Back To It

As much as I enjoyed living the dream for the past two months, the time had come this week to get back to reality and rejoin the workforce. Just writing that word made me queasy- workforce. It has been a…

The Fragments Of Who We Are

My mom always used to say to me, ‘You are a product of your environment Kate, so choose carefully’. I never really understood the truth in those words, until recently. I spent a few months living and working in Thailand,…

What Makes Joseph McSwiney Tick

In ‘What Makes You Tick’ I get the chance to pick the brains of some inspirational people from all walks of life, in the hope that by sharing ideas we can continue to progress, push our limits, and inspire each…

Trust Yourself

When was the last time you said to yourself, ‘I wish I hadn’t trusted my intuition’. Never, right?! At least not very often. I’m sure there have been times you’ve kicked yourself for not going with your gut instinct. Perhaps you thought-…

New Beginnings

Earlier this week I came to the end of my time teaching in Donggye Middle and High School. It was a truly life changing experience, and I’ve learned so much throughout the past two years. When I finally decided to listen…

What Makes Norah Newcombe Pieterse Tick

In ‘What Makes You Tick’ I get the chance to pick the brains of some inspirational people from all walks of life, in the hope that by sharing ideas we can continue to progress, push our limits, and inspire each…

Be You

As it’s coming up on 4 months since I’ve started this little project, I thought it best to take a step back and reflect today. I got an e-mail last week from Tiny’s girlfriend Lesley, asking if I would help…

I Do

You pull your outstretched, trembling finger back towards you at the very last minute, and think about getting back into your car. You instantly give a resolute shake of the head and have a quiet, reassuring word with yourself, before…

What's It Like?

I’ve always gotten some interesting reactions- and questions asked of me- from people upon hearing that I am a twin. One of the most frequent- and hardest to answer- is this old chestnut: ‘What’s it like being a twin?’ I’ve…

Wild Youth

Some months ago, I shared some of my short stories that I had written in school, when I was about 9 or 10 years old. You can read them here. Today I’m going to share some more of my stories, which are taken…