Ten ways I’m challenging the belief that I am a failure

Ten ways I’m challenging the belief that I am a failure

  Every day I wake up and feel like a failure. Today I decided that has to stop.   I’ve somehow only just realized that these beliefs about myself are, in the balance of things, really not helpful. That’s an understatement, to be fair. It’s 

Grief during a pandemic -RUOK special

Grief during a pandemic -RUOK special

Once again it is RUOK day, and I can bet you that if you asked anyone who is alive right now, the chances of a “No” answer would be pretty high.   We all know the reasons for that.   Today I want to talk 

How to Finish a PhD while Raising Small Children, and Keep Your Sanity Part 2: Mind Management

How to Finish a PhD while Raising Small Children, and Keep Your Sanity Part 2: Mind Management

Well, hello there! I feel very guilty for not following up with Part 2 of this series in a timely manner. Thank you for reading and commenting, and sharing amongst your fellow PhD mothers (and dads). The response to my first post on how to 

Everything I learned about about self care I learned from my tomatoes

Everything I learned about about self care I learned from my tomatoes

My family know that I am in no way a gardener; instead of having a green thumb, I seem to not be able to keep the least demanding plants alive. Until now. A few months ago, a good friend told me that I could plant 

I’m a GP and I sought help for my mental health. Here’s why you can too.

I’m a GP and I sought help for my mental health. Here’s why you can too.

Today, on World Mental Health Day, I am hoping everyone checks in on how they’re travelling. Are you waking up feeling energised and enthusiastic about the day ahead? Are you finding joy in the small things? Or do you wake in a panic, already drowning 

On the other side of Grief, Joy and Connection are waiting

On the other side of Grief, Joy and Connection are waiting

A very dear friend, whom I consider to be one of the wisest and kindest in the world, said these words yesterday and I could not agree more with her. The other amazing thing is that she said this in front of a group of 

To My Children: It’s Not You, It’s Me

To My Children: It’s Not You, It’s Me

When you were babies and I went back to work and a PhD, it was all about you. I worried that you may be somehow compromised by having a mother who left you on some days of the week to pursue a career. This was 

How To Happy Part 1: Being Kind To Myself

How To Happy Part 1: Being Kind To Myself

I’ve been on a journey to discover how to be happier for some years now. Initially it was pretty vague, but as the stressful events in my life ramped up, it took on a great deal more focus. Funny how that happens.  Happiness research has similarly 

You are living someone else’s dream

You are living someone else’s dream

    Try not to complain about getting old. Many will not get the same privilege.   Try not to complain about having to see your family at Christmas.  Many will be extremely lonely with little human connection.    Try not to complain about your 

Love Yourself, Love Your Body

Love Yourself, Love Your Body

Happy New Year! I generally enjoy the opportunity to reflect as the years tick over. But one of my pet peeves are the messages that come screaming out in abundance on Jan 1. “New Year New You!” or even worse – “Get a new body for