Small Businesses In New Zealand Need Customers RIGHT NOW online & offline!

Hardship, real financial hardship, here in Aotearoa New Zealand? A good portion of people just don't want to know.

It has been incredibly challenging for our household to get back on our feet, Post-March 2020 when our Property Settlement was so shockingly frozen and our financial circumstances so hugely put under ongoing strain due to the Covid-19 Nationwide Lockdown................... and yet, I am personally very aware there are actual small businesses operating in our local community and just beyond, with business owners & operators that are absolutely at the end of their rope also.

Small Business Owners, actual literal fellow, hardworking human beings, who own small local down-the-road-from-home-scenario businesses, are not taking wages and have not for literally numerous months. They are not taking wages, so they can instead pay their demanding landlords, pay their overheads, pay suppliers to keep some products actually in stock, pay insurance and liabilities, etc. People, real live fellow, local human beings, who I have personally met and also been discreetly told about.

Small Business Owners in Aotearoa New Zealand? A number of them, are under incredible stress and strain, and they are surrounded by incredibly challenging worries & concerns.

Small Business Owners in New Zealand are hugely struggling, a good proportion of them. The state the country is in, under ongoing, repetitive Lockdowns and Alert Level alterations in the local and wider community, it is wearing down and very distressing for a good number of dedicated, hardworking people.

People are hugely struggling, because of the lack of steady, healthy income and the financial hardship which their small business are under, and have been kept under, from March 2020 right up until now, almost a whole year later.

Small businesses in the Land of the Long White Cloud are struggling, because of Covid-19 and it's actual pandemic levelled effects on incomes, and business opportunities to actually literally generate that necessary income.

Small Business in New Zealand? It has been hugely hit by a ghastly, pandemic-like, viral financial hardship............ and too few really want to face up to it or have it discussed in polite society circles. Too many want to simply dismiss what has occurred, and falsely claim it would have happened anyway.

Too many want to falsely claim that it must be the fault of the business owner, and other such ill-determined and presumptious judgements that get floated about.......... all the while denying what Covid-19 and its subsequent Lockdowns have in fact repeatedly done to Small Business in New Zealand as a whole.

The struggle, the hardship, the distress currently cloaking Small Business New Zealand............. it is very, very real. It is very real, and a good number of those in distress had it literally brought on from March 2020 solely due to Covid-19 and the Nationwide implemented Lockdown and its follow on Lockdowns, all placed predominately on small businesses, and not on a good number of the larger, corporate businesses.

Those that try to pretend this specific hardship doesn't exist, clearly have little regard for their hardworking neighbour or their fellow man who happens to have their own small business operation.

People may not only have their businesses default, they may soon face the loss of their actual homes, as a result of the incredible financial stress they and their small business are under. It is so incredibly sad.

Small Business and small businesses in New Zealand in crisis mode?
It's real. VERY REAL.

I met someone this very week who is selling their home because they have financially struggled BECAUSE of what happened for them in 2020.

REAL live, good citizen, hardworking Kiwis, with families and financial responsibilities............... people just like you and me, they are step by step coming under the harsh cloud of reality that they may very well soon be losing their businesses, they may soon financially default, and they are potentially going to loose their homes.
Everyone is hoping for change, hoping for "The Breakthrough." With each passing business day their businesses are becoming more & more crippled, under the financial strain they are under........ what a dreadful thing that is for so many dear, hardworking Kiwi souls.
Please, those of you that are Praying Folk, please pray for divine intervention for small businesses here in Aotearoa New Zealand. It IS needed for so many of the small business folk I have personally come across lately

Please. Please Friends, please pray for them, AND literally go out of your way to go and buy from a local small business in your area. Put your money on the counter, and help that local small business owner as best you can, literally, now.

People. Real live people. Hard working people: all committed to running small businesses here in Aotearoa, they need a huge breakthrough financially. They need other fellow kiwis to go out of their way to seek out local service providers, local product manufacturers, local supplies of goods and services both online and offline, that typically we kiwis previously just wanted to source from some cheaper offshore company or large million dollar large business with a huge marketing platform and allegedly preferred branded name.

Small Businesses in New Zealand need customers RIGHT NOW, online & offline. Let's help them. Now.

