Why I didn’t hike 3000km

In episode 3, I talk about how my New Zealand experience started by my chickening out of a hike…a very long hike. Have a listen here!


In episode 2, I (reluctantly) face my fear of learning to drive again

Happy 2018! I recorded inside the car after driving down to the mall to get myself a coffee. Sounds like no big deal, but after over a decade of no driving, it sure feels like one.

Facing fears is a key part of any story, but being inside fear is no fun at all. Thankfully, I’m finding a way out…I hope. Listen to episode 2 of ‘Firmly on Shaky Ground’ to get the full story!



Settling in

It’s become a habit of mine to focus on negatives and risks. I think it comes from a somewhat nervous disposition. I was a shy child, at six already falling into the ‘caretaker’ role – bringing Mum my teddy bear to soothe her heartbroken sobs after a late night phone call from a bad-news boyfriend. Smiling through the tightness in my stomach as my Dad clutched my hand, walking me to the door of the bus. Time always ran out fast on Sundays, signalling the end of every-second-weekend-with-Dad.

Coming over here I naturally had fears. None of them came to pass. Things have turned out really pretty great. I’ve found work, and never been unemployed for more than a few weeks. I have people here that care about me, and a couple of scruffy animal friends that recognise me too. Sometimes home can feel like owning a library card, and having a local fish and chipper.
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