• 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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    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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  • Christmas gifts for people you hate

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    In keeping with my current Christmas gift-buying obsession, here’s my fail-proof guide to gifts for people you loathe: A leaf blower: You hate them. Soon, everyone else will too. A chutney gift pack: Has anyone ever used a Christmas chutney? This will live in their pantry and/or fridge and be moved from house to house, […]

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  • Christmas presents for people like me

    Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    It’s around this time of year that I do terrible things to my credit card. I love Christmas and I love buying presents. If you are looking for gift ideas for middle-aged women who love Marimekko but wear K-Mart, here’s some things that I can personally recommend as being both ethical and excellent. Original artworks Art […]

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when-things-dont-work-out-the-way-you-planned
Nov
1

When things don’t work out the way you planned

Sometimes the reality of a place doesn’t quite live up to what the travel agent sold you. Maybe you didn’t read the fine print. Maybe you forgot to ask how long it was going to take to get there. That’s what happened on my last trip to New Zealand. In my role as Organizatron, I managed […]

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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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