Late bloomers

There’s this idea that coming to success later in life is a small failure in itself. After all, what have you been doing if not succeeding? Society focuses a lot of attention on young people who have achieved staggering success. In the past, this has made me feel slightly bad about myself. I wonder, ‘Have […]

Upsides of surgery

So I had surgery. It was painful, expensive and time-consuming but also kind of fun. Being in hospital is a suspended state of living. People bring you food and drinks, check your blood pressure, dose you up on painkillers and measure fluids leaking in and out of your body. Your friends visit you and you have […]

Stuff no one talks about

I found my first wolf hair (wiry, black, fast-growing) coming out of my chest a few years ago. ‘WHAT IN THE ACTUAL FUCK IS THAT?!’ I thought, wondering if I’d picked up some stray fluff from a passing mink coat. But no, it was attached to me and since then, I have grown increasingly attached […]

Stuff rich people like

I have had the dubious privilege of hanging out in some pretty fancy places over the past few years. For a girl who grew up in a weatherboard house next to a highway, I am fascinated by the ways of the wealthy. I don’t think I’d even laid eyes on a truly rich person until […]

The truth about family holidays

My book club girls called me out on the fact that I only ever write about the good stuff that happens on trips so I am going to tell you about Part 2 of my Easter break: The Family Holiday. I haven’t spent a lot of time with small children, mostly because parents don’t let drunk […]

A helpful guide to underpants

Most of us wear them most of the time and yet they are rarely discussed in polite conversation. They are an oddly political garment, encompassing as they do feminism, sexuality, body image and fashion. From the fairy princess adorned knickers of children, to the vast, sweeping sails covering the backsides of old ladies, underpants have a lifecycle. This has […]

Why I’m happy

Someone asked me yesterday why I’m happy. I turned 36 last week and I can confidently say for the first time in my life, I actually am. As someone who spent the majority of my teenage years and 20s crippled by anxiety, getting older is a source of great peace for me because I seem to get better at […]

Do you need to believe?

I have this problem in romantic relationships where I need to believe it’s going somewhere. It’s like the whole ‘suspension of disbelief’ theory for movies. Sure, we all know that it’s highly unlikely that a stray alien landed in Drew Barrymore’s childhood bedroom but to enjoy the film E.T., you really need to let go of […]

Dear Aunty Em

‘What happens when you’ve been good mates with someone for 15 or 20 years only to wake up one day to a Facebook rant that reveals the shock that they are a Liberal loving Tony Abbott devotee who thinks his plan re: cutting off Aboriginal communities is just giving everyone a ‘fair go’. And you […]

The real deal

I had the honour (I do not say this lightly) of seeing Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and  The Signature of All Things, at the Opera House on Sunday. She is GLORIOUS; genuinely shiny and hilarious and grounded and I could gush on forever. She’s the real deal. Lately she’s been hanging out with […]