Most of the time I feel like my life is brimming – full of love and family, and a job I love, students I care about, things I want to do. And I love it. But then there are these moments of stillness, often in the holidays or towards the end of a term, where … Continue reading

A Full Life

A Full Life

I always make a point of trying to avoid saying “life is busy”. The phrase seems so over-used in today’s fast-paced society that I don’t even know what it means anymore. So I’m not going to say that I’ve been busy lately. What I am going to say is that life has been full lately. … Continue reading

Living Authentically

Living Authentically

Lately I’ve been feeling the pull. To write more. To connect. To grow. To share. This blog has seen me through some many ages and stages and now it is us. As I family. Me, S. and T. I’m still figuring out what us looks like and how I share that with the world. I … Continue reading

Moments of motherhood

Moments of motherhood

Write, so. Here we go. A blog. It’s been so long, but would you believe me if I said it’s been the hardest thing to do lately? It’s not a lack of ideas that’s been holding me back, it’s an overwhelming number. My heart has been so full lately that it’s been hard to know … Continue reading

(Not-so) Guilty Pleasures

I have to start with a confession – I watch Glee. It’s one a very small handful of TV programmes I watch online. Okay, that over and done with I can get on with the topic for this post – guilty pleasures. Actually the reason Glee is so related to this is that their last … Continue reading

Lexical Love

Lexical Love

When I was at university, completing my BA in linguistics and German, I wrote for the student magazine. (For some unknown reason New Zealand universities all have magazines rather than newspapers). Being the eclectic girl that I am, and of course being completely incapable of choosing just one thing to focus on, my roles with … Continue reading

The Slow Crawl

The Slow Crawl

The funny thing about being a teacher is that you never do quite know what to expect. Daily life in the classroom changes by the hour, and while there’s always a routine, there’s 50 million little things that can change each day to vary it up. Life is never boring. I’ll give you that. The … Continue reading

Finding my own Definition of Success

Finding my own Definition of Success

You know it’s funny to look back and think how time has changed. Or rather how time has changed me. In 5 short years I’ve moved out of home, gone flatting for the first time, completed my bachelor’s degree, almost burnt myself out doing honours, been crazy enough to sign on for a master’s degree, … Continue reading

Reasons to Dance

Reasons to Dance

I recently saw a post over at the Adult Ballerina Project* listing some reasons why you should take ballet as an adult (see original post here). Reading through this got me thinking about my own reasons for dancing (I guess this kind of follows on from last week’s post. Anyway, without further ado, here are … Continue reading

Unloved but Beautiful

Unloved but Beautiful

A while ago on Twitter I cam across a thought provoking question from @zen_moments. Their question was this: Do you ever stop and notice the poor unloved places in the world as we hurry through? This question led me to thinking about some of the places I saw in Malaysia when we were on our … Continue reading

Life Lessons from the Women I Love

Life Lessons from the Women I Love

There are so many things I’ve learnt from the wonderful women in my life, some funny, some inspiring, some practical. Here are a few of the most perception-shifting things I’ve learned (mostly in recent years). 1. Tears are healing, especially ones of laughter (thanks for those genes, mum!). 2. It’s important to celebrate the rituals … Continue reading