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The crime of being an unapologetic woman

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

I found this post this morning in my ‘drafts’. I wrote it in 2012 and when I read it I wondered why I had never finished or published it. Because I am as convinced now as I was then that a woman who dares make herself central to her creative work, and does so without shame or apology, is […]

Do you love a good story? This is for you.

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

I’ve become someone who secretly looks forward to travel delays. If I get stuck on a train for an unexpected hour, no sweat. If my flight is delayed by a few hours, or I can’t find a good connection so I have to spend half a day in an airport in the middle of who-knows-where, […]

A story of change, Part IV

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

This is the fourth and final part of a the story I told at the Extraordinary Tales event recently. You can read the first part here, the second part here, and the third part here. After Afghanistan, I came home again. Home to Wellington, where I wrote a book about my experiences in Afghanistan, opened a restaurant […]

Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff…

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us […]

The Moment Courage Stepped into My Life

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

A guest post from Ryan Sallans The room felt as if it were shaking up and down until there was gentle pressure placed on the top of my knee. I looked down to see a brown leather shoe holding me in place, anchoring me to the moment. The shoe belonged to my therapist, who was […]

Tara Mohr on Playing Big

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

The first conversation Tara Mohr and I ever had, about four years ago, was about her desire to write a book (I was writing Zen Under Fire at the time) and how she was confronting the fears, doubts and challenges that come with the kind of ‘playing big’ it takes to do so. About a […]

Is it time to recalibrate your compass?

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

There’s a lot of talk, in personal development and activist circles, about finding your purpose. I’m wary of that turn of phrase, with it’s implication that ‘purpose’ is both singular and fixed. I think of it more as ‘living a purposeful life’, or – as my friend Tara puts it ‘recognising your callings‘, plural. Julia Butterfly Hill calls […]

What I’ve Been Reading: 2013

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Over the past couple of years I’ve been sharing what I’ve read in my monthly newsletter and, as a nice bonus, that means at the end of each year I have a record of all the books I read during the year.

2013 was a bumper year for reading for me—largely thanks to having done so much travel. Long distance train and plane journeys are perfect for reading, as are buses, departure lounges and hotel rooms.

So here they are—the books I read in 2013—compiled into one list. I’ve separated out my 3 ‘best picks’ in each category at the top, but you really can’t go too far wrong with any of these books. I’ve left in my short review of each to help you choose which might be right for you.

Honour thy teacher. Honour thyself.

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

When your teacher asks: Have you been writing? Tell her the truth. Tell you have been writing. Finally, despite the resistance and the struggle, you have been writing. And then, if you are brave, tell her that your writing is still as bad as it ever was. If you are really brave, admit that the reason […]

You don’t always get what you want.

Friday, June 21st, 2013

(I find my appearance in this photo amusing. I think I look like the CEO of Chicago, arms-crossed and smiling as though to say, ‘I may have built this town, but I’m taking a break now to pose casually for this photo’ The photo itself is gorgeous, thanks to Rebecca Downes) But you get what […]

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