Weekend Read: To all the mothers out there

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

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”

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”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Thank you to my wonderful friend Rachel for providing me with Eleanor for this week’s focus. It is always great to hear who inspires my friends and family and I encourage you to reach out if you have a beautiful human that I could feature! ** Eleanor Roosevelt is niece to the former President ofContinue reading “Eleanor Roosevelt”

Stephanie Kwolek

Ever wondered who invented Kevlar? It’s a pretty niche thing to ponder on at any given time but luckily I have the answer for you! Stephanie Kwolek invented Kevlar. Stephanie was born in 1924. She was a Chemist. She discovered the correct fibers that led to the creation of Kevlar when she was in herContinue reading “Stephanie Kwolek”

Weekend Read: You Knew What You Were Getting Into

Please share this post if it resonates with you. I would love to hear from you, privately on in the comment field below if you have gone through similar experiences. As always, if you have a topic you are sitting on I welcome you to get in touch so we can chat. I’d also likeContinue reading “Weekend Read: You Knew What You Were Getting Into”

Michelle Obama

Let me try to do justice to the incredible woman and inspirational human, Michelle Obama. Quick snapshot: We share birthdays (17 Jan) but she was born in 1964. I feel close to her already. Michelle is a Harvard graduate and a successful lawyer. I am studying to become a lawyer. Omg guys is this realContinue reading “Michelle Obama”

Weekend Read: Please Don’t Say You’re Proud of Me

Language is complicated. We can’t police every word and thought in our head – we would never speak or have the confidence to generate our own thoughts. What we can do, however, is slowly, gently, over time, shape and adjust the way we express our thoughts and feelings with language. It should take a lifetime.Continue reading “Weekend Read: Please Don’t Say You’re Proud of Me”

JK Rowling

After starting to write this piece I have started re-reading the series. Hopefully this also prompts you to dip back into the world of broomsticks and magic. ** JK Rowling gives aspiring authors and young children hope. I grew up with the Harry Potter series, ordering my copies in advance of the later books  asContinue reading “JK Rowling”