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? […]

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. […]