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? […]

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

Vanuatu 2

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 […]