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2 03, 2017

20 Seconds of Insane Courage

By |Mar 2nd, 2017|Categories: Personal Growth and Development|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on 20 Seconds of Insane Courage

Today, I was looking back in my archives and came across this article I wrote in 2009 about courage. I have just returned from a fabulous couple of weeks exploring the historic ruins of Greece. A last-minute change enabled me to fit in a one day tour of the three closest outer islands which was superb [...]

12 08, 2016

Leadership Matters – Survive or Thrive?

By |Aug 12th, 2016|Categories: Leadership Matters|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Leadership Matters – Survive or Thrive?

No matter where we look – at work, at school, in our community, in our country, in politics, in sport or in our world, we see leadership in action in a myriad of ways.  Some of it is inspiring; some of it is corrupt and lacks integrity.  Whichever way you see it, leadership matters and [...]

7 07, 2016

Lessons from Valerie Adams, a World Class Athlete

By |Jul 7th, 2016|Categories: Inspiration, Personal Growth and Development|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Lessons from Valerie Adams, a World Class Athlete

by Jo Hutchinson On a quiet Sunday, I lazily sipped away on my flat white while doing one of my favourite pastimes, reading the weekend newspaper.  It wasn’t long before I came across a fabulous article on Valerie Adams - New Zealand’s Queen of Shot Put and a world class athlete who’ll be soon competing [...]

27 05, 2016

It takes courage…

By |May 27th, 2016|Categories: Personal Growth and Development|Comments Off on It takes courage…

The Facebook post read: “I didn’t know that this was going to hit me as hard as it did. To be honest, it was gut wrenching to hear the news that in 2 weeks, none of us would have jobs.  So I thought this would be a good time to start the business I’ve always [...]

15 04, 2016

To Thy Own Self Be True

By |Apr 15th, 2016|Categories: Inspiration, Personal Growth and Development|Tags: , , |Comments Off on To Thy Own Self Be True

by Jo Hutchinson Shakespeare said “To thy own self be true.”  I was reunited with this saying last week while doing some background research work for a workshop that I was facilitating on the theme of Authentic Leadership. It got me thinking about what it means to live life authentically and to be true to [...]

7 03, 2016

Everything Happens for a Reason

By |Mar 7th, 2016|Categories: Inspiration, Personal Growth and Development|Tags: |Comments Off on Everything Happens for a Reason

It was a hot sunny Saturday and I’d finished work for the day. Driving home, I was virtually on my doorstep when the inevitable happened. As I backed my car into my tricky steep driveway, I inadvertently clipped the fence post which caught on the mudguard and bumper, dismembering them from the car. All it [...]

3 12, 2015

12 Christmas Questions

By |Dec 3rd, 2015|Categories: Personal Growth and Development|Comments Off on 12 Christmas Questions

12 x 12 = 12 Questions in 12 Minutes Ok, so Christmas is coming and with it snow for some and sun for others.  It can be a magical time of the year as we look forward to catching up with family, friends and even having holidays.  Equally, it can be a time of increased [...]

22 10, 2015

The Power of Presence

By |Oct 22nd, 2015|Categories: Great Spirit, Inspiration, Personal Growth and Development, Wisdom|Comments Off on The Power of Presence

The Power of Presence How often do you feel like you are talking with someone and they are only half listening, if at all?   And how many times have you been in conversation with someone and realised that you are busy in your mind with you own thoughts and not really listening to what [...]

16 09, 2015

Give Yourself Permission

By |Sep 16th, 2015|Categories: Inspiration, Personal Growth and Development|Comments Off on Give Yourself Permission

Who is The #1 Most Important Person in Your Life? Perhaps it’s just that it’s nearing the end of winter, but I’ve noticed 3 things: #1.  that a lot of people have been really sick, or #2.  are going through some really big life changes and/or #3.  are feeling the pressure, more so now than [...]

19 08, 2015

It Takes Courage to Live your Dreams

By |Aug 19th, 2015|Categories: Great Spirit, Inspiration, Personal Growth and Development|Comments Off on It Takes Courage to Live your Dreams

I’ve been thinking about the meaning of courage and how it shows up in life.  The Collins English dictionary defined it as: Courage noun 1. the power or quality of dealing with or facing danger, fear, pain 2. the courage of one's convictions the confidence to act in accordance with one's beliefs 3. take one's [...]

23 06, 2015

Celebrating Matariki

By |Jun 23rd, 2015|Categories: Great Spirit, Inspiration, Wisdom|Comments Off on Celebrating Matariki

Celebrating Matariki – The Dawning of a New Cycle We’ve just passed the winter solstice point which in the Southern Hemisphere means that we have passed the shortest day.  It signifies that the day light is now slowly increasing until we reach the summer solstice point in 6 months’ time.  In ancient times and in [...]

13 05, 2015

Collaboration is Everything

By |May 13th, 2015|Categories: Inspiration, Personal Growth and Development|Comments Off on Collaboration is Everything

A few years ago, I was a guest speaker at a Networking Event where I met amongst others, Amanda Judd.  Back then, she had just got her business up and running and I loved listening to her story and her dream.  We bonded instantly, swapped business cards and later I offered to help her in [...]

30 04, 2015

Life is Precious – Lest We Forget

By |Apr 30th, 2015|Categories: Personal Growth and Development|Comments Off on Life is Precious – Lest We Forget

 It’s not yet 1 week since we came together to honour the 100th anniversary of World War I.  From all corners of the globe, we remembered those who came before us, whose lives were inexplicably changed by war.  We witnessed the record breaking crowds that came to the dawn services both locally and internationally to [...]

7 03, 2013

We Fear What We Do Not Understand

By |Mar 7th, 2013|Categories: Personal Growth and Development|Comments Off on We Fear What We Do Not Understand

Last week, we learnt of a great tragedy.  A man was attacked by a shark or sharks in shallow waters as he went about a training swim at Maori Bay on Auckland’s West Coast and sadly, he died at the scene.  As the events unfolded, local surf life savers nearby went by boat to intervene [...]

14 02, 2013

What Do You Need?

By |Feb 14th, 2013|Categories: Personal Growth and Development|Comments Off on What Do You Need?

By Jo Hutchinson   Last month, I wrote about ‘Being Bold, Being Brave and Nurturing those Dreams’ and already that was four weeks ago.  When I wrote this, I had been reflecting on how the re-planting of my garden was a metaphor doing the groundwork for the planting of the new inner dream. So now [...]