Reframing

When I was 41, I was ready to leave a job that felt like it was crushing my soul. I’d just returned from living and working in the Philippines with my family for two years and was finding it hard to adjust to coming home. I’d struggled with depression at times in my life, but…

You Do You Boo

I’m sitting high above the world today in one of my favourite places to retreat to, Montville near the Glasshouse Mountains. My son is having a Zookeeper experience at Australia Zoo and so I’ve got 5 hours all alone to wander these quaint streets and write with a spectacular view. I’ve been ruminating on a…

No Mean Girls Here

If reality TV was all you had to base your opinion of female relationships on, you’d be forgiven for thinking women simply cannot be in a room together without resorting to bitchy competition. Yet, that doesn’t reflect my life at all. I am surrounded by a tribe of women who lift me up and celebrate…

And that’s a wrap

My commitment to writing a new blog each day was overruled by the absolute exhaustion my body experienced. Plus typing while on the bus made me nauseous. So now, in the comfort of my home office, my head is swimming with thoughts and emotions I want to get down on paper (computer screen). I plan…

Hairless Cats & Ball Sacks

Day five? Who bloody knows – I’ve lost track. We’ve hit comfort level where all barriers are dropped and the bus is rowdy. We’ve had boobs flashed with Embrace Yourself stickers on the nips (I’ll keep her identity secret for privacy but she’s blonde, wears a lot of leopard print and has a cult following)….

Day Four on the Road to Embrace Yourself

Lessons learned from the first event, meant show number two was a breeze by comparison. In the morning Taryn put a call out on Facebook for people to come help set up in Bathurst and the community did not disappoint. Many women, and one brave teenage boy, showed up full of energy and enthusiasm. Whereas…

Day 3 – Albury Show done!

First show done and dusted. Oh what a night! It was a 16 hour day and completely exhausting, but the energy in the room at the end of the event made it so worthwhile. Arriving at the SS&A Club in Albury, we mounted the footpath with the Bertha Bus (name approval pending). If that site…

Day Two of Embracing

Day two of the epic journey of 7 towns in 7 days. I woke at 3.30 am unable to sleep. Part nerves, part excitement, part being in a strange bed in a Southbank, Melbourne apartment. Yesterday felt like the first day of school camp as we all made our way to the rendezvous point in…

Bring On The Embracing…

So, a few weeks ago I got a phone call from a woman I’ve admired (idolised? crushed-on? stalked?) for the past two years – Taryn Brumfitt from The Body Image Movement. She was heading off to promote her new book, Embrace Yourself, to regional Australia. Unfortunately her event coordinator had to cancel due to family…