Thoughts, Feelings and learnings

I’ve been thinking about blogging my story for a few months now. It was reading Aaron Swartz’s obituary in The Economist that I suddenly had the courage and the conviction. After managing my… Continue reading

One year on

I know it’s been a long time between posts. I guess you could say I’ve been fully focussed on building my life, and spending a little less time reflecting. I’m now almost half… Continue reading

I’m not sick (anymore)

So I had this realisation a few weeks back – well actually it came to me in a dream (kooky!). I dreamt that I was chilling on the beach in Raglan with a… Continue reading

Surviving set-backs

Set-backs are something we all have to contend with in life. Things don’t always go our way and we feel like we’re moving backwards instead of forwards. When you feel like you’ve been… Continue reading

Self Determination 2 : Defining your life

In my last post I talked about one of my values being having the creative freedom to live the life I choose. Observing myself and other people in the past couple of years I’ve reflected… Continue reading

Self determination 1 : defining yourself

A classic symptom of Borderline Personality Disorder is a lack of a sense of self – this has certainly been the case for me. It’s slowly becoming clearer, but for a long time… Continue reading

Radical acceptance

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference “ We all know the serenity prayer.… Continue reading

Reaching 27

Today I turn 27. I can honestly say I’ve never felt prouder or more thankful in my life. I am incredibly proud of how I’ve come in the 6 months since I was… Continue reading

On having HUGE feelings

I realised the other day that there are very few things in life that I don’t have strong feelings about. Even mundane things like tractors or carpet. As a kid I had visceral… Continue reading

Evolve the situation : Design-thinking for life

Design-thinking is a term that’s being bandied around a lot at the moment. I’ve been a designer for 8 years, but I hadn’t realised how much I’d applied to to my life until… Continue reading

Getting real about suicide

Yep – it’s the heavy one… But it needs to be talked about. NZ has close to the highest youth suicide rate in the developed world (2nd in Males aged 15-24, 3rd in Females… Continue reading

About depression : the causes

There are many different understandings out there about what causes depression. Having read a lot of the latest science and theory, as well as experiencing it for many years, here is my take… Continue reading

Telling my story

Leaving hospital in October, I felt really conflicted about what I would say to people when they asked why I’d been in there. I’m am by nature a very genuine person – I… Continue reading

My experiences of mental illness

I have learned that almost everyone’s personal experience is different. However there are always some commonalities and I still think it is relevant to write about mine so that people who haven’t experienced… Continue reading