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October 9, 2016

There are a lot of contradictions and tensions to navigate in our lives. Part of being human is to have different parts of ourselves and our worlds at odds with each other. And so, part of being human is to also learn how to explore and accept these feelings. Earlier in the year I took […]

September 24, 2016

Trigger Warning: This piece discusses suicide and mental health.   We’re approaching the time of year where stress levels are building. Burnout sets in and we often end up questioning our choices and why we decided to put ourselves through this stress. One of the easiest and perhaps more common ways we deal with this […]

September 11, 2016

A lot of my friends have been dealing with dudes who have totally misread their friendship as something romantic, and it’s frustrating to no end. As someone who is Really Queer™, I have very little experience in this field, so I’ve been asking the badass women in my life about how they deal with it. […]

August 14, 2016

How to not be that guy (or, Brodie helps you figure out how to not be a raging misogynist).   You know what’s exhausting? Having to constantly negotiate a world where you’re hyper aware of how oppressive systems work against you, and whether or not you have the energy to battle with every iffy thing […]

July 31, 2016

Welcome back to the second trimester I hope you all had wonderful relaxing breaks. If you’re like me, you might be optimistic coming into trimester two: planning to stay on top of readings and assignments, and generally just being a bit organised. Without fail, I go through this process every single trimester. So here’s a […]

May 22, 2016

Wellington’s winter of constant horizontal rain and gale force winds seems yet to fully arrive, and I think a lot of us are finally starting to see the impact of global warming. I’d like to think that I’m doing my bit to look after papatuanuku, but I know I could be better. So here’s a […]

May 8, 2016

A big pet peeve of mine is people calling things they enjoy “guilty pleasures.” There’s so much wrong with that idea! Firstly, you shouldn’t be embarrassed by enjoying a certain kind of music, food, tv show, nerdy game, or whatnot. If people judge you because you enjoy listening to catchy pop music, that’s their loss. […]

April 17, 2016

Brodie: What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? Mum: [laughs]. Well… when I was in labour with you the midwife gave me laughing gas and told me, “just BREATHE baby. Just breathe.” That’s the best advice I’ve heard. B: Off to a great start—I’m not sure if you mean to tell people to […]

April 3, 2016

There’s a label in my medical notes that says I have depression. I’ve cried in more public places than I can count: the reading room of the library, on buses, in taxis, walking down the street, in the supermarket, on a plane, during a walk, in the botanic gardens. You name it, I’ve probably cried […]