Letter worth sharing – Don’t Be A Lemming

A lot of people you love have struggled with alcohol, I never thought I was one of them. But it’s been five months since I had a drink, and I realise now that I had never been in control of my relationship with drinking.
Not being in control of that relationship can mean different things for different people: sometimes wasted days hungover, sometimes sickness, jail, depression, sometimes death. So this is an important letter for you both.

Letter worth sharing: A quietly kept bellow, the power of patience

“I don’t like funerals, I’m not very good at waiting or being quiet.” Huhana: four years old. Dear Huhana and Kāhu o te Rangi, Huhana, from about 11am – 1.30pm yesterday, you weren’t allowed to talk. We were at your Great, Great, Uncle Jim Webber’s tangi. People were paying their respects, sharing their whakaaro/thoughts or […]

Last week I saw a counsellor – Letters worth sharing

Dear Huhana and Kāhu,   I hope by the time you’re reading this, these two pictures about staying alive and healthy will be just as cool as each other.         I visited a counsellor last week. I’m sure a lot of other people did too, I hope they did. But while Instagram […]

What if your failure is really your success?

Dear Huhana & Kāhu o te Rangi, Have you failed yet? Didn’t make a team you ’needed’ to be on? Wanted to build something that you were sure would be incredible, and watched it fall to pieces instead? I know it’s hard to remember at the time, but we all fail. If you learned something […]

What a Car Crash & Death Taught Me about Life & Happiness Pt.1

Dear H, This one is pretty personal and there’s a lot packed into the paragraphs, so take your time reading them. These first three letters were the hardest for me to write. But I did so instead of sitting down with you when you’re older, because it’s still easier for me to catch in writing […]

Finding a Hundred Happy Dollars

Dear Huhana and Kāhu ō te Rangi, This one is about making money, finding money, setting goals, and happiness. Yeah I know, “all these stupid letters are about happiness!” You’re right, they are. But that’s because if there’s one single thing I want to help you be, it’s that. Everything else comes second to happiness. When […]