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Nature lover and an eternal optimist at heart. I love to write about personal growth and mental health.

I learned a powerful lesson when I received an insightful letter from my future self

Dear Terry

It’s yourself here. Greetings from 5 years in the future. I’ve come to check up on you. You’ve come a long way in your 47 years. Born and raised in Great Britain, you moved to New Zealand when you were 17 years old. Now happily married with two cats. Yes, you do love cats, don’t you?

Before we start. No, you didn’t win the lottery!

You are still working full-time in the IT industry. You love it. You love the whole process improvement…


Does your cat have a case of crazies?

If only cats had an off switch. If you’re a cat owner, no doubt you would have witnessed your furry friend suffer a case of cat crazies. We know cats need to blow off steam. They are high-energy animals displaying bursts of energy, whose idea of fun is tearing around the house, ricocheting off walls, climbing up curtains, knocking over family photos and precious ornaments. It can make you feel frustrated, angry and enough to make you come down with the crazies yourself. The good news is that this is normal behavior.

I’ve experienced a case of the crazies first…


How would you feel if you opened your online banking app and saw a deposit for a dollar you weren’t expecting? You open up to the transaction details to find the reference fields reveal:


Crank up the dial to achieve the X-factor in your run

“The only time I get runners high is when I stop running”. I love this funny yet powerful quote by Jerry Meyers, from the 2007 film/documentary Spirit of the Marathon.

Jerry’s quote evokes the realization that on one hand, running for some people is torture. The only joy or high they receive is when they stop running. If it’s torture, then why do we continue to do it?

Those that regularly pound the pavement know what I’m referring to. It’s the anticipation of the next run. Whether it’s around the block, down the local track with your friends. …


The power to change can come from the most unlikely of places

For many high-performing people, getting up early is the key to their success. Using the early hours before the rest of the world rises, to get things done. CEO of Apple, Tim Cook famously gets up at 3:45 am. Achieving a level of productivity that us mere mortals could only dream about.

It’s a simple truth that I’m not an early riser by nature. Surrounded by a cocoon of warmth and comfort under my duvet. The thought of greeting the day with the birds fills me with an assault on the senses and the dread of an anxiety attack.

I’ve…


What will you do today to prioritize your own health and wellbeing?

It’s no surprise to anyone that 2020/21 has been an incredibly tough year. We have all suffered to varying degrees. Whether it’s losing full-time employment, gaining weight, or taking a hit mentally because of a Covid lock-down.

Though I was lucky enough to keep my full-time career. There were challenges in daily life — work-related study, dealing with grief after my wife lost a loved one, as well as trying to develop my writing skills. Trying to give them the time I thought they deserved was much harder than I expected.

I felt exhausted. Staying up late. Drinking more than…


I needed to make a change and become a better husband

Six months ago, I was sitting on the couch in a therapist’s office. I wasn’t there by myself, and I wasn’t there because my marriage was falling apart. I was there with my wife because I love her. To support her. Wanting to make our marriage even better than it already was.

My wife has been through a tough time. With her mother passing away six months prior. Combined with her brother being involved in a serious head-on car accident. All this with Covid ravaging its way through the country, it all got too much. The reason for instigating the…


Every twist and turn provides an opportunity to learn.

I’ve only been writing on Medium for just over one month. The first time I’ve ever taken writing seriously. I don’t see myself as a natural writer. I’ve always been creatively minded. Tending towards photography over the printed word. It was only after the suggestion from a counselor and discovering the benefits of writing a journal, that I discovered Medium.

At the time of writing this article, I’ve published four articles and waiting for the acceptance of a fifth. This isn’t an enormous amount by any stretch of the imagination. I…


Is it possible to give yourself an intervention?

Several years ago, my Facebook profile picture was a photo of myself with a glass of red wine in my hand. It was a black & white photograph, which I felt gave it an arty, moody style. I don’t know how other people saw me, but Looking back, I hated that photo. I saw myself as a miserable drunk. I felt like that glass of wine defined me.


My experience with caring for our Ocicat Maisie after one year.

Our Ocicat Maisie relaxing after a hard day playing Photo: Author’s own
Our Ocicat Maisie relaxing after a hard day playing Photo: Author’s own

There is nothing more a cat lover looks forward to than the opportunity to choose another kitten. My wife and I already have one cat. Our beautiful Biscuit: 17-year-old short-haired ginger female. Biscuit is perfect in every way: old, grumpy, scatty, fussy eater, and spends about 23 hours a day sleeping.

We had a very difficult decision to make. We wanted to get another kitten - a new play friend for Biscuit but didn’t want to take away from the serenity and calm that she had been used to…

Terry Bowyer

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