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”

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”

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”

Weekend Read: Bringing the Beach Home

In a week where Australia was nearly overtaken by a potato I thought we needed a lighter post this weekend. Enjoy! ** I’ve just happily committed to an upcoming weekend trip to the beach with friends and it has got me thinking. Already, I am excited. I am longing for the salty sea air, theContinue reading “Weekend Read: Bringing the Beach Home”

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”

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”

Weekend Read: Let “Shoulds” Take the Backseat

Welcome to a slightly more relaxed chat this weekend. Thank you kindly for all of the reads, shares, follows and comments from last weeks read. ** There is enough action happening out of obligation in the world. I would like us to reframe our thinking and reconnect with what is important to us. Then ourContinue reading “Weekend Read: Let “Shoulds” Take the Backseat”

Bonus Post: Reading = Good, Says Science!

At long last my love of reading has been supported by science! The thing to note here is that the books described in this article are storybooks. Fiction. Fantasy. Escapism. Novels. Stories. Whatever you want to call it. Transporting yourself into the mind of another, or into the world of another, is the key toContinue reading “Bonus Post: Reading = Good, Says Science!”

Weekend Read: You Make My Skin Crawl

Quick warning for those offended by the swears – I got a little angry writing this one. There are a few nasty words from “nasty woman”. Talking to one of the lovely humans in my life this week I realised why this bothered me more than other similar experiences I have had. I have previouslyContinue reading “Weekend Read: You Make My Skin Crawl”

Guest Post – Attention is the Rarest and Purest Form of Generosity

Thank you to my beautiful guest for contributing this post. Leave a comment for her below and show your support for her lovely post. We are all trying to strike a balance between reclaiming ourselves/doing things for ourselves and remaining connected with the friends, families and contacts in our lives. ** “Attention is the rarestContinue reading “Guest Post – Attention is the Rarest and Purest Form of Generosity”

Weekend Read: How do we stop inviting the trauma in?

This is not an anti-social media post. This is a PRO-self investment post! Get on the comment feed and tell me what you do to reengage with the world and reconnect with yourself – I can’t wait to hear from you! Happy reading! ** [If I asked you “what brings you joy?” what would youContinue reading “Weekend Read: How do we stop inviting the trauma in?”

Guest Post – An Open Letter: Why we are more powerful than the problems we face.

Thank you to my beautiful friend for writing this entry. You are a kind, clever and inspirational human and the things we are going to achieve knows no bounds. ** An open letter to the change-makers, to the hopeful souls and to the perpetually afraid. Dear human, I guess it’s about time we came clean.Continue reading “Guest Post – An Open Letter: Why we are more powerful than the problems we face.”

Weekend Read: You Are Such an Old Soul

Please let me know what you think of the new weekend reads! Thank you so much for those who have been reading my entries and engaging with me. I love hearing how my entries have influenced you. ** I love reading and hearing about people who have “done their learning”. I spent sooo many days,Continue reading “Weekend Read: You Are Such an Old Soul”