Making peace with PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD is a psychological condition which has been caused by a frightening event. Although my trauma occurred mostly when I was very young, I still suffer with the memories which are triggered by everyday events in my life now. PTSD is not easy to overcome. Much of my adult life has […]

What is bullying?

The Australian Human Rights Commission website states: “Bullying is when people repeatedly and intentionally use words or actions against someone or a group of people to cause distress and risk to their wellbeing. These actions are usually done by people who have more influence or power over someone else, or who want to make someone […]

The world will not change with you

An old workmate contacted me to say she was arranging a get together of colleagues. Was I interested? The memories were not all fond, but I thought it would be nice to catch up to see what had transpired in each of our lives over the 30 years. We met at a local restaurant for […]

You are adequate

Last weekend I took part in a retreat where I spoke. It was a great weekend reconnecting with others from my hometown. Old feelings reared their head which got me going over the past. Inadequacy was one of my strongest feelings in the early years, mostly because I was so much bigger than anyone I […]

The uniqueness of weight loss

I am often asked how I have lost over 100kg of weight. This is difficult for me answer, as there were many factors which led to my weight gain. Despite the evidence provided by recent studies, society generally thinks that weight gain is associated with the volume of food we eat alone. So, the expectation […]

The Simmering Kettle

Sometimes I feel like a simmering kettle. It’s as if my body is hyped up and ready to leap at the slightest threat. Just increase the heat slightly and I’ll boil over. To the outside world this will go unnoticed. I guess it seems that I’m more excited than usual. But within myself I am […]

A walk to the lake, my place of peace

Over the weekend I walked with my greyhound, Dreamy in The Leg of Mutton. It’s a small walk with a steep roadway down into the dried lake. This is just one of the volcanic lakes in the area in which I live. It was once a nursery for introduced species of trees and still has […]

I am in competition with no-one

We’ve all heard the saying, “I am in competition with no-one.” But what does this mean? As soon as we step out our door we are confronted with the neighbour’s shiny new car, or exquisite garden. Turn on the television and we are reminded that we should be slimmer, younger, intelligent, fit, and healthy. At […]

Love in the midst of pain

For a long time, I wanted my life to be perfect, thinking this would make me happy. Everything had to be in its place, my home and life tidy and clean and everything brand new. Life was frustrating, after all, nothing is perfect. My frustrated desire for tidiness and order could not be satisfied. Even […]

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