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. […]

Life+Stuff: Needs


You need: 1. Air 2. Water 3. Shelter 4. Food 5. Sleep 6. Exercise But really, there’s more to it. You need clean air and water, nutritious food, safe shelter, enough sleep and exercise to stay strong. You possibly need money, literacy and numeracy skills and some form of medication to function effectively. I believe […]

Life+Stuff: Love your life


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


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


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


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


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 […]