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Where Does Creativity Come From?

Where Does Creativity Come From?

When I was eight years old, I wrote a story. In fact, I created my own picture book – drew and coloured in the pictures to go with my story, complete with a hard cardboard cover.

It was called ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’.

Why Everyone Should Travel Alone At Least Once

Why Everyone Should Travel Alone At Least Once

I think a lot of people are afraid of travelling alone – or they simply think they won’t enjoy it.

And I’ll admit, I was pretty nervous when I set off for my first completely solo trip overseas last year.

I’d made an impulsive decision to travel to a yoga retreat in Sri Lanka, and had felt extremely excited ever since…

Until the morning I was leaving.

5 Ways to Be Mindful Without Meditation

5 Ways to Be Mindful Without Meditation

Meditation isn’t for everyone.

I am certainly a proponent of it, but I know that at times it can be boring or even painful emotionally. It’s so rare for us to give ourselves the chance to sit and do nothing that when we do, it can allow difficult thoughts to surface which can be uncomfortable enough to make us not want to try it again.

Why I Leave Home

Why I Leave Home

I went to a talk by Robert Dessaix at the Sydney Writers Festival last week titled ‘On why I leave home’. He talked about travel and how he uses it as a non-religious ritual to reannoint his rationalist soul.

It got me thinking – what is travel to me? Why do I leave home?

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  • 'Inspiration and imagination go hand in hand'. And this quiet, unassuming foreshore is where my imagination runs free. 
Do you have a place that does that to you?
  • Gazing out over my favourite beach 🌊🏝🙏🏼
  • Stood watching these three mates for ages waiting for them to smile for the camera, only to freak out and leave when they actually looked at me #FearOfBirds 🦅
  • Down a quiet residential road... through a short but climbing bush track... is one of my favourite places in the world. An almost-secluded beach where childhood days were spent splashing, collecting sea shells and jelly fish, and make-believing we were on a deserted island, and grown up days are spent floating in the gentle waves, writing under the shade of the trees, and make-believing I'm the only person in the world who knows about this place. 🌊
  • Does anyone else suffer from 'travel anxiety'? And by that, of course, I mean the inner turmoil caused by the feeling that you've got to get to so many places, in so little time... For every place I tick off my list, I add at least five more. So how do you prioritise? 
Where are you off to next?
  • Despite the blizzard which I was so underprepared for... Despite walking around freezing... Despite drying my socks on a restaurant heater... Budapest is still one of my favourite places ever. Could be something to do with the magical castles, the hot Turkish baths in the snow, the ruins bars where people party around abandoned dentist chairs, the trendy restaurants, the amazing history. Go.