When I first began this blog I made some promises. I promised readers "poetry, playlists, book reviews, mindful travelogues, creative events and opportunities for the Waikato’s young writers, readers and listeners." It's been nine months since that first post (woohoo!) and I think this blog has delivered on all those promises, except one. So it's about time that #LivingLit had a travelogue post, and Seed's #wellbeingmonth is the perfect time to do it. So let's get going!
As our seasons change so does our climate and the way we need to nourish our bodies, in order maintain greater balance within the body. Certain foods/the way we eat, can help us to balance out these changes in our bodies responses to biochemical (chemical/metabolic processes within a living thing/organism) fluctuations.
Looking back, its quite ironic that, at age 12, I decided to devote myself to a career where I would sit in a dark room all day asking the patient whether what they are looking at is better with “1, or, 2?”
Millennials are creatives. Now, you could have one of three reactions to that statement. 'YES!' or 'I wish.' or 'Heck no.' Obviously I wouldn't be writing this blog if I didn't agree with that first ecstatic expression of solidarity. Yes. I believe that creativity is in our DNA. I believe that not only are all Millennials capable of creative feats but we are one of the most creative generations yet.
For nearly ten years I lived with this idea that I’m not Māori enough to be Māori. Not because anyone told me that, rather I joined all the Maori groups at University and then discovered the term ‘Plastic Māori’ and could never quite shake the feeling that I was one.
I was lacking protein in my diet. Yes I know, me, someone who often eats steak for breakfast was lacking in protein, but when you take into account the amount of physical activity I do and what my body is trying to maintain it is not surprising. So what did we do about it?
Health to me comes in many aspects, the food I eat, the amount I move and the thoughts I have. Of late from listening to podcasts, reading a wide variety of articles and attending seminars with Ben Warren and Dr Libby, the importance of gut health and what affects the gut have moved further and further to the top of my consciousness.
Right now I will bring in the idea of a simple grounding practice that everyone - no matter what their journey - can start with and implement everyday to help bring more peace to their lives, so more love and happiness can be felt, more frequently and for longer periods of time.
What can we learn from street art that will help us #LiveLit? It seems that Hamilton’s own brand of street art is not only about protest. It’s about celebration. The BOON Festival can teach us to find art where we are, in the here and now. To make art out of our everyday. To be the artists we want to see in Aotearoa.
My mission is to ensure all New Zealanders can access affordable and effective government relations services. If we all get a bit better at engaging with Parliament then our political leaders will be in a position to better respond to the will of the people.
Dream big and work hard, but at the end of the day, remember that this ‘race’ that we tend to get caught up in is only against ourselves. Pace yourself, set your own goals, and you’re already on your way to better living, loving and leading.
2018 is here! And with it comes a whole new year of inspirational blogging. Seed is proud to host a space that has become home to the words of writers, creatives, adventurers, sportspeople and leaders of all kinds. So we want our first post of the year to celebrate the incredible voices that have shared their thoughts and stories with us.
I am super passionate about our unique human qualities and the inner strength we have. We were all created equal and it is only in our minds, that we disbelieve the potential we harness. Having spoken to many people from all walks of life through my coaching, I have taken to writing as a tool to help understand myself better and to open conversations about topics that seem to come up time and time again. I also talk from personal experiences and I share what I have learnt.
I’ll be the first to admit that it isn’t always realistic to shop ethically and locally all the time, but it’s worth considering. For this month’s blog post, I’ve chosen to profile a few local creatives who craft beautiful things that are worth sharing with your loved ones this holiday season.
If there is something I almost cannot live without, it's lists. And my favorite kind of list is the book list. So I have audaciously put together a list of 20 books that I think are worth picking up this summer. It's an entirely subjective list. But whether you're looking for a bestseller, a classic, something a little out of left field, or you're prepping for that next book to screen adaptation, I hope there is something in this list for you.
As a young Nutritionist, Healer and Wellness Coach in the Waikato I have been seeing a trend with all ages and sexes. People are becoming more aware of the importance of holistic health. That trend is a shift from the diet mindset to one of seeking a good relationship with food and their bodies. This has been a great step forward.
Every novel begins with a single word. Every experience is made up of seconds. Every decision follows after a whole bunch of littler choices. But because life is often at least a bit ironic, it’s the little things we always let slip through the cracks. It’s the small, daily joys that we take most for granted. The big question is: Why do we miss out?
While it is easy to bury our heads in the sand and assume that involvement is the responsibility of others, collective action is powerful, and through unity we can be a part of creating change and building community. My question to you is, what are you doing with your hands?
I’m the first to admit I’m a go-getter. A big dreamer. A doer. My laptop is on 24/7, my cell phone is glued to my hand. I’m juggling a million and one things on my to-do list, and I thrive on it. And whilst I will be the first up in the morning and the last to bed at night, I also make sure I make time for self-care.
A dreary day with chances of thunderstorms were our forecast for this week. Not ideal conditions for the #mondaycrew, but give us thunder and we’ll find a way to make thunderade. I think that’s how the saying goes.
Art is for everyone. Colours. Words. Music. Working together or standing alone they can connect with us. Make us feel something. Communicate a bigger purpose. We don’t all have to be critics and connoisseurs to experience the power of the arts.
Mount Te Aroha Rise and shine, the weekend’s over which can only mean one of two things... You have to slog your way through a rough day of work/study/chill orrrr you can get out there and climb mountains like the #mondaycrew. This week our crew celebrate a few minor (let’s be honest they’re major) achievements.
“Millennials will save us all.” That was the underreported subtitle of Joel Stein’s TIME piece, The Me, Me, Me Generation. Stein’s article is probably one of the most popular articles written about our generation. And since it was on the front cover of TIME it must be true. We will save the world.
So another glorious Monday rolled around and that tingling feeling returned, deep in the loins of the #themondaycrew. It was time to lace up the activity shoes, put unsuccessful tinder dates behind us (Ben), limber up, and slap on our adventure caps for yet another walk on the wild side of nature.
The world is speeding up. If you live in the Waikato you’re probably more aware of it than most. Odds are, you escaped some larger city just for a change of pace. But even in the Waikato we are doing more stuff in less time.
My name is Ryan O’Connor and I was born and raised in Invercargill, New Zealand, thus the nickname Stag. I have been involved in many ventures; sports, performing, speech, music, studying in Auckland and Dunedin, from this I have a gained a wide network. However, despite being involved with many people, when it comes to deep and meaningful friends, I have but a few.
We all want to live lives worth writing about. Whether you think your life’s a novel, a script, a poem, a song, or something more indefinable, you can be sure of one thing: we are all works in progress. Living Lit is a #humpday hoorah about finding inspiration in the stories that surround us. It’s about how reading and writing in the Waikato can help us to discover the epicness in others and in ourselves.
When you’re constantly on the go, with study, work and life in general, grabbing your wellness fix when you can is super important. From a good sweat session, to some mind-body connecting, to soul nourishing foods, here’s the lowdown on the must visit places in the Waikato.