Beginning at the gym

I have decided that this year, 2018, is the year that I join a gym – for the first time in my life. The build-up to doing this and the commitment felt huge! In hindsight it’s taken easily seven years for me to find the courage to make it happen.

June: Beginnings

Life is full of beginnings.  Some of those beginnings we have no choice but to participate in, such as our birth, the beginning of a new year, month, week, day, the beginning of life without those who leave us through migration or death (especially), and so forth. 

Back where it all began…the story of DPSN

I wasn’t a part of the DPSN team – originally the Diversityworks Peer Support Network – when it began in 2009.  In its first iteration DPSN was a pilot project of Diversityworks Trust run by its original Project Manager, the amazing Anna Nelson.  DPSN started life as both an online and offline venture, aiming to create a network that would bring together peers and stimulate conversation about diversity, complexity and social change.

I joined not long after the pilot, in 2010, and helped to run events as well as moderate the site on its original Ning platform as part of my role as Executive Assistant for Diversity New Zealand, the business run by Philip Patston which powers DPSN.

DPSN Team Favourites: Feeling the Pressure (Philip)

DPSN is back online and we’re kicking off February with a few of our favourite blogs from 2017. This blog is Philip’s favourite – a blog piece Anna wrote on Feeling the Pressure late last year In an age where ‘harder, faster, more’ is the expected status in the workplace, it can be hard to say…

DPSN Team Favourites: A Quick word on Aging (Barbara’s Favourite)

My birthday’s coming up soon. Looking in the mirror, I seem to notice a new wrinkle on my face almost every day, lately, although that might be just the thought of getting another year older making my imagination work overtime!

It’s strange how when we’re young, some of us can’t wait to be grown up. But when we become adults, people often talk about birthdays as if they are something to be afraid of. I heard someone the other day say, “I’ll be ‘the big 3-0’ soon!”, with a frightened look on her face. It made me take notice of her words, because when this birthday has passed, I’ll be ‘the big a-lot-more-than-that’.

Birthdays measure time passing; and with time, people get older. It’s just the way it is. But are those changes we go through as we age something to be frightened of?