What work travel is really like

This is the closest thing you have to a home when you're travelling for work

About five years ago, I decided that I wanted to get paid to travel. I didn’t care how I did it. I just wanted to do it. Today, I am a business travel and events editor so hey, the plan worked. This means I go to lots of conferences and on work trips called ‘famils’ […]

Dear Aunty Em

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‘I met a guy at a large gig.We had fun dancing together and hanging out. Later into the night, we went our separate ways to hang out with our friends, thinking we would run into each other again but it didn’t happen. Now I’ve managed to stalk this guy down through social media even though […]

Just don’t do it

These are my new friends, the cast of Wayward Pines

Last night was midwinter solstice, the longest night of the year. I made soup, watched TV and did my washing which was exactly what I needed to do. I say ‘needed’ because I have been so tired lately. I never listen to my body. Instead, I add caffeine, alcohol, cold and flu meds, vitamins and […]

Late bloomers

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There’s this idea that coming to success later in life is a small failure in itself. After all, what have you been doing if not succeeding? Society focuses a lot of attention on young people who have achieved staggering success. In the past, this has made me feel slightly bad about myself. I wonder, ‘Have […]

Upsides of surgery

Being in hospital is like eating at my grandma's house but without the butter and salt

So I had surgery. It was painful, expensive and time-consuming but also kind of fun. Being in hospital is a suspended state of living. People bring you food and drinks, check your blood pressure, dose you up on painkillers and measure fluids leaking in and out of your body. Your friends visit you and you have […]

Stuff no one talks about

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I found my first wolf hair (wiry, black, fast-growing) coming out of my chest a few years ago. ‘WHAT IN THE ACTUAL FUCK IS THAT?!’ I thought, wondering if I’d picked up some stray fluff from a passing mink coat. But no, it was attached to me and since then, I have grown increasingly attached […]

Stuff rich people like

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I have had the dubious privilege of hanging out in some pretty fancy places over the past few years. For a girl who grew up in a weatherboard house next to a highway, I am fascinated by the ways of the wealthy. I don’t think I’d even laid eyes on a truly rich person until […]

The truth about family holidays

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My book club girls called me out on the fact that I only ever write about the good stuff that happens on trips so I am going to tell you about Part 2 of my Easter break: The Family Holiday. I haven’t spent a lot of time with small children, mostly because parents don’t let drunk […]

A helpful guide to underpants

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Most of us wear them most of the time and yet they are rarely discussed in polite conversation. They are an oddly political garment, encompassing as they do feminism, sexuality, body image and fashion. From the fairy princess adorned knickers of children, to the vast, sweeping sails covering the backsides of old ladies, underpants have a lifecycle. This has […]

Why I’m happy

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Someone asked me yesterday why I’m happy. I turned 36 last week and I can confidently say for the first time in my life, I actually am. As someone who spent the majority of my teenage years and 20s crippled by anxiety, getting older is a source of great peace for me because I seem to get better at […]