• What happens when you damage a rental car

    Sunday, January 14, 2018

    Have you ever wondered what will happen if you damage your rental car? Well, friends, you can rely on ol’ spatially challenged Castle here to deliver. On my recent East Coast road trip adventure, my friend Michael and I hired a car from Avis. To our great delight, when we went to pick it up […]

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  • Stillness

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017

    As the year winds up and many of us look forward to a break, consider this simple concept. Stillness. Think of water in nature. Movement stirs up sediment and it becomes murky. Remove that turbulence and the sediment sinks. Clarity returns. Over the next few weeks, find time to be still. Stop thinking. Stop doing. […]

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  • 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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Feb
2

Life, By Okinawa

Sponsored by Okinawa Prefecture, Japan Oh to live forever (or at least for a very long time). The longer I live, the more I realise that I want to live. I know that sounds a little gloomy but the truth is, when I was younger, I had no idea how to live. I drank too much. […]

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Feb
1

The overflow

Sometimes life feels abundant. Overflowing. I feel like that at the moment. I have been given so much over the last couple of years. When you get married and subsequently pregnant, people rally around you and shower you in love. It’s completely humbling. The Spark and I have been the recipients of wild amounts of […]

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Jan
25

Thoughts on Australia Day

One of the hardest lessons of my life has been accepting that there is no such thing as 100% good. Tomorrow is Australia Day, called Invasion Day by some. Like any day of the year, duality reigns supreme. Colonisation sucked big time for Aboriginal people, in the same way it has sucked for indigenous people everywhere. […]

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Jan
18

Say hello to the Hawaii Admirer

  Ashlee Galea is a little bit famous amongst Australian Hawaii-philes. She followed her passion and now lives in Hawaii (*swoon*) and has launched The Hawaii Admirer, a vital resource for anyone planning a trip to the islands. Read on to find out more about this inspirational human and her spiritual (and now physical) home: […]

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Jan
12

The weight of sorrow

You know when you’re at the deli and the deli assistant weighs the plastic container and then deducts it from the weight of the olives? I think life is a bit like that. We see and quantify the substance of a person as we find them today, but what of the weight of past sorrows? […]

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Jan
9

Hierarchy of needs

We all have needs, as outlined by Abraham Maslow above, and yet we can be quite specialised in what is most necessary to our health and happiness. Some people don’t need a lot of sleep. Others are the human equivalent of koalas. Some people need to go running to stay sane. Others will get shin splits just looking […]

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Jan
6

Un-goals for 2017

I love new year, mostly because I get given a lot of calendars. I always feel a little bit ripped off if I have to flick straight to July. In previous years, I have made ambitious lists of goals but this year, my objective is merely to survive and not accidentally kill my newborn baby. […]

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Jan
6

Time to expand

I’m 30 weeks pregnant today so expansion is front and centre for me right now. I can’t hug my husband without my camel hump of a belly getting in the way. Beyond this, I have been thinking a lot about life expansion. It’s so easy to stay comfortable – to keep doing what you’re good […]

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Dec
13

Things I didn’t know about pregnancy

People talk about ‘glowing’ and feeling invincible when they’re up the duff. This makes me laugh in a slightly bitter way because I do not feel this way. I feel vulnerable and smelly. I have body odour for the first time in my life, a development that leaves me sniffing my armpits and feeling quietly appalled. […]

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Dec
13

4 European Activities I Would Never Do Without Travel Insurance

This article is sponsored by Allianz Travel Insurance*.  So, I finally went to Europe. Notwithstanding the one hasty work trip I went on to Finland and Slovenia (which I loved), I had never been which made me feel like a poor excuse for an Australian. I have never lived in Shepherd’s Bush, I have never pulled beers in […]

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