• The fourth trimester

    The fourth trimester

    Thursday, June 22, 2017

    There’s nothing like a new baby to mess up your relationship. I am not saying we don’t love him. We obsessively, completely do. We are both like super crazy thriller movie stalkers (think a room wall papered in pictures of our baby’s every move with some black pen drawings for extra craziness. And maybe some poems. […]

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  • Salad

    Walk, salad, stretch

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    I am currently going through a stage where I am really conscious of how everyday actions affect me. Life with a newborn is a marathon, not a sprint. After three months of night feeds, severe C-section-related back pain and getting into the groove of freelance writing, I am finding that a new mantra has emerged. […]

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  • What you can learn from a baby

    What you can learn from a baby

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    I spend a lot of time hanging out with a Tiny Person these days and there are a few things that I’ve noticed that could really help us all be a bit happier. Stretch Whenever Baby Joey wakes up, he does a massive stretch. A head-to-toe, back arching stretch. Yoga may not be your thing […]

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  • This article is about how to make friends and include 10 tips to forge better relationships

    How to make friends

    Thursday, June 8, 2017

    I am lucky enough to know some very socially gifted people. From observing them, I have learnt some key things about how to make friends, and also how to be a great friend. Do you want to make new friends? Or have better relationships with your existing friends? Read on for 10 tips to ace […]

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  • Friendship mosaic

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    I have a theory that we are all more beautiful when you put us together. Groups form patterns, and viewed from outside, the unified form becomes much more interesting than a single unit. Friendship groups have energy. They grow and breathe, like a forest with a complex web of interconnected root and soil structures forming […]

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Jan
21

Nigella Lawson: A review

I saw Nigella Lawson in conversation with Annabel Crabb last night and HOLY FAN GIRL, it was amazing. The tittering, besotted energy in the room was as tangible as clotted cream on a scone. She is everything she purports to be and more. It was such a thrill to hear the mellifluous voice of one of my feminist […]

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Jan
15

Dear Aunty Em: Abusive dad

‘When I was 12 I witnessed my dad physically abuse my mother in front of my younger siblings and two closest cousins. I ran to the neighbours for help, they called the police. My mum, siblings and I spent three weeks staying with friends and family. Mum went back after dad promised to never do […]

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Jan
14

Getting old

It’s sneaking up on me. A few grey hairs have become hundreds. A few kilos have become fifteen. My knee hurts and old injuries ache. And yet … I am no longer freaked out about my appearance. I don’t wear make up everyday and I don’t care what I look like in exercise gear. I laugh about […]

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Jan
14

Sydney’s best eats for >$20

I am no food blogger but I didn’t get this fat sitting around eating salad. I have lived in Sydney for over 12 years now (with a little tree change in the middle) and this is the greatest eating city in the world. Melbourne can suck my shashlik. Read on to reach Sydney food nirvana for […]

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Jan
13

Smashed: A review

Glebe St Vincent de Paul is the next best thing to a library. My suburb is full of nerds; students, teachers, activists and thinkers. Hence, the Vinnies here is a gold mine for second-hand books. That’s how, for a mere $3, I wound up with Koren Zailckas’ 2005 memoir ‘Smashed’. This is like Bridget Jones’ […]

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Jan
11

Scoot: A review

Low-cost airlines are something I have a lot of time for ever since I went back to being a journo (see: financial destitution). Subsequently, I have concertinaed myself into every kind of cheap seat for a short-haul flight to Asia and I am here to tell you, there is a big difference between carriers. In the same way that […]

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Jan
8

The thing about resolutions

You won’t act on them until you’re ready. No arbitrary date will make you lose weight, no fireworks display will help you quit smoking, and you won’t get out of debt simply because you decided that this is the year. Change can be glacially slow or hummingbird rapid. Why? Because something needs to change in your chemistry, […]

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Jan
7

Before we forget Christmas

I went to the shops on January 1 and there were Easter buns on the shelves. EASTER BUNS. But before we digress into chocolate ovum and spicy bakery treats, let’s first debrief on the Christmas that was. Mine was semi-traumatic. How was yours? I have spent a great deal of time pondering why I found the failure of my Christmas […]

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Jan
5

Living with disapproval

I recently experienced a big dose of disapproval, and wow, it hurt. It came from the place where I would most expect it: my family. I recently got engaged in a fairly fuss-free way. No ring. No proposal. A simple agreement between adults to marry. In keeping with the theme of simplicity, and in light […]

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Dec
17

Dear Aunty Em: Druncle

‘What to do if your uncle keeps telling misogynistic jokes? I should mention that he’s 80 (so possibly unlikely to change at this advanced age) and quite sweet otherwise (though he’s also a Trump supporter and thinks all Muslims are terrorists-in-waiting.) Where are all the wise elders? (swallowed by the cult of youth?). My Aunty […]

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