New love rules

Baan Baa

I drove to Narrabri and back this week which was B.O.R.I.N.G. Subsequently, I had plenty of time to think about Life (caps deliberate). I think I’ve figured out what I’ve been doing wrong in the love stakes and have now devised the following criteria for selecting a mate. Read on, dear friends, for the the sort of wisdom […]

Life + Stuff: Wild women

Orchid

I’m sorry for being so quiet lately. I know that it’s not like me at all. I have been settling into my new country home, planting a veggie garden, buying chickens and generally breathing a little easier. On the upside, this period of reflection has given me an idea for a book. It’s called Sensible […]

Life+Stuff: True value

Famous+Rapper+flashing+Bling+Bling

Do you really want to buy a house if it means saying goodbye to takeaway Thai? Are you really willing to give up an overseas holiday for a shiny, new car? Is it OK to delay gratification if it means you get a whole bunch of (market) valuable things? I don’t think so and here […]

Life+Stuff: When in Rome

Young Masai boy peruses menu at milk bar

What are your feelings about this old aphorism? Should people try to act like locals when they’re in another country? Or should they retain their cultural differences with pride? I completely support trying new things, being culturally sensitive and avoiding embarassment (and arrest) but I’m just not sure about the whole, ‘when in Rome’ thing. Can’t […]

Life+Stuff: You don’t have to

Em G

Whatever it is that you think you have to do, you don’t have to. It’s that simple. Don’t want to get married, have babies, go to work, wear a suit, pay tax, be a good citizen? Don’t do it. You don’t have to. There isn’t much that you absolutely have to do. There will be consequences, no matter […]

Life+Stuff: 3 keys

Life

Do you want to know what the three most important things in life are? Food, sleep and exercise. If you don’t get that right, everything else falls apart. It’s so easy and so hard. It’s taken me 33 years to figure this out and I still have to remind myself every time I stay up […]

Life + Stuff: Sucky

Poops

Things that currently suck: – My enormous tax bill; the result of a dodgy accountant who failed to lodge my 2009/2010 return. I have no spending money and I can’t afford frilly knickers, concert tickets or fancy chicken dinners. Hmph. – Clients that don’t pay their invoices on time. I am a contractor and therefore […]

Life + Stuff: Snappy

Indian ladies

Lately I’ve noticed how intrusive photography can be. Whenever anything noteworthy happens, my first reaction is to grab my iPhone. On a recent group trip to India, twelve cameras would appear every time an elephant, palace or sari-clad villager came into frame. We all started seeing everything as photo opp, a process that interfered with […]

Life + Stuff: End game

Passionflower

What will you regret on your death bed? I recently read this very moving post written by palliative care worker Bronnie Ware. Here’s what she found were the common regrets among her dying patients: 1. They wished they’d been true to themselves, instead of living their lives to please other people. 2. They wished that they hadn’t […]

Life + Stuff: Competition

Moose

I am the least competitive person on earth. I have been known to walk off a netball court because I was bored. Admittedly I was five at the time but it accurately illustrates how much I care about winning (ie. I don’t). Life is not a race. I am not your opposition. Competition leads to some […]