Weekend Read: To all the mothers out there

‘Mother’ is this giant concept that is more an emotive response than a title.

Book Review: The People in the Tress by Hanya Yanagihara

I was nervous about this book. If you have read A Little Life by this author you know that she is both a spectacular writer and a heart breaking story teller. Trust me when I say though, this was worth the read. I love when you start reading a book and you look up andContinue reading “Book Review: The People in the Tress by Hanya Yanagihara”

Book Review: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

It felt like I never put this book down once I started it. Of course life disrupts us from life’s greatest pleasure, reading, but I rarely went long in my day without thinking about getting back to my book. I found myself up late often during this period due to an injury, and this bookContinue reading “Book Review: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Young people in politics is always very exciting to me. It is one thing to have a young voice, it is another entirely to have that voice represent the “lay person”. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) gives us a lot to be interested by, as the youngest elected Congresswoman and as someone representing the voices of theContinue reading “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez”

Book Review: A Lonely Girl Is A Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu

I had heard a lot of recommendations for this book, and was keen for it to live up to expectations. The fact that I still recall moments of the book and during the read could see in my mind’s eye image of both person and place tells me that it did. I think the firstContinue reading “Book Review: A Lonely Girl Is A Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu”

Weekend Read: Not the Person I Used to Be

I write this post with a lens of love and with care. The person I am today is not the person I will be tomorrow, is not the person I was yesterday. Life expands and contracts, throwing people in and out of your orbit, and it is how gracefully we handle the emotions of thisContinue reading “Weekend Read: Not the Person I Used to Be”

Book review: The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean 

If you grew up in any version of a small Australian country town, this story will resonate with you. What it says, and doesn’t say, sits at the back of your mind and repeats on you after reading. It is no surprise that this story revolves around the disappearance of three sisters, we know thisContinue reading “Book review: The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean “

Book Review: How It Was by Janet Ellis

This storyline revolves around one family, it’s growth, decay and ultimate demise. Unlikeable characters, time jumps and a rather uniquely honest retell of the complex relationship between a mother and daughter takes the reader to a place otherwise left unexposed. I was immediately curious when I read the premise of this book. Not because ofContinue reading “Book Review: How It Was by Janet Ellis”

Huda Shaawari

“When I read summaries of these incredibly brave women acting in ways divergent to the social norms it always strikes me what isn’t said. When all we have are public works or interviews to draw on, we do not get to hear about the hours spent in self-doubt, or the moments of fear over repercussion or backlash.”

Jane Addams

“You work non-stop towards a goal that is unachievable (whether that be the eradication of poverty, the elimination of untreated mental health disorders in the community or something equally as fraught) and you are constantly thrown hurdles along the way to leap with vigour and passion.”

Tituba

Tituba may have been painted to be the “scary” woman who started the Salem Witch Trials, but really it was the misunderstandings of a series of young girls’ physical health poorly stirred into a pot of mistrust of slaves, misunderstandings of alternative faiths and mistakes by little girls to push attention away from them onto an easy target.

Anna Burns

I do love me a good read of the latest Manbooker Prize winner. Author Anna Burns has taken out this year’s prize with her novel “Milkman“. I’m yet to get into the novel but I’m excited to! Prior to receiving the £50,000 prize money for her efforts, Anna was on welfare. She suffers chronic painContinue reading “Anna Burns”

And in the blue corner…

I have sat through so many training days and team building exercises since starting work full time that they all mesh into one blur of boredom-induced hunger, stifled yawns and uncomfortable silences while facilitators wait for contributions by people who are being paid to attend. Many of these have been about understanding my work style.Continue reading “And in the blue corner…”

Tina Fey

A few years ago I did something with my aunties that many called crazy. In hindsight I would completely agree it was madness. Together we walked 50 kilometres across 12 hours around our home city. My favourite part of this event, however, wasn’t the day itself. It was the training walks we did together, traipsing up mountains, windingContinue reading “Tina Fey”

Tia-Clair Toomey

I have been doing my best not to just make this a blog on incredible Crossfit athletes. I made it this far! Before you sigh and switch off I recommend scrolling a little further, as Tia-Clair Toomey is one of the most amazingly talented athletes out there. ** There is a wonderful pride many AustraliansContinue reading “Tia-Clair Toomey”

Jennifer Smith

I always feel such inspiration when I hear about a person who has managed to write their own book. Then I hear about Jennifer Smith, who decided to write a book at 12 years old, publishing at 16 years old and I am flat out in awe. Let’s just add in that she is dyslexiaContinue reading “Jennifer Smith”

Special Feature: Gaby Judd

A personal note to Gaby: thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. I thoroughly enjoyed talking to you about your efforts. Despite the draining and intensely sad nature of the information you are exposed to through your work with Grandmothers, you are a positive, forward-looking person invested in getting lessContinue reading “Special Feature: Gaby Judd”

Weekend Read: Shrink Your World

How many people belong to your “inner circle”? Who are the most important people in your world? Now, tell me: When is the last time you contacted those people? When is the last time you spent physical time with those people? How do you feel when you catch up with them? Why do you feelContinue reading “Weekend Read: Shrink Your World”