My mum has asthma so I know how important breath is. I know how important it is that her lung passages are open, so she can breathe in and out with ease. I know that the simple act of breathing that I take for granted has been something she has to use medication to support. … Continue reading Chapter Seven: On breathing, strength and vulnerability
I am not a person who swears very often, and so Amanda, Elaine and I were laughing about the fact that I drew this chapter for our Braving the Wilderness book club. In fact I was questioning exactly why Brené felt the need to call this chapter “Speak Truth to Bullshit. Be Civil”, until I … Continue reading Chapter Five: BS, the stories we tell ourselves, and truth
To brave the wilderness and become the wilderness we must learn how to trust ourselves and trust others. 'Belonging' ... what emotions does that word bring up in you? For me belonging is a complicated concept. I left Australia at the age of four and returned at fourteen. During these first years of my life … Continue reading Chapter Two: Who am I?
Today we reach the end of Present over Perfect and our book club. It would be tempting to say that we have arrived. And yet, if there is something this book has reinforced for me over and over, it is that life is a journey. We never actually arrive. As we grow and change, and … Continue reading Present over Perfect book club: embrace the journey
I am a child of the 80's and therefore I can sing every line of the pop classic, Girls just wanna have fun. (Yes, pop tunes can be classics too!) Yet while the words are indelibly printed in my memory, the notion of having fun has waned. As the eldest child I have always taken responsibility, or … Continue reading Present over Perfect book club: embrace fun
Oh my goodness, Shauna, Part 5 of this book, where do I start? You write of the wrestle with people-pleasing and I nod my head. You write of learning to have fun and play again, instead of living in constant hustle, and I utter a heart-felt, 'Me too'. You write of rest, and simplicity, and … Continue reading Present Over Perfect book club: embrace less