Aug 212012

Today’s Tip: Every ending is a new beginning.

In life there are many endings. Businesses, friendships, working relationships, gym memberships. There are deaths, there are happy endings, sad endings, endings that catch you by surprise.

All things must come to an end, one way or another. Nothing in this life lasts forever.

But it’s a mistake to dwell on the ending when it comes, as each ending is the beginning of a brand new chapter. Brand new opportunities, friendships, relationships. Brand new things on the horizon. New things to look forward to, to celebrate, to enjoy, to live, and to love. Continue reading »

Aug 142012

Today’s Tip: Don’t waste time

Now I could talk about not wasting time waiting around for the perfect opportunity to fall in your lap, but I’ve done that before. I could also write about how we shouldn’t waste time by having a sleep in or watching some crap TV, but that’s fun so I’m not going to do that either. Instead I’d like to drop this one on you: don’t waste time doing things you don’t enjoy. Continue reading »

Aug 072012

Today’s Tip: Treat others as they would like to be treated.

Most people are aware of the golden rule: “Treat others as you would like to be treated”. Not a bad way to live your life, something to consider in all your dealings with people and something to think about when the temptation to be mean or rude to others is strong.

However, even better than the golden rule is the platinum rule: “Treat others as they would like to be treated” Continue reading »

Jul 242012

Dive in

Today’s Tip: Don’t wait for a perfect time. Just do it now.

So many of us wait for the perfect moment, the perfect time, wait for everything to be right before we do something. Whether we’re waiting to find a partner, to have kids, to leave a job we hate, to ask out that guy. So many of us are sitting around waiting. Waiting for the perfect opportunity.

Well, guess what? There are no perfect opportunities. There is no perfect time. Continue reading »

Jul 032012

Today’s Tip: Start each day with a compliment… to yourself

I have been feeling under the weather for a few weeks now. An inability to sleep and when I do sleep it’s all nightmares about the world’s most mundane shit. Honestly I have the most boring nightmares in the world. Stuff like I’m getting dressed for work and can’t find the top I need and for no reason whatsoever that is incredibly stressful and I think the world is going to end. So I wake up all in a panic and feeling like instead of having a nice restful sleep I have, in actual fact, participated in the nightmare olympics.

So, in my sleep deprived state where the funniest thing in the whole world is Spaghatta Nadle I have been completely unable to come up with a Tuesday Tip. So I asked around and my colleague, Ray*, offered to write one for me (and it’s a good one, just the one I needed): Continue reading »

May 082012

Today’s Tip: Let other people have their dignity.

So often I see people tearing each other down, or making an example of someone who stepped out on a ledge and managed to make an arse of themselves. I understand the desire to do so, especially when they’re spouting bigoted bullshit like “gay people shouldn’t have the right to get married because they can choose to be straight” (a fantastic one I saw on facebook the other day). If someone is wrong, and it’s harmful, that’s one thing, but quite often I find in our society we tear people down not because it’s right, but because we can. Continue reading »

Apr 172012

Like this... but more chaotic.

Sometimes, although not very often, I have an attack of inspiration. Not just a flash, but an attack. Times like that I think like there’s a library in my brain, that has been hit by a tornado. Words are flying around in my head, faster than I am able to make sense of them, and although I’m sure there are sentences in there and coherent ideas (maybe even good ones) I can’t grasp on to anything fast enough for it to get stuck.

On these days I am useless to try to communicate with in anything longer than short sentences, and my attention span is about as strong as an ant’s capacity for independent thought. Continue reading »

Jan 062012

This paperweight sits on my desk as a constant reminder of the butterfly

I don’t like pink or floral. I am not big on hearts and I don’t like paisley. So why did I choose a butterfly to put at the top of my website?

It was no accident. I didn’t see it in a wordpress template and think “oh yeah, that looks nice”. I deliberately put a butterfly there (or, more accurately, I said to put it there and Husband did it). When we decided to redesign my website, the first thing I said was I wanted a butterfly. Preferably a swirly one (anyone who has seen me shop for anything, knows how much I enjoy my non-descript instructions like “I want a swirly one”, “I want a bright dark” or when shopping for cars “It has to be swoopy”).

So why a butterfly? Continue reading »

Dec 312011

self love helpNot a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. They seem to me like a sure fire way of feeling crap in December (or March) when you realise you haven’t achieved any  of them. Don’t understand why anyone would want to write a long list of criteria that would somehow improve their life, only to make it so unrealistic that they’ll be disillusioned a few weeks later.

Today I’d like to encourage you to throw out all your resolutions and replace them all with only one.

Love yourself more. Continue reading »

Nov 292011

Prime Minister Julia Gillard. You lead your party. Now, lead it for better.

Prime Minister,

We met once. Twice, actually. I was working for the Education Minister in Queensland and you were the Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Education Minister. We were on the same page. Your Government had siphoned off more than $100 million for our most disadvantaged kids. The ones who were born into the poorest areas with the least opportunity. But you were resolute. Demography should not be destiny, you said. And I could see it in the glint of your eye that you meant it. I could see that you hated the circumstance these kids found themselves in. That they felt inferior. The very idea of it ate you up inside. And you wanted, at least to try, to fix it. So they wouldn’t feel broken in the future. I believed you.

As I write this, there is a whole new generation of kids growing up thinking they are broken. Continue reading »