• 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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Dec
2

Dear Aunty Em: Making lurve

‘Closing our eyes whilst making love seems perfectly natural and acceptable, but there are times one wants to hold a lovers gaze. Is it arousing, confronting, beautiful or weird?’ – Eyeballs Dear Eyeballs, Like all things in sex, it totally depends on your partner. Some people cannot get enough of bananas up their butt while […]

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Dec
1

Dear Aunty Em: Customers

‘No names to be mentioned, but why is society – in particular retail customers – more demanding now than, say, 10 years ago?’ – People Suck Dear People Suck, There was a wonderful time when people drank instant coffee and sat down to watch one of the four TV channels available. They drank cask wine and ate […]

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Dec
1

Dear Aunty Em: Gaydar

‘I made a comment or three about being wary of dating guys who turn out to be gay and my assistant asked me if I had had a scarring experience? No, I answered but I live in Sydney where there seem to be confused people dating all over the place. My old neighbour was a […]

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Dec
1

Dear Aunty Em: Younger

‘I’ve started dating someone nine years’ younger than me – don’t tell anyone! I feel that I’m too old and he’s got his life ahead of him and he wants to party. The problem is that we like each other more than either of us has liked anyone before and we click. What should I […]

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Dec
1

Dear Aunty Em: Christmas crap

‘How do I cope with the fallout after a Christmas party? As far as I can tell, we all had a great time, there was lots of dancing and fun, yet one of the girls in my team hasn’t spoken to me since Friday. I did my usual ‘phantom’ but then again, so did heaps of […]

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Nov
27

Need to know: Saving apps

I am as good at saving money as Kim Kardashian is at keeping a low profile. I suck at it. The good news is that there are some new apps that help fiscal degenerates like me to budget, save and invest. The top apps are able to consolidate all of your finances and present them in […]

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Nov
23

Best summer reads

Yes friends – it is that time of year: the annual summer read-a-thon where you can shamelessly clutch a G&T, slather on some sunscreen and devour as many books as you can carry to the pool, beach or couch. I am in a book club with some very smart, funny women and, as a result, […]

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Nov
23

5 places you need to visit in regional Australia

Australia is a country overflowing with beautiful, fun and interesting places to spend your holiday. Once you get outside of the eight capital cities, you’ll find there are thousands of villages, towns and out-of-the-way places to kick your heels up in. To help you plan your next great Australian holiday, here are five fun regional destinations to […]

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Nov
19

Fun video: 11 days in a campervan

I’ve been home for all of five days and my feet are itching, itching, itching. Being back at my desk after such a colourful, spicy adventure sucks. One week it’s wild elephants in the afternoon. The next week it’s computer screen, caffeine and fluoro lights. The guys from Wilderness motorhomes in New Zealand just sent me […]

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Nov
18

5 reasons to visit Sri Lanka

I knew very little about Sri Lanka before I visited. Tea, cricket and curry, right? Yes but also: there is so much more. I spent my entire visit exclaiming about the exotic wonders that I had never heard about. The ancient cities, the colourful festivals and the British colonial hill stations. What is the Sri […]

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