• Embracing middle age

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    I am going to tell you a secret. I have always been middle aged. While there are many ways to gauge your age – chronologically, with one of those Real Age questionnaires, or even with how old you feel when you go to a night club – there’s your own internal clock that ticks along until one […]

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  • 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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Jun
25

Why gardening

So I started a gardening festival. Seems like an odd thing to do when you’re kinda busy with raising kids, and chasing puppies, and managing a hectic workload. But I had one of those whooshes of inspiration (that some people call the muse) and I felt compelled. Maybe even propelled. Why gardening? Well, because I […]

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Jun
25

Creativity

Every manmade thing was created by someone. Someone thought, hey, this could work. This might make things better. This is beautiful. There’s this idea that creativity is a hallowed space that you enter deliberately. But no. Cooking dinner is creative. Writing in a birthday card is creative. Creativity is like salt or butter. It makes everything […]

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Jun
1

Sanctuary by Sirromet

I don’t get out much these days. Most of my days involve hanging out with a toddler, hanging out washing and feverishly cramming max productivity into minimum time. It’s a treat to go somewhere a) I don’t have to clean, b) I don’t have to cook, and c) there are no children or puppies requiring […]

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May
28

Taste Tours: Ramadan Festival, Lakemba

Stepping into the main street of Lakemba during Ramadan Festival is like carrying an Access All Areas foodie passport. The aroma of Malaysian satay mingles with shish kebabs grilling over charcoal. Tobacco smoke competes with the scent of cardamom-infused coffee, and hungry crowds mill around the fluoro-lit food stands. Ladies in hijabs, burqas and niqabs […]

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May
14

Dear Aunty Em: Should I have a baby?

‘Should I have a baby?’ – Maybe mama  Dear Maybe mama, a) Go and stand in the card section of K-Mart and check out the Mother’s Day range. Absorb the pinkness, the flowers, the sense of gratitude. b) And then go stand in the homewares section, preferably the boring bit, near the pegs, mops and […]

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May
10

Dear Aunty Em: Knob job

“Would you judge a guy based on his work? I was chatting to someone online and turns out he works in the gaming industry selling slot/gaming machines. It’s been his career for ages and I think he does well out if it. It’s such a turn-off for me – is that wrong? Am I being […]

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Apr
24

Becoming your authentic self

I am evolving in isolation down here in Camden, NSW. I’ve got to say, it’s making me weird. When you are protected from the influence of society, a funny thing happens. Parts of you grow that were previously trampled. Take my dress sense. I have always been sartorially challenged but I am reaching new lows. […]

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Apr
24

Meet the artist: Louise Man

A change of country prompted a change in direction for the very talented Louise Man. This accomplished PR and editor has now added another talent to her sizeable stash; that of a painter. Read on to find out what inspires her. How long have you been working as an artist? I’ve always enjoyed painting, but […]

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Apr
23

Note to my girls

I have two step daughters and three nieces and there are a few things I want them to know. The first thing: you are not here to be decorative. People will comment on your looks. They will compliment your figure, and tell you that you’re pretty. You will hear other women complaining and comparing, fretting […]

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Apr
19

Why everyone needs a Honey

I realise this sounds like the beginning of an R&B song set in da club, but no. The Honey I am referring to is my new friend. She is a bad ass eco-warrior. She turned 70kgs of tomatoes into passata, she makes her own pasta, yoghurt and water kefir (among many other things), and buys […]

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