Life + Stuff: Cheer squad

Best in Show

Who is on your cheer squad? How do you know if you’re rocking or sucking the big ones? Ever since I became a full-time freelancer, I have no idea. I don’t get given payrises, promotions or performance reviews. As a kid, I got gold stars, Scratch ‘n’ Sniff stickers and stamps on the back of […]

Life + stuff: Holiday time

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No matter how much sleep I get, I am tired. No matter how much work I get done, I still seem to have an avalanche of emails, copywriting jobs and phone calls to make. My bank balance is alarming, my credit card is bleeding and I would happily stay in my pyjamas all day long. […]

Life + stuff: Change

Ziggy

I’ve been a bit quiet lately, haven’t I? It’s because my whole life has gone berserk. In the past six weeks, I have started two new contracts (and resigned from three others), separated from my beloved First Husband and moved house. On top of that, I have also been lucky enough to have a crack […]

Awkward town names

Intercourse Pennsylvania

I recently drove over Awkward Gully, then Purgatory Creek. A while later came Skeleton Creek. The names made me laugh (what can I say, there wasn’t much else around to keep me amused). Once upon a time, they must have been called those for a reason. But why? For the former, I’d like to think […]

Happy places

We all have them. It could be your childhood bedroom, the Old Masters section of an art gallery or a patch of grass under a giant Moreton Bay Fig. My happy places, in no particular order, are: My current home in Marrickville, NSW Eating lunch on Taquile Island in Lake Titicaca, Peru Floating on my […]

Life and stuff

What would you do if a new path presented itself; a path you didn’t even realise existed? Would you venture off the reservation? Consider this: maybe you were on the wrong path all along? How can you ever know if you’re heading in the right direction? Do you believe in fate, destiny, circumstance or dumb […]

Life and stuff: Chairman Sleep vs Insomnia Woman

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I have a long history of insomnia. Seriously. I have suffered from it ever since I was seven (coincidentally, the year my parents separated). Yes, Parents, it is Your Fault. The slightest whisper of anxiety will keep me awake counting incomplete tasks, petty grievances and, when truly desperate, the amount of people I have slept with […]

Life and stuff: How to save time

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I never thought mopping would inspire me to do anything but here I am, writing a story about a mop – or to be specific – the best mop in the world. I have been slopping away at my polished board floors for years with a straggly-ass thing that eventually snapped in half because the handle rusted […]

Life and stuff: Choose life!

choose-life

Where you live affects every aspect of your daily life. It influences what you do for a living, who you spend your time with and how you express yourself and critical health factors like weather, access to fresh food and community services. It’s one of the biggest decisions you will ever make and yet so many […]

Life and Stuff: Energy management

energy-management

I am becoming increasingly aware of my energy levels; especially what makes me feel zingy and what makes me feel crap. In the morning, I find it very hard to sit still so it’s a great time for coffee meetings and phone calls where I can prance around the office playing, ‘Grown-Ups Talking About Important […]