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 […]

What a Car Crash & Death Taught Me about Life & Happiness PART 2 (Perspective)

Dear Huhana and Kāhu ō te Rangi, Firstly, if you haven’t already, then please read part one of this letter. Part one makes up the first and most important lesson I learnt while trying to stop my life crumpling up like the bonnet of the car I crashed. I talked about happiness, because that’s something you […]

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 […]

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