4 tips to loosen tech’s grip over your life

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I caught myself on the phone too much this weekend. I knew I was doing it yet it had it’s grasp on me. You know when you are scrolling and you just can’t stop? I saw the kids around me, looking, waiting… “interrupting” yet I was the one zoning out and it should NOT have been my focus. It’s so not fair. I have got pretty good with my boundaries these days. Working in social media I have too. I … Read More

Falling into your child’s arms

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    Words can’t begin to describe the feeling of falling into your child’s arms. Here I rested for what felt like eternity. Collapsed from sickness, an injured knee and 21kms running and walking in the pouring rain. I had made it. She ran along the finish line with me, clasping her cardboard sign drenched from the wet weather. There was no way she was going to stay home in the dry with the others today. She was there at … Read More

5 boundaries you need to introduce in this online world

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This is a new time. We are not used to, nor can predict what the future will hold for this online, switched on world we live in. I want to share my TOP TIPS lately because I know a lot of you struggle with what I have too. There have been times when I have felt like I was going insane behind the screen. Disconnected to the people I loved and a zombie who refreshed her screen 100 times a … Read More

You’ll never know…

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I had the most amazing experience at the 2017 New Zealand Social Media Conference. So very honoured to be a guest speaker, I wanted to share something with you.         You never know who will be inspired by your story.   I found this out again, as I spoke to a room of strangers. I chose to be venerable, to walk the talk and set the example that we need to be authentic online. We need to … Read More

The story of the eel

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News from the Kiwi Coast Rain has filled the streams in Northland, flushing normally placid water down to the estuaries and on to the ocean. There is an awakening, a realization, that these streams and rivers need nurturing back to health. Sometimes we don’t realize what we have got until it’s gone. At the grassroots level, landcare groups, schools, farmers, councils, landowners all over Northland are helping their streams by fencing and planting. Every metre counts. Add to that Kiwi … Read More

Never too old to ride a train

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We arrived at the station. I could feel the excitement radiate from both parent and child. Although a busy little spot, there were noticeable memories being made here that was worth the grizzle, nudging and occasional toddler tantrum over how many sausages they could have.   This was happiness, fun on the trains.     It had been years since our family had hung out here on a Sunday afternoon and a first for our youngest, nearly three. When Master … Read More

More than just a rock

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I felt compelled to try to explain my love for this community group, Whangarei Rocks and why it’s not just coloured rocks lying on gardens, beaches and walkways. It’s so much more.  Little did I know that when I signed up as a member of this group, I was strengthening our family bond between parent and child. I had no idea this would open up communication channels between myself and my tween as we walked the sea side together. I … Read More

6 steps to juggle life & work without smashing all the eggs on the floor

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  I have been trying to master this for years now and not all days are the same. However, I think I have started to crack a balancing code and wanted to share my personal ideas with you to make your life easier too. Some may apply, some may not however if they do, try some out and let me know if it helps your world. I spent a lot of time reading others peoples advice until I found enough … Read More

When was the last time you really challenged yourself?

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  Everything in my body told me I was stupid attempting this run. I hadn’t trained for months, I’m barely a runner and had little time for stretching in itself before the event. However, something in me entered anyway. Something inside told be to push myself out of my comfort zone (and take my daughter with me). You see lately, she has tapped into her potential for the first time in her life. She has seen what she can do … Read More

Exploring our backyard

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DAY ONE of the school holidays and because I set myself a goal last time to ‘tools down’ more for my kids, I worked extra hard in term time getting ahead and re-planning my working year. I was determined to make my business work for me and my lifestyle, it was crazy that each school break I would put that pressure on myself (and the kids).   I made the recent decision to work school terms.   This has taken … Read More

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