Encouragement

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That Time I Lost a Diamond In The Lewis Pass.

Before I get going here I have to say that although this title sounds a little Indiana Jones-ish, it happened. We took a road trip down to Christchurch in the first week of the school holidays for my Dad’s 60th Gatsby party. On the way out of town, I snagged my diamond engagement ring on my tights… it tore a small hole but nothing major. I checked my ring and it was fine. All intact. If I had to choose...

Say ‘Yes’ First, Panic Later

I used to be a lot braver. I used to just push through my fear. I have had limited energy these days for pushing through. Things that require more bravery are exhausting. They often end up in the too hard basket. Though it’s true that I have been a little more fearless in my writing this year, there are still some things beyond this blog that I have held back from. Until now. Lately, God has been bringing opportunities my...

Masks, McChickens And Being Truly Seen

In my late teens, before I worked in TV, I used to do a bit of work for More FM in Christchurch. Some voluntary, some paid. As much as I could fit in between my regular bill-paying job at McDonald’s. For a while, I worked on a casual basis doing promotional stuff. One Saturday, we ended up doing a radio promotion at a new McDonalds that had opened up in a service station. Part of that promotion meant meeting Ronald....

Why Your Art Matters To Me

On the 11 th of May 1998, Oxford band Unbelievable Truth realised their first album ‘Almost Here’. The band line up included Nigel Powell, Jason Moulster, Jim Crosskey and front man Andy Yorke, younger brother of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke. At the time Radiohead were still riding out the success of OK Computer, their 1997 critically acclaimed album. It was a far cry from ‘Almost here’, which after receiving some success, subsequently found Unbelievable Truth dropped from their label. I was...

Are You Still Hanging On To Your Dream?

I have never seen a duck on our local beach before. Yet, there it was, staring out to sea as if it was waiting for something. My husband and I were at the beach twice last week. Both times it was there. It was weird to see a duck hanging out in the sand. The sea gulls kept to their usual congregation at the far end of the beach, scattering as we walked past, but the lone duck didn’t flinch...