My mum and I are opposites. I’m nervous, organised and precise. She’s carefree, spontaneous and joyous. When I’m nervous or worried she is always reminding me about the healing power of laughter.Read More
My mother taught me how to be a woman who strikes a good balance between strength and gentleness. She taught me how to be respectful and classy while going after the things I want.
My mother constantly shows me that even when life’s struggles seem overwhelming, pushing through with patience and resilience is the only way. By her example I’ve learnt generosity is a lifestyle. She shares her time, money and talents for the better of her friends and family.
My mother is a careers counsellor, but she is patient with me as I still don’t know what I want to do with my life. She has been supporting me through every step, reassuring me it’s OK not to know yet. I do have many wild ambitions, and she’s been teaching me how to get these dreams out of my head and into my reality.
My mother has taught me how to have perspective, and often asks me, “How much will this matter in five years’ time, or even one years’ time?” This way, she’s taught me what is important in life and what actually deserves to be worried about.
My mother taught me to stand up for what I believe in, even when doing so makes me an outsider. But along with this, she taught me how to find ‘my’ people and the importance of supportive and loyal friendships.
By Emily Munro
Enjoy the pleasure of freshly washed sheets. I remember Mum walking around the house smelling a pile of folded washing and exclaiming it was one of her favourite scents. She would remake my bed, and tuck me in saying, “Don’t fresh sheets feel so nice?”Read More
I am so grateful for this woman I call mother – the one who birthed me and taught me and loved me… and still does, fiercely, to this day. She's certainly a diamond, enduring all sorts of pressures to reveal the beauty and wisdom she holds now.Read More
I hope my daughters will look inside their hearts and question why they choose what they do. I hope they might grow up to think about how their actions impact the people around them. I hope they will know deep down there is so much more in this life for them that they won't want to risk their vibrant, precious life for 'just a bit of fun'.Read More
The most important things to remember about anxiety are other people go through this too and recovery is possible. Recovery takes time, and at times is overwhelming, but it truly is worth it.Read More
Not seeing eye to eye with your folks or other people in authority over you is often unavoidable as you adjust to changes in yourself and sometimes begin to see life differently from them.Read More
No one wants or expects it to happen to them, but one day you may suddenly realise that some parts of your relationship no longer feel right.Read More
It might seem like an impossible task, but you have to remember your parents have your best interests at heart. As long as you know how to reassure them of your safety and wellbeing, you’ll be in with a chance of getting them to say yes. Here’s a few approaches you can try.Read More
My most memorable Christmas was in the summer of 2010 when anchored off of a small island on the east coast of New Zealand.Read More
I love Christmas because it’s a time where people come together, share food, stories and love. It’s a time where we can remind ourselves of our countless blessings. It’s a time of reflection of the past year and preparation for the New Year.Read More
Laughter and squeals of delight fill up the room. Colourful paper has been thrown everywhere, there’s even a small child buried underneath some of it playing peek-a-boo with my dad.Read More
When I was younger I was obsessed with trying to make my Christmas like a cliché holiday Hallmark movie. A white Christmas, big family, and a Christmas miracle.Read More
Christmas with our clan was a similar story to most; hectic, loud, and far too much food – though I'm not fully convinced there is such a thing as 'too much' cheeseball.Read More
All was going well until the cast-iron pot burst into flames, along with half the barbeque.Read More
I used to have a little tradition where every year I allowed myself one “stupid purchase” for Christmas.Read More
My fondest Christmas memories are of running around the backyard on Christmas eve in my pyjamas with my younger sister – too excited to sleep!Read More
To me, Christmas was the most romantic holiday of the year. Watching movies of lovers fighting to come home to see their loved ones on Christmas morning filled my heart with joy and hope.Read More
We used to all gather for a biiiiiig family lunch where there was lots of potato salad (my mum’s was always my favourite) and plenty of desserts.Read More
With 28 years of experience in the recruitment, training and management game, Natasha is one woman worth listening to when it comes to landing a job.Read More