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A big family bag of mixed nuts

Auckland Famly Skype

Q. What do you get when you cross English, Irish and Scottish with Tongan, Chinese, Malaysian, Cambodian, and Maori?

A. Dinner with the Auckland part of my family

It is Sunday, 5pm, the sun is still bright in the Auckland summer sky. The phone rings, a real estate agent wants to pop in to show Dad a new development he is looking to sell. Dad warns him he has “friends” here but welcomes him anyway.

5 minutes later he (more…)

Still Heartbreaking – 3 Years On


Yesterday was a tough day for me, the 3rd anniversary of the death of my little brother Ethan.

I am fine, and fine and then a few times a year something triggers me and I am left crying into my soft boiled eggs.

On Monday a woman who is staying here, shared that her husband died 5 years ago. She was upbeat about the conversation as she translated Portuguese into Spanish (more…)

How choosing a tattoo gave me the meaning of life

The Meaning of Life

This week has been hard for me.

Physically we are settled in a gorgeous hotel in a gorgeous town. By chance I have been the model for many lovely spa treatments so you would think I would be on top of the world!

But I am not my usual super motivated self, I turn on my computer and I can’t be bothered, I have that haze of uncertainty like I (more…)

Good Life Feature: A Lifestyle Renovation Adventure in Italy

Lisa Chiodo - Renovating Italy

It was at the exact same moment that Lisa and her husband realised what they wanted – needed – to do. So they bought a rustic property in Liguria (Italy) to create a community house sharing a rustic lifestyle with all who wish to visit!

Q. What triggered you to move the family?

Lisa: My husband and I began renovating houses, started a family and moved to Italy in 2005 with just a few suitcases and our two young children. We renovated a farmhouse and found a new life in the mountains.

After returning to Australia we soon realized that we wanted to go back to the simple life that we had left behind.

One day, my husband and I were in a seminar and were asked what we really wanted for our lives. We were sitting a few seats from each other and both leaned forward at exactly the same moment and said (more…)

One year on

Today is the 1 year anniversary of the death of my beloved little brother Ethan. 365 days since it all came crashing down.

A few people have noted how well we seem to be dealing with the grief. No bitterness, no blame, no wanting to die like I might have imagined I would, if I ever were to imagine losing my brother and closest friend… well, before it actually happened that is.

It’s such a weird experience to have the people you love the most die; even the terms used to describe death are weird… “passed away” like a second hand shirt or “lost” like a kitten up a tree.

The thing is that however much you analyse the words or appreciate how amazing people have been around me or how other people lack understanding… it doesn’t change a thing… he is still dead. (more…)

What do I do with my time now?

A lot of people ask me what I do with my time now and after a much needed lull and rest at the beginning of the year I find myself busier than ever!

My head is starting to clear after all the intensity last year and of course at the (more…)