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enlightenmenthealthillnessspiritualityuncategorized

Beating a brain tumor

A day in 2003. Sitting on the edge of my bed, tears streaming down my face, looking into the black abyss. Trying so hard to remain strong and positive. Trying to find the strength to keep going. Help me God. …

healthmental illnessuncategorized

Dealing with depression

A few years ago I got depression. I was in a good place in my life at the time and it came from nowhere and hit me like a freight train.  In overcoming depression, it was important for me to …

familyfinancial lossfinding yogahappinesshealthInjury and disabilitylearninglovepeace and contentmentpurposerelationshipsspiritualityuncategorizedworkwork satisfaction

My journey from hard times to happiness

I had a wonderful life: beautiful house, designer clothes, a full-time nanny and housekeeper. We drove European cars and went on expensive holidays….it all came at a price though. We were working seven days a week, I was carrying 40 …

familylearningparentinguncategorized

What no-one told me about motherhood

The biggest adjustment in my life was becoming a mom.  Somehow I had believed that because I loved my baby, caring for her would be a joy. I knew she was 100% my responsibility and it was my job to …

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Finding focus

 I was 15 years old with a car, a boyfriend, energy to burn and lots of freedom. I started to drink and take drugs and became very unmotivated. I would turn up for my first lesson at school, sign in …

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What money can’t buy

Over the years I have learnt to appreciate the things in life that money cannot buy. I discovered this while visiting some of the poorest countries in the world. Although the people were poor by our standards, they lived in …

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Connecting with my child

As we grow older we learn about common sense, good manners and how to be socially acceptable. But we forget the intense joys and anguishes of being a child, like being so happy you cannot stop moving your body or …

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Feeling the light

I went to yoga with my mum for the first time the other day. It was sunrise and we were lying on our mats just above the beach under trees. At the very end of the class the teacher told …

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My magic genie

I grew up in New Zealand and spent most of my childhood in front of a TV. Then, at 14 years of age and at a weight of 120 kgs, I moved to the Cook Islands. As soon as I …

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A loss brings freedom

A couple of years ago, I lost both of my houses and my boyfriend. At the time I was working 5 jobs, to keep up with the payments, as well as trying to support 2 families. This morning I have …