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some perfect place."
Even when they
created the move to
Waiheke, "we didn't
dream of sitting
here in the sunshine
for 70 years," she
"I am not
locked into a future
where I have to be
a writer for the rest
of my life.
change my mind
and fnd I never
Talking to her
now, it seems
unlikely though. She
justifed the process as she began writing the whirlwind
account of the frst 18 months of her journey by saying if it
changed just one life, "I would die a happy woman."
A gorgeously appreciative email from a reader two weeks
after publication, she says, "showed that goal was done".
Will she be back? She says she still adores Waiheke and is
excited to continue living into a future that inspires her, being
guided by the signals.
"We are still open to where we might end up."
The prestigious Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust Literature
Awards, held in conjunction with the New Zealand Society of
Authors, offer one of the largest monetary prizes for literature
in the country with three awards of $10,000.
They recognise writers whose work embodies the mind,
body and spirit genre. Winners will be announced this week.
Creating a life you love
Behind her Pinch Me 'signals' are the
mechanics of how one is 'being' in the world
and how a person defnes their own life and
creates their own unique experience of it.
"The universal energy is responding to
the vision you have set for yourself," says
Bernadette. "It's an empowering realisation
when you come to know frst hand that you
create every minute and every hour of your
life with your beliefs, thoughts, feelings and
"Life doesn't happen to you; you happen
to life. So, what type of life do you want?"
Inside of that realisation and responsibil-
ity, the signals come in response to how you
are being, to guide and intervene in countless
ways -- from comical to poetic and some-
times by upset and breakdown which signal
that one is out of the ‘fow of life’.
"Every time I get 'beached', it is the
signals that are pushing me back in," she
says of this allegorical fow. And, surpris-
ingly, since writing her book, she has found
that far more people live their lives that way
than she had realised.
"It's not uncommon," says Bernadette
"I was just so caught up in corporate life,
my frst response to discovering signals was
"How can people not know about this?"
She admits that her own initial response
had also been: "Am I really going to trust
"In fact, living this way has served me so
much better than ever before and it is inspir-
ing to me that we each have our own rivers
to fow in, we set a vision and signals come
to guide us."
Which doesn't mean surrendering or
giving over responsibility in the world.
"That's not what this is about. It's a deeper
cut than that.
Her 'signals' are experiential rather than
How individuals make their decisions will
be different for each person, requiring only
an hour-by-hour commitment to asking,
seeking and following the clues that align
to the declared goal or dream, whether it is
taking on the next fear, designing a career or
one's highest life-work.
"I could change my mind tomorrow and
never write another book," Bernadette says.
"Everything comes down to your percep-
tion and ownership of your life. Life can
take millions of different paths and turns,
based on your beliefs, thoughts, feelings and
actions moment by moment."
Life doesn't happen to you;
you happen to life. So, what
type of life do you want?
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