A Reflection In Transit

I drafted this blog post whilst on the flight from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia last Friday night (14th August 2015). Now that I have settled back into Sydney, Australia, I have decided to complete the blog post to share an update since my previous blog post was a few months ago.

My niece Bubba turned 6 years of age a weekend ago and I had promised her that I would fly to New Zealand to celebrate with her and our family. I am glad that I was able to do so. Bubba had such a blast and as a family we were happy that she enjoyed her birthday celebration.

The 8 days that I spent in Auckland, New Zealand was truly heart-warming to say the least. I was so happy to be reunited with my parents, my sister and her family, and I was fortunate enough to be able to catch up with some of my extended family members and friends. It felt great to be home as I had missed everyone so dearly. During my visit to New Zealand, I had time to reflect on what has transpired over the past few months in Sydney, Australia and I would like to share some of those reflections:

  1. STAYING CONNECTED – I come from a close knit family and so re-locating from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia for work was quite difficult for me. I did not realise just how much I would miss them. Some days have been harder than others but I have managed to stay in contact with my family using different mediums which has made the distance more bearable. Staying connected with loved ones is crucial especially if there is an ocean between you and them.
  2. LIVING WITH PURPOSE – Before I re-located to Sydney, Australia, I knew that my purpose was to fulfill the role that I have been assigned to. In so doing, my time that I have invested in either activities or events has been aligned with my purpose. This has allowed me to stay focused on producing positive outcomes in both a professional context and on a personal level. Your life becomes less complicated and more exciting when you know and understand what your purpose is.
  3. CHALLENGING THE CHALLENGES – Challenges are inevitable in all aspects of our lives. I have learned to challenge the challenges that I encounter. For example, to deliver successful outcomes in a short period of time, I have challenged myself to put in the extra effort and to pay more attention to the finer details. You cannot expect excellent results if you have only put in minimal effort. Therefore, I challenge you to challenge your challenges.
  4. BEING PRESENT – I had someone who provided me with this advice: “Slow down, make time to be present otherwise you will wake up one morning and realise that you have missed the moments that truly matter. Make time work for you.” And so, I am learning to take this advice on board. I am learning to live in the moment. Sometimes we just need to let go from time to time and just be.
  5. STRIVING FOR GROWTH – Arriving at one goal is the starting point for the next goal. Learning is life long and my goal is to continue to grow academically, creatively and spiritually. I am enjoying this new path and as I strive to achieve my goals I know that I will continue to improve and progress. I am not perfect, I make mistakes but I will never give up. Recognising that there is room for improvement is a good starting point for growth and development.
  6. FINDING THAT BALANCE – At times life for me feels calm and I am grounded, clear-headed and motivated. Other times, I would find myself just completely exhausted and when I feel this way, I realise that there is an imbalance in my life. When this happens, I make time to rest, relax and rejuvenate. When you find that balance, you will feel happier and you will be more productive.
  7. KEEPING THE FAITH – As mentioned earlier, living away from my family has seen some days harder than others but I have faith that God’s plan over my life will supersede any challenges and/or obstacles that are and/or will be placed in my path. During my visit to New Zealand, my Uncle reminded me of the following verse from the Bible: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV. Not everything that presents itself will be simple, but the key things to remember are to continue to be courageous, to work hard and to keep the faith.

As the new week begins, I look forward to what lies ahead. I hope that what I have shared above has encouraged you in one way or another. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read this blog. I truly appreciate it! Until my next blog post, take care and make each moment count!



  1. Hi Maryanne,

    I’m totally inspired. When I decided to consider pursuing a phd I thought of you and wonder how you made time to do all that you’ve done so far. I’m amazed and feel blessed to read your progress. Please post when you have the chance, you are definitely an inspiration to other women, pacific islanders, humans like me.

    Fa’afetai lava,

  2. It seems to me that you are building a legacy both professionally and personally – and you even reach out to people across the globe. Well done.

  3. Talofa lava sister. I am in Whakatane getting ready for another show and I have come across your blog. Oh I miss your presence here the physical in New Zealand but reading your blog makes me feel like you are with me always. Your blog has just renewed my mind and spirit. Being away on tour from family and friends has been hard and also hard to focus on the journey that God has me on. You totally made me remember why I am on this new journey and that there is a bigger reason why I am on this new pathway. Love you sis! Thank you for typing this new blog. Your words are more than Gold to me. I needed this uplift xx Love you sis xx I hope to see you in N.Z or on a visit in Aussie.

  4. Yet another great blog post Maryanne. Always an encouragement to read your post and I finished it with a smile on my face. Keep it coming. Looking forward to the next one 🙂

  5. Dr P,

    Beautifully written yet again! Thank you for sharing & look forward to reading more. Loved how you show your vulnerabilities & challenges through this piece. But more importantly your learnings & experiences shared. Always so grateful to have your smiley face around especially those honest eyes that speak the truth in every moment…hehe! Keep the blogs coming xo

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