We need to buy locally. We need to actively support our local small businesses, because a good number of those neighbours of ours that are also business owners and operators are tettering on the edge of being mentally broken with the stresses they are under.

To default and have their small business go completely under................ a good number of folk are sincerely seeking a big breakthrough right now to prevent it.

I truly, truly hope the Prime Minister and the New Zealand Government gets the gentle, yet direct and firm message clearly soon, that some folk who claimed to be helping kiwi small businesses recover are actually witholding that very financial funding they took, allegedly on the behalf of the small businesses they claimed to want to help in their locality.

A good number of small kiwi businesses, and hardworking folk are not getting the help they need, and those sneakily withholding it in order to line their own pockets substantially more, should surely be held to account.

The fallout from 2020? It is horrendous at grassroots level in Aotearoa New Zealand, for a good number of small businesses, their owners & their operators. The typical, hardworking, good old average kiwi family running a small business, just trying to put food each day on the table and keep a roof over the kiddies' head each night................. they need literal help right now. BIG TIME. God help us all.

Vaccinate or Not Vaccinate............. that IS the question on the mind of all in 2021.

 Something to ponder:

There are going to be a LOT of people winding each up, across the whole planet, during 2021. ... "to vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that is the question..."
The best position???

The "RIGHT" decision? It is, in all wisdom, the one that IS most fitting for YOU alone, YOU alone, on all levels. Physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, chemically................ your decision must be made with the best of wisdom you can muster and the most fitting of knowledge gathering also.

YOU are vaccinating YOU, a separate, individual human being, not the bloke or gal next door.

YOU are choosing what happens to YOU, only YOU, when it comes to literally taking onboard any medicinal product such as a vaccine.

Make YOUR choice, make it from a thoroughly investigated, informed position, and then peacefully wish well those who choose eventually differently.
Disease and sicknesss are NORMAL in Human Society, and the Healthy have ALWAYS recovered.

Disease and sickness have historically been dealt with in a DIVERSE range of ways. That is a historical fact. It is also a scientific fact. It is also a medical fact. The facts speak well for themselves: that disease and sickness turn up in a diverse range of ways repeatedly throughout all of human history; and in turn they are always dealt with, in a diverse range of healing ways.

ONE option, when it comes to preventing as well as responding to disease and sickness, is not necessarily the blanket best option ever. As humans beings, we ARE each UNIQUELY ourselves.

YOU are unique. Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, chemically. YOU are unique.

YOU have choice what comes in and out of your physical frame, because it is YOUR physical frame, and the only one you will have in your lifetime here on Planet Earth.
Your immune system, with the right support that is fitting for it, DOES respond to fighting off disease and sickness. Look at you. Notice the health and well-being that DOES exist in your life each day. You breathe, you interact with the world from the moment you wake, independently of an outside source of systems. YOU are a functioning living organism.
CHOOSE today (or whenever) and check if PEACE follows your thoroughly thought through decision.

There is NO USE in killing yourself with WORRY and CONCERN.

There is also NO POINT in labelling other Choicemakers 'ignorant' or 'careless'..... they have simply, and quite frankly, made a DIFFERENT choice to you.

That IS how Life IS on Planet Earth... there IS diversity in thinking and speaking and action. It is time for us all to be more tolerant and accepting; rather than repeatedly and arrogantly so presumptious and judgemental. The speck in your brother's eye is no where near as big as your own. We all full short of being perfect, right? Let's be better at being the better person we should each be.

Be peaceful in your decision making and leave others to make their choice peacefully also.

It is Just to do so.

Where do I personally sit, some have asked, on the vaccine stance???

I sit neutrally on the fenceline and keep MY choice to myself.

I do my absolutely upmost to keep myself clean and healthy, and I endeavour to interact extremely carefully and well with others. How I do that, is MY CHOICE, and MY RIGHT always.

You quietly make YOUR choice..................... and I will quietly make mine.

We can still choose to show LOVE and RESPECT to each other, regardless of our diversity of thinking and practice of life. There is NO LAW, absolutely no law whatsoever across the entirety of the Earth, against those human qualities.

