Progress Takes Time

A friend of mine once said that I was the most positive person they knew. As positive as I am though, even I have my down days. I've had some ups and downs recently, both in my personal and professional life. These challenges have affected my self-esteem, my confidence, and even my positive … [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...]

Do You Know What You Want?

Life is full of so many questions that we need to answer. In our search for happiness, we try desperately to work out exactly what it is that we want. We might ask ourselves, at one point or time: "What career path do I want to follow?" "What do I want in a partner?" "Do I want to get … [Read more...]

Living in the Moment

I became teary-eyed the other day thinking about my own mother. I had been reflecting back on the things she's done for me in my 25 years of life, the beautiful memories I'll forever cherish. I cried happy tears pondering the past. My eldest daughter recently transferred from the Language … [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...]

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...]

Growing Up and Being Responsible

In just three days, I'll be celebrating an important day - my 25th birthday. For me, birthdays have never been about presents. They've been about making our loved ones feel special, cared for and appreciated. In addition to this, I feel that birthdays are a good chance to reflect back on how far … [Read more...]

Nothing is a Waste of Time

This is a post that's very difficult for me to write. At this moment in time, I'm listening to sad, depressing music and on the verge of tears. Just two days ago, I lost someone who's been important to me for a very long time. I didn't lose them to death. I lost them, because it was a friendship … [Read more...]