The year was 1996 and I was transfixed to the TV, spurring on the kiwi hopeful Danyon Loader, in the 200m Freestyle at the Atlanta Olympics. In the space of 1 minute and 47 seconds, Danyon won the gold medal (and three days later clinched the 400m Freestyle title as well), inspiring me, along with … More The Olympics: Selfish or Inspirational?
Before embarking on the five day hike in Queensland, Australia, my number one fear of hiking solo had been snakes. Growing up in New Zealand, we were imbued with the knowledge that Australia was overrun with an endless list of menacing wildlife: crocodiles, sharks, dingoes, snakes, spiders. Danger lurked everywhere. Snakes are scary. … More Confronting Fear: Wisdom From Solo Adventuring
The first time I consciously remember realising there was a difference between boys and girls (apart from the obvious differences in appearance and body parts) was when as child I questioned why girl’s bikes were shaped differently to boy’s. I was curious to understand why the cross bar was slanted on a girl’s bike, but horizontal on a boy’s. I don’t recall the exact response, but it was something to do with the contrasting ways girls and boys supposedly mounted and dismounted bikes. Boys were to swing their legs round the back wheel, whereas girls could hitch their leg across the front of the seat, which was apparently easier. … More Gender Equality: International Women’s Day Reflections
When was the last time you felt lonely? Many of us may be hesitant to admit it, but loneliness is as common as swimming at the beach during an Australian summer. It is rarely talked about however, perhaps because of the stigma that follows it like a dark shadow on a dimly lit street. I’m … More The Loneliness Pandemic and Why We are Better Together
Life hurls challenges at us. Sometimes we create them for ourselves through mistakes or by purposefully seeking challenging situations. Other times, the world blindly trips us up without warning. Regardless of how adversity arrives at our doorstep, it is implicit in the nature of life. … More Navigating Adversity