• Summer holiday viewing/reading

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    I’m at the point in the year where I am ready to lie down for about a month. On the upside, this is also the exciting time when I plan what I am going to binge watch/read over the holidays. Let’s face it: no one has ever described me as ‘athletic’. As a recently new […]

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  • Christmas survival guide

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    Most of us approach Christmas with genuine goodwill and positive intentions but that doesn’t mean that things always work out. Exhaustion, financial stress, heat, alcohol and lots of togetherness can lead to interpersonal friction that can ruin your whole festive season. With this in mind, psychotherapist and relationship specialist Melissa Ferrari says it’s important to be […]

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  • Too busy? Just stop

    Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    This time of year should be called Crabbymas: the festival of exhaustion that takes place before Christmas. Lots of us turn ourselves inside out getting to parties, end of year catch-ups, and hitting the shops to stock up on gift boxed pretzels and fruit mince pies. Some of us start to feel like our glass […]

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  • Why we need more Vikings

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    I have just finished binge watching Season 4 of Vikings and I am now completely intrigued by viking culture. I’m not talking about the pillaging and rapacious violence. What I’m referring to is how women were treated. As equals. Women went on raids. Women engaged in warfare. Women were high priestesses and queens who had the […]

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  • Bellbird Dining + Bar

    Monday, November 27, 2017

    When quality local produce, cheerful staff and a relaxing setting – complete with actual bellbirds – come together, it’s a happy union. Bellbird Dining + Bar at Casula Powerhouse in Sydney’s South West is all of this, and more. The chef, Federico Rekowski, cares deeply about what he puts on the plate. The fresh goats curd, for […]

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Aug
25

Back to the beginning

Finding yourself back at the beginning can feel like failure but here’s the thing: it’s not. A woman I heard speak recently described life as a series of ladders. You climb one, get to the top, look around and then realise, ‘This is not for me’. Then you climb back down and head over to […]

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Aug
19

I have a confession

I am a little bit addicted to buying things online. I got tipsy and bought two saris the other night. The thought process went like this: I have to go to an awards function I need to find something to wear Let me just look online There is nothing in my size Argh. I am […]

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Aug
13

Stuff my therapist taught me

A few years back, I went to therapy. It was expensive but is was also one of the best investments I have ever made. I’ve always associated therapy with neurotic Woody Allen types but my therapist (technically an Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner) was a poised and elegant English lady named Margaret. She taught me three important lessons; […]

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Aug
6

Book travel like a boss

In the digital age, many of us are booking our own travel. But here’s the catch: we’re not experts. Here’s a handy checklist to help you navigate the world of online travel bookings. 1. Passport Has your passport got six month’s validity? If not, apply for a new one ASAP as many countries won’t allow you in […]

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Aug
5

Best things ever

When you think back over your life, what are the absolute best things you’ve ever done? Here are mine: Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef on the Year 10 excursion Getting my puppy Dash, the toy poodle Snorkelling with manta rays on Big Island, Hawaii Hippo-watching as the sun set in the Okavango Delta, Botswana Holding a baby […]

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Aug
3

Find your people

The power of special interest groups really hit home on the weekend when I was in the Hunter Valley with my book club. We – a group of five – were talking about the various clubs you can be a member of; Upholstery Club, Taxidermy Club, a Skipakke (Belgian Barge Dog) Facebook group. There is […]

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Jul
31

10 things I love about Australia

1. The word ‘mate’ I tend to go into overdrive the second I step outside the country and start ‘G’daying’ all over the place but no matter where I am, I always love hearing the word ‘mate’. 2. Sunshine Specifically, the quality of the light; so bright and clear. 3. The food From the abundance of […]

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Jul
27

Sweet (Fortitude) Valley high

Sometimes I feel like I am turning beige with middle age. I wear a lot of stripes and pearls. I go to bed early and get excited about steamed vegetables. But then I went to Fortitude Valley in Brisbane and rediscovered the joy of reckless eating and drinking. My friends and I went up for […]

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Jul
23

What does your appearance say about you?

The smallest detail can speak so loudly. Without sounding like June Dally-Watkins, I spend a lot of time paying attention to people’s grooming. Case in point: teeth. White, straight teeth can say rich parents, healthy childhood, American or acting profession, just as loudly as crooked, damaged teeth can say English, poor parents or smoker. Your […]

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Jul
22

You don’t deserve anything

It can be a dangerous mistake to think that you deserve things. This is not how the world works. Think of it like a restaurant. Just because you’re in there, the wait staff aren’t going to magically know what you want. You have to order it and be specific. There’s a lot of people who feel resentful […]

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