I knew Pete would be someone with a colourful life story even before we had met. The second I turned the corner on his steep gravel driveway and saw his not exactly ordinary home, I knew this would be someone with stories to tell.Read More
What do you do when you're 34 and almost everyone around you is getting married, starting families, buying houses and trying to get ahead in their careers, and somehow it’s just not what you want from life? Well, in my case, you move into your campervan and cruise around New Zealand to surf, kitesurf, read and write - and maybe find some answers along the way.
For the second story in my ‘Different People’ series, I met with Julia who lives in her motorhome and works as a carer for sick and elderly people around New Zealand. Her’s is a story that proves it’s never to late to make big changes in your life, to reinvent yourself and to live YOUR life.Read More
This is the first in a series of stories about people who are doing life differently.
Mike is an activist and politician who lives off-the-grid in the Far North of New Zealand. Read his story and learn about the lessons he’s learnt and the advice he would give others.Read More
Why is it so hard to do life differently sometimes, even when you know you’re doing the right thing for you? Because it means living life without a plan. And that can be hard, no matter how right it is.Read More
When we think about what makes us unhappy or what gets in the way of our happiness, it’s easy to think about negative emotions like pain, fear, anger and stress as the main cause for our unhappiness. However, there is reason to believe that this line of thought is not just wrong but it could even be harmful.Read More
It’s Friday and I spent the day at the beach. I almost didn’t go. I almost listen to the little voice in my head that was reminding me of all the things I should be doing instead – it’s a work day after all and fun is for weekends…Read More
Being true to yourself and living life your way is hard - especially when it means being different. Being back in the city after living and traveling in a van for 5 months made me realise just how easily you pulled back into ‘normal’ and lose sight of who you are.Read More
We all find ourselves in situations sometimes where something in our life just doesn’t really fit anymore and we want change, we want something new. But how is that change or new going to find you if you just hold on to the old? You need to make space in your life for new things to find you.Read More
It’s been five months now since I said goodbye to the career-focused 8-5 city life and moved into my van – And what an amazing five months it has been.
I’m about to take a little break for a few weeks so time for some reflections.Read More
After over four months of living the Vanlife, it was time to make some big decisions about the future.
As it turns out, living up to my new 'Be fearless. But don't be stupid' Mantra is easier said then done. But luckly a chance encounter helped me figure out the right next steps for me.Read More
One of my favourite parts of the Vanlife is that I get to discover new places and experiences all the time. I’ve come to realise how powerful, humbling and inspiring that is.
That's why I’m going to challenge you to go on a little 'Something New' Adventure yourself...Read More
It’s been four weeks now since I gave up ‘normal’ life in Auckland to live life differently. It has been an amazing experience so far and I’ve already learnt so much. I’ve been trying to put into words what I love most about it and why it feels so right. Here is what I’ve come up with.Read More
I’ve set myself a new reading challenge. Instead of focusing on reading as many books as possible, I now focus on capturing as many insights as possible from each book. That means, reading slower and taking notes while I’m reading.
And then I thought, if I’m already taking notes, I might as well share them with you :) So I’m starting a new series of blog posts called “What I'm Reading”.Read More
This is the first post is my new series 'What I'm Reading' where I share key insights and interesting facts from books I'm reading. More about What I'm Reading here.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck was recommended to me by a really good friend. She spoke about it so passionately that it jumped right to the top of my reading list – and I’m glad it did.Read More
The other day I read a friend’s Facebook post that really touched me. Firstly, because it was beautiful – in a dark but also hopeful kind of way. And secondly, because it reminded me of an incredible valuable lesson I’ve learn in recent yearsRead More