Shits in our pool

As a child I had a cousin who was a serial offender when it came to pooing in swimming pools.

I am not sure whether this was a reaction to being relaxed in the water or if he just found everyone else’s reaction incredibly funny.

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Mikayla Whetton
Overwhelmed? What do you do?

Overwhelmed at how much I have on and overwhelmed at how much there is to do.

Feeling overwhelmed is like waking up under a large pile of rubble and knowing that you need to muster the energy to get yourself out.

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We have become unhelpfully independent!

I've been thinking a lot about support this week

Last week I was able to support my friend in possibly the toughest week of her life. It feels good to help, to be there and to be a shoulder for someone to lean on. The reason that I was able to put everything aside and be there for my friend is because I have an amazing support network in place. I have people around me that help, hold and have me. They’ve got my back.

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How Are You Showing Up?

‘Fitting in’ is a huge part of being human. Often we create stories around fitting in. These stories sometimes start with, “I’ve always been an outsider”, "I've never been in the cool group”,  “I don’t see that I can add any value”, and the old chestnut “I have never felt good enough”. Every one of us has had to deal with these feelings.  You are a smart, qualified adult and then, BAM, one drop in confidence and you become the scared, awkward kid you were at 13 years old.

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I Think Therefor I Am

Thinking has become my favourite past time! And now, like all passionate people with a new hobby, I am aghast at why more people are not doing this thinking thing more often…

In all of the thinking that I have done in the past 5 years - my most profound thought is that… 

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Reinvent You

Change is everywhere right now. In the past three years I have personally undergone enormous change.  Thirty six months ago I was working as a fashion editor, speaking at fashion events and styling women.

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Do what you want!

When was the last time you did exactly what you wanted? Not what you had to do or what you should do but what you wanted to do?

Doing what others want all day and everyday builds resentment. We have been taught that doing what ‘we want’ is wrong. That it is selfish and not ok. 

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Giving Joy

How did December get here so fast?! Crazy how fast this year has gone. This year has been a big one - for me there has been a lot of work, a lot of stretching myself into new shapes and a lot of stress. So much of the stress is stuff I have no control over - when people around you are unwell, behave badly or go through large life changes -  all we can do is cope the best that we can. 

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Diabetes Awareness

Six years ago, I took my 8 year old daughter to the doctors concerned that she had lost weight, was incredibly grumpy and was eating and drinking a lot more than ever before. My doctor said she was probably just having a growth spurt and not to worry. As we walked out he said we could test her blood sugar levels you want. Tilly's blood sugars were 29.8. (A ‘normal’ persons blood sugars sit between 4 - 6). The nurse offered me a cup of tea and a hug - I still had no idea what this number meant and then the doctor suggested we call an ambulance! I had no idea what Type 1 diabetes was and asked the doctor how long this will last!

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Your Life. Your Terms

Twice a year I take groups of women to China - They are shopping trips and many people confuse them for a week of blatant consumerism for spoilt,wealthy women. Wrong. So wrong.

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The Parenting Experiment

In the past 18 years of being a parent I have finally worked out what parenting actually is - it's an experiment! Sometimes throughly researched, sometimes intuitive, sometimes flying by the seat of my arse, thinking on the spot, kind of experiment!

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Are you plenty power?

I have a wonderful friend called Rosie who I met a few weeks after she moved to NZ from Korea. Her English was very limited and we had hilarious conversations and a few games of charades to communicate when we first met.

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Keeping your love tank FULL

I was recently speaking to a woman who was really concerned about her daughter - she had very low self esteem and the mother was really worried about the fact that she was not able to do the things she wanted to do.

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Fit? or Fuck It?

Its my birthday this week - and I have finally reached a cross roads. I have been teetering on the edge for a while but now a decision has to be made!

The cross road that I have reached is whether to make the enormous effort to get fit and trim or officially put myself into the “fuck it - don’t care - I’m just going to enjoy being fat” category.

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How amazing are you?

I was at a training day recently and the presenter was talking about how everyone in the room had something amazing about them. Something special - often something you are not even aware of. He asked us to turn to the person next to us and tell them ‘what was a amazing about you’.

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 Contributing or Contaminating?

People are one of my biggest passions. Being a raving extrovert, the thought of being around lots of people, meeting new people and learning about what makes people tick fills many of my days. I believe that the quality of the people in your life has a huge effect on the quality of your life. Everyone who is in your life is either contributing or contaminating your world.

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