Life+Stuff: Best of 2012


It’s that time of year. The Best and Worst List. The Great Moments showreel. The Top 10. This year has seen me change jobs, move back to the country, get a cat and six chickens and pierce my nose. I visited Vanuatu, Kangaroo Island, Kaua’i (Hawaii) and Oman for the first time, as well as lots of little […]

Life+Stuff: Clucky

Pasture raised chickens feeding

Babies. They’re freakin’ everywhere. All over Facebook, in strollers at the supermarket, spreading a contagion of adorability everywhere I go. Yes, I am finally clucky. I used to think that cluckiness was something that would never happen to me, like falling in love with the Abominable Snowman or winding up in rehab with Amy Winehouse. […]

Life+Stuff: Get happy

Lucy Munchenburger

Sometimes all the work has been done for you. You don’t need to spend your life puzzling over what will make you happy because Eleanor Roosevelt has already figured it out. Read on for her eloquent summary: ‘Someone once asked me what I regarded as the three most important requirements for happiness. My answer was: ‘A […]

Life + Stuff: Wild women


I’m sorry for being so quiet lately. I know that it’s not like me at all. I have been settling into my new country home, planting a veggie garden, buying chickens and generally breathing a little easier. On the upside, this period of reflection has given me an idea for a book. It’s called Sensible […]

Life+Stuff: True value


Do you really want to buy a house if it means saying goodbye to takeaway Thai? Are you really willing to give up an overseas holiday for a shiny, new car? Is it OK to delay gratification if it means you get a whole bunch of (market) valuable things? I don’t think so and here […]

Life+Stuff: Give up


Sometimes it’s OK to give up. Give up everything that makes you miserable. Give up hanging out with people who make you feel bad. Give up eating food that makes you sick. If you hate your job, quit. Same goes for your relationship. If it’s dragging you down, get out. By clearing out all the […]

Life+Stuff: When in Rome

Young Masai boy peruses menu at milk bar

What are your feelings about this old aphorism? Should people try to act like locals when they’re in another country? Or should they retain their cultural differences with pride? I completely support trying new things, being culturally sensitive and avoiding embarassment (and arrest) but I’m just not sure about the whole, ‘when in Rome’ thing. Can’t […]

Life+Stuff: Space

Ivan Goodacre

Personal space, time and space, outer space; there’s a lot of spaces that humans long for, dream about and explore through physics and complex mathematical equations. On the weekend I was walking The World’s Greatest Dog aka Dash the poodle along the roadside in Tamworth. Looking out over the paddocks – nothing special, mind you […]

Life+Stuff: You don’t have to

Em G

Whatever it is that you think you have to do, you don’t have to. It’s that simple. Don’t want to get married, have babies, go to work, wear a suit, pay tax, be a good citizen? Don’t do it. You don’t have to. There isn’t much that you absolutely have to do. There will be consequences, no matter […]

Life+Stuff: Public speaking

Winston Churchill

Something remarkable happened this week: I enjoyed speaking in public. I have been going to Toastmasters for over a year now because I wanted to learn how to make a speech without sweating, giggling or having my voice go up an octave. For those of you that haven’t heard my voice, I sound like a muppet. […]