One Month Later (from the POP Newsletter sent out on April 15 2019)

This newsletter is going out on the one month anniversary of the Christchurch terror attack. I had just started settling into my new community on the South Island when the tragedy unfolded. It left me numb. It's taken me a month to process.

As someone who's lived in the Middle East, studied its culture and politics, as well as reported extensively to "humanise" the Muslim community in the US, I was buoyed by what I observed after I moved to New Zealand. Friends of mine helping Syrian women learn to drive in Wellington. Neighbors helping collect donations for refugee families. At the Happiness Idea, we did a radio show on a local Muslim who started inviting strangers into his own home for "Coffee, Cake and Islam?" conversations.

I simply had a hard time believing what had happened when I heard the news about Christchurch. Though I wasn't naive enough to think it couldn't happen here, I lived in hope that it wouldn't. However, when I received...

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February 18, 2019 Episode - Catherine Robertson

 
Meet Catherine Robertson, author extraordinaire! She not only writes best-selling novels, but also reviews books for New Zealand Listener, and is a regular guest on Radio New Zealand. She talks about giving yourself permission to just dive in and do what you believe you can, as well as handling critiques when you do. 
 
This podcast episode was aired on February 18, 2019.
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November 5, 2018 Episode - Mashal Butler

podcasts Dec 19, 2018
 

"From Passion to Mission" Meet the master chef behind Raw Glory and Bounty Box NZ, and find out how shares her passion for and deeply held value about eating healthy organic produce and whole foods.

This podcast episode was aired last November 5, 2018.

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September 24, 2018 Episode - Trade School Kitchen

podcasts Dec 19, 2018
 

"Second Chances" Meet members of Trade School Kitchen in Naenae an amazing local cafe advocating to decrease the stigma around women with a prison past by providing the necessary support and employment opportunities for them to get back to society!

This podcast episode was aired last September 24, 2018.

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September 10, 2018 Episode - Lisa Nimmo, Rock Star/Author/Mum

podcasts Dec 19, 2018
 

"Rock Star Mum" We explore our very special guest's rock star adventure as she proves to the world that it's never too late to follow a dream.

This podcast episode was aired last September 10, 2018.

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August 27, 2018 Episode - Hadley Fierlinger, Whole30 Coach

podcasts Dec 19, 2018
 

"Nutrition Edition" Believe in the mind/body connection? Our guest shares her own path to conquering nutritional challenges and honoring her values to pursue her passion and find her purpose.

This podcast episode was aired last August 27, 2018.

 

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November 26, 2018 Episode - Martin Bosley

 

From cheffing to fishmongering, Martin Bosley has realigned what he does to reflect not just his talent for cooking, but also his values. After a very public business failure, now his social conscience drives his professional choices. The reward? He's found happiness again.

This podcast episode was aired on November 26, 2018.

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Follow Your Passion & See Where it Leads!

Writing is my passion, that I just follow for fun. And sometimes it leads to getting published: here's an article about "news done differently" that originally featured in The Spinoff. 
 
What are you passionate about that you like to do as a hobby? Have you ever dared just to follow it, with no expectations? You might be surprised to see where it leads!
 
Another article was in Huffpost Australia: a light-hearted look at what I learned during a year and a half without my husband, as well as a nudge to other women to examine the little ways in which they deny themselves a voice, and validation.  

Many women, otherwise strong and independent, have not yet learned to prioritize themselves within the context of their closest relationships. Flexibility is one thing, but overriding your own wants and needs costs you.  And I've seen time and time again how that "putting yourself last" bleeds into lives outside of the home - holding...

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Marketing Yourself with Strategic Authenticity

Uncategorized May 08, 2018
 
 
No matter what product, service, or company you sell or work for, who you are and how you are perceived impacts how successful you are.
 
As consumers become more empowered, the human connection – understanding who is behind what they are "buying"- is increasingly important. As Simon Sinek so rightly pointed out in his Golden Circle example, people want to be a part of a community. In order to do that, they need to understand and be able to buy into, the big “why”.  That “why” isn’t just about a product, service or company someone but also about the individual behind it.
 
This is simply human nature in play: people want to know why do you do what you do, and what your passion and purpose are.  However, professionals often marginalise this part of their professional lives. Instead of investing their time and energy defining and learning to articulate the answers to these questions, they rely on...
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How to Cruise through Uncertainty: A Unique Perspective

Uncategorized Apr 20, 2018

My Dad has a rather wild imagination. When I was a kid, he used to make up bedtime stories to tell me - about a “fairy god leg” that floated around granting wishes.

Memorable. I’ll grant you that.

Memorable is what you want when you want to get a message to “stick”. So, when I was preparing a speech to present at a recent conference, I just couldn’t help myself. The topic was something that’s been a recent theme in my own life: uncertainty. My Dad and I had been talking about “going with the flow” - and that’s when he mentioned a dream he’d had.

I should have known better than to ask.

He dreamed about a juicy, perfectly browned, succulent pot roast - you know the kind that just flakes apart? So tender, you don’t even need to cut? Only he was the pot roast. And he was floating down a stream.

Yup.

And in the dream, when he struggled against the current - fought where it was trying to take him - you...

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