Archive for September 2013

attention: emotional amoebas – find your edges

September 27, 2013

‘Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for sadness’ – Dodie Smith A few months ago the gorgeous Ms Glatzel interviewed me for her fabulous Self Love Series. I talked about what I believe to be the secret sauce of happiness: knowing my edges ‘being super clear about where I end and another person begins’. […]

a weekend made of wobbly knees

September 23, 2013

Mr P won a husband point on Saturday by driving me to Oxford for my first day of school. I had that bit-nervous-might-spew feeling the whole way there. After one swig of the shite campus coffee at the ‘morning meet and greet’ I found someone to talk to. And it was all ok. There was […]

calling all wonder women!

September 19, 2013

Four years ago I was thrilled that after a month of training, I could jog for one entire minute. I felt like wonder woman! After a few months I could run for half a mile. Then 5km. And while I got in touch with my inner-runner, me and my then 230 pound body went on […]

holding on and letting go

September 16, 2013

In one corner of our bedroom is a wooden chest filled with letters and cards, movie stubs, journals, magazine cuttings; the souvenirs of my life. And there is something comforting about the trinkets of memories and relationships: the old bluey airmail letters from Grandad, the pink heart-shaped ‘I love you’ balloon sent by my first […]

leading with love

September 15, 2013

I have three lucid dreams that have been reoccurring over the last thirty years. In one I am teaching at my old classroom at Waikouaiti Primary School. The dusty feel of pastel coloured chalk and the scent of musty green carpet squares make it so real. At different times when I have had this dream, […]

the stuck record: why mantras feel like bullshit

September 05, 2013

Cows have no need of mantras, for they are already awesome. ‘I will not puke. Or faint’. This was mantra, when I found myself strapped to a spin bike for the first time ever, just after dawn yesterday morning. And it totally worked! However, my mantra-mojo has not always been so switched on, particularly when it […]