Another day, another mental health diagnosis. Here’s a list of the brands I’ve racked up so far (like many fellow crazies, I feel a perverse sense of pride in these): Panic disorder Major depressive disorder Generalised anxiety disorder Avoidant personality disorder (which isn’t even a THING!) Social anxiety disorder And now, bipolar 2. Which, quite […]Read more "A Love Letter To Lady Dynamite"
When you break out the pros and cons list, working for the not-for-profit sector doesn’t look like the wisest career move. You can expect lower pay than both the private and public sector, and if you’re one of the 70% or so of women in the sector, you’re likely to be on significantly lower pay than men doing the […]Read more "Why I Work For Charities"
Everyone, everywhere, knows that once a month, women become unbearable beasts. We rant, we rave, we cry, we sulk, and we rage. One minute, we’re happy in the wolf pack, and the next, we’re a fully blown werewolf. We have PMS. But if you look for actual evidence of PMS, it’s just not there. In 2012, […]Read more "PMS Is A Myth"
When I first meet Simonne Butler, I am in awe at the powerful woman I’ve seen all over the news talking about the healing journey she has been on after being brutally attacked by her ex-boyfriend with a samurai sword. She is even more striking in real life—standing on the front porch of the cottage […]Read more "After The Samurai Swords: Healing After Years Of Abuse"
Look up “Antoine Dixon trial” on the Internet, and you will see image after image of a man with crazy eyes peering menacingly at you. You will read all about a man who went on a methamphetamine-fuelled rampage through a small New Zealand town on a fatal day in 2003. A man who mutilated two […]Read more "The Woman Behind The Samurai Sword Attack: Inside Domestic Abuse"
I have always been proud to be a New Zealander. I am proud that my country was the first place in the world to give women the vote, and the first country to bring in universal benefits for the poor and elderly. I am incredibly proud to say that New Zealand consistently ranks first-equal in […]Read more "Let’s Get Political, Political"
I’m sitting inside the tiny office by myself, waiting to hear my fate. The manager, someone I chirrup hello to each day, greets me sheepishly, and eases into his chair. He confers quickly with the HR lady sotto voice, to find out if he is delivering me bad news, or good. Although we have known […]Read more "Reflections On My Redundancy"