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11 Things To Do In Self-Isolation (That Beat Binge-Watching Netflix)

For most of my adult life, I’ve been cultivating a special kind of to-do list. On it are things like “learn a language”, “take an economics class” and “drive a motorbike across the country.” If I had to give this list a name, it would be "Things I Will Probably Never Do, But Derive Pleasure From Thinking I Someday Might."

COVID-19 And No Longer Taking Life For Granted

A week ago, I began writing a blog post on the right time to say “I love you” in a relationship. Now, that post feels rather trivial. In the time since I started writing it, Australia has closed its borders, the United States has warned against gatherings of more than 10 people and the UK has closed schools indefinitely.

One Month Into Marriage

I’m a married man! Just over one month ago, Renée and I stood together at the front of a tiny Catholic church in Tauranga, New Zealand. We vowed to be faithful to each other in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love and honour each other all the days of our lives.

5 Things No One Tells You About Being Engaged

147 days. That’s how long Renée and I are going to be engaged for. Less than 5 months, all up, but thank God it's not a day longer. It’s not that engagement is bad. For us, it’s been a time of sharing our lives in a deeper way and looking forward to our future together. But it’s no fairytale. Engagement...

Forget About Setting Goals This New Year

I like setting goals each New Year. I’m a Type A person and setting goals is what Type A people do. Anybody who has even skimmed through a self-help book will tell you that if you want achieve success, setting specific goals is the best way to get there. But James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits, has me rethinking all of...

5 Lessons I’ve Learned As A Catholic Blogger

Writing a Catholic blog is the most accidentally educational thing I have ever done. It turns out there’s a lot more to blogging than just writing blog posts. You’ve got to learn about website design, search engine optimisation, copywriting and marketing. But there’s also deeper lessons to learn about motivation and authenticity.

So, You’re Struggling With Physical Boundaries

When Renée and I started dating, the most important conversation we had was about physical boundaries. We talked about our commitment to save the gift of sex for marriage and the boundaries we wanted to set around virtually every other expression of physical intimacy in our relationship.

The 4 Characteristics of a Disciple

What does it mean to be a disciple? The twelve men Jesus originally chose were some of the most colourful, courageous and conflicted characters in the Bible. They were ordinary men – fishermen, tax collectors, political zealots – who went on to become the pillars of a worldwide movement.

Long-Distance Relationships: We Answer 6 Core Questions

For five out of the first six months that Renée and I were together, our relationship was long-distance. We lived 600km apart and only spent one weekend every month together in the same city. Long-distance relationships are tough.

3 Essentials For Staying Catholic At University

I’ll never forget the beginning of my first university lecture. Standing before the class, my theology professor sombrely informed us, “by the time you finish your degree, your faith will either be stronger than ever, or non-existent.” Granted, I was studying theology – a subject directly concerned with the critical examination of religious belief. But in hindsight, I think my...