Give up and be surprised.

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At 11 am, one Monday morning in 1984, I had an epiphany in a dark movie theatre. I wasn’t meant to be there.

I was completely spellbound by Amadeus, the tale of the bitter rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, who was a lesser-known composer at the Viennese…

Len Lye Kinetic sculpture — The Wand Dance
Len Lye Foundation Collection, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery , New Plymouth — New Zealand. (Photo credit: Author)

The wands and bells dance — a 6…

Post Office — Ulva Island (New Zealand) — circa 2020 (photo credit: the author)

but sometimes, we get what we need.

Going AWOL

There was a cheating spouse, divorce proceedings, and financial strife. Travel seemed like the perfect antidote for this unholy trinity of troubles. I decided to leave my troubles behind and go somewhere. Not exactly committing to a Wild journey, but some of us need to start small.

It has always…

Redwoods Tree Walk at night — Rotorua, New Zealand. Image credit: Juanita Nieuwoudt

Tall trees, a 6-word story.

A bad reference does not need to be the end of your working life.

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Landing a great job is exhausting. Some would say “any job" but let’s stick to the great job scenario. It could go like this: You spot a job advert that excites you and your skills match their requirements. You wrestle your CV into its best possible shape and write (what…

Before going on your first yoga retreat… read this

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The road to your first yoga retreat probably starts with a reluctant, but certainly mildly apprehensive attendance of a first yoga class. This turns into a regular once or twice-a-week session at what you describe as “your” yoga studio with “your” yoga teacher. After a while, you experience the many…

“Bad information ruins lives. It promotes hate, damages people’s health, and hurts democracy” —


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Everyday we access a glut of information via the Internet. We are confronted with half-truths, exaggeration and sometimes down-right deception. Many of us don’t have the time, necessary skills…

Juanita Nieuwoudt

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