Going NUTS with stress

Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea. Mikhail Lermontov Do you ever experience massive stress and then look back and think, “what the hell was that all about?” That’s how I felt after my first day of home schooling. How had I…

Home schooling Day 1: Doubts and insecurities

Our morning started with whoops and cheers and high 5’s. I was optimistic. I believed I was well prepared. I was well prepared. Just not well enough. I had prepared activities and timetables, tasks and places to work but I had neglected to prepare myself fully for what lay ahead. Our first activity was PE…

What is under the water?

Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your two ears. Laird Hamilton Listen to the podcast episode here. You’re in a jungle. You’re up to your waist in murky water, wading barefoot, stepping carefully from one sharp or slippery surface to the next. Working out where to place your feet is tricky and the…

How the story changes reality

Picture it. A four year old boy’s bedroom. 7.20pm. He is screaming and crying on floor. His mother sits near him on the floor. She is speaking to him in a soothing voice in an attempt to calm him. “Noooooooo! I WANT DADDY!! GO AWAY!!!” he screams. “Let me help you calm down and then…

I want results for me! Me! Me!

I made a pledge to myself a year ago. I will live my life in ways I’m happy for my kids to copy. My kids are adopted. They had a tough start and we were advised that they would experience all kinds of deficits in terms of their development. Many believe these deficits are permanent….

Ask yourself a better question

Have you ever considered how powerful your questions are? What’s wrong with me? Our brains are diligent in their efforts to answer whatever questions we fire at them. No matter what we ask, our brains return with an answer. The drive to provide a plausible answer is so strong that the brain will add, change…

Help people treat you better

This post about the negative aspects of positive thinking inspired me to write today. It reminded me of a horrendous situation I faced almost two decades ago that caused me to leave a job I loved. Although stories are brilliant, this is a long one so here’s the abridged version: I had a job I…