"BLESSED are the PEACEMAKERS, THEY WILL be called "Children of God." This is written in a book with a good round dose of wisdom. This fact has never been altered: Planet Earth needs it's Peacemakers, RIGHT NOW, in 2021 and far beyond.

Keep silent (don't stir the pot unnecessarily ever!) and keep safe.


Can You See Beauty?

Can you see beauty where others perceive there to be none? Can you see potential or opportunity where others deem very little to be available? In a world fixated on the new, on keeping up with trends and fashion fads, on keeping to the familiar and the known, are you willing and comfortably able to step off the road most trodden by the masses and follow after that which others deem of little value, of little consequence, of little worth? Are you prepared to be a change-bearer?

In a world where we are told on one hand how environmentally friendly it is to recycle and repurpose, in a world where we are repeatedly told to be very careful and mindful of our consumption and use of resources, how many of us really actively engage in such practices? 

It's a highly sensitive question, and one too many could well take offense at being pointedly asked to personally better consider. Yet for a minute, let's gently yet directly explore it:

In a world where we are repeatedly told about how we are potentially on the brink of a huge ecological disaster, how many of us are honestly putting the theory around being more earth-friendly into literal and repetitive daily practice?

How many of us are really doing our individual bit to see beauty, to see potential, to see opportunity again and again, from what is already within our own immediate household circle and life experience?

You put out a collection of recyclables for your local Council to collect? Go you! Yet let's give it some sincere and serious consideration for a minute from both a sustainable living perspective AND a financial perspective: what in that bin could you have personally consciously chosen to hold on to and used again, within your very own household? 

You do your bit to shop from your local supermarket and other close-at-hand local stores, yet how much of what you are buying could you potentially grow, or make, or even acquire from a pre-loved local source, instead of buying brand new, or in that highly processed or highly packaged form? 

These are questions too few really bother to seek constructive, productive and innovative answers to. The buck is past and others are instead deemed to be the ones who should seek them instead.

How many of us really and truly step up and are willing to be the change bearers? How many of us are honestly willing to be the ones who see things differently, and who actively make the most of that which others choose not to see or value?

Sadly, too few are keen to be change-bearers, and instead just simply lay it at the feet of everyone else on the very same planet. 

Too often I hear fellow people of faith professing they are waiting for the Messiah to return and for Him to come and fix all that is wrong here on Planet Earth................. and yet, what if WE are in fact the very ones He was hoping would each (yes, each of us!) get on with addressing and making the differences needed here on Planet Earth? 

Far too few people are keen to be the difference needed. Far too few are prepared to be change-bearers, and far too many are happy to remain as ignorant as they possibly can, of the very mess they themselves contribute to and have unwittingly created.

The Earth is dangerously polluted? The sea full of plastic? The land lacking in minerals and nutrients?

It's your fault, not mine............. I had nothing to do with it! 

Mmmmmmmmmm........really? Are you truly sure, as a consumer and inhabitant of Planet Earth that you had nothing whatsoever to do with the disaster that is step by step unfolding? 

Are you truly certain your habits and practices have little to no effect at all? 

Every single human inhabitant are guilty of not seeing fully how their personal practices and habits effect life on Planet Earth. The greater number of us have all lost touch with nature and what would be best for not only the environment but our own immediate household. We have become very divorced from the cycles of nature that keep things in balance and keep things healthy. We have contributed piece by piece to that which now exists around us.....the question is this: 

What will you personally choose to do right now to be a change-bearer and activate the change needed and keep it mindfully part and parcel of what you do going forward?

Can you see beauty? Can you see potential and opportunity? Can you choose to be a change-bearer this very day, this very hour?

It is a sensitive pondering. It is sensitive, and yet it has to be acknowledged, because the scales are beginning to well and truly fall off our eyes collectively about the state of both the environment, our use and abuse of natural resources, and the overall imbalanced state of human society and its practices; whether we want to have it happen or not.

We have to do things differently as individual households, for the sake of the earth and life on it, because it is paramountly necessary. NOW.

Planet Earth and the ability for us all to experience quality of life on it....................... we need to commit as individual households to readily change our viewpoints and actively change our practices. 

