• The most important thing I’ve learnt this year

    Thursday, December 20, 2018

    This year has been tough by any measure. The upside is that hard times teach you a lot about yourself and other people. The most important thing I’ve learnt is that if you focus on filling yourself up with peace, that peace will eventually overflow into other people’s lives. Same goes if you fill yourself up […]

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  • Soul gardening

    Monday, December 3, 2018

    Do you know about how crop rotation works? How farmers don’t plant the same crop in the same place year after year? Humans are the same. We can’t keep producing, producing, producing without a rest. We need inputs. If you were a garden, you would need to be weeded, composted, fertilised and replanted. You may […]

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  • Inspiring villas free wellness programs

    Free wellness programs with Inspiring Villas

    Monday, November 19, 2018

    It’s about this time of year that mama needs a long lie down. But here’s the thing: I have a 20 month-old toddler who wakes up at dawn every single day. There is no holiday on earth that can get around that crushing fact. So how can you combine a family holiday where you get […]

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  • Meet the artist: Cathy Stait-Gardner

    Monday, November 19, 2018

    If you have spoken to me recently, you have probably heard me banging on Camden’s answer to Quentin Blake. Meet Cathy Stait-Gardner – gifted artist, Buffy fan and all ’round hilarious woman. How long have you been an artist? An artist. It sounds so high-brow! I’m not sure how long Ive been an artist. I’ve […]

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  • Christmas gifts for people you hate

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    In keeping with my current Christmas gift-buying obsession, here’s my fail-proof guide to gifts for people you loathe: A leaf blower: You hate them. Soon, everyone else will too. A chutney gift pack: Has anyone ever used a Christmas chutney? This will live in their pantry and/or fridge and be moved from house to house, […]

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Sep
8

What not to name your kid

My friend Mel is an English teacher. As such, she has met a lot of kids and has a healthy respect for the Queen’s English. She wrote the very entertaining essay below based on her experiences. I asked her about the worst names she has come across and she said, “A few stupid names for […]

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Sep
7

Ultimate Blue Mountains day trip

You have one day to check out the Blue Mountains to the west of Sydney. What are you going to do? There are plenty of options at your disposal but here’s some of the best stuff you may not have heard about. Regardless of whether you drive (it takes about 2 hours to get to […]

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Sep
5

The questionable joys of early pregnancy

Ahhh crying and vomiting. Yes, that’s what you feel like doing. Inspirational quotes on Pinterest make you weep, an especially beautiful day makes you teary, and anyone being remotely nice to you causes unbidden eye precipitation. On top of this, there’s the never ending nausea. You feel like you have a really bad hangover all the […]

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Sep
5

How can you pay for your university course?

If you are looking to study at university then you probably already realise this is not cheap to do. If you are studying for a Bachelor’s degree the fees incurred tend to be between $15,000 and $33,000. It’s important that you consider how you are going to pay your fees and what financial implications borrowing […]

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Sep
5

Six pro dating tips

Dating isn’t a science, but it’s not a mystery either. There are things to remember and things to avoid whenever you try to impress guys. After all, they are fairly simple organisms when it comes down to it. If you’ve been struggling to snare promising guys recently, it might be a good idea to think […]

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Aug
26

Why I didn’t get a big fancy publishing job

I ran into an old work friend at a launch last night. We started out in publishing at the same company and she is now working for Marie Claire. For a second, I felt a twinge of envy. ‘Why aren’t I working at Marie Claire?’, I thought? And then I realised it’s because I’ve never […]

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Aug
19

Five things to do in Hobart

Y’all seem to be loving Hobart (and going there in droves) so here’s a short guide to where to eat and what to see in this booming seaside outpost. Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) This is the single greatest contemporary art gallery in Australia, and one of the best in the world. You […]

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Aug
16

The ten laws of luxury

Luxury gets a top billing in most travel press these days but who can afford that stuff? The words ‘exclusive’, ‘bespoke’ and ’boutique’ get bandied around but what does this really mean? And how can your average punter afford an experience that feels luxurious but doesn’t cost a fortune? Here’s what you should look for if […]

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Aug
10

You only have to be lucky once

Earlier this year, I heard NZ-based private investigator Julia Hartley-Moore speak at an event showcase. There is so much to love about this woman; from the skin tight leopard print dress, to her straight talking approach. The beginning of her story is tragic – she left school at 14 and got pregnant at 15 after her […]

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Aug
9

What money really can’t buy

In the world of travel, there’s a lot of talk about ‘money can’t buy’ experiences. This is flawed logic because the whole point of travel marketing is that they are selling you something; click on this link, book this airfare, buy this deal. What money can’t buy is this: a chance to walk the Camino while […]

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