Hi, I’m Shannon – or Leaf Probably. I’m fine with both. I’m a New Zealander, with a history of minor disasters which all seem to point towards my friends filing me in the ‘quirky’ category. (It was either that or idiot.)

In this blog I write about every day life. I write about the things I find funny, and the weird crap in my head. I write about depression, sadness, fear, happiness, and beauty. I write aboutย accidental kitchen mayhem, and dating. Somehow it all works. Don’t ask me how, because I genuinely can’t tell you. It just does.

Back at the end of 2008 I suspended this blog. In November 2010 I started it up again. This blog and I have an on-again-off-again type relationship. It works for us.


I write, occasionally, about Depression. Writing helps me process my feelings and actions. It helps me create understandable, and relatable narratives about the (often) vast, scary, and overwhelming feelings that can be associated with depression. Leaf Probably helps me find the funny in almost every situation, and it allows me to record, track, and share the colourful and bright moments in my life. Sometimes, I need to see my progress to understand that I’m making it.

If you have questions about Depression then I’m totally open to having a chat, but I’d really recommendย you consider going to the professionals first! Afterall, they’re trained to help! Depression.org.nz, and thelowdown.co.nz are both pretty great resources.


15 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for checking out my blog!
    I’m loving your blog big time so far, but I might be biased by the fact that you’re a shark wrestler from New Zealand. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Ah yes… The ancient art of shark wrestling…. To be completely honest, I stay very far away from sharks (which is difficult as an occasional scuba diver.) I vote no on sharks 99.9% of the time.

  3. I really like the idea of slam poetry. I don’t know that it really exists, but I like the idea. A little more esoteric than my newt wrestling.

  4. It definitely exists… Although, I probably use the phrase wrong (I just like the way the words ‘slam poetry’ sound)!

    It’s basically spoken word poetry, and kind of 90’s-coffeehouse-bohemian. In a cool way.

    There are some links to stuff I like on this post: https://leafprobably.wordpress.com/2010/11/01/duhpreshun/

    Thanks for dropping by Tooty.
    (P.S – I really hope that’s your real name. You would have been KING of the playground in school with a name like that.)

  5. “Sometimes, I need to see my progress to understand that Iโ€™m making it.”
    Well said, and so very true.

    Hi Tricia, Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog Shannon. I’m glad to see your good old mirror self portrait on this About page. I remember it from a couple of years ago. And your blog title “Leaf Probably” is very clever. How did you come up with it I wonder. Did you take those lovely leaf photos too? They’re very nice. But I’m rambling now …

    No problems – I quite enjoyed my visit – I’ll definitely be back. Especially because your cat is gorgeous!

    And as for the self portrait: I love that picture. Mostly because it’s classy. You can totally see the toilet-roll in the background, and the toothpaste spit on the mirror.

    The name leaf probably came about because I was struggling with naming it, and ‘Leaf’ popped into my head. I’ve always wanted to be able to name something leaf – probably because it’s the best name ever ๐Ÿ™‚

    I did not take the leaf pictures… I stole them from a science blog. I’m resonably sure they won’t mind. (Fingers crossed!)

  7. I’m glad you’re here…and I especially enjoyed reading your comment policy. I’ll be back. Thank you for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hey Seekraz, thanks for dropping by ๐Ÿ™‚ I figured that having a strongly worded comments policy would nip any problems in the bud – it seems to be working!

  8. Firstly, may I say that the Pool Table Implementation Project sounds like a truly worthy goal to undertake. I think I should start one at my office as well.

    Secondly, your using your blog as a means of understanding and processing your feelings is an admirable task. You might be surprised to learn how many people are dealing with depression in their own lives, and just hearing about someone else’s experience can be a huge comfort. Kudos to you for exploring your struggles head on!

    Thirdly, the hubby and I talked about working in New Zealand for a year when we first started dating, but then marriage/house/etc. sidetracked us. I would love to get there some day. (Although I wouldn’t have the guts to go so far as shark wrestling.)

    You’ve got a new reader here. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Hey Cordelia, thanks for dropping by ๐Ÿ™‚
    The Pool Table Implementation Project is coming along nicely. I’m currently putting together a presentation for the executive, I’m pretty sure my innovative use of power-point is going to blow their minds!

  9. Hi Shannon. Thanks for dropping by on my blog some months back. I only just saw the comments because I was busy/depressed/writing…any number of things. But I’m back on the blog and I saw you and figured you found me somehow because of my depression/Lexapro posts.

    Yeah, like you, I am a depressive. I stopped hiding it after years and years of denial. What helps me to deal with changes. I did therapy for a while. Yoga and meditation have helped. Warm weather helps, which means right now I am having a tough time (every effing week it’s a foot of snow where I am right now). So I’ve been trying to go out more, cold be damned. Right now, drugs are helping. Don’t wanna be on them forever, but I realized all those other things were not enough at the point I was at last September, so for now, they’re part of the mix. Far from being ashamed of it, I flaunt it. I’m not PROUD of it, but I’m proud of facing it, and fighting it, and it also gives me bragging rights because most brilliant people are depressed or have some sort of mental issue…so of course, we MUST be brilliant.

    Adding you to my blogroll…and I wanna come to New Zealand and hang out. Don’t be surprised…that’s exactly the crazy crap I’m starting to do these days…

  10. WordPress recommended your blog to me and I’m loving what I see so far! I’ll be back to read more when I have time!

  11. Thanks! Loving your blog too – I love travelling vicariously through other people! Your trip to Ireland looked like so much fun!

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