Cultivating a different attitude

Early last year I talked about my newly developed anxiety around flying.  In an effort to help me manage the problem better, later in the year I attended a “Flying without fear” course held out at Auckland Airport.  Today I thought I’d share a few of the things that I learned in the hopes that it might help other people with a fear of flying.

The course contained a lot of information – some of it I already knew, some I knew about but had forgotten, and some was entirely new (and very helpful).

DPSN Vlog: Beginnings

It’s Beginnings month, and I sat down to chat with Richard Fairgray to talk about how we packed up his life and work in New Zealand to begin again in the USA and restart his comic ‘Blastosaurus’

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.