• 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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Apr
18

5 Bali villas you need to know about

Joey’s passport arrived today so, friends, I am back on the Googles, looking for family-friendly winter getaways. There are two kinds of people in the world: the people who love winter and get all excited about wearing coats, and people like me. I dread winter. I shudder to think of the long nights, the gloom, the frozen […]

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Apr
12

How to choose a good hotel

I have worked in the travel industry as an editor, PR and blogger for nearly 10 years now which means I have seen it all – the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly when it comes to hotels. This is funny because I grew up in a family of campers. My primary school’s Year […]

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Apr
9

Dear Aunty Em: Stuck

“I broke it off with a guy I was really into because he didn’t want to commit. It’s been over a year now but I can’t seem to move on. I made a New Year’s Resolution to date more and I’ve been on a couple of dates. They were nice enough but they didn’t make me […]

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Mar
27

Goodbye stupid fun

It’s depressing to realise that my wild years are over. I went out on Saturday night and didn’t even make it to dessert. The day that sleep beats molten chocolate lava pudding is a grave one. The knock-on realisation is that I have to stick to my routine. If I stay up too late, drink […]

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Mar
22

Dear Aunty Em: Stay or go?

‘I am at the same employer now for eight years and am in my third role. My manager has cut all our salaries and significantly increased our workloads. I’ve been told I’m lucky to work here and that there’s people banging down the door to take my job. I’m comfortable here, I know the people […]

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Mar
21

Dear Aunty Em: Dating losers

‘I keep dating total losers and then getting dumped. What the hell is wrong with me?’ – Losing at love Dear Losing at love, Oh boy. I can relate. There was a time when I was dating the used Bandaids from the bottom of the gene pool. There was the biter – who at least had […]

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Mar
15

Swimming holes in Sydney’s South West

Freshwater swimming holes are one of my favourite things.  I have spent years ogling the pictures of people lounging about in waterholes in the Northern Territory (the ones without crocodiles) so it was with great delight that I realised that my new neighbourhood has loads of swimming holes of its own. I have been on […]

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Mar
14

Feminism is confusing

I was listening to the hilarious Guilty Feminist podcast this morning and it made me realise that feminism – and indeed, being female – is confusing. I have spent my whole life trying to get male approval and attention. I am on the chunky side and my weight has always made me feel inferior to anyone […]

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Mar
7

East Coast garden adventure

Garden-fanciers are a funny bunch. You will often find them wandering around with leaves in their hair and mud on their boots, inspecting flowers and pinching herbs. So where should these gnome-like creatures holiday? And where in Australia can a plant lover get down and dirty? It turns out that the coastal driving route between […]

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Mar
5

Joey: A year in review

I have been a mum for nearly a year now. Our beautiful baby Joey turns one on Saturday. So what’s it like? And have I learnt anything? Without sounding hyperbolic, becoming a mum has given me a reason to live; a defined purpose that begins and ends with keeping my son happy and healthy. This […]

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