Suggestibility

In hypnotism, the practitioners play on a person’s ‘suggestibility’ (ie their openness to influence). I have come to the conclusion that I am way suggestible. I have been binge watching the first season of Outlander and, over the last two weeks, my internal voice has adopted a Scottish accent and has replaced ‘do you know’ with ‘d’ye […]

Being yourself vs being a brand

I am not an idiot. I know that a lot of the stuff I write on here is probably killing my career potential. No one is going to hire a CEO who once wrote a post about sneaky anal sex, or internet dating, or crippling anxiety. I once declared to a group of conservative country […]

Have you heard of Helpling?

It’s a new website where you can find reliable, experienced cleaners in your area. This is so cool. I remember getting a cleaner when I lived with my ex. It was the result of many, many arguments that finally resulted in, ‘Fine, let’s pay someone!’ Our cleaner lasted all of two sessions. She was a […]

Who are the coolest people in the world?

If you had to change nationality, what would you change to? I am very happy to be born Australian because I love Aussies’ laconic sense of humour, willingness to help people, love of sunshine, beaches and BBQs and of course, there’s AUSTRALIA. I mean, have you seen this place?! Having said that, there’s plenty we […]

What not to name your kid

My friend Mel is an English teacher. As such, she has met a lot of kids and has a healthy respect for the Queen’s English. She wrote the very entertaining essay below based on her experiences. I asked her about the worst names she has come across and she said, “A few stupid names for […]

The questionable joys of early pregnancy

Ahhh crying and vomiting. Yes, that’s what you feel like doing. Inspirational quotes on Pinterest make you weep, an especially beautiful day makes you teary, and anyone being remotely nice to you causes unbidden eye precipitation. On top of this, there’s the never ending nausea. You feel like you have a really bad hangover all the […]

Six pro dating tips

Dating isn’t a science, but it’s not a mystery either. There are things to remember and things to avoid whenever you try to impress guys. After all, they are fairly simple organisms when it comes down to it. If you’ve been struggling to snare promising guys recently, it might be a good idea to think […]

Why I didn’t get a big fancy publishing job

I ran into an old work friend at a launch last night. We started out in publishing at the same company and she is now working for Marie Claire. For a second, I felt a twinge of envy. ‘Why aren’t I working at Marie Claire?’, I thought? And then I realised it’s because I’ve never […]

You only have to be lucky once

Earlier this year, I heard NZ-based private investigator Julia Hartley-Moore speak at an event showcase. There is so much to love about this woman; from the skin tight leopard print dress, to her straight talking approach. The beginning of her story is tragic – she left school at 14 and got pregnant at 15 after her […]

What money really can’t buy

In the world of travel, there’s a lot of talk about ‘money can’t buy’ experiences. This is flawed logic because the whole point of travel marketing is that they are selling you something; click on this link, book this airfare, buy this deal. What money can’t buy is this: a chance to walk the Camino while […]