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setting good goals

19 January, 2017

January is such a fantastic month to recalibrate and set your goals and intentions for the year. Unfortunately, however, good intentions can very quickly turn into forgotten whims as the year kicks into full swing – something I have been guilty of in the past. For me, regardless of how motivated I may feel, I know that without setting clear goals I struggle to move forward.  Successfully reaching your goals oftentimes has more to do with how you set them, rather…

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be interested

11 January, 2017

Often I am surprised and surprise others by the amount of information that I can learn about a person in a very short period of time. It’s not uncommon for me to find out a person’s life story in the time it takes to get a coffee. If I had a superpower, I am pretty sure this would be it. Considering this, it is no wonder that I have predominately studied and worked in qualitative social research. For me, it’s…

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old is the new new

8 January, 2017

Everything old being new again is a definite trend that I noticed in Melbourne, and in my life right now.  As we were wandering around Melbourne, it was not uncommon for my sister and I to stumble across old buildings that had been brought to life again in a completely new way, or find an amazing vintage boutique hidden up a set of stairs, in an archade tucked away in an alley. The appreciation for looking at older things in…

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adventure days

22 December, 2016

When my sister and I were still living at home, we would go on random adventures every weekend. Whilst we usually had no set plan in mind, we often ended up in doing something rather interesting. Whether it was heading to IKEA for some Swedish inspiration leading to an afternoon of assembling flat packs, or randomly visiting a deer farm, we never ceased to astound the people in our lives with the amazing things you can get up to when…

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4 tips for staying sane this christmas season

5 December, 2016

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I absolutely love Christmas. I love singing along to Christmas carols, watching Christmas movies (Love Actually, The Holiday,  Elf… shall I go on?), going for long drives to look at Christmas lights, baking Christmas treats, giving presents, and celebrating this most wonderful time of the year with family and friends. I’ll admit, though, Christmas can be stressful. The exhaustion from a big year coupled with feeling completely underprepared with not…

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cultivating slowness

29 November, 2016

 I am absolutely mesmerised by time.  Not time in a weird sci-fi, time-travel obsessed way (although I confess that my favourite movie, “About Time“, happens to be about time travel). But more so, I am mesmerised by the value of time.  I think that Rick Warren, in his book “The Purpose Driven Life” says it perfectly; “Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When…

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so much to be grateful for

20 November, 2016

I have been struck several times over the past few weeks about how much I am grateful for. I finished my thesis last week, which is two weeks earlier than expected. Trust me, I don’t believe it either. It just feels surreal at this point. It will probably hit me when I actually hand the hard copy in. With almost 130 pages, over 170 references, and 31,000 words… This thing is epic.  Believe it or not, I actually enjoyed writing…

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be present

11 November, 2016

I have been asked multiple times in the past few weeks what my biggest lesson has been since I started my practicum placement. And whilst I must say that the whole placement experience has been a massive learning curve that has thrown me completely outside of my comfort zone, one thing that I have come to intimately know and warmly embrace is the power of being present.  “The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There’s only…

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