I have a confession

I am a little bit addicted to buying things online. I got tipsy and bought two saris the other night. The thought process went like this: I have to go to an awards function I need to find something to wear Let me just look online There is nothing in my size Argh. I am […]

Stuff my therapist taught me

A few years back, I went to therapy. It was expensive but is was also one of the best investments I have ever made. I’ve always associated therapy with neurotic Woody Allen types but my therapist (technically an Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner) was a poised and elegant English lady named Margaret. She taught me three important lessons; […]

Find your people

The power of special interest groups really hit home on the weekend when I was in the Hunter Valley with my book club. We – a group of five – were talking about the various clubs you can be a member of; Upholstery Club, Taxidermy Club, a Skipakke (Belgian Barge Dog) Facebook group. There is […]

10 things I love about Australia

1. The word ‘mate’ I tend to go into overdrive the second I step outside the country and start ‘G’daying’ all over the place but no matter where I am, I always love hearing the word ‘mate’. 2. Sunshine Specifically, the quality of the light; so bright and clear. 3. The food From the abundance of […]

What does your appearance say about you?

The smallest detail can speak so loudly. Without sounding like June Dally-Watkins, I spend a lot of time paying attention to people’s grooming. Case in point: teeth. White, straight teeth can say rich parents, healthy childhood, American or acting profession, just as loudly as crooked, damaged teeth can say English, poor parents or smoker. Your […]

You don’t deserve anything

It can be a dangerous mistake to think that you deserve things. This is not how the world works. Think of it like a restaurant. Just because you’re in there, the wait staff aren’t going to magically know what you want. You have to order it and be specific. There’s a lot of people who feel resentful […]

More things I hate

1. The term ‘Bucket List’ I have no problem with wanting to do things. I have no problem with writing those things down. I have a big problem with it being called a bucket list. 2. The BCC That person who sends you a snakey email about something you did wrong and BCCs your boss. That. 3. Flatmates who […]

How to become a motivational speaker

I see a lot of motivational speakers in action. What I have realised is this: there’s a formula you can follow if you’re willing to hack off a limb or get lost in the wilderness. Read on for my foolproof guide for turning your bad experiences into cold, hard keynote cash. 1. Come up with an inspirational slogan […]

What work travel is really like

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

‘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 […]