This is Part 2 of the story about two people in my family who were caught off guard away from their homes in March by the pandemic.
Their story is one that will inspire you. If you didn’t have a chance, you’ll want to read Part 1 of the piece I wrote about how they got stranded. You can read it here.
She waited and waited for months for a possible opening to fly to Vanuatu, her new home.
The borders to this tiny country with no covid have been closed since March.
In September, a repatriation flight from Auckland opened up.
It took a boatload of emails and phone calls to the Vanuatu government and the New Zealand government in order to coordinate the tricky business of getting Bev on that flight. Stephanie, Bev's daughter, worked hours and hours to get clearance for Bev to fly.
There were so many on and then off again moments...for weeks until they knew that Bev was approved for the flight.
When things happen outside of our control, it's normal to feel like we no longer have the power. So how can we turn this around?
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“The only thing I have done religiously in my life is keep a journal, I have hundreds of them, filled with feathers, flowers, photographs, and words – without locks, open on my shelves."
Terry Tempest Williams
This is Kate and me on safari in Africa, having fun with our journals!
Fill your journals with stickers, use colorful pens, paint in your journal… nothing is off limits. Let your creativity take over, be playful and have fun.
Cut out images that speak to you. Imagine that a picture of a young child is your younger self and you “talk” to this part in your journal… it can lead to great insight.
"I believe, every day, you should have at least one exquisite moment."
Maybe they are quotes from your favourite people or maybe they are around a theme, like forgiveness or confidence, or issues that are important to you....
This is the third audio guide in a series that I have designed to support you through this challenging time. Listen to my first podcast on reducing stress.
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“Who writes journals? Women who live deeply and reflectively, who regard lives as modern mythic quests and spiritual journeys, women who want to find their own voices and write their own lives.”
Marlene Schiwy, A Voice of Her Own
Many people think that a journal is a diary. This is what I thought many years ago.
But a journal is so much more than keeping track of your daily events.
A journal is a conversation with yourself… your true self.
Journaling is a time to focus on what you love, what you hate, what you fear, what you long for.
It’s a way of knowing yourself on a deep level.
With everything that’s happening in this unpredictable and scary world, now is the best time to keep a journal to help you deal with your emotions and thoughts.
For many, you are on a sort of ‘pause’ with many activities cancelled or on hiatus during the...
During this unprecedented time, you will be under more pressure.
You might be stuck at home with the Covid-19 restrictions, and having to deal with being around your family 24/7.
You might be trying to juggle work and family.
You might be a caregiver, responsible for your children or your parents.
You might be facing uncertainties in your career or future.
You might be alone struggling to find ways to deal with loneliness and how to connect with others.
Either way, you're dealing with more pressure which is creating more stress and anxiety.
This makes it even harder to solve problems, be patient with your loved ones, and concentrate at work. It makes it harder for you to stop and listen to what it is you need and want right now.
This is where I can help.
My online retreat for women is designed to give you the structure,...
This is the second audio guide in a series that I have designed to support you through this challenging time. Listen to my first podcast on reducing stress.
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If you missed Part 1 of our adventures, you can read it here.
On Tuesday 24 March we landed in Auckland from Christchurch, a bit harried and very grateful. But our flight back to San Francisco wasn't for another five days, and New Zealand was preparing for total lockdown.
It was an hour by hour world we were in and no one seemed to know what would happen next.
Would planes fly? The response from everyone we spoke to was that no planes would fly in or out once the country was in lockdown, within the next 48 hours.
We decided to go directly to the Air New Zealand counter and see if we could change our reservations to an earlier flight - maybe we could even get a flight out that night. (As stressed as we had been, it didn’t deter Thom from taking pictures.)
We had another surprise as we approached the international terminal. There was a long line at the...
This week, I guide you through a self-visualization that will help you to solve problems and deal with anxiety more effectively.
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Fall is a time for us to slow down, to ground ourselves and to nourish our bodies. This retreat is designed to help you stop and listen to what it is you need right now. It's a fun and restorative weekend with mindfulness exercises, morning yoga, an online cooking class with the fabulous Chef Bai, healthy recipes to try at home, meditations and group calls to connect you with other women.