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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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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“The thinner your skin is, the thicker your skull becomes. A fragile ego leads you to deflect and attack: you’re always in motion, but never changing. Feeling secure leads you to listen and learn: you can take one step back and move two steps forward.” – Adam Grant

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Kia ora team, just a reminder: If you’ve signed up and haven’t seen an email telling you you’ve been allocated a child, please log in at https://ift.tt/2edWMJS – one of two things will happen: You’ve already been allocated a child and will see their details under My Kids Details, or You will be resent another verification email to click confirm on. This might go to your spam/junk/promo folder, so please check all the folders in your email. There are usually some people who pull out from the project closer to Christmas, and I’ll reallocate those gifts to the people on the confirmed waiting list :) Talk soon, Pera

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Three-minute-tour of the introductory episode of Paperback Guerrillas Podcast with Warena, Dave, and mini-Pera. AWA and Sam were with us in wairua. Check out https://ift.tt/2GpLz4s to learn more and hear when the full podcast episode is live! #paperbackguerrillas #māoriliteracy #reading #podcast

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