I thought I would share with you the advice my parents have given me over the last couple of years. I think it applies to anyone. As you will see, Mum is a woman of many words, Dad is a man of few – yet here they are, together since they were teenagers and closer than ever.


Do a small load of washing every second day – every day if there are two of you. That way it never gets to the weekend and you have a mountain of laundry to do that takes forever. And also, you feel as though you have more clothes.

Always make your bed and clean down the bench before you leave the house in the morning. It will make all the difference when you walk in the door after a long day at work.

Take a Panadol straight away when a headache comes on – why suffer when you don’t have to.

If you are sleeping a lot and tired, your body is telling you what it needs. Don’t overthink it – if you are tired, sleep!

Always keep a little emergency money tucked away. Just in case.

Men are quite simple. You know you are in charge, but you let him think he is in charge. Everyone is happy.

Never ever let worry about what people think of you stop you from doing something (this was in response to my concerns around starting this blog).

When you shop, shop for outfits. And if you must buy just one piece, ask yourself – what other things in my wardrobe will this go with?Β If the answer is nothing, don’t buy it.

Every day, put your best foot forward. Do your hair, put a little make-up on and wear clean underwear. You never know when you might get hit by destiny, or a bus.


I don’t need you to be rich and successful. You don’t have to be a CEO or a sports legend. I just need you to be a happy, well-rounded human.

Much love xx

Photo: Katie Appleyard


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Hi, I’m Katie. I am a kiwi neuroscientist with a love for consuming and creating content. This site is where I share my personal thoughts and the thoughts of incredible minds from around the world. PhD in Neuroscience, University of Otago.

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