• Mount Annan Botanic Garden

    Camden, NSW

    Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    It’s taken me a while to write this. I wasn’t sure about Camden at first. It’s supremely weird moving from a tiny apartment in the city – complete with yell-y crazy neighbour, sparkly city lights, ambient bus noise and a fancy cafe on the doorstep – to a giant house in the country. Bridgewater is one […]

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  • Kindess

    Kindness

    Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Forget everything you’ve been taught. Forget about achieving. Forget about Bachelors degrees, or Honours, or Masters. Forget about owning things. Forget about money. Forget everything but this. Kindness is the only thing that matters. Kindness to yourself, because that’s where all kindness begins. Look upon yourself with love. With compassion. With humour. And then turn […]

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  • Australian freelancers

    Australian freelance writers

    Monday, July 3, 2017

    Freelancing is a tough gig but it’s one worth pursuing if you want (or need) to manage your time in a way that sits outside the 9 to 5 norm. On the upside, you are free to follow your interests, have full control – and responsibility for – your schedule and business administration, and you can […]

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  • Travel quiz

    SheGoes travel quiz

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Trivia Tuesday is back! Trivia and travel tragics (alliteration overload) – this one is for you! Questions What is the airport code for Dallas Fort Worth? Which continent would you be on if you were eating pap? Where does the sun rise first? What does IATA stand for? Where does the Trans-Siberian railway start and finish? […]

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  • gentle living

    In praise of the everyday

    Monday, June 26, 2017

    After years of writing about – and occasionally experiencing – some pretty fancy stuff, I have to say that I am loving the humble life. Aldi Champagne instead of Veuve. Homemade casseroles instead of degustations. Days of laundry, writing, baby mama-ing and coffees with friends. There’s a lot of joy to be found in this new […]

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Mar
1

When is the best time to visit Japan?

This is a tough question to answer because each month and season boasts something wonderful in Japan. Let’s consider each of Japan’s four main islands and the ideal times to visit each region according to your itinerary. Best time to visit Honshu Many of the most famous Japanese cities and attractions are found on the […]

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Feb
29

Dear Aunty Em: Name change

‘To change or not to change your last name when getting married in your mid-30s?’ – Name Check Dear Name Check, I heard a story on the weekend about a doctor of philosophy who changed his surname to ‘human’ because he wanted to break down the barriers between himself and others. He also happened to be […]

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Feb
22

Dear Aunty Em: X Factor

‘Should you keep in touch with your ex? What are the no go zones and when it is OK?’ – X Factor Dear X Factor, This is a very broad question so I’m going to break it down a little. Are we talking about an ex from high school, an ex-husband or wife who you have kids […]

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Feb
18

Dear Aunty Em: STI

‘How should you tell a partner about an STI? I had a lover tell me he just found out his ex from six months back tested positive for chlamydia. By text. Not cool.’ – Love bug Dear Love bug, There are two sides to this coin. On the positive side, he told you about it […]

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Feb
18

Dear Aunty Em: White elephants and white rabbits

What should you do when you have a paid, sit-down function and someone brings an uninvited guest? Also, what should you do when you invite people to your house and you say 3pm and then everyone turns up one hour late because they were hanging out at the shopping centre or just generally mucking around (i.e. no […]

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Feb
18

Dear Aunty Em: Cancellations

“What happens when seven people say they are going to come to a function, with a bill that has to be paid beforehand, and then they don’t turn up. I paid for this out of my pocket. What should I do?” Annoyed ATM Dear Annoyed ATM, Before I lambast your friends for their rudeness, I have a couple […]

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Feb
18

Tips for backpackers

When we think about doing an Australian backpacking trip, it is easy to think about roaming around the desolate Outback and exploring some wild, windswept beaches. And although these attractions give us the chance to shake off the shackles of the modern world, sometimes a little tech can make your trip all the more exhilarating. […]

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Feb
17

The cooling down period

I feel like I’ve been set adrift. I used to have intense friendships where we would hang out all the time and have intimate knowledge of each other’s lives. But these days? I’m lucky to see my friends once a month. I don’t feel bad about this, per se, because it’s allowed me the time […]

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Feb
16

1770, Qld: A review

Do you like the Lemony Snitch and the Series of Unfortunate Events series? For those familiar with these amusingly tragic tales, the story of 1770 is what would happen if the cast of characters wound up in Australia. From the Lighthouse of Tragedy to the elderly spinsters who live on an island (one of whom only left twice at […]

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Feb
8

Does Sydney nightlife suck?

I wouldn’t have a clue because I don’t go out anymore. The argument about the damage that lock out laws and casino development is causing rages on but I feel unqualified to comment on the impact because I am shouting from the sidelines. One interesting point to note is that people have been saying Sydney nightlife will die for […]

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