• Update

    How TEDx Killed My Blog

    Hello my lovelies. I have some mixed news. Good News I recently spent an inordinate amount of time preparing for a TEDx talk, hence my silence on this blog. But now the talk is over and I got through it without any major screw ups. Hurrah! Betters News The wonderful feedback and support that I received from my TEDx journey has re-energised my motivation and enthusiasm for actually writing this book about statistics that I keep claiming I’m writing. Double hurrah! Not So Great News Turns out I can only handle one side project at a time. So the book will be my only focus for a little while, leaving this…

  • Update

    But I want to do it all!

    How’s this for irony: a blog post about how I can’t write a blog post. … Okay, so it’s probably not the most ironic thing you’ve ever heard, but it’s the best I can do at this point in my weekly blog-writing cycle. My Dad is visiting from Sydney; we’ve just returned from a lovely road trip up north. I was fully intending to use his visit as an excuse to break my weekly publishing rule, but I’m such a stickler for rules that I just can’t let it go. So I must write about my inability to write. I’m currently doing something similar with meditation. I use an app…

  • Sustainability

    Sustainability Series: The Trendy Anti-Waste Movement for Non-Trendy People

    Ah, waste. It’s the latest hip-happening issue that all the cool kids are getting excited about. Plastic Free July and the ABC’s War on Waste are partly responsible for transforming my reusable espresso cup from a socially awkward faux pas into a trendy symbol of anti-waste activism. Friends, do you remember all those years ago when I was rude enough to pull out my little cup in public, causing you to adopt that weird embarrassed look of constipation on your face as you tried to pretend you didn’t know me? Well look at me now peoples! That little cup has propelled me up the social-status ladder! I am winning at…

  • Sustainability

    Sustainability Series: Welcome to Ecoburbia

    My house was featured on Gardening Australia this week! Ecoburbia is a constantly evolving project in sustainable living. I’ve been calling this wonderful oasis home for three month now and I’ve been meaning to write about it ever since. But there’s been one major roadblock in my way: it’s too bloody good. Seriously. Of all the houses across Australia that are doing their bit to become more sustainable, how many have achieved such fantastical progress that Gardening Australia feels the need to haul arse across the continent just to film them? Not many, I’m guessing. The wonder of this place is all well and good for a gloat (and I…

  • Challenge,  Philosophical

    Why you should tell an awesome person that they are awesome

    “You are really good at colouring inside the lines!” yelled my best mate’s five year old daughter as I obediently followed her colouring-in instructions. I’ll be honest with you: I don’t particularly care about other people’s perceptions of my colouring skills, nor am I too hung up on the opinions of five year olds, so there isn’t really any reason why I should give a shit about such a declaration. Perhaps it was the symbolism of progress past the obvious disdain that she generally holds for me, or perhaps it was all the medicinal wine that I had plied myself with in order to withstand the company of a five…

  • Philosophical

    Moderation for Perfectionists

    Perfectionism is one of those concepts that we’re supposed to frown upon. While other self-help fads come and go, anti-perfectionism refuses to die. You push yourself too hard. Stop trying to control everything. You wouldn’t be so upset if you weren’t such a perfectionist. Yes, yes, I’ve heard it all before. If you’re in the habit of lodging similar complaints with a loved one, you should know that this is what you sound like: Stop living life so much, you’re not supposed to care about things, we’re all obliged to stumble around in a dull, meaningless haze together. With such compelling arguments, it’s hard to imagine why us perfectionists haven’t…

  • Philosophical,  Scary

    This one weird trick to lord it over your fears

    I’ve been slowly chipping away at a little niggling “can’t” barrier this week. Ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourselves to applaud my stunning greatness… I’ve been feeding goats. Now before you fall all over yourselves to throw congratulations at my feet, I must admit that it’s not really as big a deal as it must surely sound. Turns out, all I have to do is pour some food into a bucket, who knew? My initial apprehension towards The Great Feeding of The Goats was due to this majestic creature: Whimsy is 70kg of terrifying, head-butting belligerence. This is of course a terrible mischaracterisation of her – she’s really just a noble, docile…

  • Self Belief,  Update

    Time efficiency for creatives… maybe.

    I just added the mother of all items to my Can’t List. It’s something that all mere mortals must surely struggle with endlessly: I can’t make efficient use of my time! My cushy lifestyle consists of 16 hours work per week, zero time commuting, everything I need within a 1km radius, and next to no obligations in the world. So you would think that I’d have plenty of time for my various writing projects, right? Wrong. Just as living expenses seem to miraculously expand to absorb any excess income, my free time somehow manages to get eaten away by… god knows what. Life, I guess. Thankfully, for the first time…

  • Philosophical,  Update

    Optimism for Cynics

    This is for all the people out there who can’t read the news without feeling a sense of overwhelming despair for the human race. Between our choice of political leaders, our inability to make rational, evidence-based decisions, our preference for short-term gains rather than making tough political decisions for long-term good, our management of climate change and finite resources, our treatment of asylum seekers and those in need … there’s really only one conclusion to be made from all this: as a species, we’re a bunch of fuck heads. This is not one of those blindly optimistic posts designed to convince you that in actual fact the human race is…

  • Scary

    From Vegan to Slaughterer

    I slaughtered a rooster today! Actually, wait, that’s a total lie. Let’s try that again… I witnessed the slaughter of a rooster today! Except, err, that’s not entirely true either. Take three… I desperately clung to the hand of a supportive friend and then hid behind her to avoid witnessing the slaughter of a rooster today! Hurrah for over-achieving me! Let’s start with a relatively nice photo. There are some slightly more confronting ones to come, but they’re reasonably sensored. I’ll save them for the end. Okay, so I haven’t earned the title of “slaughterer”, but it still begs the question: why would a former vegan get so excited about…