Off to bootcamp!

I’m not sure if I mentioned last year that I got accepted onto the LIANZA Kotuku Emerging Leaders programme for 2018!

This started with an Introduction to Leadership course that was full of questions and a reflective journal.
Part of this was a MBTI quiz, and discovered I am a Mediator type – INFP. Have you found yours? Did it help?

This weekend we get to meet each other in Wellington for the bootcamp!

So excited to get started (and to have a motel room to myself TBH!)

Anyway you can find out more about the programme here.


Back into it

Guess who’s back? Yes me LOL

I went back to work in the new year for a couple of weeks then spent the last couple of weeks back in Sydney with my family.

I ❤ Sydney! It’s so easy to get around with Opal card, and there is so much to do etc.

And it was great to share everything with mr14 this time.

Well that’s all for now, just a quick update.


From my page-a-day calendar


Friday fives – end of the year edition

Well it’s the last working day of the year for me so here are five things I learnt this year:

  1. Colouring is fun
  2. Stress is not
  3. Rostering people sucks
  4. Change is constant
  5. Hiring a friend to clean my oven has inspired me to hire a regular house cleaner

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Sharing post from ‘The mum on the run’:

Please go and read the post here:

To the man whose wife had anxiety

To the man whose wife or partner has anxiety,
You might have heard that she has anxiety from sitting by her side in a doctors office, holding her hands while the tears steam down her face. You might have seen her get angry and explode because she’s overwhelmed. Wondering where this rage has come from. You might have seen her sit quietly staring into the distance with a panic in her eye.
You might have guessed, or she might have told you, but either way there are things you should know.
Anxiety isn’t a one size fits all, it isn’t consistent and it isn’t always easy to tell. You might think she’s just snapped at you, but it was anxiety that did it, you might think she’s angry, but it’s the anxiety that’s got a choke hold, you might think she’s not enjoying herself when you go out and it’s your fault, but it’s not. It’s anxiety.
You know how she can’t understand when she asks you what are you thinking, why you would respond with “nothing”… it’s because she never thinks nothing. Her thoughts replay like a freight train in her head full steam ahead, over and over. It’s exhausting for her. It’s why she’s tired. . . .

Please go and read the rest of her post here:

#anxiety #stress

Friday fives – pot luck edition

Sorry for the missing Friday posts, time is flying by!

We had our team xmas party last Friday, so this is inspired by what I like to take to a pot luck meal. In NZ we often call it ‘bring a plate’ although I always remember when I was a teenager I had a new friend who had moved here from South Africa and didn’t know that bring a plate meant to bring a plate of food to share.

Five fave pot luck dishes:

  1. Cupcakes – especially mini ones as they are easy to make and eat without making too much mess

  2. Chips and dip – or crisps for you international folk

  3. Crackers and cheese – especially the packs with different cheeses in

  4. Timtam balls – I made these for the first time to take to xmas party last week

  5. Sausage rolls and tomato sauce – as long as there is somewhere to cook them, we don’t like soggy sausage rolls!

Which is your favourite?


Friday fives – karaoke edition

I am going to a karaoke party at a friend’s house tonight, so here are my top five songs I like to sing:

  1. Close to you – The Carpenters
  2. Amazed – Lonestar (walked down the aisle to get married to this)
  3. Nothing’s gonna stop us now – Starship (walked out of the church married to this)
  4. Stay (I Missed You) – Lisa Loeb

  5. Thank you – Dido

Have a great weekend


Friday fives – places I’ve lived


From The odessey

Five places I’ve lived:
1. Titahi Bay, Porirua, NZ (from birth til 21ish)
2. Newtown, Wellington, NZ (first flat near uni with 4 other girls)
3. Newlands, Wellington, NZ (bachelor pad flat with 4 guys and me)
4. Meredith, New Hampshire, USA (summer camp counselor)
5. Whitby, Porirua, NZ (current location)




This week New Zealand has been talking about mental health issues as part of #MHAWNZ  (Mental Health Awareness Week).

On Monday I was Cookie monster’s assistant, while we walked around campus handing out ‘cookies and cuddles’.

Thankfully I was not the one in the hot sweaty suit, but I did get a sore arm from lugging the huge basket of cookies around campus!












Friday fives – juice edition

I am quite a fan of fruit juice, never been into drinking plain tap water. This post is for non-alcohol ones, will leave fave cocktails for another time.

Favourite fruit juices:

  1. Apple juice, Fresh up green apple usually the go-to;
  2. Orange juice, I like quite a pulpy one;
  3. Orange and mango juice, Just juice one is nice;
  4. Pine mango from Golden circle;
  5. Apple and nectarine juice, Fresh up wins again.

That’s all folks.