Tag: self-help

More about Mrs Philpott

Mrs Zoe Philpott is the central character of my new novel, Fixing Mrs Philpott. Here, to give you a better idea of why she thinks she might need fixing, are a few more samples of the book. Moving on a couple of months, Christchurch, where Zoe and her husband live, is struck by an immense, devastating earthquake. Endless […]

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Very very good is good enough

I am forever amazed at the barrage of self-help material urging us to aim for the top, follow our dreams, and especially to be better than everyone else. Just a minute: how can everyone be the best? I figured out the maths around 1972, when New Zealand’s favourite poet, Sam Hunt, told me that female poets (unlike male poets) […]

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My boot camp for the bonus years

In which I bully myself into making 12 lifestyle changes in a single year, to increase my health and happiness in old age and reduce the chances of getting dementia. This is an account of my personal boot camp to prepare myself for the extra years—the bonus years that we never expected or desired—the years […]

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My 12 New Year resolutions

Last year I overdosed on new year resolutions. Within a self-imposed boot camp for the bonus years, I set myself 12 tasks. I thought they were separate tasks but they turned out to be entangled and synergistic. I expected them to be pretty easy but they turned out to be rebellious, recalcitrant and complicated. To find […]

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And so begins my boot camp for the bonus years

Below is the first post of my boot camp for the bonus years, in which I decided to bully myself into making 12 lifestyle changes in a single year, hoping to increase my health and happiness in old age and reduce my chances of getting dementia. This was my attempt to prepare for the bonus years that we never expected […]

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