Overwhelming Gratitude

Yesterday I finished the second trial group of the two-day training I presented to Corrections Officers. The first day was all about Officer wellness. Desert Waters, an organization out of Colorado, developed a program entitled, From Corrections Fatigue to Fulfillment. In it, we spent 8 hours talking about the deep fatigue that can set inContinue reading “Overwhelming Gratitude”

Changes Ahead

The new year has begun in full force. I can already tell that 2023 is going to be big. In one way or another anyway. Before I begin on the new things, I’ll catch you up since the last entry. We got so lucky with the weather when we completed the Milford Track over Christmas.Continue reading “Changes Ahead”

Another Year Almost Closed

I can’t believe it is already December. Another year almost closed. I tend to get reflective around the new year. Recapping the time passed and reviewing the plans for the year ahead. Since it has been a few months since my last entry, I guess I have quite a bit to catch up on. IfContinue reading “Another Year Almost Closed”

One Year

One year ago tomorrow I was arriving in NZ with my three very large (and heavy) bags. I didn’t have a car, a permanent place to live, and I had never driven on the left hand side of the road. I had also never worked in a men’s prison before. It was the beginning ofContinue reading “One Year”

Coming Out

It’s been awhile since my last entry. I apologise for that, but to be honest, I have been struggling a bit these past few months. Most of my time and energy have been directed inward for a time of introspection and reflection (and reserved for day-to-day functioning). I also tested positive for COVID two weeksContinue reading “Coming Out”

Mid-Year Check In

We surpassed the 6 month mark on March 23, 2022. Time is so strange. On one hand it feels like we have been here for years, but 6 months doesn’t sound that long at all. We also got our application in for residency, so hopefully in the next few months our visa status will change.Continue reading “Mid-Year Check In”

Out with the old, in with the new?

I used to be terrified of public speaking. Terrified. I almost considered not going to graduate school to avoid the class presentations. Luckily, someone at the company I worked for in my late twenties told me about Toastmasters. That’s also when I first learned that one of the best ways to overcome my anxiety isContinue reading “Out with the old, in with the new?”

Settling In

It has officially been one month since arriving in New Zealand. After we were released from MIQ and flew to Christchurch, the real experience began. My company helped us out with housing and a rental car for the first two weeks, and my coworker graciously gave us a hatchback so we could fit all ofContinue reading “Settling In”