The ability to feed, to shelter, to provide? We all need to look at things differently and literally start doing things majorally differently, because what we hoped wouldn't happen on an environmental scale has already arrived. It is here. It is present, it is NOW.

Recently, there has been much talk about drought conditions, about water supply and water quality, and there being significant regional water shortages, particularly in the Auckland Region here in Aotearoa New Zealand. The anticipated lack of rain that was clearly forecast as being of concern for the end of 2020 and the start of 2021 did indeed arrive, and it is now biting and it is hurting a good number of folk, particularly Auckland based folk, over these current hot summer months. 

Yet there were still people, (good people, by all accounts highly intelligent and polite people), who still went ahead and habitually filled their Auckland City based private backyard swimming pools with tens of thousands of litres of water before the anticipated summer water rush late last year.... Why

Why, would they do that, even though collectively across the Auckland Region it was clearly marketed that it would be a very dry summer? Why would they choose to do that when it was clearly spelt out as being a summer which would require careful and considerate water consumption to be carried out by not only individuals, but collective private households and citywide workplaces? 


Why? Because they could afford it, and it has become a non-thinking thought through habit.

Why? Because for some it has become an act of seasonal time-marking that they have access to their very own private swimming pool. For them, it is deemed a rite of summer, a rite and a right to have their very own private swimming pool, with literally thousands and thousands of litres of water ready to splash around in it.

Why? Because there are those that wanted it, that could afford it, so they chose to deem it logical to possess and therefore have it. There are those who could fork out the associated monies and they wanted that backyard swimming pool available and readily onhand regardless of it being declared and marketed across the Auckland region that this summer, the summer of 2020/2021, would be yet another significantly drought filled, limited rainfall summer in the Auckland region.

In a world where we are told to do our bit for the greater good, for the care of the Earth and its resources, there are still those that choose to get what they can............... and if it can be bought and paid for with great wads of cash or credit, they will make sure they acquire it regardless. It's human nature and it's sadly human nature not always operating at it's best.

Some just choose not to see beauty, potential or opportunity where a select few clearly can. Some just choose to have what they want, when and where they want it, and they will pay whatever is required to make sure it most certainly becomes theirs.

Swimming in a local river? Swimming at a local beach or local public swimming pool?  Perhaps it was deemed far too inconvenient a choice or didn't sit well with their version of a fashionable kiwi summer in the backyard garden. 

Regardless of what was clearly foretold, those private backyard swimming pools were deemed by some to still be an absolute, non-negotiable must for the summer. Those folk with the monies to have it, got it, and so they blissfully swim and splash in that which others in the very same region can only hope arrives soon................ copious, bountiful water; which is currently very much in short supply for others on the drinking, washing and irrigation front. 

Those not willing to see a private backyard swimming pool as being of great necessity, could well be deemed simply envious or jealous of those priveleged enough to arrange it's conception............... It all depends which side of the backyard swimming pool fence you stand most firmly rooted on clearly.

It's interesting how money and access to it, can change viewpoints and short term experiences. Yet, the collective and overall outcome still remains the same: the Auckland Region has had a water shortage yet again these past several months of summer. There are those wistfully looking skyward wanting rain to come, because they are concerned about having drinking water in the coming weeks. There are those stopping washing machines mid-cycle, to top up the toilet cistern, in order to make their water consumption stretch that bit further. It is a summer of diverse responses, for what still is a common and collective concern for a good many.

Seeing beauty, potential and opportunity in places where others do not see it or find it? It is a fine art and one that few people master. Too many are blind and deaf still to the need for individual households to embrace changes that would heal the Earth and prevent depletion of essential resources. Too few are yet to realise that quality drinking water and nutritious food come literally from somewhere other than a supermarket shelf and a water tanker. 

The connection between nature and humankind has become so fractured, that it is deemed normal to think that if you want it and you can pay for it, it should just automatically always turn up. We have illogically made that which keeps us healthy and alive of little significance, when it comes to our literal existence and our actual quality of life.

