What can you accomplish today?

By |2019-08-20T05:40:11+12:00August 13th, 2019|Rock the Good Shit!, Rock YourSELF!|

Living with depression   I’ve lived with depression officially for 15 years but in truth probably closer to 20. I’m all good with that. It’s part of me. We manage. I know how it works and what to watch for and what to do about it. And when I’m having a [...]

Do you need help?

By |2019-06-27T11:54:01+12:00July 23rd, 2019|Rock Your Writing, Rock YourSELF!, Rockstar Communication|

My true home is on Great Barrier Island, where my ancestors lived.  I only get there a few times a year, and when I do, nature has done its best to take over. Elephant grass up to our waists. Manuka seedlings, thistles, and rushes have their roots deep into the clay. [...]

Are you brave enough to be happy?

By |2019-06-27T11:52:18+12:00July 16th, 2019|Rock the Good Shit!, Rock YourSELF!|

I woke up this morning, looked at the beautiful man beside me, and thought, it doesn’t get much happier than this.   Gratitude I’ve been doing the gratitude thing this year and there’s NO DOUBT it’s making me happier, kinder, less sweating the small stuff.  That’s absolutely one big reason I’m [...]

Things I have tried and failed

By |2019-08-20T05:41:45+12:00July 2nd, 2019|Rock the Good Shit!, Rock Your Brand, Rock YourSELF!|

I consider myself to be successful. We all have different definitions of success.     Defining success Mine is that I live a self-determined life for me and my family.  I earn enough money for us to live a comfortable life and have great experiences. I have complete control of how [...]

How to reduce stress – do you own it?

By |2019-06-25T08:19:03+12:00June 19th, 2019|Rock the Good Shit!, Rock YourSELF!, Rockstar Communication|

I once had a friend staying with me, and she was worried about a small decision my daughter made. She later told me how stressful the visit was, because of that one thing. Let me explain a bit more (while still respecting the privacy of both my friend and my daughter). [...]

How do I live my best life?

By |2019-06-12T09:31:20+12:00June 6th, 2019|Rock the Good Shit!, Rock YourSELF!|

OK, I hate that title. But it’s all about SEO – did you know if you title your blogs with questions people type into google, your content is more likely to be found? True story. And this post IS about living your best life. I just hate those words because I [...]

Sell them what they want, so you can give them what they need

By |2019-06-06T07:38:13+12:00May 30th, 2019|Rock Plain Language, Rock Your Brand, Rock YourSELF!, Rockstar Communication|

OK, I need to take you on a little bit of a journey to explain what I mean here, so bear with me. I have a background as an educator. I trained as a high school English teacher. I started teaching at universities at 21 years old.  I worked in indigenous [...]

How to persuade and get buy-in

By |2019-05-30T07:12:22+12:00May 22nd, 2019|Rock Plain Language, Rock Your Brand, Rock Your Writing, Rock YourSELF!, Rockstar Communication|

How not to argue If you’re in an energetic discussion with someone, what’s a sure-fire way to get them to dig their heels in? Flat-out tell them they’re wrong. Point out all the faults in their logic. Deny their point of view. The more you do that, the greater the barrier [...]

What can you roll with?

By |2019-05-22T12:49:43+12:00May 15th, 2019|Rock YourSELF!, Rockstar Communication|

What are you putting energy into resisting? What might happen if you just roll with it? I’m what you might call ‘highly strung’ (uggh).  Me earlier in life was a basket-case. Control-freak, stressed out, ready to blow up over stupid shit on a regular basis.     I really struggled to [...]

Dear document reviewers

By |2019-05-15T07:14:08+12:00May 8th, 2019|Rock Plain Language, Rock Your Writing, Rock YourSELF!, Rockstar Communication|

Dear document reviewers, It’s not about you. It’s about whether the document is fit for purpose (and fit for its readers).     In my estimation, about 70% of all feedback from reviewers of documents in the workplace is not based on correctness or making a document fit for purpose. It’s [...]

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