I am enough.

“You’ll make a beautiful bride.” With this one sentence I found myself caught like a deer in the headlights, en route to an unnecessary—and somewhat misguided—reality check from a stranger. While you might think it sounds like a compliment, a backhand quickly followed. After dishing out advice on what NOT to wear if I walk […]

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{Recipe} The Brookie

Last weekend I discovered a new, and already much loved, concept in baked goods—the ‘brookie’. What is it? … Well, it’s the ultimate mash-up of brownies and cookies. Credit for the brookie (also know as the brookster) goes to Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito of Brooklyn’s Baked who took two simple recipes—brownies and cookies—and melded […]

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Vote for Blonde Ambition

Each year the Australian Writers’ Centre (formerly the Sydney Writers’ Centre) holds the Best Australian Blogs competition which aims to celebrate, showcase and support the outstanding writing that’s happening in the Australian blogosphere. I’m chuffed to announce that Blonde Ambition has been nominated for the People’s Choice Award, along with a staggering 1007 other Australian […]

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Going postal

Last year, Australians sent more than 10 billion text messages. This year, I hope to send at least 50 handwritten cards to the people I love. According to a news.com.au story published this week, the art of sending a handwritten note—especially one of thanks—is dying out. The story explained how a recent study of 1000 adults, commissioned by Churchill Insurance, […]

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{Recipe} Peach Galette

Summer has well and truly arrived in Australia; in fact more than 10 million square kilometers of our land girt currently ablaze with bush fires. The days are long and understandably hot and, as per my Summer Manifesto pledge, I’ve been enjoying many dinners on my deck with friends. Saturday night was no different; after […]

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To the doghouse

As part of my brother’s 25th birthday earlier this week, we decided to surprise him with a portrait of his five-week-old Doberman puppies. While Michael was out for the day, we let his five pooches—two male and three female—run riot in the quest for one image to put on a canvas so that he would have something to remember them by when […]

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2012. A memoir.

Whichever way you look at it—12 months, 52 weeks or 366 days—2012 was quite a year. For myself and those around me, it was a year filled with change; new lovers and jobs, great adventures and triumphs. But there were also tough times, constant challenges and, for a few, the heartbreaking loss of loved ones. […]

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Apocalypse not

According to R.E.M, the end of the world starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane. In my opinion, today—21 December 2012—did not. It was tipped to be the day the world would come to an end; ancient Mayan prophecy predicted the planets would align, the sun would activate and the deluge would begin. […]

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The man who left me speechless

I am one of those women who loves to have the last word, especially when it comes to dealings with the opposite sex. I have been described as chatty, sarcastic, witty and downright annoying. What I have never been called is quiet. Until I met Harry. As in Prince Harry. The one who fights in […]

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Surfing lessons, Noosa

“One of the greatest things about the sport of surfing is that you need only three things: your body, a surf-board and a wave.” —Naima Green— Last week while my friends and family were slugging away at the daily grind, I had the pleasure of kicking back in one of the most beautiful coastal spots in Queensland—Noosa. […]

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Today I saved three lives

Today, in less than 10 minutes, I saved three lives. I can almost hear you gasp and wonder who was crazy enough to let me—the girl who barely passed high school biology—loose near patients (I work in the marketing department of a not-for-profit hospital). Fear not!  I am not about to hit the headlines as the latest untrained quack to […]

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Sweet treats

“A great many things can be resolved with kindness, even more with laughter, but there are some things that just require cake.” The past few weeks have been hectic for me with work events leading to busy days and claiming half of each weekend. I have also been on countdown to a much-anticipated holiday which […]

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Top of the rock

“I’ve never been much of a climber—social or otherwise.” On Saturday morning I found myself hot, sweaty and clinging to the front of a cliff. The sun was scorching my skin, there was sweat running down my neck and my muscles were screaming at me as I waved one foot around aimlessly, looking for any […]

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Love thy body

Love thy body. It’s a simple sentence but the reality of it is that so many of us see faults not the beauty when we look in the mirror. And the worrying news is that those finding fault with with their bodies are getting younger. The Australian recently reported that 75 per cent of “tweenagers” […]

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