Found myself getting distracted during whānau time by some Shoebox Christmas emails I knew I hadn’t replied to. I had to remind myself that’s usually a self-set expectation. Even though lots of things today are instant, most people still don’t expect an immediate reply to email. Then I had to remind myself I’m probably still outside their actual expectations! So I updated the auto-response on my Shoebox Christmas emails to include this: If you still need a response from me, it might take me a week, maybe longer. Sorry if that’s longer than expected, but in general, my priorities go something like this: 1) My mental health activities 2) Danielle, Huhana, Kāhu, my other immediate family and friends 3) Wider whānau 4) My paid 9-5 job 5) Shoebox Christmas (there are thousands of volunteers and children taking part this year, your email might not be the top of this list) That’s the only way they all get the aroha and mahi (love and work) they need. … Remember others’ priorities are not necessarily the same as yours. Aside from opening up the laptop/phone outside their allocated hours, what do you do to keep keep your priorities and balance? #hauorahinengaro #mentalhealth #balance

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“No person hands out their money to passersby, but to how many do each of us hand out our lives! We’re tightfisted with property and money, yet think too little of wasting time, the one thing about which we should all be the toughest misers.” – Seneca Kia ora @RyanHoliday

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Stacey Morrison: Te reo growing pains — this is what change feels like – E-Tangata When there were cries of “Māori snowflakes” in the media, it seemed to me the writer was inadvertently confirming the genuine snowball effect that Te Reo Māori is achieving. This backhanded compliment, by Dave Witherow in the Otago Daily Times, was met with a sharp serve from Susan Devoy, remi…

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Me trying to have a profound kōrero with H: “Sometimes it can be hard for kids to think about the future.” Her: “I’m thinking about the future right now and I’m a teenager.” Me: “Cool! What are you doing?” Her: “I’ve got half brown and half black hair, and I’m a ninja.”

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