Whilst we had panic buying happening rife across the nation and the world during the first wave of Pandemic Lockdown in 2020, there were still those that refused to pick up a spade, a hand trowel, and plant out a garden of edibles where they potentially could. It was perhaps deemed too much effort and not worthwhile, and yet it was often those very same people who stressed about the availability of food and wondered about it's ongoing security. There are those sadly who will never see potential, never see opportunity, and instead, they only ever choose to see perceived obstacles around whether they have enough space, enough skill, enough time, knowledge, or physical ability or even strength to be a change-bearer and literally help themselves and also Planet Earth. It really is very sad.

The convenience of pushing a trolley around a supermarket retains it's hold over multiple minds. Frustration and anger continue to circle amongst those who feel let down by the food supply system that in their view fails to meet their basic human right to be fed and to feed. 

When flour and sugar (and toilet paper!) once again prove to be in short supply on gleaming commercial shelves due to the next round of panic buying that will surely turn up at some point in time, there will still be those who claim to see no other potential or alternative to help themselves, their households, their communities................ they just won't and don't see it. 

Can you see beauty? Can you see potential and opportunity? It is quite an art. One well worth mastering.

Perhaps those Auckland dwellers and others who filled their swimming pools this past summer can lead the way for change within their region. Investing in buying and planting a potential canopy of tens of thousands of raining calling trees, instead of just habitually filling a private backyard pool with tens of thousands of litres of water? Imagine how climate changing that potential choice and opportunity for instigating change would be!

Can you see beauty? Can you see potential and even opportunity? It's there for those willing to see it.

Hello Beautiful People! The latest video, which is a slideshow of photographs I took during December 2020 to January 2021, is now up and posted over at the Household Logistics Youtube Channel.

I am endeavouring to create a visual journal this year, through the lens of the camera... so grab a cup of your favourite beverage & feel free to enjoy some visual loveliness (this first slideshow focuses on what has been happening in & around the garden these past summer months here in Aotearoa New Zealand).

The link to the video is here.
Hope you have a fantastic Tuesday.
Happy homemaking, Dear Friends!

Organisation 101: The Role of Listmaking

Are you a To-do Lister or a Ta-Da Lister? Do you write lists of household chores and keep an ongoing list of what needs to be done, both in and around the home, as a homemaker and household administrator? 

Do you have lists for home, for work, for school and perhaps also community, club or church projects you are involved with?

Do you have additional lists with dreams, visions and plans that you are hoping to implement in other areas of your life? 

Do you engage in listmaking to try and keep yourself on track, accountable, and highly engaged in achieving all the numerous goals you have set for yourself? 

The role of listmaking. It is an interesting subject to engage with in this first series of videos I am aiming to share throughout 2021.

Are those lists truly working for you, or are they proving to be a source of continual pressure and actual anxiety? 

Are you feeling continually bogged down by what is not achieved, as your lists simply keep being added to, time and time again.

Are you quietly struggling with a sense of stress and tension, because the reality is that perhaps your progress stalls, or progress in fact is being not made as much as you initially hoped?

Are those very lists acting as reminders of incompetence or even failure, rather than acting as launch pads for engagement and action?

It is totally out of my comfort zone being in FRONT of the camera...... however the first video, beginning January 2021, that is ALL about household logistics and organisation is now posted over at the Household Logistics Youtube Channel, and this very first video is all about the role of listmaking.

"Organisation 101: The Role of Listmaking," the Household Logistics Whisperer version!
It's a chatty..... it's real..... and I hope you will be encouraged to hear my honest thoughts around endeavouring to be that tad more efficiently organised this coming year in this very first upfront and on camera video that I have put together.
"To-Do Lists" are discussed in this first video, as well as what might prove to be my personal go to alternative approach to listmaking in 2021.
Are you a To-Do Lister, a Ta-Da Lister, or do you practise another effective time & project organising approach? Let's share thoughts about what can prove to be most effective in the comments over at the channel and here also at the Household Logistics Blog.
Thank you for all your support & encouragement...... it means a lot, Dear Reader.
Happy homemaking (and organising), Everyone!

Relocating & Getting Settled...... during a Nationwide Lockdown!

Relocating to a new property and taking onboard a completely new lifestyle during 2020, with the Nationwide Lockdown in progress throughout New Zealand, created additional significant challenges for our household.

