Confidence, Ego, and Goals

Dear Huhana and Kāhu ō te Rangi, This week I finished up the school drop offs for Wellington Shoebox Christmas 2016, this is the part where I share pictures, stories, and thank you smiles from the awesome little kids that the project has delivered Christmas presents to. Every year I try to connect the volunteers to the […]

Copying the good ones, and the scariest dinner

Dear Huhana and Kāhu ō te Rangi, Huhana, we just finished dinner. Pretty boring start to a letter, huh?It wasn’t any ordinary dinner though, it was terrifying. Everything started off fine. We were both at your little person’s table. You were sitting on your little, you-sized chair. I was on the floor, balanced on my me-sized knees.I was spooning a hot bowl of […]

Letter to daughter worth sharing: Making a Difference

Dear Huhana and Kāhu ō te Rangi, Huhana, when I started writing this letter you were lucky enough to be on holiday with me, your mum, your grandparents and your bigger cousins. I was finishing it you and three of those cousins were a couple of lego blocks away from tearing apart the lounge in our […]

Why I started these letters and why you should keep a journal

Dear Huhana and Kāhu ō te Rangi, So I started writing these letters to you, but it’s kind of a blog too. There’s some really good reasons you should keep a journal or blog – but I’ve only included three. Mainly because I’m sick with a cold and that’s all I’m capable of doing right now. […]

What a Car Crash & Death Taught Me about Life & Happiness Pt. 3 (Smiles)

Dear Huhaha and Kāhu ō te Rangi, This is the last part of my letters on what a car accident and death taught me about life and happiness. I tried to cover the five most important things I learnt after my car accident when I was twenty-two years young. I hope you take away some […]

Letter worth sharing: Voting is NOT the most important thing

Dear H and Jellybean,   It’s voting day today. H, you came along with me to vote. Jellybean you’re not here yet, you can come next time. H, you asked what voting is, and I explained. For the next couple of hours, you claimed: “I win! I’m the leader!”     For the last few […]

Letter to daughter: Hold your loved ones close

Dear Huhana and Kāhu,   Last night I dreamed my Grandad Ray (your Great Grandfather), had passed away. In the dream, my phone rang.   “Hello?’ “Hey,” Mum said, “Grandad’s died.” Three words.  I felt my stomach drop, but Mum sounded so composed. No surprise really. Her, the toughest woman I know.   “OK, I’m on my […]

Book worth reading: The Seven Day Weekend by Ricardo Semler

The Seven Day Weekend – Ricardo Semler Why are we able to answer emails on Sundays, but unable to go to the movies on Monday afternoons? – Ricardo Semler, the man. End of book.   OK, that’s probably not much of a description, and I guess the point of writing these things is to encourage you […]

Book worth reading: Deep Work by Cal Newport

Deep Work – by Cal Newport. Rules for focused success in a distracted world. I’ve always been distracted. Or I’ve always daydreamed. Or I’ve always been lazy. When it comes to getting things done, those three statements can sometimes look like the same thing. Sometimes I feel like life is an amusement park with too […]

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