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She may -- from her Waiheke dream home -- have written a book
that her readers have described as being as life-altering as The
Secret, but Bernadette Logue admits she is about as far as one
can get from the spiritualist guru-type meditating in the jungle.
Cocktails, high heels, shopping and a riotous sense of humour
may always make her an unlikely candidate for 24-hour medita-
tion, she says.
Describing herself more often as loud, logical, busy and
active, she did, however, discover that -- if she listened carefully
enough -- the universe was sending her very real signals about
how to achieve what she wanted in her life.
The process since then has taken her from a capital city corpo-
rate career and plunged her into a life on Waiheke as the writer
of Pinch Me -- How Following the Signals Changed My Life,
with a dream home, a long-awaited puppy and a career follow-
ing and sharing the 'signals'.
Bernadette -- 'B' by the time one has read her book -- says
she is a Wellingtonian at heart, having grown up in the nearby
Wairarapa at the base of the Tararua ranges. When she left school
there wasn't much to do in her rurual home town and she spent
the next 17 years in Wellington.
The rest is history. Her Pinch Me life turned her existence
upside down and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary.
Writing about it, she is self-deprecating, sharply aware and
vividly frank about her own shortcomings and breakdowns.
Published earlier this year and already receiving critical
acclaim and a following around the globe, the book involves a
whirlwind 18 months in which she largely quits her successful
13-year corporate career in Wellington for a whole different set
of goals and challenges. It culminates with time alone in urban
Bangkok and she says she didn't come home the same person.
Ongoingly, following the signals and keeping herself way out
of her comfort zone still seems to be the plan.
"I thought I was done with the fears, but apparently I was
wrong," she says.
Within two weeks of getting back from Thailand, she had
resigned from her job entirely, again with the uncomplicated
blessing of her corporate bosses and with a warm welcome from
friends in Waiheke's 'day club'.
She's now even further out of her comfort zone. Writing full
time and with a new set of 1B5 notebooks in which she journals
the roller-coaster journey, she and partner Aaron are living the
next book as they go.
Her intention to pursue her coaching and energy healing work
was almost immediately reframed by new and more intense
'guidance', compelling her to re-examine that goal and to share
the message of the signals on a larger stage with a second book
and coaching seminars.
It was only a matter of time before the couple were heading
for the next big unknown in Hawaii.
"I was really trusting in my signals this time,"
she says, contemplating the Waiheke house they
have now sold, the packing up and the tempo-
rary home for puppy Cash with family in the
The concrete of suburbs and the cities of most
of her working life are long gone.
"I was very wound up in that world," she says.
"Part of what I have discovered from the journey
since then is that I feel peaceful in nature. It's
soothing being next to the water and the bush,
where I can do a different walk almost every
week of the year."
Waiheke's small town feel has a very real
sense of community, while having the same
lifestyle opportunities of city sophistication and
diversions, she says.
And right from the start, Waiheke had an
energy about it, she says.
"It was home from the day we arrived know-
ing nobody," she says. The city commute -- her
Wellington boss had happily transferred some of
her former corporate training job to Auckland --
had been a bliss of sitting back on the evening
ferry and watching the city recede into the
She had noticed that people she knew on
the island had often made big career changes.
“I didn’t realise how defned I had been by my
corporate career," she says.
"Now I am a writer. It takes time to know
Bernadette Logue talks to editor Liz Waters about
her first non-fiction book, 'Pinch Me -- How
Following the Signals Changed My Life', one
of seven finalists in the Published category in
the prestigious Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust
Bernadette Logue with puppy Cash.
The author of 'Pinch Me -- How Following
the Signals Changed My Life' says she is now
even further out of her comfort zone, with the
Waiheke house sold and four months on Maui
their next adventure.
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Feeling the fear and plunging in anyway
Bernadette is now writing full time, with
a new set of 1B5 notebooks in which she
journals the roller-coaster journey
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