When Death Puts Life into Perspective

Today, I found out that a lady at my eldest daughter's school passed away this morning. She was the co-ordinator of the out-of-school care program. I'd talked to this lady before. We shared some laughs. I'd regularly thanked her for holding the school gate open for my kids and I. Although I didn't … [Read more...]

Learning Not to Take Life So Seriously

There are some 'rules' that I don't like to follow. I do follow and respect laws on the road. I do follow social etiquette, such as - not calling loved ones at late times in the night. I believe in acting appropriately in personal and professional situations. But I don't agree with treating dates … [Read more...]

Always Try Before Asking for Help

When I was a young child, I used to spend a lot of time with one of my older cousins. We shared a love of music and reading, and she was always ready to educate me on different areas of life. We were watching the now-defunct TV show 'Video Hits' when the words 'debut' hit the screen. I was an … [Read more...]

Are You Being Honest with Yourself?

Up until recently, I held onto someone for much longer than I should have. I believed that their presence wasn't having a negative impact on my life. That I wasn't suffering in the process. But I wasn't being honest with myself. How often do we do that? How often do we lie to ourselves because we … [Read more...]

Your Circumstances Don’t Determine Your Future

I was never read to as a child. At least, not outside of school. I absolutely loved reading though. As a seven year old, I was often found ordering books from the Scholastic Book Club catalogue, reading The Bailey School Kids series in the car, or flipping through pages of another Goosebumps book. … [Read more...]

A Lot Can Change in a Year

Whenever a year draws to a close, many of us start planning the year ahead. We feel determined to put the past behind us, we ponder about our new year's resolutions and we want the next year to be better than the last. But sometimes, we shouldn't just focus all our energy on moving forward. We … [Read more...]

Learning from Other People

My six year old daughter once taught me a lesson in forgiveness. During a day at school, she'd made some lovely artwork. She'd proudly waved it in front of me, excited to show her father when he got home. But within seconds of showing me, her classmate randomly came along and defaced it. The boy did … [Read more...]

You are More Important Than You Realise

There was a period in my life when I thought I was worthless, useless, a horrible waste of space. I thought that I was incapable of bringing any good to this world, that nobody would love me for who I am, that my opinion simply did not matter. But I managed to get myself out of the hole that I was … [Read more...]

Letting Others Take Responsibility

When I was about 11 years old, I found out that my emotional intelligence quotient (EQ) was 156. I fell within the range of people with incredibly high emotional intelligence. Although I hadn't even hit my teenage years, I wasn't too shocked by the result. I'd always known that I had a strong … [Read more...]

The Countdown of Life

Many years ago, I came across a news story that reminded me how short life really is. A 16 year old girl named Stacey Mitchell, was a fun-loving, friendly teenager who was well-liked by her peers. But she was tragically murdered right here in Perth, Australia, then her body was dumped in a rubbish … [Read more...]