Life+Stuff: Love your life

Peace

It’s taken me a long time to figure out how to love my life.  I’ve spent years feeling overwhelmed, anxious and exhausted. I’ve tried to conform, achieve and contort myself into standard issue roles. I’ve failed in varying degrees and I’m finally starting to feel OK. I have taken to sleeping in, eating whatever I […]

Life+stuff: Fat

Cute-Dogs-in-Bikinis-6

I’m fat and I’m OK. I’m healthy, happy and my weight doesn’t get in the way of anything except for wearing bikinis which, quite frankly, doesn’t make up a large part of my day. Ever. Not once have I gotten up in the morning and thought, ‘What am I going to wear to work?’ and […]

Life+Stuff: The hotplates

Daffodils

American author David Sedaris tells a story that neatly sums up my dilemma.  It’s about hotplates. One day he is driving with his friend she tells him that if he ever wants to be really successful, he will have to start turning off hotplates. ‘Huh?’ I hear you say. No, this isn’t some obscure cooking […]

Life+Stuff: 3 keys

Life

Do you want to know what the three most important things in life are? Food, sleep and exercise. If you don’t get that right, everything else falls apart. It’s so easy and so hard. It’s taken me 33 years to figure this out and I still have to remind myself every time I stay up […]

Life + Stuff: Sucky

Poops

Things that currently suck: – My enormous tax bill; the result of a dodgy accountant who failed to lodge my 2009/2010 return. I have no spending money and I can’t afford frilly knickers, concert tickets or fancy chicken dinners. Hmph. – Clients that don’t pay their invoices on time. I am a contractor and therefore […]

Life + Stuff: Snappy

Indian ladies

Lately I’ve noticed how intrusive photography can be. Whenever anything noteworthy happens, my first reaction is to grab my iPhone. On a recent group trip to India, twelve cameras would appear every time an elephant, palace or sari-clad villager came into frame. We all started seeing everything as photo opp, a process that interfered with […]

Life + Stuff: End game

Passionflower

What will you regret on your death bed? I recently read this very moving post written by palliative care worker Bronnie Ware. Here’s what she found were the common regrets among her dying patients: 1. They wished they’d been true to themselves, instead of living their lives to please other people. 2. They wished that they hadn’t […]

Life + Stuff: Competition

Moose

I am the least competitive person on earth. I have been known to walk off a netball court because I was bored. Admittedly I was five at the time but it accurately illustrates how much I care about winning (ie. I don’t). Life is not a race. I am not your opposition. Competition leads to some […]

Life + Stuff: Body

Kahuna

I had a Hawaiian Ka Huna and lomi lomi massage today and it changed me. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how much our bodies affect our mood. It’s moronically obvious but I have been feeling dreadful all week. My neck and back have been killing me, I’m tired and I have a mysterious pain in my chest. […]

Life + stuff: Stop listening

Life and stuff

Do you listen to other people’s opinions? Do you then change your mind, beliefs or behaviour based on those opinions? It’s normally considered a good idea to listen to other people. In fact, society strongly encourages us to listen to our peers; parents, teachers, employers, partners, friends and mentors. But what if they’re all wrong? […]