Attempting Round the Bays with Fibromyalgia

On Sunday 18 February I did the 6.5km Wellington Round the Bays. Easy for some, not so much for me. Let me explain…

“You should only run if you’re being chased or on fire”. That was how I viewed running for a long time, yet when I was a kid, my family belonged to a running club.

We’d go every Wednesday night and some weekends. No fire involved. Occasional chasing.

I was active in dance (ballet, jazz, character), hockey, and drama around this time too, but as I got older, I stopped running. It became a chore. Something you did when you had to. I remember being made to do a 5km “fun run” with school when I was about 12. I hated it.

I’ve done very little running since. Then I stopped playing hockey. Stopped dancing. Eventually stopped acting. And in my twenties I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Continue reading “Attempting Round the Bays with Fibromyalgia”


The Waikanae Walk of Hell, Yes!

Every Sunday, I give myself a little challenge and go on a walk or trek. In 2018, so far this has included the Southern Walkway in Wellington, Manawatu Gorge, Turakirae Head, and Waikanae Riverbank (all quite different walks, and all recommended. Also suggest Central Park in Brooklyn/Te Aro and Otari-Wilton’s Bush, both in Wellington).

Last Sunday, I discovered the Parata Walking Track at Hemi Matenga Scenic Reserve in Waikanae.

The Reserve ticks so many boxes, with three walks to choose from depending on your time available and fitness level. Plus, it gets bonus points for being dog friendly to pups on leads! Continue reading “The Waikanae Walk of Hell, Yes!”

Notable Marketing Dates in 2018 (including downloadable calendar)

I wrote this for Storbie customers, but this is helpful for any business wanting to plan out their marketing for the year and try a few different ideas.

From “International Day of Women and Girls in Science” to “World Smile Day”, there are so many opportunities to promote your business with holidays and observances apart from the usual “Summer Sales” and “Back to School Sales”.

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When planning your sales and promotions for the year, there are some regular key dates to keep in mind, such as seasonal changes, public holidays, and school terms.

It also pays to think outside the box and look at some alternate dates that could complement your business, brand or products.

For example, if you sell books or items with quotes, why not focus on prose for World Poetry Day on March 21?

Share a photo of your staff dressed up for Pink Shirt Day on May 18 to show you take a stand against bullying.

Add some Te Reo to your products during Maori Language Week from 10-16 o Mahuru (September).

We’ve created this handy calendar with a mix of notable dates and special events to keep track of.

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Let’s all go to the zoo!

One of the most undervalued experiences one can have is a visit to the zoo.

There’s nothing quite like an up-close encounter, and I’ve been lucky enough to experience a few over the years. Most recently with red pandas at Wellington Zoo. Continue reading “Let’s all go to the zoo!”

Trust No One. Not even the Department of Conservation

They say don’t trust everything you read online.

But what if that information belongs to the Department of Conservation? Surely that’s a site you should be able to trust when it comes to say, going for a walk, right? As I discovered on Saturday, that’s not the case. Continue reading “Trust No One. Not even the Department of Conservation”

Share your family photos, but be considerate

A tweet earlier today bemoaning oversharing of child pictures by parents has quickly led to my timeline being full of encouragement for parents to share as many photos as they want.

And I’m in agreement… mostly. Continue reading “Share your family photos, but be considerate”

What’s with all the Lying Romance?

The latest Christmas movie for romantics to get swept away with is the Netflix Original “A Christmas Prince”.

Like many others, I first ignored it when it was first suggested on Netflix.

But oh then, that great Marketing wheel! All it took was a tweet to have me intrigued…

…and so I finally watched it the weekend before Christmas. Continue reading “What’s with all the Lying Romance?”