Over at the Household Logistics Youtube Channel I have posted the first in a series of videos titled "Getting Settled." In this series of videos, highlights from the first days of getting settled at our new country home during May 2020 are all shared.

Rather than unpacking furniture we were scrambling around to assemble air beds and find adequate winter bedding. Rather than organising a full kitchen, we were making the most of the few utensils and pots that we had on hand after our experience of Lockdown Life living in a caravan and tent.

Creating order, setting up house and getting used to a new location are all normal components of transitioning from one home to another. Endeavouring to do it during a worldwide pandemic? Getting settled..... in all honesty, it took a little more conscious practical & mental effort I found as a homemaker, wife and mama.

I hope this series of videos will not only be interesting but perhaps also informative.

It was an unprecedented event experiencing a Nationwide Lockdown in our own lifetimes. To have our property settlement frozen in was both shocking and unsettling.

Our plans were sadly changed and stretched out, due to the nature of the necessary Nationwide Lockdown all happening so quickly.

Getting settled when our ability to continue to move forward was interrupted and there was suddenly a lot of questions regarding when our household goods would also arrive.....

To have only so many days left before final inspection and relocating, and then to find it all halted and frozen due to nationwide rulings....... it was emotionally and mentally challenging.

It is my hope that by sharing some of our own household's experience we can provide insight for others.

It is my hope that by sharing some of our household's experience that it helps those going through a similar unprecedented disappointment, due to unforseen circumstances coming to play.

It is my hope that by sharing, those onlooking & seeing others caught up in such an experience have more understanding and compassion.

Relocating & getting settled? You can check out the first video sharing our experience by following the link here.

Grocery Shopping Highlights? What are they?

Grocery shopping, it is one of those ongoing, repetitive and often very mundane components of running a household. Can there possibly be any highlights along the way, whilst carrying out a regular grocery shopping excursion?

I am hoping this year to make better decisions when I myself am out engaging in trolley pushing amongst the numerous aisles. During 2021, I thought I would also aim to share regularly about various products I come across, and profile them over at the Household Logistics Channel as well as here on this very blog.

Why bother sharing a grocery shopping highlight list, you may ask?

It can be quite a juggling endeavour to work within a set grocery budget, so I personally value getting feedback from others.

We can sometimes pickup clever menu ideas, as well as hear about sound purchasing options from others who share about their purchasing choices. Hence the reason, I thought it might prove to be helpful (perhaps even somewhat informative) to share why I am choosing particular products and product brands for my own specific household.

Who knows, something shared on this very blog, or over on the Household Logistics Youtube Channel, might prove to be just that perfect, beneficial product choice and a breakthrough budgeting point for some other busy, juggling mama & homemaker, right 😉?

Does this product look to be user friendly when it comes to specific dietary needs for members of my family?

Is it cost effective and budget-friendly when weighed up against both quality and quantity?

There are numerous factors that come into play when out grocery shopping. I personally hope over the coming year to get a better understanding of particular products and why they should be potentially on my regular go-to grocery shopping list.

Grocery shopping is one of those activities we homemakers often carry out regularly and let's face it, it can be quite time consuming trying to not only shop but make product decisions at the very same time.

I hope by sharing in detail about some of the products I obtain whilst out carrying out my own grocery shopping excursions, that the profiling will prove to be handy also for some other busy, conscious of working within a budget, trolley pushing kiwi homemaker (perhaps it might prove to be you, Dear Blog Reader!).

Today over at the Household Logistics Youtube Channel I am sharing the very first episode, which I hope will be both interesting & informative.

I will be sharing similar videos throughout the coming year, so you are of course as always most welcome to subscribe to the channel (go press that notification bell, Peeps!). The wonderful thing about actually subscribing is that you will receive personal notification when each new video is posted..... that is a beneficial time saver also!

So without any further ado, here is the link to the first Grocery Shopping Highlights video, just click here and the link will take you straight over to the channel.

I am looking forward to sharing similar videos soon, so it's great to get this very first episode up and now publicly posted!

Please, feel free to leave a comment over at the channel as to whether you have found any one particular profiled product also a great one to add to your shopping cart.

Feel free to share why you absolutely love that product also. It will be great if we all learn from each other!

Until next time, Happy Homemaking, Everyone!