• Thoughts on happiness

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    I have become noticeably happier since I stopped reading women’s magazines. I rarely go shopping, and if I do, I don’t spend more than I can afford. I try not to shop from boredom or a sense of unworthiness (buying things to make me feel more socially acceptable, or cool, or professional). I care a […]

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  • Stay away from The Jones’

    Thursday, August 9, 2018

    I have been thinking about The Jones’, that mythical family who drive the status anxiety of the aspirational. Why would you want to keep up with wasteful, greedy mega-consumers? The Jones live in a mansion, drive new cars, have shiny white teeth and golden fake tans. They holiday often and throw fancy parties. But really? […]

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  • Sacred places

    Tuesday, August 7, 2018

    I have always been a sucker for a crystal shop, a psychic reading and a tarot deck. As a godless heathen, these things allow me to connect to a sense of spirituality. Same goes for yoga, swimming, walking and Goddess cards. I am a tragic hippie cliche. Nevertheless, I think we all yearn for a […]

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  • Top-rated tourist attractions in Costa Rica

    Monday, July 30, 2018

    Costa Rica is a wonderland of natural attractions, with volcanoes, beaches, cloud forests, and unique wildlife. This is a country that appeals as much to birdwatchers and luxury-focused travellers as it does to surfers and backpackers. It may be a small country in land mass, but Costa Rica is one of the world’s biggest natural […]

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  • Moving house, goddess Kali and Picasso

    Wednesday, July 25, 2018

    Goddess Kali is the fearsome one: the goddess of destruction in the Hindu pantheon. What I love about her – and the whole school of thought surrounding the Hindu G.O.D concept (Generator, Operator, Destroyer) – is that it acknowledges that death and destruction is a critical part of the wheel of fortune. Which brings me […]

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travel-tales-michelle-tan
Oct
29

Travel Tales: Michelle Tan

Name: Michelle Tan Age: Old enough to know better (but young enough to do it anyway) Occupation: PR practitioner Favourite travel destination? New York Why? Fell in love with the energy there. Best tips for beating jetlag? If you are going to sleep, sleep all the way through the next day, but if you can, […]

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meeting-the-prince-of-wales
Oct
28

Meeting the Prince of Wales

It wasn’t as exciting as you may think – it was the Prince of Wales in the guise of a hospital in Randwick. Close observers of SheGoes will have noticed that Monday and Tuesday this week were bereft of posts. This is because I was checked into said medical accommodation having undergone some rather sudden surgery. Survivors […]

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foreign-correspondent-charlotte-sandford
Oct
27

Foreign Correspondent: Charlotte Sandford

Name: Charlotte Sandford Age: 29 Occupation: Marketing Manager Where do you live?: Austin, Texas Why did you move there?: For love! My gorgeous man Ryan is Texan born and bred. What do you love about your town/city? The eclectic nature of the city; all sorts for fun, interesting and talented people sharing one common denominator, […]

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travel-tales-terry-gillespie
Oct
21

Travel Tales: Terry Gillespie

Name: Terry Gillespie Age: 31 Occupation: Artworker Favourite Travel Destination? Why?: Buenos Aires… the Barrio of San Telmo, impromptu tango parties, Buenos Aires Botanical Garden, the architecture of Europe, designers of Palermo…. How much time do you have? Worst travel experience? What happened?: Fruit picking in Far North Queensland.  Working on a chilli farm is […]

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songs-for-the-road
Oct
19

Songs for the road

Every trip I have ever been on comes with a soundtrack. This all started with the annual drive to South West Rocks. My Dad always played tapes of the Johns – Williamson and Farnham. I know all the lyrics to ‘Hey True Blue’ and ‘You’re the Voice’, a handy skill if ever there was one. Mum, on the other […]

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our-nations-capital
Oct
18

Our nation’s capital

I used to think Canberra was really lame; a grid of brown brick and tile, bitumen and drought-stricken paddocks. I even remember having a heated debate with my Dad who was trying to convince me to move there for a well-paid government job. At the time I thought that no amount of money could lure me to Australia’s […]

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barcelona
Oct
14

Barcelona

Barcelona By Lauren Barker She has soul, this old girl, and an easy way of getting under the skin. Her streets are a smudge of colour, her heartbeat erratic. Everywhere, there is life. From the old barflies in the taverns to the nippers on the beach, the pursuit of pleasure steers the way. The city […]

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valerie-khoo
Oct
13

Travel Tales: Valerie Khoo

Name: Valerie Khoo Age: 39 Occupation: Director of the Sydney Writers’ Centre, Journalist, Keynote Speaker Favourite travel destination?: My favourite place in the world is home. To me, it’s like being in heaven. But as for travel destinations, I would say New York. It’s exciting, vibrant and full of wonderful things to see and do. […]

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the-ubiquity-of-bob-marley
Oct
12

The Ubiquity of Bob Marley

I was reading a short story recently wherein the protagonist asked his most widely travelled friend about the commonalities between countries – essentially, what was the same everywhere. The answer was, ‘The ubiquity of sparrows.’ This is a startlingly true observation. There are sparrows everywhere. The only country where I didn’t see a lot of sparrows was Vietnam (birds […]

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foreign-correspondent-georgia-keighery
Oct
11

Foreign Correspondent: Georgia Keighery

Name: Georgia Keighery Age: (actual age) 31, (emotional age) 12. Occupation: Writer Where do you live?: I live in an area of Singapore know as Tanjong Rhu (home of the many blocks of condominiums that house the countless expats that live in this city). Why did you move there?: I moved here because my husband, […]

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