In April, I had the privilege to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), which is a leadership development programme for emerging leaders. Reflecting on my adventure almost three months later, there are three main learnings that I want to share with you: Teamwork. Inspiration. Self-Awareness.
Rock bottom tends to provide one of two outcomes; quitting or persevering. We are interested in the persevering, in seeing rock bottom as a springboard in disguise.
Every day, it’s the same routine: wake up, prepare breakfast, take a shower, go to the office, come back in the evening, workout, make dinner, work on projects, spend time with family or friends, and finally (after a long exhausting day) go to sleep. Does this sound familiar to you?
Who am I? Where do I come from? Why do I look this way? These are questions we ask ourselves.
I challenge you, when opportunity comes knocking, when something catches your attention, even for just a moment, lean in to it. Feel the discomfort of something new and start anyway. In our passion we must find the courage to start something.
There’s a sense of liberation that comes with embracing your “failures”. Just say it out loud, and breathe. Acknowledge it, and the impact that it has had an you as a person. See it as another stroke on your canvas, a page in your book, or a stitch on your shirt.
A quarter of the year has rushed by. As the temperature drops, I have been looking back on what a summer it has been. Looking back to those good days and thinking, How do I keep the summer vibes and wellness alive? How when it is freezing outside, what can I do to live in all that joy all year round?
The past week has been a chorus. The voices of Aotearoa are one, strong, and stand together. This is what has been proven. We are one. We are strong. We stand together.
Today the Seed Waikato bloggers add their voices to the chorus echoing up and down this land which we share. We sing of support, of love, of our common humanity. Kia kaha.
When I found out about the “50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic” exhibition at the Waikato Museum, I knew that this was the perfect opportunity to restart my creative journey. I was excited to discover some of the most iconic images ever captured through the magic lens of a camera.
In order to seize this new year; to begin anew, we must be ready to make changes to our lives that are brave and courageous and have a positive impact on our well being and the well being of those around us. It is now, as a new year folds out in front of us, that we must take stock of the year that was.
There are so many things we need to fix in this world, that are not humanly possible to change. But why can’t we do something more to help something that surrounds us everyday?
The millennial generation is a young one, and we are building this plane while we are flying it, our stereotype will no doubt change and shift as our generation grows, sometimes we will be met with negativity, sometimes indifference, sometimes excitement. This is the magical thing about being a Millennial, we really can be apart of the change we want to see.
At the center of this bold new world is finding unity in diversity. Unity and diversity. Two words that completely contradict one another in a literal sense. So how can both of these ideas co-exist? How can we find that balance? How do we make sense of this proverbial yin and yang?
You may be envious of jealous of the lives that you think that others have, but if you talk to anyone for long enough, they’ll show you their scars. We’re all struggling just as much as you are. Maybe if we were all open and honest about how much our lives suck, we wouldn’t all have to pretend that everything’s good all the time. And all it takes is to just look around.
One woman's march would rattle the very foundations of the structure, it would cut through the stale air of the government building, it would cause heads to turn, it would change the world. What should have been another day at the office, was suddenly shattered. It was shattered by the click of one woman’s heels.
I have felt vulnerable to people’s criticisms for being odd and different. However, vulnerability should not be hidden since it’s a demonstration of opening up and showing our authentic selves to others. It may be hard sometimes to show our differences and even our weaknesses, but we should all feel happy and pursue the things that matter to us. After all, it is through vulnerability that deep connections are created in relationships, which generate empathy, trust, and understanding among our loved ones.
The world is filled with 7.6 billion people. 7.6 billion creative brains all unique in their own
way, even if they don’t know it yet. One soul out of the billion has now found where she
wants to be, and what she wants to do with her life. She has found one way of expressing herself. It is through blog writing.
I hope people can turn their hunger for change into being empowered to make things happen themselves. And I hope art, and imagining and dreaming the world to be different, holds a place of importance in that process.
When I think of a leader, I envision someone who not only inspires people, but also uplifts others by bringing out the best in them. With vision, leadership, and drive, nothing is impossible. No matter how hard life outside of the bubble might be, everyone has a gift to share with the world.
Wellbeing is no fad, it can’t be. Not if we want to continue living a life where we are all comfortable. But what is fundamental to this conversation is painting a bigger picture. A picture that extends outside of our well-being bubbles. One that includes community and nation, one that includes everybody.