Petris Lapis (The Person)
Director Of Happiness, Finder of Lost Socks, Smoother Of Rough Waters, Community Member, Lover Of Learning and Rower
I have held a lot of professional positions over the years … which gives rise to interesting questions from teenagers in workshops. But no matter what I have done, I have always tended to fall into the thing I love most. Since I can remember I have been a teacher, a story teller and someone who loves to create warm inclusive communities for people.
I am a mum, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a teacher, a coach, a student of life and a crew member. Each year I choose something to stretch myself and grow. Some years I am more successful at it than others. I have learned an instrument, taken up martial arts (the 7 year olds in my grading exam were very impressed when I passed), gone blonde, written a text book, helped set up a charity, done a shamanic journey, changed my name and much more in the pursuit of stretching and pushing my comfort zone.
I believe in giving back to the community and have done so as a volunteer for most of my life whether it be as a consultant, treasurer, coach, breakfast mum, driver, lunch maker or shed cleaner.
I live my life with laughter and joy. What else is there some days but to laugh at what has happened?
I am a committed mindfulness practitioner and meditator and have been so for more than 25 years. I first started using this and other mind training techniques while working in an accounting firm and completing a law degree at the same time. It has made any number of life’s challenges smoother and easier.
I love warm sunny days, the sounds of birds, people, rowing, mornings, life and laughter.
My aim is to joyfully contribute to a better world by helping people and organisations grow, become more self-aware, connected and mindful. I would love to live in a world filled with people who know and understand themselves and others, who have broken through self-imposed limitations and who are fulfilling their potential in a way that is considerate of themselves, others and the planet. I would love for each and every one of us to be a better person today than we were yesterday.