Book Review: Because of You by Dawn French

“Sometimes you applaud the people who write with such meticulous accuracy – they’ve researched where every tile was placed and mapped out every metre of the football pitch. That’s one version of fiction. And then there is this. A book that focuses on the emotions. On the choices and the complexity of human life, and how quickly things can go from incredible to devastating in the blink of an eye.”

Weekend Read: Be authentic, now more than ever

We do not have a lot of control right now. But you can choose how to spend the little moments, and the little moments of course add up to the big picture. It’s also more than OK to push all of the positives aside sometimes and just be sad and scared. There is a lot of joy in this world, right now we just have to try a little harder to find it.

Book Review: The First Stone by Helen Garner

There can be a lot of conviction in our opinions and beliefs as young people, but before I had experienced some of my own experiences in the workplace and general life I simply didn’t have the depth and ability to articulate myself that I have today.

Weekend Read: Supporting someone through grief

At the end of the day, I think we can get awkward and unsure about helping someone who is grieving because we can’t control the timeline and can’t understand it given its likelihood to change at a moment’s notice.

Book Review: There’s No Such Thing as an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura

Any book that brings forward these types of conditions in society are welcomed by me. For many reading this book it will seem inconceivable, but then for so many it will resonate and hit home, and both parties I think will wholly benefit from reading this.

Weekend Read: Handling the Bully

Bullying is one of those things that you hope you will leave behind at the school gates when you walk out of them for the last time. Unfortunately, however, it rears its ugly head again and again as we walk through life. Children bullies sometimes grow into adult bullies. It’s as simple as that. LotsContinue reading “Weekend Read: Handling the Bully”

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”

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…”

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”

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”