The writer Emily P Freeman says “The fearful words find us easy, but the good words are found by us. We have to look for them and then when we find them we have to choose to receive them.” This is how I’m beginning to feel about this not-normal new normal we live in; the fear finds us easy, but the good is found by us. We have to look for it.
In the whirlwind of the trophies, the tour and her impossible talent, she’s simply a young woman finding her feet in the world; awkwardly, shyly, struggling with her self-confidence. That resonates.
When Alex was born, it took a while for me to become – and to accept – this new version of myself. The dual personalities of Rachel and Mummy. And the crucial commodity in all of it has been time.
It’s been six months since I moved home from New Zealand. This is what it was really like to live overseas – and to come back home.
Fifteen years after completing her PhD in marine science, Rachael Peart found her perfect role. The catch? It involved moving her family from New South Wales to New Zealand. Rachael talks about making the hop across the ditch, how her family have adjusted to life in Wellington and why a job with NIWA was too good an opportunity to miss.
Ever notice how normal things can sometimes be the most overwhelming? There's nothing unusual about a toddler going to nursery. Except now it's my toddler. And it's her very first day.
Have you ever watched Toast of London? There’s this one scene where the main character Toast and his acting troupe are warming up for rehearsals, led by the eccentric director of their play. They’re standing in a circle, gyrating to the intro to Hooked on a Feeling. That’s me a year ago.
We're celebrating ten years together. And is an anniversary really an anniversary if you don't write your partner an open letter on the internet?
Emma Bottomore is a British expat in Wellington and mum to seven-and-a-half year old Daniel. She talks about why staying in New Zealand made the most sense for her family and how contracting put her in a better position to negotiate flexible work opportunities.
We’re sitting on this hill when Alex starts smiling at a couple walking past. The woman smiles back. The man takes a couple of steps towards us, bending down to say something to Alex I reckon. Except he pauses for a second longer than I expect and then speaks to me instead.