Plugged vs unplugged

My grandmother grew up in a village without running water. She had to lug water from the local well.

I have never lugged water from a well. I largely take electricity, plumbing, sanitation, transport and the availability of food for granted. The huge difference between the circumstances that my grandmother was born into and my own is partly to do with immigration from a developing to a developed nation. But it’s also thanks to technology: who has it, who develops it, how much it costs and what it can…

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Are you prepared to say no?

Inspiration for going after what you really want.

You’ve got to declare what you want to do as sacred. - Danielle La Porte

Can you imagine how much lesser our world would be if some of the artists we love and admire, had taken jobs as bank tellers or lawyers instead of producing their creative work?

I love reading about successful creatives . I especially can’t get enough of learning about how they got where they were going.

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Moving to the country (gonna eat a lot of peaches)

How was the move? Well...

We did it. We moved from a two-bedroom apartment in Kensington, Melbourne to a three-bedroom plus study, weatherboard house in Castlemaine, Victoria.

It’s been a tough couple of weeks. I had convinced myself that moving wouldn’t be so bad, that we didn’t have that much stuff and the removalists would do the hard bits anyway. In reality, I disappeared down a two-week tunnel of cardboard boxes, packing tape and call-centre…

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Connecting in a crowd

How an introvert enjoyed spending an entire weekend with 500 strangers

I’m nervous. It’s early in the morning and I’m standing on the footpath outside The Regal Ballroom in Northcote, Melbourne. There are a few groups of people standing around chatting and nursing coffees in the morning chill. A woman arrives and locks her bike up. A meandering line starts to form in both directions away from the doors. There are a few other people who appear to have come alone.…

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The need for change

Recognising that the status quo isn't sustainable is sometimes the hardest thing.

It’s easy to think of reasons not to change. Easier still not to think about change at all but to keep doing what we are used to doing, knowing what will come from it. This is especially the case if things may appear to be going quite well. Degrees, status, financial rewards, praise. These can camouflage the need for change so well that it trails us from a distance, the…

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