Mindfulness in Every Day Life

Mindfulness is one of the most important tools you can have in your quest for wellness.

This fact sheet gives some examples of how you can squeeze mindfulness in to even the busiest of schedules. It isn’t just meditation, it’s a way of thinking.


Meet Amie

Amie CamusAfter months of posting anonymously, it’s time to introduce myself.
My name is Amie, and I’m the IT and Social Media consultant here at Change Futures.
I have a controversial love for Windows 10, and I wish I could have a pet dinosaur.
Read more about myself and the rest of the team on the “Our People” Page of this website! 

Meet Helen

13844181_10154272869512605_1324251213_oI’d like to introduce you to Helen, our Business Partnerships and Development Manager.

Helen is also a psychologist at Change Futures, and supervises provisional psychologists. She has a great sense of humour, and truly believes that “Wind in the Willows” is a true account of life.

To find out more about Helen and the rest of the Change Futures team, visit the “Our People” page on our website.


Meet Jayne

I’d like to introduce you to Jayne, from our Admin team.

If you’ve been in to Pepperberry House recently, you’ve likely seen her lovely smile behind the desk at reception.

Jayne is currently studying Psychology, and hoping to continue on to complete a Masters in Neuroscience. She also has a knack for baking and believes fruit belongs in muffins, not scones.

For more about Jayne, and the rest of our team, visit the “Our People” page.

Our People

25 Weeks of Self Confidence, Week 14: Set a small goal and achieve it

People often make the mistake of shooting for the moon, and then when they fail, they get discouraged. Instead, shoot for something much more achievable. Set a goal you know you can achieve, and then achieve it. You’ll feel good about that. Now set another small goal and achieve that. The more you achieve small goals, the better you’ll be at it, and the better you’ll feel. Soon you’ll be setting bigger (but still achievable) goals and achieving those too.

It always seems impossible until it is done

25 Weeks of Self Confidence, Week 13: Increase competence

How do you feel more competent? By becoming more competent. And how do you do that? By studying and practising. Just do small bits at a time. If you want to be a more competent writer, for example, don’t try to tackle the entire profession of writing all at once. Just begin to write more. Journal, blog, write short stories, do some freelance writing. The more you write, the better you’ll be. Set aside 30 minutes a day to write (for example), and the practice will increase your competence.


25 Weeks of Self Confidence, Week 12: Stand tall

I have horrible posture, so it will sound hypocritical for me to give this advice, but I know it works because I try it often. When I remind myself to stand tall and straight, I feel better about myself. I imagine that a rope is pulling the top of my head toward the sky, and the rest of my body straightens accordingly. As an aside, people who stand tall and confident are more attractive. That’s a good thing any day, in my book.


25 Weeks of Self Confidence, Week 11: Speak Slowly

Such a simple thing, but it can have a big difference in how others perceive you. A person in authority, with authority, speaks slowly. It shows confidence. A person who feels that he isn’t worth listening to will speak quickly, because he doesn’t want to keep others waiting on something not worthy of listening to. Even if you don’t feel the confidence of someone who speaks slowly, try doing it a few times. It will make you feel more confident. Of course, don’t take it to an extreme, but just don’t sound rushed either.

Meet Jenni!

I’d like to introduce you all to Jennifer Phang, one of our Provisional Psychologists.

Jenni is a provisional psychologist and has previous experience working as a counsellor in jenny_phangrural and remote indigenous communities. Jenni’s experience and interests include working with trauma and abuse, bereavement, mood disorders, and developmental psychology. Jenni has a special interest in working with young adults, individuals from minority community groups, and children and their families.

You can find out about the rest of our team here.

The Power of Vulnerability

We all feel vulnerable at some point in our lives; we associate it with feeling small, helpless, unprotected and powerless. Brené Brown tells us how this vulnerability can actually hold immense power.