I am a New Zealander who has lived in this beautiful country all my life. I have predominantly studied psychology and also dabbled in the study of politics, sociology, and fitness health. I love learning and reading about interesting new research that promotes peoples’ understanding of themselves, gives hope that change is possible, improves well-being and our ability to connect with others.
I am a health professional and I have an interest in mindfulness and compassion-based philosophies as well as neuroscience, and how early attachment effects the brain and overall well-being. I believe that the key to well-being is a balance of meaningful and positive connection to others, as well as work, fun, stillness, movement, and nourishment. I also believe there is great power in kindness.
I like to play football (soccer) and volleyball and enjoy being in nature. I particularly love being near the ocean, especially vast or powerful bodies of water – it energises me!! Connecting with others in an authentic way also gives me strength.
I wouldn’t call myself a meditator. I prefer mindful movements such as yoga, however am open to developing my still-meditative ‘muscle’. I am mindful in my day to day life, taking moments to reflect, notice, acknowledge and as much as possible be kind. I have been known to be a little hard on myself and am endeavouring to lessen this unhelpful pattern. I am quite new to the concept of mindful self-compassion having come across it only in the past year but I am excited by the opportunity to share my experiences here as I embark on a journey with mindful self-compassion.