Link love (Powered by gravel roads and introspection)

This is Tane Mahuta, the largest kauri tree ever and a few thousand years old.

Have to say, heightwise, it wasn’t all that impressive – but at something like a 13-metre girth, that is one doublewide tree. Pity there’s no track circling the perimenter – that would be fun to run around.

Last weekend was a whirlwind around the north. Kai Iwi Lakes (not as impressive as I hoped. Possibly because it was an overcast day?) where my friend and I went for a quick dip and attempted to get on the water swing. Yes, there was a pair of swings situated out in the big lake. You would never see that in Auckland. Sadly, we both lacked the upper body strength to hoist ourselves up properly – and the boys opted to stay on dry land. We settled for flopping briefly like planks on the seats before sliding back off amid uncontrollable fits of laughter. Then a series of other beaches, never actually staying very long at one – again, the weather, and also because our hosts apparently don’t like to stay put in one place.

How’s that for a secluded beach?

Now, before we get to the links, be sure to head on over to Daisy’s blog. Why? My Friday Five confessions post continues to be one of my most popular (and most commented on) of all time. So I’m pleased to share a bit of a redux, this time as a guest on When Life Gives You Lemons.


Michelle Minkoff offers some lessons learned on being a great mentor.

Molly’s boss – aka, the son – doesn’t like to wear pants.

Lisa’s Foods shares four lessons learned from working retail.

Susannah Breslin’s tips for getting started as a freelancer.

A Yes and Yes reader special on giving up a lifelong career dream.

Financial Samurai outlines the upsides of being average.


Melissa Wilson explains how she made it through university debt free.

Finding financial accord as a couple, via Bucksome Boomer.

Prairie Eco Thrifter on the economics of choosing vacation days.


Well Heeled is bang on with all her observations about the traps of adult life.

An outstanding APW post on families, surnames and all that jazz. I can totally relate to everything in this post, except the coin toss part (I’m at the stage where I am happy for our kids to have his name – I don’t care about that – but I’m keeping my own).

Fabulously Broke outlines a bunch of great waysto make old clothes look new.

There will always be someone out there better than you. And that’s okay. Via Yes and Yes.

6 thoughts on “Link love (Powered by gravel roads and introspection)

  • Reply SP February 11, 2012 at 15:20

    Regarding the last link: I just read (somewhere on the internets) one of my new inspiring quotes – “If you are the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room”.

    Of course, I like to think I’m the smartest person in the room still ­čÖé But it’s probably not true (especially if my husband is with me) and if it is, I’m not being challenged

  • Reply Well Heeled Blog February 11, 2012 at 18:01

    I once read something that says “There is always someone better than you because God wants to keep you humble.” And if you are the best for a time, someone else will come along and knock you off that perch. I guess that’s also a way to maintain humility? ­čśë

  • Reply Miss T February 12, 2012 at 09:49

    I love the photos.
    I think we always have to keep learning and improving; that we never reach the max.

    Thanks for the inclusion. I really appreciate it. Hope you have a great weekend.

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  • Reply Lisa Fine February 14, 2012 at 13:21

    Thanks so much for sharing the link to my blog! Hope you’re doing well. ­čÖé

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